Making it Through the Grammy’s

By: Brandon Sweet

The Grammy’s is a night full of high hopes of many inspired artists who have worked hard to make their visions of music and stardom a reality. This year’s 59th Annual Grammy award show is one that will truly be remembered as the awards ceremony of the year. It came filled with tribute performances, along with a few performance problems, and some artists losing their pants. It was a night that will be well remembered.

That most memorable moment at the show would have to be when Twenty One Pilots made history by “dropping trou” on stage. After being announced the winners of Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their hit song, “Stressed Out,” they immediately dropped their pants and proceeded to the stage in only their top suit and underwear. Most would have seen this as a publicity stunt right away, but they were quick to inform the audience of an actual, heartfelt reason:  While at one of the band member’s apartment, they were watching the award show, and soon realized that they were in their underwear. Tyler, one of the band members, explained, “…we said that if we were to ever attend the Grammy’s, and win, then this is how we should receive our award.” Then, before leaving center stage, Tyler had one inspiring quote left to say, “This just goes to show that anyone, anywhere, can do anything!”

Anything is possible, that is what Prince and George Michael left people to believe. Their music inspired millions. To honor some of artists that have long since passed and those most recent, the Grammy’s held memorial performances. Adele went on stage to perform for George Michael, and as expected she had surely brought a stunning performance…the second time. The “Hello” singer was giving an astounding performance early in the show, and then later went on to perform, “Fastlove.” Moving along just fine through the George Michael tribute, Adele stopped mid song. She lets loose a curse on live television and immediately apologizes. She then explained to the crowd, “I can’t mess this up for him.” and that she only wanted to do George justice, starting over from the beginning.

The show went on without a problem; the tears that were shed and the dreams that came true are all what it means to work for what you want and come out on top.

Below is a list of the awards won:


Record of the Year                             Hello by Adele

Album of the Year                              25 by Adele

Song of the Year                                 “Hello” by Adele

Best New Artist                                  Chance the Rapper

Pop Vocal Album                               25 by Adele

Pop Solo Performance                                    “Hello” by Adele

Pop Duo/Group Performance             “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots

R & B Song                                        “Lake by the Ocean” by Maxwell

R & B Performance                             “Cranes in the Sky” by Solange

R & B Album                                      Lalah Hathaway Live by Lalah Hathaway

Rap Song                                            “Hotline Bling” by Drake

Rap Album                                          Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper

Rap Performance                                “No Problem” by Chance the Rapper

Country Song                                      “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw

Country Album                                   A Sailor’s Guide to Earth by Sturgill Simpson

Country Solo Performance                 “My Church” by Maren Morris

Country Duo/Group Performance      “Jolene” by Pentatonix

Rock Song                                          “Black Star” by David Bowie

Rock Album                                        Tell Me I’m Pretty by Cage the Elephant

Rock Performance                              “Blackstar” by David Bowie

Rap/Song Performance                       “Hotline” Bling by Drake

Urban Contemporary Album              Lemonade by Beyoncé

Alternative Music Album                   Blackstar by David Bowie

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