Flume cops very first Grammy for ‘Skin’

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The 59th Grammy Awards was definitely worth watching as homegrown talent Flume copped his first Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album for his widely acclaimed album ‘Skin’.

Upon receiving the award, Flume took to the stage to thank his management, label Future Classic and all those who assisted in building the album into the success it is.

As greatly anticipated by many, Beyonce and Adele pretty much dominated the stage ensuring the show was far from dull.

Beyonce took out the night in style and grace with a particular emphasis on celebrating femininity, motherhood and unity.

Introduced by her very own mother, Tina Knowles, “with a mothers pride, my daughter, Beyonce”, she said.

The performance opened with what seemed to be a computer generated version of Beyonce dressed in a costume that resembled a Hindu goddess whilst not shying away from displaying her pregnant belly.

Then the ‘real’ Beyonce appeared, dressed in a glittering gold gown and crown as she broke into one of her more mellow tracks from the Lemonade album, ‘Love Drought’ where she graced the stage filled with colourful, celebratory flowers.

Grasping her belly she then launched into ‘Sandcastles’ and fittingly ended her performance with her own voiceover, “if were gonna heal, let it be glorious” .

But it wasn’t just Beyonce that had heads turning, Adele opened the ceremony singing a beautiful stripped-down version of ‘Hello’ proved to audiences that simplicity is always best.

Taking out both Record of the Year for ‘Hello’ and Album of the Year for ’25’, Adele was brought to tears bringing her entire crew on stage when receiving Album of the Year,  “as you can see it took an army to make me strong and willing again” she said.

As she fought back tears, she spoke of the difficulties of motherhood and praised Beyonce and the importance of her album ‘Lemonade’ which she described as a monumental and soul-bearing album,

“The way you make my black friends feel is empowering”, she said.

Chance the Rapper took out the first award for the night for Best New Artist which was accompanied by a rather spiritual speech where dedicated his prize to God.

Despite strong competition, particularly with Rihanna and Drake’s ‘Work’ which features on Rihanna’s ANTi album which surprisingly didn’t pick up any Grammy’s, the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance went to Twenty One Pilots for ‘Stressed Out’.

The duo took to the stage in their mere underwear to receive the award where they explained to the crowd the story of how the pair used to sit and watch their Grammy’s in their underwear and had made a pact that if they won a Grammy they would wear their underwear.

Performances included Daft Punk and the Weeknd with the upbeat hit ‘I Feel it Coming’ and even Bruno Mars took to the stage bearing a tracksuit alongside his band who were wearing matching Nike’s grooving to ‘Thats What I Like’.

Here is a list of some of the night’s biggest winners:

Album of the Year
Adele, 25

Record of the Year
Adele, “Hello”

Song of the Year
Adele, “Hello”

Best Rap Album
Chance the Rapper, Coloring Book

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Beyoncé, Lemonade

Best Country Solo Performance
Maren Morris, “My Church”

Best Rock Song
David Bowie, “Blackstar”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out”

Best New Artist
Chance the Rapper

Best Pop Vocal Album
Adele, 25

Best Pop Solo Performance
Adele, “Hello”

Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Willie Nelson, Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin

Best R&B Performance
Solange, Cranes In the Sky

Best R&B Song
Maxwell, “Lake By the Ocean”

Best Rap Performance
Chance The Rapper, featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz, “No Problem”

Best R&B Album
Lalah Hathaway, Lalah Hathaway Live

Traditional R&B Performance
Lalah Hathaway, “Angel”

Best Rap Song
Drake, “Hotline Bling”

Rap/Sung Performance
Drake, “Hotline Bling”

Best Metal Performance
Megadeth, “Dystopia”

Rock Album
Cage the Elephant, Tell Me I’m Pretty

Best Rock Performance
David Bowie, “Blackstar”

Alternative Music Album
David Bowie, Blackstar

Best Dance Recording
The Chainsmokers, “Don’t Let Me Down”

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Skin, Flume

Best Music Video
Beyonce, “Formation”

Best Country Song
Tim McGraw, “Humble and Kind”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Pentatonix, featuring Dolly Parton, “Jolene”

Best Country Album
Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

Spoken Word Album
Carol Burnett, In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox

Comedy Album
Patton Oswalt, Talking for Clapping

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