Even though Adele flubbed her live performance at the Grammys, she walked away the belle of the ball: She took home five awards Sunday night, including album, record and song of the year.
She beat Beyoncé in the top three categories with her comeback album25, and repeated her accomplishments from 2012, when the British star also won album, song and record of the year at the Grammys.
She used her speech to say that Beyoncé should have won the big award for her groundbreakingLemonade album, which was also nominated.
Watch her speech – one of the biggest moments of the night – here:
“The way you make my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is empowering,” Adele said at the Staples Center in Los Angeles when accepting album of the year.
“I adore you. You move my soul everyday … I adore you and I want you to be my mommy,” Adele said to a very pregnant Beyoncé just minutes before picking up song of the year for Hello.
Another microphone mishap for Adele:
The night for Adele wasn’t all good though: The singer, who had trouble with her live performance at last year’s Grammys, asked to restart her tribute to George Michael, telling the audience: “I can’t mess this up for him.” She stopped and used an expletive after singing some of a new arrangement of Michael’s Fastlove, as videos and photos of Michael played in the background. She re-sang the song and earned applause and support from the crowd, though Adele was teary eyed.
Watch the mishap here:
At last year’s show, the British singer had a hiccup after a microphone inside a piano fell onto the instrument’s strings.
A number of other icons were honoured, including Prince: Bruno Mars — rocking a glittery, Prince-like purple blazer, worked the guitar like a pro while singing the icon’s Let’s Go Crazy. The Time — who worked closely with Prince — brought the audience to its feet with funky performances of Jungle Love and The Bird.
“Make some noise for Prince y’all,” Mars yelled.
Mars was also a winner on Sunday — he won for his producing work on Adele’s album. Adele’s other wins included best pop vocal album and pop solo performance.
Until Adele’s abrupt restart, Beyoncé was the talk of the show. In glittery gown, gilded crown and gold choker, a pregnant Beyonce took the Grammy stage in a lengthy performance of two songs from her critically acclaimed album Lemonade. She was introduced by her mother and former stylist, Tina Knowles: “Ladies and gentlemen, with my mother’s pride, my daughter, Beyoncé.”
Beyoncé sang on top of a long table, even leaning back on a chair while singing Love Drought. She later sang Sandcastles while sitting down in a chair that tilted alarmingly backward, hitting high notes.
“My intention for the film and album is to create a body of work that would give voice to our pain, our struggles, our doubts, and our history, to confront issues that make us uncomfortable. It’s important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty, so they can grow in a world, where they look in the mirror, first with their own families as well as in the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House and the Grammys and see themselves,” said Beyonce, reading from a card. “This is something that I want for every child of every race, and I feel that it’s vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes.”
Watch Beyoncé’s performance here:
The late David Bowie’s posthumous wins on the night:
David Bowie, who died last year from cancer, won all five awards he was nominated for.Blackstar, his final album released days after he died, won Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance, Best Alternative Music Album and best engineering on a non-classical album.Blackstar also won Best Recording Package, for artist Jonathan Barnbrook.
Chance the Rapper won the first award in the live telecast for best new artist. He also won best rap album — the first streaming-only album to do so — and bested Drake and Kanye West.
“I didn’t think we were gonna get this one,” said Chance, who also won best rap performance.
In the pre-telecast, Beyonce’s younger sister, critical R&B darling Solange, won her first Grammy for best R&B performance (it was her first-ever nomination).