David Bowie wins all four Grammy Awards that he was nominated for
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 thespec.com.
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.”