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A 2017 Grammys Recap

Music’s biggest night just concluded and per usual, it was filled with its share of powerful moments, stirring performances, and yes, the tweets.

Here’s my collection of favorites.

Let’s begin with Chance’s 3-Peat.

Chance won for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance “No Problem” f/ Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz, and Best Rap Album for Coloring Book. Wow. Chano not only won for him and his team, but for all indie artists and his hometown of Chicago. To say we’re all proud of him is an understatement. Most beloved Chicagoan since MVP Derrick Rose?

And here, Chance takes ’em to church with Kirk Franklin, Francis and the Lights and Tamela Mann for “How Great” and “All Me”. How can you not appreciate the words and energy here?

Beyonce was one of the most highly anticipated appearances and performances and she did her usual show stealing. And how iconic is this?

I also thought Beyonce should have won Album of the Year with Lemonade too given her greater social impact than the also deserving 25 by Adele. But still, as Frank says, it’s not about a “TV award” as much as the impact an artist can have. And Beyonce is one of many amazing voices for this generation today.

I don’t want to get too much further before mentioning my favorite performance of the night: A Tribe Called Quest with Busta Rhymes, Consequence, and Anderson .Paak.

“We The People…” (which lowkey came true) was such a powerful song that was made even bigger on the Grammy Stage with Busta calling the POTUS, President Agent Orange, putting shame on the unsuccessful “Muslim Ban”, and Q-Tip calling for “RESIST!” on the walk out. All the while, Tribe remembered and tributed the late Phife Dawg by shining a spotlight on his mic and projecting his image during his verse and one of the most powerful moments of the song. This was one of a few goosebump moments during tonight’s telecast.

I’m going to go rapid fire for some of the remainder of the performances. Enjoyed Bruno’s riffing and Prince outfit in a tribute that also opened with Morris Day & The Time (and immediately had my fingers crossed for an absurd but 0.5% chance of a Jay & Silent Bob stage cameo.)

Also enjoyed Alicia, as always (and especially on Jimmy Kimmel this week ICYMI), as well as Lady Gaga’s mix with Metallica.

Bruno again with “That’s What I Like”, and going back to the beginning of the show, Daft Punk’s first performance in three years with a very solid live vocal performance from The Weeknd. The lighting, and dark Star Wars-esque aesthetic was cool too.

Which, as Hetalbot pointed out afterwards, Kanye’s Daft Punk featured performance in 2008 was stronger.


(Throwback! I missed Kanye tonight.)

Whew, there’s a little more! Some more winners and tweets. Scroll for more, you’ve come this far!

2017 Grammy Winners:

Album of the Year: 25, Adele
Record of the Year: “Hello,” Adele
Song of the Year: “Hello,” Adele
Best Rap Album: The Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper
Best Urban Contemporary Album: LEMONADE, Beyoncé
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Stressed Out,” Twenty One Pilots
Best New Artist: Chance the Rapper
Best Pop Solo Performance: “Hello,” Adele
Best Pop Vocal Album: 25, Adele
Best Dance Recording: “Don’t Let Me Down,” The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya
Best Dance/Electronic Album: Skin, Flume
Best R&B Performance: “Cranes in the Sky,” Solange
Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Angel,” Lalah Hathaway
Best R&B Song: “Lake By the Ocean,” Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
Best R&B Album: Lalah Hathaway Live, Lalah Hathaway
Best Rap Performance: “No Problem,” Chance the Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
Best Rap/Sung Performance: “Hotline Bling,” Drake
Best Rap Song: “Hotline Bling,” Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)
Best Dance Recording: The Chainsmokers, “Don’t Let Me Down (feat. Daya)”
Best Music Video: Beyoncé, “Formation”

FULL List here. (FWIW, I do think we’ll be looking back at “Hotline Bling” as Best *Rap* Song years from now with the 😡 emoji like many are tonight.)