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Grammys 2017: Adele pays tribute to George Michael; Beyonce enthralls with performance about motherhood

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Grammys 2017: Adele pays tribute to George Michael; Beyonce enthralls with performance about motherhood

Los Angeles: Grammys 2017 turned out to be a spectacular affair with some stunning performances specially Beyonce who appeared as a goddess of femininity, and Adele who endeared the crowd with her humanity, flaws included.

Adele opened the 2017 Grammys show singing her hit "Hello." Later, in a tribute to George Michael, she started to sing his song "Fastlove" but stopped it abruptly, cursing into the microphone and apologizing that she needed to start over to get it right. After finishing, she teared up as the celebrities in the front row applauded her in support.

Then there was Beyonce, who delivered a beautiful performance that was a multimedia homage to motherhood. After an introduction by her own mother, Tina Knowles, that praised her daughter's maternal instincts, Beyonce appeared as a fertility goddess with her pregnant belly highlighted, and, at one point, her 5-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, ran around her.

Surrounded by dancers, and with projections of herself in saffron robes, Beyonce performed the songs "Love Drought" and "Sandcastles" from her album "Lemonade." At the end of the segment, she stared directly into the television camera as a recording of her voice rang through with a message to women that "if we're going to heal, let it be glorious."

Best new artist prize went to Chance the Rapper, who has fully embraced streaming and become a sensation without a record company behind him.

"I know people think that independence means you do it by yourself," Chance said onstage, "but independence means freedom."

This year the Grammys had a new host, James Corden of "The Late Late Show," as well as a historic showdown between Beyonce and Adele. They were facing off in each of the top three categories — album, record and song of the year.


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