For those of you who didn’t get a chance to tune in to watch the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, here are five of the most stunning performances.
Beyoncé took the Grammy stage with her newly-announced baby bump draped in gold. She performed two songs from her album Lemonade, which won the award for Best Urban Contemporary Album later in the night. She was surrounded by female dancers for her first song, “Love Drought” which was choreographed beautifully. All of the production fell away for her second song, “Sandcastles” as she sat and engaged the audience directly, while her poignant vocals soared out into the crowd.
2. Lady Gaga & Metallica
Metal acts aren’t usually spotlighted in the Grammy telecast, but Metallica’s appearance on the main stage with Lady Gaga gave the genre some much needed attention. Gaga wowed the crowd by belting along to Metallica’s recent release, “Moth Into Flame,” proving once again that she is one of the most versatile artists in the music industry. Although there were some technical issues with James Hetfield’s microphone, it was still an A+ performance.
3. Chance the Rapper
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Chicago native, Chance the Rapper, performed the tracks “How Great” and “All We Got” from his award-winning album, Coloring Book. For his performance of “How Great,” he recruited gospel stars Tamela Mann and Kirk Franklin, who sang background vocals as Chance tore happily back and forth across the stage. A full church choir joined Chance for his rendition of “All We Got,” adding to the already soulful and rapturous atmosphere of his performance.
4. Ed Sheeran
Ed performed his most recent single, “Shape of You.” Although, he took the stage solo, he used a loop pedal to accompany the track, much like he used to at the beginning of his career. Despite being a last minute addition to the performance lineup, his performance was pristine and engaging.
5. A Tribe Called Quest & Anderson .Paak
A Tribe Called Quest was joined onstage by Grammy nominee Anderson .Paak, as well as rappers Consequence and Busta Rhymes. They performed “We the People” and “Movin’ Backwards” from We Got It Here…Thank You for Your Service. Before “We the People,” Busta Rhymes referred to Trump as “president Agent Orange.” Following the song, Q-Tip chanted “resist” repeatedly, marking their performance as one of the most politically charged of the night.