British singer-songwriter Adele made history at Sunday’s 59th annual Grammy Awards, claiming the night’s top three awards for the second time. Adele, who also accomplished the feat in 2012, became the first artist to twice pull off a sweep of Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Adele won a total of five Grammys, including Album of the Year for “25” and both Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Hello.” Her dominance was considered an upset on a night when Beyonce was expected to haul in a lot of hardware for “Lemonade.” Beyonce’s effort did win Best Urban Contemporary Album, but she has yet to win either Record of the Year or Album of the Year.
David Bowie, who died in 2016, had a big presence at the ceremony, winning Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for “Blackstar,” from his posthumous album of the same name, which won Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package and Best Engineered Album.
“The arrival of the night went to Chance the Rapper, the Chicago-born rapper who has shepherded his career independent of the major-label system,” NPR reports. “Chance won for Best New Artist — and thankfully ignored the show’s get-off-the-stage music while accepting the night’s first trophy. Later, winning the award for Best Rap Album for ‘Coloring Book,’ he somewhat notably gave a shout-out to German-based streaming company SoundCloud, not Apple Music, which paid him a fair chunk of change for a window of exclusivity for ‘Coloring Book.'”
For more about last night’s Grammys:
Click here to see a list of the winners and nominees in the top categories.
Click here to read the Grammys’ official press release summarizing the ceremony.
Click here to go to NPR for a user-friendly list of all of this year’s winners and nominees.
Click here to go to the Grammys webpage to see the detailed list of winners and nominees in all categories.