Top 5 Viral 2017 Grammy Moments
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The 2017 Grammys are still trending and this time for all the right reasons. There was no Kanye tom foolery or Taylor Swift dancing with her squad, but there was the Top 5 Viral 2017 Grammy Moments.
Most of the 59th Annual Awards show was good, A Tribe Called Quest’s powerful anti-Trump performance of “We The People” and Bruno Mars joining Morris Day & The Time for a Prince-channelling tribute to the music icon, while even the bad stuff was at least interesting to watch (Metallica and Lady Gaga going “unplugged”, but not on purpose).
All in all the 2017 Grammy’s were watchable. So much so that Daft Punk’s highly-anticipated performance with the Weeknd was maybe the least interesting thing of the night. So, before I get cut-off by the heartless Grammy speech wrap-up music, here are the Top 5 Viral 2017 Grammy Moments:
Rhianna didn’t take home any Grammys (despite eight nominations), but she did capture our hearts by bringing a bedazzled flask to the never-ending awards show. Get it girl.
— Rihanna World Tour (@RWTGuide) February 13, 2017
Adele Asks For A Mulligan
Adele was the big winner of the night, but it wasn’t just because she became the first person to win Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, and Song Of The Year twice. The British songstress showed us twice why she’s not just a once-in-a-lifetime talent, but a person as well.
The first Viral Moment came in Adele’s sad emoji-worthy rendition of George Michael’s 1996 single “FastLove”. She was so overcome that she flubbed the lyrics, cursing aloud and then kindly asking and taking a mulligan.
Given a second chance, Adele slayed the orchestral backed-song, paying a worthy tribute to Michael who died on Christmas day of last year.
Adele Kneels Down Before Queen Bey
When was the last time someone gave an award acceptance speech and didn’t make it about themselves? Even when celebrities speak up for a social or political cause the speech invariably weaves back to them. Adele will never be a Grammy underdog, but her album 25 was going up against Beyonce’s heavily favored Lemonade for Album of the Year. When Adele won the award, she bravely said what everyone, but the Recording Academy were thinking. Even more surprising was that it felt genuine as you can see from Beyonce and Jay-Z’s reactions.
Speaking of Beyonce. Whether you are a member of the Bey Hive or not, you have to respect the woman. Pregnant with twins, the R&B diva performed not one, but two songs off Lemonade — “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles”. Understandably, it was more understated than her usual high-energy, wind in hair appearances, but it was just as powerful and innovative, as you can see.
Twenty One Pilots Go Pantsless
Twenty One Pilots play a stripped down sort of angsty hodgepodge of hip-metal-piano-pop so it’s quite fitting that Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph stripped down to their skivvies (thank the Grammy gods they didn’t wear tighty whiteys) to accept the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their hit track “Stressed Out”.
The highly questionable move was kinda, sorta justified when Joseph explained that the reason to their madness stemmed from back when they were nobodies watching a past Grammy’s telecast. “As we were watching, we noticed that every single one of us was in our underwear. Josh turned to me and said, ‘If we ever win a Grammy, we should receive it just like this.’ So, not only is this amazing, but I want everybody who’s watching at home to know that they could be next.”