Last night was “Music’s Biggest Night,” the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The night was full of upsets, powerful performances, and of course the year’s most anticipated awards. It was the usual suspects, Beyoncé, Rihannah, and music’s elite, along with new fresh up-and-coming faces like The Chainsmokers, Chance the Rapper, and RAC. The Chainsmokers made their expected splash early on in the night with a win in the “Best Dance Recording” category for their inescapable smash hit “Don’t Let Me Down.” The pair also presented the award for “Best Rock Song,” which was posthumously awarded to the late David Bowie for his final offering, 2016’s “Blackstar.”
Australian forward-thinker Flume walked away with the well-deserved “Best Dance/Electronic Album” Grammy for his second studio album Skin, a win the artist called “insane” in his acceptance speech. The former What So Not proponent turned solo superstar was also nominated for “Best Dance Recording” for his song “Never Be Like You” with Canadian vocalist Kai. The Chainsmokers were also nominated in the “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” category for their collaborative hit “Closer” with Halsey. RAC took home a Grammy for the “Best Remixed Recording,” honoring his work on Bob Moses’ “Tearing Me Up.” Skrillex enjoyed another nomination, this time with “Purple Lamborghini” in the running for “Best Song Written For Visual Media.”
Adele, to polarizing opinions, came out as the evening’s top artist, winning not only “Song Of The Year” but also “Record of the Year” and “Album of the Year,” an award she said that she could not accept since she believed Beyoncé’s album Lemonade was more deserving. Coincidentally, Adele ended up breaking her Grammy in half on stage on accident as she was dedicating the award to Queen B. Look’s like there’s enough Grammy love to go around.
Chance The Rapper had perhaps the biggest night of all. The Chicago-based emcee made history with his seven nominations, being the first independent artist ever to achieve such success. Chano beat out The Chainsmokers for “Best New Artist,” in what was surely a slim race, and he roped in a win for “Best Rap Performance” as well. The Coloring Book rapper closed out the night with a raucous performance alongside a full church choir, in the most appropriate ending to a memorable evening for music.