Grammy Winners 2017: Adele Wins Album Of The Year

Adele took home the top prize with Album of the Year for “25” Sunday at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards hosted by James Corden.

In all, she won five Grammys on a night that was expected to belong to Beyoncé, who had nine nominations but only won two awards.

Adele made her emotional acceptance speech a tribute to Beyoncé, capping an unusually serious and emotional awards Grammys Awards ceremony.

Her five wins were quietly matched by the late David Bowie, whose album “Blackstar,” and its title track, won for best rock song, best rock performance, best alternative music album, best recording package and best engineered non-classical album. Bowie died Jan. 10, 2016, at age 69.

Beyonce, who had a leading nine nominations heading into Music’s Biggest Night, wound up winning just two — best urban contemporary album for “Lemonade” and best music video for the song “Formation.” Even Adele seem shocked that Beyoncé didn’t win for Album of the Year.

“Five years ago when I was last here I also was pregnant and I didn’t know, and I was awarded that shortly after. I found out shortly after, which was the biggest blessing of my life. And in my pregnancy and through becoming a mother, I lost a lot of myself, and I struggled, and I still do struggle being a mom. It’s really hard,” said an emotional Adele. “But tonight winning this kind of feels full circle and like a bit of me has come back to myself.”

But then Adele spent the length of her speech praising Beyoncé, who was also up for Album of the Year for “Lemonade.”

“But I can’t possibly accept this award. And I am very humble and very gracious, but my artist of my life is Beyoncé, and this album, to me, the “Lemonade” album is just so monumental, Beyoncé. It was so monumental, and so well-thought-out and so beautiful and soul-bearing, and we all got to see another side to you that you don’t always let us see, and we appreciate that. And all us artists here adore you,” said a tearful Adele. “You are our light. And the way that you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is empowering, and you make them stand up for themselves, and I love you. I always have, and I always will.”

Overall, it was an emotional ceremony with moving tributes to the late musical legends Prince and George Michael and with the late David Bowie winning two Grammys for “Black Star,” an album that dropped a few days before he died. But the ceremony also had some tense moments with A Tribe Called Quest taking aim at Donald Trump and his policies affecting minorities. For her part, Adele refused to power through another technical hiccup, halting her tribute to George Michael with a curse and insisting on starting over.

“I’m sorry. I can’t do it again like last year,” she said. “I’m sorry for swearing.”

Beyoncé, who lost to Adele twice Sunday, was honored with the Best Urban Contemporary Album.

“We all experience pain and loss, and often we become inaudible. My intention for the film and album was to create a body of work that would give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness and our history, to confront issues that make us uncomfortable,” she said. “It’s important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror, first through their own families, as well as the news, the super bowl, the Olympics, the White House and the Grammys and see themselves and have no doubt that they are beautiful, intelligent and capable. This is something I want for every children of every race, and I feel it’s vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our own mistakes.”

But it was A Tribe Called Quest, never shy about delving into uncomfortable topics such as politics and race relations, that could be counted on to set the political tone Sunday. Joined by Anderson Paak, Consequence and Busta Rhymes, they emphasizing black power and called for unity in resisting the presidency of Donald Trump during a hyper-political performance.

“I am not feeling the political climate right now. I just want to thank President Agent Orange for perpetuating all of the evil that you have been perpetuating throughout the United States,” sang Busta Rhymes. “I want to thank President Agent Orange for the unsuccessful attempt at the Muslim ban.

The group went on to satirize the president’s agenda, “All of the bad folks, you must go. All of you Mexicans, you must go… Muslims and gays, just go away. Boy we hate your ways.”

Complete List of Grammy Award winners:

Album of the Year: Adele for “25”

Record of the Year: Adele for “Hello”

Song of the Year: Adele’s “Hello,” written by Adele and Greg Kurstin.

Best Rap Album: Chance the Rapper for “Coloring Book.”

Best Rock Song: David Bowie for “Blackstar.”

Best Urban Contemporary Album: Beyonce’s “Lemonade.”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Twenty One Pilots for “Stressed Out.”

Best Pop Vocal Album: “25,” Adele

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Hello,” Adele

Best Country Solo Performance: “My Church,” Maren Morris

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin,” Willie Nelson

Best Dance Recording: “Don’t Let Me Down,” The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya

Best Dance/Electronic Album: “Skin,” Flume

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: “Culcha Vulcha,” Snarky Puppy

Best Rock Performance: “Blackstar,” David Bowie

Best Metal Performance: “Dystopia,” Megadeth

Best Rock Album: “Tell Me I’m Pretty,” Cage The Elephant

Best Alternative Music Album: “Blackstar,” David Bowie

Best R&B Performance: “Cranes in the Sky,” Solange

The Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Twenty One Pilots for “Stressed Out.”

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 Country Duo/Group Performance: “Jolene,” Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton

Best Country Song: “Humble and Kind,” Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)

Best Country Album: “A Sailor’s Guide To Earth,” Sturgill Simpson

Best New Age Album: “White Sun II,” White Sun

Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” John Scofield, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album: “Take Me To The Alley,” Gregory Porter

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: “Country For Old Men,” John Scofield

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: “Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom,” Ted Nash Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album: “Tribute To Irakere: Live In Marciac,” Chucho Valdes

Best Gospel Performance/Song: “God Provides,” Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: “Thy Will,” Hillary Scott & The Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, songwriters Track from: Love Remains

Best Gospel Album: “Losing My Religion,” Kirk Franklin

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: “Love Remains,” Hillary Scott & The Scott Family

Best Roots Gospel Album: “Hymns,” Joey+Rory

Best Latin Pop Album: “Un Besito Mas,” Jesse & Joy

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: “iLevitable,” ile

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano): “Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo),” Vicente Fernandez

Best Tropical Latin Album: “Donde Estan?,” Jose Lugo & Guasabara Combo

Best American Roots Performance: “House Of Mercy,” Sarah Jarosz

Best American Roots Song: “Kid Sister,” Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers)

Best Americana Album: “This Is Where I Live,” William Bell

Best Bluegrass Album: “Coming Home,” O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor

Best Traditional Blues Album: “Porcupine Meat,” Bobby Rush

Best Contemporary Blues Album: “The Last Days Of Oakland,” Fantastic Negrito

Best Folk Album: “Undercurrent,” Sarah Jarosz

Best Regional Roots Music Album: “E Walea,” Kalani Pe’a

Best Reggae Album: “Ziggy Marley,” Ziggy Marley

Best World Music Album: “Sing Me Home,” Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble

Best Children’s Album: “Infinity Plus One,” Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling): “In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox,” Carol Burnett

Best Comedy Album: “Talking For Clapping,” Patton Oswalt

Best Musical Theater Album: “The Color Purple,” Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson, principal soloists; Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders & Jhett Tolentino, producers (Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell & Allee Willis, (composers/lyricists) (New Broadway Cast)

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: “Miles Ahead,” (Miles Davis & Various Artists)

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” John Williams, composer

Best Song Written For Visual Media: “Can’t Stop The Feeling!,” Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar), Track from: Trolls

Best Instrumental Composition: “Spoken At Midnight,” Ted Nash, composer (Ted Nash Big Band)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: “You And I,” Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: “Flintstones,” Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

Best Recording Package: “Blackstar,” Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package: “Edith Piaf 1915-2015,” Gerard Lo Monaco, art director (Edith Piaf)

Best Album Notes: “Sissle And Blake Sing Shuffle Along,” Ken Bloom & Richard Carlin, album notes writers (Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle)

Best Historical Album: “The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12 (Collector’s Edition),” Steve Berkowitz & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Mark Wilder, mastering engineer (Bob Dylan)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: “Blackstar,” David Bowie, Tom Elmhirst, Kevin Killen & Tony

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical: Greg Kurstin

Best Remixed Recording: “Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix),” Andre Allen Anjos, remixer (Bob Moses)

Best Surround Sound Album: “Dutilleux: Sur La Mee Accord; Les Citations; Mystere De L’Instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement,” Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, surround mix engineers; Dmitriy Lipay, surround mastering engineer; Dmitriy Lipay, surround producer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)

Best Engineered Album, Classical: “Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles,” Mark Donahue & Fred Vogler, engineers (James Conlon, Guanqun Yu, Joshua Guerrero, Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman, Lucy Schaufer, Lucas Meachem, LA Opera Chorus & Orchestra)

Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost

Best Orchestral Performance: “Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9,” Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording: “Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles,” James Conlon, conductor; Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer & Guanqun Yu; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (LA Opera Orchestra; LA Opera Chorus)

Best Choral Performance: “Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1,” Krzystof Penderecki, conductor; Henryk Wojnarowski, choir director (Nikolay Didenko, Agnieszka Rehlis & Johanna Rusanen; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: “Steve Reich,” Third Coast Percussion

Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway,” Zuill Bailey; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony)

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: “Schumann & Berg,” Dorothea Roschmann; Mitsuko Uchida, accompanist

— “Shakespeare Songs,” Ian Bostridge; Antonio Pappano, accompanist (Michael Collins, Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power & Adam Walker)

Best Classical Compendium: “Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle,” Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway,” Michael Daugherty, composer (Zuill Bailey, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)

Best Music Video: “Formation,” Beyonce

Best Music Film: “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years,” (The Beatles)



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