The 12 Most Memorable Moments from the 2016 Grammy Awards
Stars including Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, and Meghan Trainor were among the top honorees at the Staples Center, while Rihanna missed out on the celebrations altogether due to illness.
Filled with electrifying performances and a string of touching tributes—and in some cases, like Lady Gaga's jaw-dropping David Bowie tribute (above), both!—the 58th annual Grammy Awards on CBS will be remembered as one of the most performance-heavy, superlative-inducing shows of its kind.
Ahead, more memorable moments from the evening.
Taylor Swift's Show Open
The 2016 Grammys kicked off with a rousing performance of “Out of the Woods” from the statement-making 1989 star, who went on to take home Album of the Year (as well as Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Music Video) honors later in the evening—but not before delivering a pointed acceptance speech.
Lionel Richie's All-Star Tribute
Stevie Wonder's Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute—and Sense of Humor!
Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix honored the late Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire with an acapella version of “That's the Way of the World," before joking about reading the winner's card for Best Pop Solo Performance for Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud," the 24-year-old singer's first Grammy.
Hamilton Sneak Peek
The cast of Broadway's much-buzzed hip-hop musical Hamilton treated the Grammy audience to a charged performance directly from their New York stage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Composer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda even rapped his acceptance speech for Best Musical Theater Album.
Gaga’s Tribute to David Bowie
Her recent Global Globe win may have put a spotlight on her onscreen talents, but make no mistake: Gaga is a stage performer through and through. She fully channeled David Bowie in her powerful tribute medley to the late iconic rocker, letting us all know Mother Monster ain’t goin’ nowhere.
Adele's "All I Ask"
Meghan Trainor's Pure Emotion
It was hard not to get choked-up watching the "All About That Bass" star (and her proud, tearful dad) give an emotional acceptance speech after getting crowned Best New Artist. Afterwards, she shared with InStyle sound advice for all aspiring singers and songwriters. "Just do it. Keep doing it. Every day write a song. When you have 200, write 500. When you have 500, write 1,000. And don’t stop writing until you get to where you want to be. I wrote a song two days ago. Keep going."
Justin Bieber's First Grammy Win
Kendrick Lamar’s Fiery Performance
In one of the most memorable and impressive acts of the night, Lamar lit up the stage—literally—performing “The Blacker the Berry” and “Alright.” While leading the field with a whopping 11 nominations, the artist took home just one for Best Rap Album (To Pimp a Butterfly).
The Hollywood Vampires Delivered
The much-anticipated Lemmy Kilmister tribute from The Hollywood Vampires, the supergroup composed of Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, and Joe Perry (along with Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum), made their television debut Monday night.