LOS ANGELES (CBSNewYork/AP) — It was a night of unique artistic expression at the 59th annual Grammy Awards.
The show began in surprising fashion with a staged fumbling of host James Corden, who tumbled down a flight of stairs. The evening couldn’t be complete without the “Late Late Show” host’s trademark carpool karaoke, singing “Sweet Caroline” with Neil Diamond and friends.
But perhaps the biggest surprise of the night came from Adele, who after winning awards for best pop vocal album and best pop solo performance for “Hello” asked to start over a tribute to George Michael after beginning the opening number singing off key.
Tributes to the Bee Gees and to Prince went much smoother.
However, during Lady Gaga’s performance with Metallica, there seemed to be some microphone trouble.
Adele’s “25” won the album of the year Grammy Award, capping a huge night for the singer, who moments earlier had also won for record of the year.
Adele finished the evening with back-to-back wins in the Grammys’ two top categories.
She cried during her final acceptance speech and spoke directly to Beyonce, who was up against her in both categories.
“We all (expletive) adore you,” she said as Beyonce sat in the audience smiling.
Beyonce didn’t go home empty handed. She was honored with best urban contemporary album and best music video.
The night was filled with artists making statements through politics or fashion, like the best pop duo, Twenty One Pilots, who accepted the award in their underwear, which was a vow they made it they ever won a Grammy.
Despite the flubs, the year belonged to Adele, who walked away with all five awards she was nominated for.
Earlier in the day, David Bowie’s final album, released days after he died of cancer last year, earned him three Grammys.
“Blackstar” won best alternative music album, rock performance — where Bowie beat Beyonce and Jack White — and engineered album, non-classical, where Bowie won over Prince (Bowie is listed as one of the engineers on “Blackstar.”)
Bowie was nominated for four Grammys, and his final category — best rock song — was announced in the live telecast.
Beyonce was also an early winner: She became a 21-time Grammy winner after picking up best music video for the hit “Formation.” She lost best music film (“Lemonade”) to the Ron Howard-directed “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years.”
Beyonce’s younger sister, critical R&B darling Solange, won her first Grammy for best R&B performance (it was her first-ever nomination).
Drake, who isn’t attending the live show, won best rap song and rap/sung performance for the smash hit, “Hotline Bling.”
Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” — which is nominated for an Oscar — won best song written for visual media. His No.1 hit is from the “Trolls” soundtrack. Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott won two Grammys in the Christian category for the album she recorded with her family. Scott, who has won seven Grammys with Lady A, cried onstage both times when accepting the wins.
“We’ve been crying since this project started,” her father, Lang Scott, said.
Best new artist nominees The Chainsmokers won best dance recording for the pop hit “Don’t Let Me Down,” while album of the year nominee Sturgill Simpson won best country album for “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.”
The country music rebel thanked his wife, who he said told him to quit his job on the railroad years ago and move to Nashville.
Joey + Rory won best roots gospel album for “Hymns,” and Rory Feek was emotional onstage as he remembered his wife Joey, who died last year from cancer.
“My wife’s dream was to make a hymns album. She didn’t have the chance to do it until she’d been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, so she’d sing in hotel rooms while she did chemotherapy and radiation,” said Rory, who added that his wife said if they were nominated he had to attend the Grammys. “She got a big smile on her face and she said, `Remember, if we win, I’ll know before you will.”
Some actors won Grammys, too: Don Cheadle picked up best compilation soundtrack for visual media for “Miles Ahead,” where he is credited as a compilation producer, and Carol Burnett won the best spoken word album Grammy.
“The Color Purple” won best musical theater album, giving Jennifer Hudson her second Grammy and earning Tony winner Cynthia Erivo and “Orange Is the New Black” actress Danielle Brooks their first Grammys.
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