What we learned from the 2016 Grammys
1. Famous singers aren’t infallible
The performance of British singer Adele was something of a disaster. Known for her powerful voice and personal songs, Adele is not immune from making mistakes, and her performance at the Grammys this year was blighted by technical difficulties and sound issues. She posted a tweet following the ceremony, explaining that the issues were caused by a microphone falling on the piano strings, making it sound more like a busted guitar.
Don’t worry Adele, we still love you
2. Kanye West and Taylor Swift continue to make us all feel awkward
“Imma let you finish, but … Beyonce had one of the best videos in history.” And so started one of the more enduring playground spats in pop, with Kanye and Taylor consistently showing all the grace and maturity one would expect.
Step up the increasingly detached Kanye for the latest salvo, where he proclaims in his latest album that, “I feel like me and Taylor Swift might still have sex, I made that bitch famous.”
Taylor couldn’t let the evening pass without addressing his misogyny, even if indirectly. Receiving the award for album of the year, the first woman to have won it twice, she took the opportunity to round of her tributes with a withering response to Kanye. “I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.”
3. Lady Gaga’s David Bowie tribute hits a few bum notes
As his fans come to terms with the passing of David Bowie, expressing their condolences across social media and in the press, it was obvious that a tribute would be paid at the Grammys. What the world could not have predicted was that Lady Gaga would take the opportunity to promote not just herself, but getting a tattoo of the British superstar and posting it to Snapchat hours before performing a confused megamix of Bowie’s songs. That the American singer used the occasion to promote Intel with adverts either side of the 6 minute performance was seen as exploitative by many on Twitter.
4. Meghan Trainor gets all emotional
Meghan Trainor, whose hits “Dear Future Husband” and “All About That Bass” were part of the soundtrack of last year, gives the impression of being utterly unflappable. However, when Sam Smith announced her as the winner of best new artist gong, she let the mask slip as she joyfully cried through her acceptance speech.