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These are the best moments from the 2017 Grammy Awards
With the Grammys, you get the best of both worlds: You get to watch killer performances by talented artists, and you get to sit at home in sweatpants, trolling Twitter—what's not to love about that?
This year, The 59th Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles, were more than just a place to see your favorite songs performed live. They were also a place for many to speak about issues they felt passionately about. Beyoncé gave a teary-eyed acceptance speech about the power of diversity. A Tribe Called Quest ended their performance by shouting "Resist, resist, resist!" and Laverne Cox used her intro of Lady Gaga and Metallica to urge viewers to Google Gavin Grimm, a transgender teen taking a discrimination case about communal bathroom use to the Supreme Court.
But plenty more happened, so for all the best Grammys moments—political and otherwise—read on.
Twenty One Pilots went sans pants
Last night, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun of alt-rock band Twenty One Pilots won the award for Best Pop Duo or Group Performance for their hit "Stressed Out." When they rose from their seats to accept the award, they did something very strange: they took their pants off. At first I was like "Why are you doing such an unclassy thing in a classy place?!" But Tyler's explanation was a pretty amazing one. On stage, her reminisced on watching the Grammys with Josh and friends years ago, saying, "And as we were watching, we noticed every single one of us was in our underwear. And seriously, Josh turned to me—and we were no one at that time—and he said, 'if we ever go to the Grammys, if we ever win a Grammy, we should receive it just like this.'" Accepting the award sans pants—no matter how silly it seemed—was a full circle moment for the band, and that's pretty dang cool.
Katy Perry shared a powerful message
At the beginning of Katy's performance of her new single "Chained to the Rhythm," I actually said, "Hmm, I wish her set was more interesting." Ask and you shall receive, apparently, because her white picket fence set got a dose of "distortion," as the song says, with mirrors and movement. It was around that time that I noticed Katy's armband that said "Resist," a clear political message that fit perfectly with lyrics like, "Are we tone deaf?/ Keep sweeping it under the mat/ Thought we could do better than that/ I hope we can."
Chance the rapper won *big*
I got literally all the feels last night when Chance the Rapper won his first Grammy ever (and then his second and then his third). He's the first unsigned artist ever to even be nominated, and he beat out Drake, Kanye West and DJ Khaled for Best Rap Album of the Year for his mixtape Coloring Book. As if that weren't enough, he delivered a soulful, showstopping performance of his songs “How Great” and “All We Got” with Kirk Franklin, Francis and the Lights, Tamela Mann and a full-on gospel choir behind him. Needless to say, this 23-year-old had one amazing night.
Corden got Twitter bashed
Post Katy's performance, James hopped back on stage to praise her, only to be met by several not-so-nice tweets about his hosting gig. They were, of course, planned and fake tweets, but hilarious nonetheless!
Literally everything Beyoncé did
It should come as no surprise that Beyoncé put on an awe-inspiring performance last night. Six months pregnant (with twins!), she treated fans to "Love Drought" and "Sandcastles" in a look so gold that it would make even Olympian Michael Phelps jealous. Not long after, Beyoncé accepted the award for Best Urban Contemporary Album for last year's Lemonade, where she gave an impassioned speech (reading from a gold piece of paper, obvs, because college-ruled clashes with gold, ya know?) about why diversity matters, saying, "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."
When Adele showed her human side
Adele opened the show with her infamous "Hello," and later on paid tribute to the late singer George Michael. But not long into the second performance, Adele slipped up by cursing on live TV for messing up and then asked to restart the performance, stating, "I can't mess this up for him." She capped off her night by winning Record of the Year for "Hello" and Album of the Year for 25, the latter of which she dedicated to (who else?) Queen Bey for creating Lemonade, what Adele says is "so well thought-out and so beautiful and soul-baring." In total, Adele won five Grammys (one of which she literally broke in half and offered a piece of to Bey. Iconic).
What was your favorite moment from last night's Grammy awards? Did you watch? Sound off in the comments.
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