The 5 Best + 5 Worst Moments From the 2016 Grammy Awards
On one hand, Rihanna — who had to back out of tonight's (February 15) Grammys broadcast because of bronchitis — missed out on quite a show. On the other hand, she might have had the right idea by skipping out.
While the show's 58th installment delivered some notable highs (Kendrick Lamar's mile-a-minute performance, Lady Gaga's assumption of the great Ziggy Stardust), it also took the air out of our tires on more than one occasion (whomever produced Adele's set can expect a nice pink slip on his or her desk by 9 a.m.). Look back at the ways the show ebbed and flowed below, and tell us if there was a moment you thought was particularly memorable.
Best: That Hamilton showcase was real cool
For the first time, The Grammys broadcast a live set straight from a Broadway stage, and — though it was performed inside New York's Richard Rodgers Theater — it still shook Los Angeles' Staples Center. Whether you loved it or hated it, the Hamilton cast's performance will most certainly become a water-cooler moment.
Worst: Demi couldn't save the Lionel Richie tribute
After a searingly powerful vocal by the Confident singer, a medley of "Easy" and "All Night Long" was reduced to drunken karaoke thanks to sub-par vocals from Luke Bryant, Meghan Trainor and Tyrese. Even Richie's eventual contribution couldn't save the car crash.
Best: There were some truly spectacular vocals
Worst: Relentless social media pleading
Her voice is beautiful https://t.co/t6JTXnO6iX
— Courtney (@StonecoldalIy) February 16, 2016
Best: Kendrick Lamar literally set the stage on fire
Pimp A Butterfly Worst: Rihanna withdrew from the performance lineup
Best: Rock music isn't dead
PopCrushWorst: Someone sabotaged Adele's performance (???)
Best: Gaga was a spot-on David Bowie
The red hair and glittery suit were supplementary details: When Gaga stepped onto the stage for a tribute to the late Bowie, she was Ziggy Stardust through and through. Her medley of the icon's hits was eccentric, over-the-top and a little manic — in other words, spot-on.
Worst: Meghan Trainor, who was nominated for Record of the Year in 2015, won Best New Artist
In a category spilling over with the talent of Tori Kelly, James Bay and Courtney Barnett, Meghan Trainor — who was nominated for Grammys in 2015 — somehow came out on top. Beyond the fact that her ability paled in comparison, it seemed like a strange technical oversight. Music's biggest night!!
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