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A great night indeed

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So Adele trumped Beyonce, then declared her love for her.

Beyonce and her unborn twins performed then picked up an award of their own.

Chance the Rapper swept the board in the rap stakes and David Bowie won five posthumous awards.

Plus, Adele smashed a George Michael cover (at the second attempt), Bruno Mars did a mighty fine Prince impersonation and MetalliGa were born.

Scroll down to re-live all that and more from an epic night in LA.

We're both off to see if we can still sneak into the after-party.

And by after-party we mean our own beds - it's been a long night, after all, hasn't it Adele?

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Adele 'Kanyes' herself and crowns Beyonce 'artist of my life'

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What's the girl equivalent of bromance?

We're not sure but whatever it is Adele and Beyonce have it.

Adele became the first person ever to win the Grammys double treble; that is scooping the song, record and album of the year hat-trick twice...but instead of basking in the glory the tearful London threw the spotlight straight back on "the artist of my life."

Some are suggesting that this was the moment that Adele 'Kanyed' herself, referring to Mr West storming the stage two years ago after Beyonce was beaten to the best album title by Beck's Morning Phase.

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So who wins best album?

Adele says she "cannot accept" her Grammy award for best album, saying Beyonce deserved it more.

If she means it, Adele would become only the second artist in history to turn down a Grammy (after Sinead O'Connor in 1990).

It is unclear as the ceremony ends how the issue will be resolved.

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WINNER: Album of the year - Adele - 25

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Adele had not long been sat down, but was called back up to pick up the Album of the Year award which she says she "cannot accept" it should go to Beyonce for her "inspiring" LP Lemonade.

Adele said: "I can't possibly accept this award

"My artist of my life is Beyonce and this album for me, this Lemonade album, was so monumental and so well thought out and so beautiful and soul baring ... and all us artists here [bleep] adore you

"You are our light. The way you make me and my friends feel. The way you make my black friends feel is empowering. You make them stand up for themselves.

"And I love you. I always have and I always will."

WINNER: Record of the year - Adele - Hello

Adele takes her fourth award of the night for Hello, beating amongst others Beyonce's Formation.

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Cheers (Drink To That)

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Rihanna proves once again that she knows how to party better than the rest of us mortals.

She's brought a diamante-studded hip flask to help her get through the Grammys.

If only we'd thought of that.  We only have *Jaffa Cakes.

*Other biscuits/cakes are available.

So many names...

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Leonard Cohen, Prince, George Michael. Keith Emerson, Sharon Jones, Billy Paul, Bobby Vee, Merle Haggard... We know 2016 was brutal - but seeing all the clips of the stars we lost in 2016 in one brief montage is overwhelming.

Especially with John Legend and Cynthia Erivo singing God Only Knows all over it...

Excuse us while we get a tissue.

Chance takes us to Church

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Earlier tonight, Chance the Rapper became the first black hip-hop artist to win the best new artist Grammy since Lauryn Hill in 1999.

He also set a world record: As his latest release, Coloring Book, is the first ever streaming-only album to win a Grammy (for best rap record).

He's just treated the crowd to soulful performance of that album's highlights, backed by a whole gospel choir.

With Kanye nowhere to be seen, is Chance now top of the hip-hop crop?

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Bowie's posthumous wins "startling"

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David Bowie has won all five prizes he was nominated for tonight, including best rock song for Blackstar.

Previously, the star had only won one competitive Grammy - best music video in 1985 for Jazzin' For Blue Jean - and a lifetime achievement award in 2006.

Backstage, recording engineer Kevin Killen, who worked with Bowie on Blackstar expressed his surprise at the statistic.

"It's kind of startling it's taken that long for an artist who's been so magnificent throughout his whole career." 

Musician Donny McCaslin, who played on the album, added it was "unfortunate" that Bowie had not been nominated for the main prize: Album of the year.

"Speaking artistically it was clear he should have been nominated in one if not more of the major categories," he said.

Time for a quick selfie!

Courtesy of a pair of Legends.  Literally. John and his wife Christine Teigen grabbed a quick snap for their family photo album.

But it was quickly photobombed by...Jason Derulo.

Jason doesn't play by de rules.

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James Corden lifts the veil on Grammys glamour

Some chairs, yesterday

Think award shows are glamorous? Think again. Not only do you have to sit through four hours of people thanking their managers for taking 20% of their earnings, but you have to do it in the most uncomfortable chairs imaginable.

Grammy host James Corden just pointed out that Beyonce et al are perched on folding plastic chairs. The sort you store in your garage for parties.

"Wrestlers get hit with better chairs than this".

And absolutely nails tribute to the purple man

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Prince's closing performance at the 1985 Grammys is one of the all-time greats: conducting his band through a stage invasion, then walking down the central aisle as the credits rolled.

So Bruno Mars had big shoes to fill (not literally, Prince was an eeny-weenie musical genius) as he paid tribute to the star tonight.


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But, to his credit, Bruno did brilliantly. Strapping on Prince's trademark cloud guitar and a purple sequinned suit, the singer raced through a note-perfect rendition of Let's Go Crazy - even replicating the star's legendary guitar solo.

Before him, Prince proteges The Time brought the funk back into the Staples Centre, racing through a number of their Prince-penned hits, including the mighty Jungle Love.

It was a fitting tribute to a star we lost too soon.

Busta Rhymes busts out the politics

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"I just want to thank President agent orange for perpetuating evil," shouts Busta Rhymes as he takes to the stage with A Tribe Called Quest and Anderson Paak.

He then calls out Donald Trump for what he calls an "unsuccessful Muslim ban", before launching into the song We The People, which attacks xenophobia and religious persecution in the United States.

The performance ended with rapper Q-Tip shouting "resist, resist, resist".

It's the most incendiary moment of the night so far.

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WINNER: Best song - Adele - Hello

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Adele wins one of the "big three" prizes of the night: Best song.

"First of all, I really do apologise for swearing," she said, referring to her faux pas during the George Michael tribute earlier. "It's George Michael - he means a lot to me. 

"I really do apologise if I offended anyone."

She went on to thank her co-writer Greg Kurstin, who went beyond the call of duty while working on Adele's album, 25.

"Greg kept coming to England to work with me so I didn't have to leave my son - even though he had a son and daughter of his own. 

"Thank you for your patience with me, and thank you for creating my favourite song that I've ever done."

Grammys honour Bee Gee Barry Gibb

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We've just had the night's second tribute performance, but this time in honour of a man who is very much still with fact he's in the crowd, singing along.

Barry Gibb gave a medley of Bee Gees hits his seal of approval, joining in with the words to Staying Alive, Tragedy and Night Fever- courtesy of tribute specialist Demi Lovato (she did a mean Lionel Ritchie last year), former Fifth Harmony star Camila Cabello, Tori Kelly,Little Big Town and a few others.

The tribute is based on the flimsy excuse that Saturday Night Fever turns 40 this year.  

But why are you still sat down Barry?  You should be dancing...yeah.

Sturgill Simpson - the ceremony's dark horse

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Country star Sturgill Simpson, who's just left the Grammy stage, could be the person to ruin Beyonce's night.

He's considered the dark horse for the best album prize, with his rootsy alt-country album A Sailor's Guide To Earth.

But he's not the sort of person who gets competitive. Asked about the nomination last year, here's what he told the New York Times.

"I loved [Beyonce's] Lemonade. I thought it was genius. I love the Adele record. I would’ve liked to see Frank Ocean’s name where mine is. But that’s not my place to say. I totally understand [his protest]. I just thought that record [‘Blonde’] was really groundbreaking. 

"I listen to just about everything except country music, so it’s strange."

Where are the politics?

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Going into the Grammys we'd assumed that, like the Golden Globes a couple of weeks ago, there'd be a lot of political posturing from the stage. 

But so far, it's only really James Corden who's referenced the political upheaval in the US. 

During his opening number, the chat show star rapped: "Live it all up, because this is the best / With President Trump, we don't know what comes next."

Later, as a series of unflattering tweets scrolled across the bottom of the screen, he joked: "Any critical tweets you see are fake tweets".

The only other person to speak out from the stage was Paris Jackson, who took the chance to ask people to protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

“We could really use this kind of excitement at a pipeline protest guys!" she said.

It's MetalliGA!

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Lady Gaga takes to the stage with Metallica, performing Moth To A Flame - in one of the most gif-able performances of the night. 

Poor old James Hetfield doesn't seem to have his microphone turned up, though. He doesn't realise until the second verse, when he has to share Gaga's mic.

Anyone doubting Gaga's credentials should know she used to be the singer in a Led Zeppelin cover band.

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WINNER: Best rap album - Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

Great night for Chance...he was lost for words initially after beating De La Soul, Drake and Kanye West to the best rap album.

Before declaring: "It's another one baaaaaaby!"

It's the first time a streaming-only album has ever won a Grammy.  

That's three awards now for him after best new act and best rap performance.

What were the Chances?

Chance the Rapper and James Corden
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Adele performs George Michael tribute

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Adele is back on the stage, performing a new, haunting arrangement of George Michael's Fastlove - in tribute to the star, who died on Christmas Day.

Introducing the performance, James Corden said: "George was an artist like no other. A true original. One of the finest male vocalists of his generation.

"In times of joy and sorrow, his music was a partner and friend.  

"I know that if he's here tonight, looking down on us, he would smile and be so proud that this artist is performing this song."

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WINNER: Best Urban Contemporary Album - Beyonce - Lemonade


After a dazzling performance a pregnant Beyonce received the award for best Urban Contemporary Album for her visual record Lemonade.

She beat Gallant, KING  Anderson .Paak and Rihanna to the award.

"Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to capture profundity of deep southern culture," said the star, talking about her album - which references black, feminist politics and her experiences growing up in Houston, Texas, as well as her own relationship struggles.

"We all experience pain and loss - and often we become inaudible. My intention for the film and album was to create a body of work that would give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness, our history.  To confront issues that make us uncomfortable. 

"It's important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty so that they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror - first to their own families, as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics and the Grammys - and have no doubt that they are beautiful, intelligent and capable.

"I feel it's vital we learn from the past and recognise our tendencies to repeat our mistakes."

Katy Perry performs behind a picket fence

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Earlier tonight, pop star Katy Perry said her new music was "a little bit more [socially]-conscious" than before.

She just proved it with her performance of the new single Chained To The Rhythm. Referencing a lyric about being "trapped in our white picket fence", she began the performance slightly obscured behind - yes - a white picket fence.

But then the stage began to revolve and Katy's suburban home was engulfed by fire and hurricanes, before everyone came together for a "we're all in this together" choral finish.

Bruno Mars performs That's What I Like

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When Bruno Mars appeared in a tracksuit, we assumed he was about to launch into one of his more athletic performances. 

Sadly, no. 

He's playing That's What I Like - a boudoir ballad in which he asks "can I break it down to talk to the ladies?"

The "ladies" seemed quite into it, mind you, so what do we know?

WINNER: Best country solo performance - Maren Morris

Country singer Maren Morris has just won the award for best country solo performance for My Church. 

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A nervous-sounding Maren mentioned that she'd been to the first ever "Grammy camp" 11 years ago. For those who don't know, that's like a summer camp teaching amateur musicians all about the industry and helping them make contacts.

Sounds like it's a pretty good deal.

Maren's win came a matter of minutes after she Tweeted her enjoyment of Beyonce's performance.  

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Beyonce's performance references the resurrection


Beyonce is performing Love Drought from her nine-times Grammy-nominated album Lemonade.

The performance begins with an extended spoken word section from the album that (everyone assumes) references a crisis in her relationship with Jay Z.

"Why are you afraid of love? You think it's not possible for someone like you. But you are the love of my life." 

Deep stuff.

The performance is laden with imagery. The singer, heavily pregnant with twins, is wearing a gold sequinned dress and a crown of thorns; while sitting at a table big enough for two last suppers. 

She's literally referencing the resurrection - because, with new life growing inside her, her marriage has been saved. The song she then segues into, Sandcastles, is the emotional centrepiece of Lemonade: The moment she begins to rebuild after her betrayal.

It's quite breathtaking. Although does anyone else think she's taking herself a little bit too seriously?


Beyonce's mum takes a moment to brag

Introducing Beyonce on stage, her mum Tina Knowles said the following.

I am blessed to have daughters. Wonderful daughters. All of whom make me proud with everything they do. All Grammy winners tonight, too. Although that's not in the script."

You go, Tina!

Just in case you're wondering, Beyonce's little sister Solange won best R&B performance for her single Cranes In The Sky.

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WINNER: Best Rock Song: Blackstar - David Bowie

He only won one competitive Grammy while he was alive but now David Bowie has won his fifth award of the night - for best rock song.

Blackstar beats the likes of Radiohead's Burn the Witch and Hardwired by Metallica to take the award.

His others tonight include best packaging and best rock performance.

Ed Sheeran performs Shape Of You

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It always amazes us when Ed Sheeran gets up on stage and starts laying down loops to sing over... What happens if he gets a chord wrong? What if the equipment goes haywire and starts picking up air traffic control? Why doesn't he just hire a drummer?

Still, you have to admit this performance of Shape Of You is impressive. If you can break a song down to it's core components and have a recognisable, engaging tune, you know you're onto a winner.

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Better late than never, Rhi Rhi

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She's always been pretty fashionable, now Rhianna has rocked up fashionably late.

Her track Work, featuring Drake is up for best record soon, so let's hope she gets to her seat on time (there might be a queue for popcorn, for all we know).

Whatever happens, she'll work work work work it out.


Grammy producer to performers: "Say something important"

Before tonight's ceremony, Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich addressed the crowd at the Staples Centre and implored the night's winners to be more outspoken.

If you have record labels and such to thank, please thank them later backstage with the press and say something important. We're expecting it.

WINNER: Best Group Performance: Stressed Out - Twenty One Pilots

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Twenty One Pilots didn't seem too Stressed Out on stage though.

They accepted the award for best pop duo/group performance in just their pants.

Singer Tyler Joseph explained that, before they were famous, the band found themselves watching the Grammys in their underwear.

His bandmate Josh Dun turned to him and said: "If we ever receive a Grammy, we should receive it just like this".

And so they did.

They beat Closer by The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, 7 Years by Lukas Graham, Work by Rihanna Featuring Drake and Cheap Thrills by Sia Featuring Sean Paul.

Was that Daft Punk or Darth Vader?

The Weeknd and Daft Punk
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Daft Punk's appearance, supporting The Weeknd on his singles I Feel It Coming and Starboy, left some Twitter users with a sense of deja vu.

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Chainsmokers: "There's no secret" to our succes

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Well Chance the Rapper may have beaten dance act The Chainsmokers to the best new act award...but he can't take away their earlier award for best dance single for their hit Don't Let Me Down.

"It's unbelievable," said Alex Pall. "We found out on the way over here with our moms and all our friends. It's an incredible way to start the night."

The band have had an incredible year, with their Halsey collaboration Closer one of the biggest breakout singles of 2016.

"There's no secret to it," said Drew Taggart. "We're just being ourselves."

You can read our interview with the band here.

WINNER: Best New act - Chance The Rapper

Chicago native Chance The Rapper beat Kelsea Ballerini, The Chainsmokers, Maren Morris and fellow rapper Anderson .Paak to score the best new act trophy.

He thanked god, his family and all of Chicago.

The star, who has resolutely refused to sign a record deal, spoke out about his status as an independent artist from the podium.

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

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And the winner for most political dress so far goes too...

...has to be Princess Joy Villa.

We knew that it would get political at some point this evening.  But the singer didn't even have to open her mouth to make a statement.

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Her blue dress says "Make America Great Again " down the front.  

And on the guessed it, simply: "Trump."

It's caused quite a stir.

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