Grammys: Best and Worst Moments

9:02 PM 2/12/2017

by Patrick Shanley and Lexy Perez

Adele's F bomb, Beyonce's mesmerizing performance, a microphone malfunction during a duet between Lady Gaga and Metallica, and a pantsless acceptance speech were among the night's most memorable moments.

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The biggest stars in music came together for the 59th Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

The night featured a number of memorable moments, such as a pregnant Beyonce bringing the crowd to its feet, microphone issues nearly derailing Lady Gaga's duet with Metallica, Adele's rocky start to her George Michael tribute, and Bruno Mars shredding a guitar in a tribute to Prince.

Here's a look at the best, and worst, moments from music's biggest night.

  • A Pregnant Beyonce Earns a Standing O

    Introduced by her mother Tina Knowles, Beyonce appeared in billowing robes while flaunting a pregnant belly.

    Then things got interesting.

    Asking, “Do you remember being born,” the singer was surrounded by holograms of herself in colorful robes, multiple other women and children with radiant halos.

    After the poetic skit from her Grammy-nominated album Lemonade, the star broke into the hit “Love Drought” while dangerously flirting with gravity on a wooden chair. Wearing a golden crown and flanked by white-robed dancers, Queen Bey danced atop a table bathed in falling flowers.

    One song wasn’t enough for Beyonce, as she also performed the emotional hit “Sandcastles” while seated before a large spotlight with women, arms aloft, encircling her.

  • Adele Dedicates Album of the Year Win to Beyonce

    Accepting the night's biggest award for album of the year, Adele, who had moments before accepted the award for record of the year for her hit "Hello', was quick to thank her competitor, Beyonce.

    "My dream and my idol is Queen Bey. I adore you," the British singer told Beyonce through tears. "You move my soul every single day and you have for nearly 17 years and I adore you. I want you to be my mommy and I love you."

  • Mic Goes Silent During Metallica, Lady Gaga Duet

    Technical issues nearly derailed the duet performance between pop superstar Lady Gaga and hard rock icons Metallica, as the metal band's singer, James Hetfield, found himself belting his hit "Moth Into Flame" into a silent microphone. Quick thinking prevailed as the rocker moved to share a mic with Gaga and finish up their performance before it went down in flames.

  • Bruno Mars Honors Prince, Shreds Guitar

    In a tribute to the late musical icon Prince, funk band The Time performed their hits "Jungle Love" and "The Bird," both of which were produced and co-written by Prince (under the pseudonym Jamie Starr) and featured in 1984's Purple Rain. The band, first formed by the legendary artist himself in Minneapolis, had Beyonce bobbing her head with their performance.

    Bruno Mars then took the stage, sporting a purple sequined jacket, to perform Prince’s 1984 hit “Let’s Go Crazy.” The singer even rocked the song’s ending solo, which is no easy feat.

  • Adele Halts Her George Michael Tribute, Drops an F-Bomb, Then Nails the Second Performance

    Honoring the late British singer, who died on Christmas Day, Adele began to perform an emotional rendition of George Michael’s 1996 hit “Fastlove,” only to stop halfway through by waving off the musicians that backed her, swearing and apologizing.

    Last year, Adele similarly had issues when performing “All I Ask” and a microphone fell onto her piano during her performance.

    The second attempt went much smoother for the British songstress, who sang Michael’s hit over a score of violins, earning a standing ovation for her troubles, despite a few tears from the singer herself.

  • A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes and Anderson .Paak Get Political

    Rappers A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes and Aderson .Paak delivered one of the biggest politically charged performances of the night with their passionate performance. The rappers took jabs at president Trump, referring to him as "President Agent Orange" and thanking him for "perpetuating all of the evil" in the United States. They also made references to the "unsuccessful Muslim Ban." They closed out the performance by raising their fists in the air while continuously shouting "resist."

  • John Travolta Rocks Bling, Has Trouble Reading TelePrompTer

    John Travolta appeared to introduce a duet between country stars Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood. The star, adorned in multiple glittering necklaces and bracelets, decided to break the ice with a joke. “I know what you’re all thinking, ‘Damn, where’d he get all that bling from?’ “ the actor quipped to few quiet titters from the audience. The actor then complained of not being able to read the TelePrompTer, so opted for the cue cards he had in hand to introduce the performance

  • Neil Diamond, John Legend, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, James Corden, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Sing “Sweet Caroline”

    "Contractually obligated" by CBS to make sure viewers recognized him, Grammy host James Corden donned a cutout version of a car a la the "Carpool Karaoke" segments from his Late Late Show.

    His search for partners proved fruitful, as he was joined by Jennifer Lopez, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, John Legend, Keith Urban and legendary singer-songwriter Neil Diamond to perform a rendition of Diamond's iconic sing-a-long hit "Sweet Caroline." Much to the dismay of any Boston Red Sox fan, a few of the stars didn't seem to know all the words, but that didn't stop Beyonce and Jay-Z’s daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, from getting in on the action.

  • Twenty One Pilots Accept Award Sans Pants

    Accepting their award for best pop duo/group performance for their song “Stressed Out,” Twenty One Pilots kept a childhood promise by accepting their Grammy in their underpants. “Anyone from anywhere can do anything,” they said in acceptance. Anything, being a broad term, does indeed include not wearing pants while accepting major awards.

  • Katy Perry Sports a White Pantsuit and "Resist" Armband During Performance

    After a hiatus from music, Katy Perry made her return to the Grammy stage with a performance of her new single, "Chained to the Rhythm." Dancing around a fence that transformed into a hall of mirrors, Perry sported a white suit with the word "Resist" on her sleeve, a reference to anti-Trump protests. Featured on the song, Skip Marley joined Perry onstage. The performers ended their performance by clasping their raised hands overhead while words from the constitution were displayed on a screen behind them. 


  • Adele Sings "Hello" to the Grammys

    Adele, who was nominated for five Grammys this year and took home the Grammy for record of the year and album of the year, opened the show with a rousing rendition of her hit “Hello,” off her album 25.

    The British singer, standing solo onstage under a bright spotlight, got the show started with her moving vocal performance.

  • James Corden Takes a Spill

    Host James Corden had a rough go to start the Grammys.

    First, the elevator that was to raise him onto the stage stalled halfway up its ascent. Then, the Late Late Show host took a tumble down a flight of stairs, losing his shoe in the process.

    He eventually got a handle of the situation, however, as he broke into a rap noting a number of the stars in attendance, including Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and “Bruno from Mars.”

    He also got a little political, saying “with president Trump who knows what comes next,” eliciting a smattering of applause from the audience.