The 66th Grammy Awards on Sunday featured history-making wins, stellar performances from new stars, touching songs from veteran legends and even a few surprises. Here's a look at the unforgettable moments from music's biggest night in Los Angeles:
Surprise guest: Celine Dion
For the final awards of the night, ceremony organizers had a big surprise: Pop diva Celine Dion, who struggles with the rare neurological disorder Stiff-Person Syndrome, appeared from backstage and received a standing ovation. Dion said, “When I say I'm happy to be here, I really say it from my heart.”
“Those who have had the privilege of attending the GRAMMY Awards should never lose sight of the tremendous love and joy that music brings to our lives and to people around the world.”
He then presented the Album of the Year award to Taylor Swift Midnight – A history-making fourth for the 34-year-old pop artist. Celine Dion, 55, has been forced to cancel several shows due to her condition, a progressive disorder for which there is no cure. Symptoms include stiffness of the muscles of the torso, arms, and legs, with spasms triggered by noise or emotional distress.
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Joni Mitchell brought the room to tears performing her beloved track “Both Sides Now,” which won Best Folk Album for her live record “Joni Mitchell at Newport.”
Stars including Meryl Streep and Beyoncé grooved to the music as Michelle performed sitting on a chair — a literal throne — surrounded by celebrity collaborators, including Brandi Carlile, who called the icon “the matriarch of fantasy, a true renaissance Woman, my hero and yours”. ” “We all know he is timeless. If we are so fortunate that history remembers any of us, one thing I know for sure is that it will remember that we lived in the time of Joni Mitchell,” Carlyle said.
Tracy Chapman delivers a touching rendition of her 1988 classic fast car With country star Luke Combs, who found streaming success with a cover of the track. It was a rare public appearance from Chapman, whose crystal-clear singing had many in the audience, including Swift, dancing and singing along.
And piano man Billy Joel closed the night with his first live performance of his first original single in nearly two decades, turn the lights back on,
The ceremony opened with a spectacular set from Dua Lipa, who wore little black leather as a troupe of dancers in a cage took to the stage, while triple winner SZA offered a revenge fantasy for her darkly humorous track Was. kill Bill, Miley Cyrus, who won two awards, showed off her vocal range while belting out flower In a sparkly dress with eye-catching cutouts and fringes.
Fellow winner Billie Eilish gives a soft but powerful performance of her award-winning What am I made for? And Nigerian superstar Burna Boy made history by bringing Afrobeats to the Grammys stage for the first time. Stevie Wonder began the In Memoriam segment to honor those the industry has lost, including singer Tony Bennett.
“Tony, I will always miss you,” Wonder said, calling it a blessing, “God allowed us to have you and found us at this time and place in our lives.” Annie Lennox was brought to tears as she performed a rare, heartbreaking performance of the late Sinéad O'Connor's most famous song, “Nothing Compares 2 U”. She raised her fist and urged “Artists for Ceasefire”, a clear and obvious reference to O'Connor's long history of advocating for Palestinian rights.
And Oprah Winfrey paid tribute to her longtime friend Tina Turner, who was honored with a stellar performance of the classic proud Mary By Fantasia.
Jay-Z accepted the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award, which he received, with his eldest daughter Blue Ivy, as Beyoncé, wearing a cowboy hat, proudly looked on from the audience. He took the time to acknowledge his bad history with the Recording Academy, which he has long accused of marginalizing black artists.
The hip-hop emperor specifically noted that his wife has won more Grammy Awards than any other artist — but has never won the coveted Album of the Year, despite very few nominations. He said, “Think about it, most of the Grammys, not a single album of the year – that doesn't work.”
He continued laughing, “Some of you are going to go home tonight feeling like you've been robbed. Some of you may be robbed.” Then he added a final sarcasm: “Some of you don't fall into this category.”
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One of the night's viral moments had nothing to do with the Grammy Awards: While accepting her first trophy of the night, Swift announced that a new body of work was on the way.
“I want to thank the fans by telling you a secret that I've been hiding from you for the past two years, which is that my brand new album is coming out on April 19th.”
she said was called Tortured Poets Department, and told the audience, “I'm going to go backstage right now and post the cover.” The cover art hit social media and the moment instantly went viral.
“Thank you, I love you! Thank you!” Swift, she said, is by far one of the most bankable stars in the world.
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