Bey­oncé shines, Adele flubs at Gram­mys

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - KRISTIN M. HALL

In Bey­oncé’s first per­for­mance since an­nounc­ing her preg­nancy with twins, she shined head to toe at the Grammy Awards on Sun­day night in golden hues. Mean­while Adele got a rare do-over on na­tional tele­vi­sion when she flubbed her per­for­mance, and Bey­oncé’s daugh­ter, Blue Ivy, stole the show with her adorable mini-Prince out­fit. Here are the top Grammy mo­ments:

Mother Bey­oncé

In a highly an­tic­i­pated per­for­mance, the first since she an­nounced she is preg­nant with twins, Bey­oncé cel­e­brated her fem­i­nin­ity and moth­er­hood. Clad head to toe in gold with bands around her neck, a crown and a veil, she of­ten cra­dled her belly.

Al­though she skipped the elab­o­rate chore­og­ra­phy of­ten seen in her shows, the per­for­mance was vis­ually ar­rest­ing with ghostly images of women and chil­dren danc­ing around her.

In­tro­duced by her mother, Tina Knowles, Bey­oncé looked down lov­ingly at her hus­band, Jay Z, and daugh­ter, Blue Ivy.

Un­for­tu­nately, she lost to Adele, who was the mu­si­cal sales leader in 2016, in the top awards of the night.

Adele, take two

What ev­ery­one loves about Adele is that de­spite her great vo­cal skills, she’s still ner­vous and makes mis­takes on big stages.

Last year at the Gram­mys, her per­for­mance was marred by a tech­ni­cal prob­lem, but this time she flubbed one of her per­for­mances and asked for a do-over.

Af­ter a flaw­less open­ing per­for­mance of her su­per­hit “Hello,” the Bri­tish singer came out a sec­ond time to hon­our the late Ge­orge Michael.

But early into her som­bre, or­ches­tral per­for­mance of “Fast­love,” she stopped singing, cursed and asked the band to start over, a rare oc­cur­rence on a live awards show. She ex­plained, “I can’t mess this up for him.”

Car­pool Gram­mys

Late-night TV show host James Cor­den has made his ca­reer lip­synch­ing with mu­si­cians in his car, so he brought a prop car into the Sta­ples Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les.

Cor­den in­serted some Steve Martin-es­que an­tics by fall­ing through the stairs in his en­trance and rap­ping his in­tro with one shoe, name­drop­ping Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump as well as sev­eral mu­si­cians up for awards.

Cor­den seemed adept at im­pro­vi­sa­tion, even com­ing out in his box­ers in re­sponse to Twenty One Pilots strip­ping down to their undies.

Later on, Cor­den brought out a card­board car and gath­ered a group of mu­si­cians from the front rows to sing with Neil Di­a­mond to “Sweet Caro­line.”

But among Jen­nifer Lopez, Ja­son Derulo, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Keith Ur­ban and John Leg­end, few of the artists seemed to re­mem­ber the lyrics. The skit was saved by Blue Ivy, who jumped in the scene at the end.

Po­lit­i­cal talk

The artists on the red car­pet and dur­ing the show ex­pressed them­selves about the divi­sive po­lit­i­cal cli­mate in dress, song and speeches. Trans­gen­der ac­tress Lav­erne Cox asked peo­ple to Google Gavin Grimm, a trans­gen­der stu­dent whose case against so-called bath­room bills will be con­sid­ered by the U.S. Supreme Court. A Tribe Called Quest and Anderson .Paak sang “We the Peo­ple” and ended with a line of rap­pers with their hands held in the air in fists shout­ing, “Re­sist.” Paris Jack­son, the 18-year-old daugh­ter of pop icon Michael Jack­son, called for sup­port of the pro­test­ers against the Dakota Ac­cess Pipe­line. Jen­nifer Lopez was more sub­tle, but clear when she called for ac­tion. “There is no time for de­spair, no place for self-pity, no need for si­lence and no room for fear,” Lopez said.

Katy Perry de­buted a metaphor-heavy new sin­gle, “Chained in Rhythm,” about the com­pla­cency of pop mu­sic that ended with Perry and singer Skip Mar­ley stand­ing in front of an im­age of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion. Singer Joy Villa walked the red car­pet with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s “Make Amer­ica Great Again” slo­gan em­bla­zoned on her gown, but she gar­nered a lot of crit­i­cism online for the ob­vi­ous at­ten­tion-grab­bing stunt.

Mars at­tacks

Blue Ivy wasn’t the only one chan­nel­ing the Pur­ple One. Bruno Mars daz­zled in his im­pres­sion of the late mu­si­cal icon Prince, per­form­ing in a sparkly pur­ple coat and wail­ing on a white gui­tar like the one Prince played. Along with Prince col­lab­o­ra­tors The Time, the med­ley of songs in­cluded “Jun­gle Love,” “The Bird” and “Let’s Go Crazy.” It was a fit­ting re­minder of his in­cred­i­ble cat­a­logue, which was also re­leased to most stream­ing mu­sic out­lets the day of the Gram­mys.

PHOTOS BY KEVIN WIN­TER, GETTY IMAGES FOR NARAS

Record­ing artist Adele per­forms on­stage dur­ing The 59th Grammy Awards.

Bey­oncé, clad head to toe in gold, per­forms on­stage dur­ing The 59th Grammy Awards.

Ac­tor Lav­erne Cox asked peo­ple to Google Gavin Grimm.

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