LONDON TO LOS ANGELES — WHAT A NIGHT!
Film and music enthusiasts couldn’t have asked for more — here’s the buzz from the big night of BAFTAs and Grammy awards
Double bonanza — that’s what the night of February 12 was for entertainment buffs around the world. If the 70th BAFTAs in the UK weren’t enough to set social media aflutter, the 59’th Grammy Awards in the US broke the net altogether! Great wins, power-packed performances and applause worthy speeches — the ceremonies celebrating the best in films and the music industry had it all.
After taking over the internet with her recent ‘twins’ announcement, American singer Beyonce made sure jaws dropped at the Grammys with her wow dance moves, including a gravity-defying stunt on a chair, as she performed her songs, Love Drought, and Sandcastles. The pregnant star followed it with a powerful speech, after she won a trophy for Best Urban Contemporary Album, for Lemonade. “This (a racismfree world) is something I want for every child of every race... it’s vital that we learn from the past and recognise our tendencies to repeat our mistakes,” she said.
British singer Adele, 28, took home all five awards that she was nominated for, including Best Album, Best Record and Best Song. She, however, called Beyonce the star of the night, dedicating her best album award to the 35-year-old. “My queen and my idol is Queen B. I adore you,” said Adele.
As for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards in London, Emma Stone won the Best Actress Award for La La Land, and used the platform to make a political statement: “In a time that’s so decisive, it’s so special we are able to come together to celebrate the positive gift of creativity.” Celebs at the Grammys, however, kept their political views low unlike previous award dos (Remember Meryl Streep’s anti-Trump speech at Golden Globes).
British actor of Indian origin, Dev Patel, called his Best Supporting Actor win for Lion an ‘overwhelming moment’.
BEYONCE IMPRESSED WITH HER GRAMMYS ACT, INCLUDING A GRAVITY-DEFYING STUNT ON A CHAIR
Adele (top) swept away five Grammys, whereas Emma Stone (above) won a BAFTA award in Best Actress Category