From multiple performers and participants making political statements, to Adele making a clean sweep, the 2017 Grammys will be remembered by many. The political statements, mishaps, and award speeches made this year’s awards very unique.
Adele got a clean sweep this year at the Grammys, beating Beyoncé out for several of her Grammy’s. However, when Adele received the Grammy for album of the year, she stated “I can’t possibly accept this award. And I’m very humbled, and I’m very grateful, and gracious. But, my artist of my life is Beyoncé, and this album for me, the Lemonade album, was just so monumental.”. Later, it was revealed that she had broken her award in half and given a piece to her idol. Earlier in the evening, Adele did a cover of “Fast Love” to honor George Michael. Messing up halfway through the song, the singer cursed, apologized, and restarted the song from the begging. Later, Adele went on to apologize again for cursing, and state that she didn’t mean to offend anyone. Adele left that night with awards for Artist, Song, and Album of the Year.
Other acts didn’t quite care if they had offended anyone. In her performance of “Chained to the Rhythm” Katy Perry wore an armband that read Persist. In addition, she wore a lapel pin in support of Planned Parenthood. During the last part of Chained to the Rhythm, the backdrop was projected with the preamble of the constitution. Later in the night, A Tribe Called Quest performed “We the People…”. With different people of color joining them onstage. Busta Rhymes joined the group for the ending, and referred to Trump as “President Agent Orange” and said the president had been perpetuating evil around the globe. Laverne Cox, before introducing the next act, told the audience to look up a current civil rights case, concerning Gavin Grim and the transgender bathroom debate.
Metallica’s performance had a rough start from the moment that Laverne Cox failed to even mention Metallica, and instead just introduced Lady Gaga. The first couple of seconds did not go very smooth, as James Hetfield’s mic did not work for the first half of the song. Eventually, Gaga and Hetfield shared a mic, but Gag’s voice obviously was much louder than Hetfield’s. James Hetfield was visibly upset after the performance, as he could be seen kicking his mic stand over, and then throwing his guitar and pic offstage.
Adding some humor to the night, Twenty One Pilots accepted their first ever Grammy pant less. Tyler Joseph, the bands lead singer explained the story of when he and his bandmate Josh Dun were watching the Grammy’s in only their underwear, Tyler had brought up the idea that if they ever won a Grammy they should receive it just as they are now, in their underwear. And that they did. When Twenty One Pilots was called for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance the pair shed their pants and made their way onstage. He ended the winning speech with some inspiration for those at home, “So, not only is this amazing, I want everyone at home to know they could be next. Anyone from anywhere can do anything; and this is that.”
From humor to political statements, this year’s Grammy Awards had it all, and will most likely be remembered for a long time.