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Grammy Moments 2016

Published:Wednesday | February 17, 2016 | 12:01 AM
Taylor Swift poses in the press room with the awards for album of the year for 1989, pop vocal album for 1989 and best music video for 'Bad Blood' at the 58th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center.
Kendrick Lamar performing at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday.
Adele performs at the 58th annual Grammy Awards
From left: Gramps, Lukes and Peetah of Morgan Heritage pose after winning the Grammy Award for the Best Reggae Album.


Taylor Swift wins top Grammy Award

Taylor Swift's official switch from country to pop with her multi-hit, best-selling '1989' album, brought the singer her second Grammy Award win for album of the year.

Swift was shocked when she won the night's top prize, beating out Kendrick Lamar, Chris Stapleton, Alabama Shakes, and The Weeknd. Swift used her speech to encourage young women who feel defeated at times or discouraged by others.

"There will be people along the way that will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. You just focus on the work and don't let those people sidetrack you," she said.

Her speech could be directed partly to Kanye West, who recently said in a new song that he made Swift famous after he stole her microphone at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

Beyonce also seemed to make a statement when she presented the final award for the night, record of the year.

"Art is the unapologetic celebration of culture through self-expression. It can impact people in a variety of ways for different reasons at different times. Some will react. Some will respond. And some will be moved," she said, seeming to speak to those who were critical of her Super Bowl performance of the anthem, Formation.

Swift, who won the album of the year Grammy for "Fearless" in 2009, walked away Monday with three awards, including best pop vocal album and music video for Bad Blood, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Lamar was the night's big winner with five

Aside from Alabama Shakes, who won three awards, Kendrick Lamar was the night's big winner with five Grammys.

He won best rap album for, To Pimp a Butterfly, as well as rap performance, rap song, rap/sung performance and music video. Along with his wins, Lamar also had a show-stopping moment when he took the stage.

He started as he appeared beaten, in handcuffs, with chains around his hands and a bruise on his eyes. He went on to fuse rap, jazz, reggae and African sounds for a commanding performance as he rapped "The Blacker the Berry" and the Grammy-nominated "Alright" passionately. He ended with a map of Africa, and the city of Compton imprinted in it.

"Hip-hop, Ice Cube, this for hip-hop, this for Snoop Dogg ... this for Nas. We will live forever, believe that," said Lamar onstage when he won best rap album.

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars won two awards for Uptown Funk, including record of the year. Ronson gave a shout-out to Prince, James Brown and George Clinton for being leaders in funk.

"This is dedicated to the fans right here," Mars added.

No Grammy Awards for audio, fans fume over glitches

The woman who created the most popular album in the US, last year, had a trying Grammy Awards.

Recording Academy president, Neil Portnow, said there was a "technical glitch" after a microphone inside a piano fell onto the instrument's strings during British superstar Adele's performance Monday night of the tender, All I Ask.

The result was that the hitmaker sounded very mortal as TV audiences heard a pitchy song and saw an unsettled Adele, who appeared disconcerted when the song ended. The singer later consoled herself by getting a burger from a popular local joint.

"Something like that can easily be distracting or off-putting," Portnow said. "To her credit, she killed it. She did a fantastic job. That was an issue on our behalf."

It was one of a few episodes during the telecast that had some users of social media fuming about mismatched singers or sound problems. Even access to the live stream had reported glitches.

Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood had an early medley of songs that had one commentator declare, "This performance is the worst." Another wanted to know: "Who is mixing the audio at the Grammys?"

The show had 16 live performances and Portnow noted that each one required different sound, lighting and set-up done under tight time constraint by what he called "an A-plus crew."

"Our show is the most complicated in terms of audio of any show on television," he said. "We rarely have technical issues."

Ministry of Youth and Culture congratulates Morgan Heritage

The Ministry of Youth and Culture has issued a statement, congratulates Morgan Heritage on winning the Grammy for Best Reggae Album at the 58 Grammy Awards held on Monday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

The group won for their album, Strictly Roots, which topped the Billboard Reggae Album Chart, when it was released last April.

"We are extremely proud of the recognition that this top reggae group has now got for their outstanding work in creating sweet reggae music," said the Minister of Youth and Culture, the Honourable Lisa Hanna.

She went on to add that this win comes at a time when the ministry is moving to have reggae inscribed on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation's (UNESCO) representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

"Reggae is a big part of our culture and it is always a great feeling when our artistes are recognised on an international platform, especially on a grand stage such as the Grammy," added the minister.

Hanna expressed her sentiments of best wishes and congratulations to both Gramps and Peetah Morgan in a phone call after their win.