• Julia Hiltz

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The 58th Grammy Awards took place on February 15th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Music’s biggest night featured a host of talented performers and celebrated the achievements of artists over the past year. Host for the fifth successive year, LL Cool J gave a wonderful introduction to the show, talking about Grammy shows of the past and all the exciting performers to come.

The show was opened by Taylor Swift, who performed “Out of the Woods” from her 1989 album. Adele shone on stage while performing one of her new singles “All I Ask”, after an introduction from co-writer Bruno Mars. Kendrick Lamar gave an electrifying performance on the Grammy stage with two of his songs from his album To Pimp a Butterfly, “Alright” and “The Blacker the Berry”. Lady Gaga also performed in tribute to the late David Bowie. Another show-stopping moment was the tribute to Lionel Richie, featuring John Legend and Demi Lovato, whose version of the classic “Hello” captivated the audience.

A first for the Grammy’s, the Broadway musical Hamilton performed its opening number “Alexander Hamilton” live from the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York. The show brought home the Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda rapped his acceptance speech live on stage.

Song Of The Year went to Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge for “Thinking Out Loud”, beating out “Blank Space”, “Girl Crush”, “See You Again”, and “Alright” for the coveted award. Taylor Swift’s album 1989 won Album Of The Year over To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar, Traveller by Chris Stapleton, Beauty Behind the Madness by The Weeknd, and Sound & Colour by Alabama Shakes. Another notable victory was Meghan Trainor for Best New Artist.

Kendrick Lamar, who had the most nominations at 11, won five Grammys, including Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Song and Performance for “Alright”. Taylor Swift took home three awards for her 1989 album and “Bad Blood” video. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars won two Grammys for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Canadian artist Drake had 5 nominations, but did not bring home any Grammys. Canadian breakout artist The Weeknd secured seven nominations, tying with Taylor Swift, and won two awards for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best R&B Performance for his song “Earned It”. The singer performed “Can’t Feel My Face”, but ended with a rendition of “In The Night” that wowed the crowd and earned him a standing ovation. Justin Bieber also took home his first Grammy award, Best Dance Recording, with Skrillex and Diplo for “Where Are Ü Now”.

The 2016 Grammy Awards featured a host of fabulous performers and presenters, who all celebrated the year in music.