The big day has finally arrived! The 2017 Grammy Awards are coming up in just a few hours, with red carpet proceedings going on as we speak.
This post will be updated in real time during the red carpet and the awards show, with everything you need to know from tonight’s event. Stay tuned to Okayplayer for updates, and follow @Okayplayer tonight for Phonte Coleman’s Twitter takeover!
11:35pm: Adele has taken home one of the biggest awards of the night: Record of the Year, for “Hello.” Minutes later she wins Album of the Year for 25, starts bawling backstage.
11:12pm: Chance the Rapper took the Grammy crowd to church with a full-on gospel performance of “How Great”“No Problem” and a bit of “Blessings” with appearances by Tamela Mann and Kirk Franklin.
10:52pm: The Time is getting down with a performance of “Jungle Love” and “The Bird,” with the band getting down choreographed dance moves and Morris Day checking himself in the mirror between songs. Stephen Hill dances along in the crowd, in one of the best audience moments of the night. Bruno Mars then takes stage to continue the Prince tribute, performing “Let’s Go Crazy” from Purple Rain.
10:40pm: A Tribe Called Quest takes the stage after being introduced by Solange, performing “World Tour.” Anderson .Paak then joins them for their collab “Movin Backwards,” singing while handling the drums as he did in so many festivals last year. Busta Rhymes and Consequence then get on stage for “We The People.” Group members then run through a makeshift wall on the stage, as Busta calls out President Donald Trump – a.k.a. “Agent Orange” – for the Muslim ban. Q-Tip repeatedly yells “resist!” at the end of the performance.
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10:37pm: In another big win tonight, Adele takes home Song of the Year for “Hello.” Steps on stage, bows to Celine Dion before accepting the award. She apologizes again for cursing during her George Michael tribute. Thanks the academy, her label, her manager, and Greg Kurstin for coming all the way to London to record with her.
10:20pm: Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Little Big Down and Andra Day all paid homage to The Bee Gees.
10:13pm: Sturgill Simpson taking stage now, joined by The Dap-Kings on the horns. Wow.
10:05pm: Lady Gaga is on stage paying homage to Metallica, wearing a band tee with her bandmates rocking lots of black leather while performing “Moth Into Flame.”
10:00pm: Chance The Rapper took home Best Rap Album. “I didn’t expect to win this one,” he said. Thanked God again (he’s thanked God at least 6-7 times tonight), and added, “This is for every indie artist, everyone who’s been doing this mixtape stuff for a long time. Shout out to DJ Drama for doing it first!”
9:50pm: As Adele performs the late George Michael’s “Fastlove,” she accidentaly curses and asks the band to start over. “I can’t mess this up for him.”
9:37pm: Beyoncé has taken home another Grammy, with Best Contemporary Album for Lemonade. She thanked God, her family, and her fans. “We all experience pain and loss, and often we become inaudible,” and said she wanted to “create a body of work that will give voice to our pain.” Solid, fitting speech, especially considering the category for the award.
9:27: Katy Perry is taking to the stage to perform “Chained To The Rhythm” with Ziggy Marley.
9:15pm: Bruno Mars had one of his usual stellar performances of “That’s What I Like,” from his album 24K Magic.
9:11pm: Maren Morris won Best Country Solo Performace for “My Church.”
8:55pm: After being introduced by mother Tina Knowles, Beyonce is on stage rocking her baby belly. This is going to be incredible. Beginning the performance with an ode to motherhood, with scores of women of color and beautiful special effects being used for the visual performance.
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8:50pm: Lukas Graham and Kelsea Ballerini performing a mashup of “Peter Pan” and “7 Years.”
8:44pm: David Bowie was awarded Best Rock Song for “Blackstar.” The song also earned Best Rock Performance, and the album received Best Alternative Music Album.
8:30pm: Twenty-One Pilots have won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their song “Stressed Out.” They took off their pants before walking on stage, sharing a story that all of them were wearing their underwear while watching the awards together at home. “If we ever win a Grammy, we would accept it like this. … Anyone, from anywhere, can do anything.”
8:26pm: Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood have just taken the stage, after being introduced by John Travolta.
8:15pm: The Weeknd is now on stage, performing “I Feel It Coming” with featured artists Daft Punk joining him.
8:12pm: Paris Jackson says that such a crowd would be useful to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.
8:12pm: Chance The Rapper has won Best New Artist! After thanking God, his family and his team, he says, “I know people think that independence means I do it by myself, but independence means freedom. I do it with the people right here.”
8:00pm: The Awards are officially underway, with Adele opening the ceremony with a performance of “Hello,” which is nominated for Record of the Year tonight.
7:08pm – Cee-Lo already has one of the more odd red carpet appearances of the night. Maybe another look at what he has coming for the Gnarly Davison album he announced after the phone explosion video?
— Recording Academy (@RecordingAcad) February 13, 2017
While many were initially unable to identify who she was, an actress and pop/rock singer named Joy Villa has taken the red carpet wearing a dress that says “Make America Great Again.”
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) February 12, 2017
-6:26pm – Chance The Rapper is officially a Grammy winner! He won Best Rap Performance for “No Problem,” featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz. Looking forward to his performance at the awards tonight. The song is also 2 Chainz’s first Grammy Award.
— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) February 12, 2017
–Drake’s “Hotline Bling” is already a dominant song tonight, taking home the Grammys for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance.
–Lalah Hathaway has earned two Grammys tonight: Best R&B Album for Lalah Hathaway Live, and Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Angel.”
–Solange’s incredible “Cranes In The Sky” is getting the praise it deserves, taking home a Grammy for Best R&B Performance.
-The late, great David Bowie’s album Blackstar has been given the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album. He also earned Best Rock Performance for the album’s title track.
-Grammys powerhouse Adele has already taken home two awards tonight: Best Pop Solo Performance for “Hello,” and Best Pop Vocal Album for 25.
–Patton Oswalt has won Best Comedy Album for Talking For Clapping.
–Ziggy Marley’s album Ziggy Marley has won the award for Best Reggae Album.
–Fantastic Negrito’s The Last Day of Oakland has won Best Contemporary Blues Album.
–Bobby Rush’s Porcupine Meat has won the award for Best Traditional Blues Album.
-4:30pm – Kirk Franklin’s Losing My Religion has taken home Best Gospel Album.
–Beyonce’s internet-breaking video for “Formation” has won the award for Best Music Video. Hopefully the first of a prosperous night for Queen Bey!
-The soundtrack for Miles Ahead, the Miles Davis biopic starring Don Cheadle, has won the Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media. Miles Davis and various artists, Steve Berkowitz, Don Cheadle, and Robert Glasper are all honored. Congrats!
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