Grammys: Best and Worst Moments

10:04 PM 2/15/2016

by Patrick Shanley

The best and worst moments from the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, from Taylor Swift's acceptance speech to Adele's audio issues.

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The 58th annual Grammy Awards featured plenty of memorable moments — some great, some not so great. With some of the biggest names in music taking the stage, the night featured unlikely duets paying tribute to one another, a number of legendary artists being honored, the cast of the Broadway smash musical Hamilton appearing live via satellite from New York City and even Johnny Depp (yes, that Johnny Depp) performing with legendary rockers Alice Cooper and Joe Perry.

While a number of the evening's acts may join the pantheons of great Grammy performances of years past, it wasn't all high notes for everyone who graced the stage. 

Here's a look at the best, and worst, moments from the 2016 Grammy Awards.

  • Taylor Swift Calls Out Kanye West

    During her album of the year acceptance speech, Swift used the platform to offer advice to her female fans. "I want to say to all the young women out there," Swift said while clutching her award, "that there will be people who will try to undercut your success." In 2009, Kanye West infamously rushed the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards to interrupt Swift's acceptance of the best female video award. Many believe that Swift's comments at this year's Grammys were aimed at the outspoken hip-hop star.

  • Kendrick Lamar's Performance

    Mixing theatricality with mile-a-minute lyricism, Lamar's performance of his hits "The Blacker the Berry" and "Alright" began with the rapper shuffling onto the stage at the head of a chain gang and proceeded to break into an energetic surge of luminescent dancers, a line of drummers, a caged saxophone player, a 20-foot-high bonfire and, of course, an obligatory drop of sound to censor profanity, all of which added up to arguably the night's most memorable performance.

  • Lady Gaga's Tribute to David Bowie

    Performing a medley of the late singer's most famous hits from his decades-long career, Gaga embodied Bowie in both her appearance, staging and vocalization as she spanned the many eras and incarnations of the legendary performer's catalog.

  • Lionel Richie Takes the Stage

    After a series of his hits ranging from his days with The Commodores to his wildly successful solo career was performed in his honor by John Legend, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan, Meghan Trainor and Tyrese Gibson, the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year award recipient, Lionel Richie, climbed onstage to close out the set with a performance of "All Night Long" that brought the audience to their feet.

  • Eagles Reunite to Honor Glenn Frey

    In dedication to their late bandmate and co-founding member of The Eagles, Glenn Frey, the surviving members of the legendary group, joined by Jackson Browne, performed an emotional rendition of "Take It Easy."

  • Tori Kelly and James Bay Duet

    The two singers earned a standing ovation for their face-to-face guitar-and-vocal-only duets of Kelly's hit "Hollow" and Bay's "Let It Go."

  • 'Hamilton' Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's Acceptance Speech

    Eschewing the traditional thank-yous of more conventional awards acceptance speech, Miranda opted to rap his gratitude for his Grammy win for best theatrical theater album. 

  • Hollywood Vampires

    Paying tribute to late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, the Hollywood Vampires, made up of Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and Hollywood A-lister Johnny Depp, took to the stage to play the late rocker's legendary song, "Ace of Spades."

  • Ariana Grande's Awkward Introduction of The Weeknd

    While introducing The Weeknd, whom she collaborated with on "Love Me Harder," Grande sang a few a capella bars of "Earned It," one of The Weeknd's hits.


  • Justin Bieber Fails to Smash Guitar

    Following an acoustic performance of "Love Yourself," Bieber, perhaps overcome with the emotion of his own music or perhaps simply embracing his inner rock star, attempted to smash his guitar onstage. Unfortunately, the instrument proved more durable than the singer anticipated and stubbornly refused to cooperate.

  • Audio Issues With Adele's Performance

    Due to a technical hiccup, Adele's sound went out briefly toward the beginning of her performance. The British singer performed "All I Ask," which she chose to sing over her current hit "Hello."

  • Host L.L. Cool J Seems to Mispronounce Presenter O'Shea Jackson's Name

    While introducing the presenters of the best rap album award, O'Shea "Ice Cube" Jackson and son O'Shea Jackson Jr., many viewers thought they heard L.L. Cool J pronounce the latter's name as "O.J. Jackson."