David Bowie wins all four Grammy Awards that he was nom­i­nated for

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In glit­tery gown, gilded crown and gold choker, a preg­nant Bey­oncé took the Grammy stage Sunday in a lengthy per­for­mance of two songs from her crit­i­cally ac­claimed al­bum “Le­mon­ade.”

She was in­tro­duced by her mother and for­mer stylist, Tina Knowles: “Ladies and gen­tle­men, with my mother’s pride, my daugh­ter, Bey­oncé.”

Bey­oncé sang on top of a long ta­ble, even lean­ing back on a chair while singing “Love Drought.” She later sang “Sand­cas­tles” while sit­ting down, hit­ting high notes.

She earned a loud ap­plause from the au­di­ence at the Sta­ples Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les, in­clud­ing daugh­ter Blue Ivy and hus­band Jay Z. Ear­lier, Bey­oncé won best mu­sic video for “For­ma­tion.”

David Bowie, who died last year from can­cer, won all four awards he was nom­i­nated for. He won three in the pre-tele­cast, and took home best rock song for “Black­star” dur­ing the live show. “Black­star,” his fi­nal al­bum re­leased days af­ter he died, also won best al­ter­na­tive mu­sic al­bum, rock per­for­mance, and en­gi­neered al­bum, non-clas­si­cal. (He is listed as one of the en­gi­neers on “Black­star.”) In the lat­ter cat­e­gory, he beat out Prince, who also died last year.

Adele kicked off the Grammys with a live ren­di­tion of her come­back an­them, “Hello,” which won best pop solo per­for­mance and “25” won pop vo­cal al­bum in the pre-tele­cast cer­e­mony. In the top three cat­e­gories, she went headto-head with Bey­oncé. For that out­come and a full list of win­ners, go to thes­

Chance the Rap­per won the first award in the live tele­cast for best new artist. He also won best rap per­for­mance dur­ing the pre-show awards.

“Glory be to God. I claimed this vic­tory in the name of the Lord. I want to thank God for my mother and my fa­ther who sup­ported me since I was young,” he said on­stage.

James Cor­den, host­ing the Grammys for the first time, rapped some of his mono­logue at the top of the show, name-drop­ping Prince, Ri­hanna and Drake.

Twenty One Pilots won best pop duo/group per­for­mance for the hit “Stressed Out.” They re­moved their pants when ac­cept­ing the award in homage to their ear­lier days when they watched the Grammys at home in their box­ers.

In the pre-tele­cast, Bey­oncé’s younger sis­ter, Solange, won her first Grammy for best R&B per­for­mance. Drake, who did not at­tend the live show, won best rap song and rap/sung per­for­mance for the smash hit, “Hot­line Bling.”

Justin Tim­ber­lake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” — nom­i­nated for an Os­car — won best song writ­ten for vis­ual me­dia. His No. 1 hit is from the “Trolls” sound­track.

Lady An­te­bel­lum’s Hil­lary Scott won two Grammys in the Chris­tian cat­e­gory for the al­bum she recorded with her fam­ily.

Scott, who has won seven Grammys with Lady A, cried on­stage both times when ac­cept­ing the wins.

“We’ve been cry­ing since this project started,” said her fa­ther, Lang Scott.

Best new artist nom­i­nees The Chainsmok­ers won best dance record­ing for the pop hit “Don’t Let Me Down,” while al­bum of the year nom­i­nee Sturgill Simp­son won best coun­try al­bum for “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.”

The coun­try mu­sic rebel thanked his wife, who he said told him to quit his job on the rail­road years ago and move to Nashville.

Joey + Rory won best roots gospel al­bum for “Hymns.”

Some ac­tors won Grammys, too: Don Chea­dle picked up best com­pi­la­tion sound­track for vis­ual me­dia for “Miles Ahead,” where he is cred­ited as a com­pi­la­tion pro­ducer, and Carol Bur­nett won the best spo­ken word al­bum Grammy.

“The Color Pur­ple” won best mu­si­cal the­atre al­bum, giv­ing Jen­nifer Hud­son her se­cond Grammy and earn­ing Tony win­ner Cyn­thia Erivo and “Or­ange Is the New Black” ac­tress Danielle Brooks their first Grammys.

Bey­oncé was the over­all top nom­i­nee with nine. For the third time, she was nom­i­nated for the cov­eted tro­phy, an award given to few R&B-based per­form­ers and only two hip-hop acts in the Grammys’ 59-year his­tory.

Her “Le­mon­ade” al­bum com­peted Sunday, along with its hit “For­ma­tion” for record and song of the year.

Bey­oncé has lost record of the year four times, and was mark­ing her third nom­i­na­tion for song of the year (she won in 2010 with “Sin­gle Ladies”).

Her main com­pe­ti­tion was Adele, who won al­bum, song and record of the year in 2012 with “21” and “Rolling in the Deep.”

Their com­pe­ti­tion for al­bum of the year, aside from Simp­son, in­cluded Drake’s mul­ti­hit “Views” and Justin Bieber’s re­demp­tion al­bum “Pur­pose.”

Nom­i­nees who were bat­tling “For­ma­tion” and “Hello” for record of the year in­cluded Ri­hanna and Drake’s “Work,” Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out” and Lukas Gra­ham’s “7 Years.”

Song of the year nom­i­nees: “For­ma­tion,” “Hello,” “7 Years,” Mike Pos­ner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” and Bieber’s “Love Yourself,” shared with cowriter Ed Sheeran.


Bey­oncé chan­nels Mother Na­ture.


Bri­tish record­ing artist Adele got the night go­ing with “Hello.”


Drake, shown per­form­ing in Toronto last fall, won two more Grammys, for “Hot­line Bling.”

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