Elizabeth Beckmann ’18
This past Monday, February 15th, the 58th Grammy Awards were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. LL Cool J hosted the event for the fifth year in a row. This star-studded red carpet event was the hottest topic on just about everybody’s mind.
Every celebrity from Justin Bieber to DJ Khaled attended this VIP event. The variety of outstanding performances and off-the-charts fashion statements made this a Grammys that will go down in history.
One of the standout performances of the night was Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie. This performance touched the hearts of Bowie and Gaga’s fans. It paid true homage to the unique and undeniable work of David Bowie. Gaga even rolled up to the red carpet in attire to match Bowie’s distinct style.
Another surprise performance was the collaboration between breakout artists James Bay and Tori Kelly who were both nominated for Best New Artist. They did a mashup of Bay’s “Let It Go” and Kelly’s “Hollow.” Billboard said “The artists showed off their quietly powerful vocals, as well as their skills on guitar.”
The night’s performers also included Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Andra Day, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan, Meghan Trainor, John Legend, Lionel Richie, The Eagles, Hollywood Vampires, Alabama Shakes, Joey Alexander, Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Miguel, Pitbull, Robin Thicke, Rihanna, Chris Stapleton, Bonnie Raitt, and The Weeknd.
One of the big winners of the night was Taylor Swift. She received many awards, but her biggest win was for her album ‘1989’ which received Album of the Year.
Also, Swift’s good friend Ed Sheeran took home the award for Song of the Year for his single ‘Thinking Out Loud.’ This was Sheeran’s first actual Grammy win since his first nomination in 2014.
A link to the complete list of 2016 Grammy winners is below.