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The Grammys! It was the Grammys! The Grammys happened!

By | Published on Tuesday 16 February 2016

Lady Gaga

It was the Grammy Awards last night. The Grammys! Everyone’s favourite. Kanye West didn’t win Album Of The Year – though he was cutting it a bit fine releasing the record and then demanding the prize less than 24 hours before the ceremony. Instead the award went to his nemesis Taylor Swift.

Ed Sheeran picked up a few prizes, Kendrick Lamar scooped every rap trophy, Skrillex and Diplo got the dance ones as Jack Ü, and Amy Winehouse had the best film. I could sit here listing these things all day, but you can read all the winners on the Grammy Awards website, so why bother?

Instead, let’s talk about things that happened. Adele’s performance of ‘All I Ask’ sounded weird because a microphone fell onto her piano strings, Rihanna cancelled her performance at the last minute due to bronchitis, and Hollywood Vampires – aka Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum – performed a tribute to Lemmy.

But the tribute everyone was talking about was Lady Gaga’s to David Bowie. Along with Nile Rodgers she performed a medley of Bowie’s hits. It was very good. And like all the best, most reverential tributes, it was also used as an advert for a major technology company.

Inexplicably, the awards show was then closed by Pitbull with Robin Thicke, Travis Barker and Joe Perry. Though I’m sure it cleared the room, so perhaps it was a logistical move.