Written on 13th February 2017

Adele triumphs at the 59th Grammys 

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards took place last night Sunday, February 12 in Los Angeles’ Staples Centre.

Beyoncé was in the lead with nine nominations while Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West flowed close behind with eight nominations each. Despite initial expectation this evening proofed to be a huge triumph for Adele winning five awards, including Record of the Year for "Hello" and Album of the Year for “25”. By winning Album of the Year, Adele became the second solo female act to win the category twice, following Taylor Swift's second win last year.

The British singer had the great honour of opening the festivities with her global hit “Hello” and was later given the opportunity to pay a heartfelt tribute to the late George Michael by covering his song "Fastlove".

Adele reluctantly accepted the top Grammy accolades after herself backing Beyoncé’s Lemonade, for album, song and record of the year. During her acceptance speech, Adele said: “I can’t possibly accept this award. The Lemonade album was just so monumental, Beyoncé. It was so monumental and well thought-out and beautiful and soul-bearing… we appreciate that. All of us artists here adore you. You are our light.”

Still, Beyoncé wasn't left completely empty handed. Before the televised awards had begun, she had already been graced the award for Best Music Video for "Formation" and the award for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

David Bowie, who died just days before releasing his album Blackstar on January 8, 2016, won four Grammys, including Best Alternative Music Album. Chance The Rapper earned three Grammys, including Best New Artist.

On the night stellar live performances included Adele ("Hello"), Beyoncé (an empowerment medley of "Love Drought" and "Sandcastles") and Ed Sheeran ("Shape Of You"). Still on a high after her amazing performance at the Super Bowl, Lady Gaga teamed up with Metallica for the band's "Moth Into Flame."

Despite the festive atmosphere the current political climate could not be entirely swept aside. Several artists expressed their disappointment and concern, including the host James Corden alluding to President Trump in his opening rap.

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