Grammys 2017: Adele swears during George Michael tribute while A Tribe Called Quest blast 'agent orange' Trump

Politics, performances and broken awards - What happened at the Grammys 2017?

Adele picked up five awards

Monday, February 13, 2017

With all that's going on in the world at present, the Grammys was always likely to generate controversy. And it didn't disappoint, with everyone from Adele to Skylar Grey getting in on the action.

Adele dominated the awards themselves, winning a total of five accolades including the 'big three' (album, record and song of the year) and she was central to the controversy as well. When she received the gong for album of the year, the Londoner smashed the award in half, insisting it should have gone to Beyonce.

Explaining her magnanimous gesture, Adele said: "I can't possibly accept this award. The Lemonade album was just so monumental, Beyonce.

"It was so monumental and well thought-out and beautiful and soul-bearing...we appreciate that. All of us artists here adore you. You are our light."

As if that weren't enough, she then had to restart a performance of Fastlove in tribute to George Michael, missing her note during the first chorus before swearing and motioning towards the band to stop.

"I can't mess this up for him," she said, furious at the error. "I'm sorry for swearing. Can we start again?"

Her second performance, however, was pitch-perfect, receiving a standing ovation.

Adele's fellow superstar, Lady Gaga, is no stranger to Grammys glitches herself, and she was again blighted last night when her duet with Metallica was thrown off-course by James Hetfield's microphone failure.

Thankfully improvising comes naturally to Gaga, and she solved the problem by sharing her microphone with Hetfield.

Beyonce also performed at the awards ceremony, appearing for the first time since announcing her pregnancy. She was introduced by her mother, Tina Knowles. The 35-year-old sang both Love Drought and Sandcastles, and she received a standing ovation from the audience. 

Beyonce has been heavily criticised by Donald Trump in recent weeks, but she didn't use last night as a platform to hit back. Others, however, were more than happy to make their own political gestures.

Johnny Stevens from band Highly Suspect was seen wearing a jacket with "impeach" written on the back, which was almost certainly a reference to the new President, while Katy Perry wore an armband which read "persist" and a badge with the logo of Planned Parenthood on it.

On the red carpet, singer Skylar Grey carried a pink LED-enabled clutch, with the words "empowerment” and “equality" scrolling across, while rapper Schoolboy Q made his own feminist gesture, sporting a pink hoodie with the words "girl power" on the front. 

A Tribe Called Quest made a direct attack on Mr Trump, calling him "President agent orange," while Jennifer Lopez gave a longer and more eloquent tribute while presenting the award for best new artist.

The superstar said: “At this particular point in history, our voices are needed more than ever.

“There is no time for despair, no place for self pity, no need for silence, and no room for fear. 

"We do language, that is how civilisations heal."