Nothing against our favourite musicians or anything, but can we all just take a minute to admit that this year’s Grammys weren’t exactly the most spectacular awards to go down so far this year?
Sure, James Corden killed his opening by pretending to suffer through a stage malfunction (major props to him for taking a fall and “tumbling” down the stairs with only one shoe on). And yes, we giggled when Twenty One Pilots dropped their trousers to accept their award, explaining that they had made a pact to do so if they ever won a Grammy, back when no one had ever heard of them. (We especially loved their, “Anyone from anywhere can do anything. This is that,” line.)
And we admit that it was entertaining when Corden rallied J-Lo, John Legend, Keith Urban, Neil Diamond and few others to belt out a rendition of “Sweet Caroline.” Although it was kind of weird that none of the artists actually knew the words to the song…
Heck, we’d even call Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s mic malfunction during his performance with Lady Gaga, the Prince and Bee Gees tributes and even Adele having to restart her tribute to George Michael because she mucked it up as highlights. Of sorts — the latter was also confusing.
I’m nervous to send food back to the kitchen and Adele just asked to start #TheGrammys over.
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) February 13, 2017
But hands down, the best moment of the night came when Bey took the stage. (Because, was there ever any doubt?)
In an appropriate turn of events, Beyoncé‘s mom made the introduction as the Queen herself appeared, resplendent in a bikini-type video-graphic showing ALL of her pregnancy belly, boobs and thighs. In real life Beyoncé was slightly more covered up, wearing a crown and glittery dress that still showcased her baby bump, and the screen flashed back and forth between the two images for a while.
It was the subsequent performance that really got our attention though, as Beyoncé opted to focus the entire thing on the importance of motherhood, its duality with feminism and womanhood itself, mixing singing with poetic riffs that basically put the rest of the show to shame.
At one point she even balanced on a (mechanic) chair, stressing all of us out.
— Common Black Girl (@CommonBlackGirI) February 13, 2017
Jay Z was watching that chair go back while Beyoncé was sitting on it like pic.twitter.com/jI2O1A5vbL
— The Ugly Friend (@ThaGoldenJet) February 13, 2017
It’s really no wonder that most of us felt like Bey basically took the opportunity to redefine motherhood.
Beyoncé serving us Goddess of Motherhood realness. pic.twitter.com/laT58IFoWk
— Z. (@lujuriamiu) February 13, 2017
Beyoncé tribute to motherhood & the beauty of black women gives all women the honor of recognizing their own beauty #Grammys
— EStembridge (@everettstembri1) February 13, 2017
— Sarah Crossman Sulli (@SarahCrossmanSu) February 13, 2017
We honestly didn’t think Bey could make any more of an impact on the show, and then she won a Grammy for Lemonade. And of course she killed it again with a speech that put all of the other speeches to shame, too:
Thank you to the Grammy voters for this incredible honour. Thank you everyone who worked so hard to beautifully capture the profundity of deep southern culture. I thank God for my family, my wonderful husband, my beautiful daughter, my fans for bringing me so much happiness and support. 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 will give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness and 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 they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror — first through their own families, as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House, and the Grammys, and see themselves. And have no doubt that they’re beautiful, intelligent and capable. This is something I want for every child of every race, and I feel it’s vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes.
Yep. That’s a mic drop if we’ve ever seen one.
Yeah ok. Beyonce’s performance was amazing but I am just a little disappointed she didn’t give birth on stage #GRAMMYs
— Natalie Anderson (@NatalieeAnd) February 13, 2017
No wonder Adele — who won all five of the categories she was nominated in — pulled a Mean Girls and dedicated her “Album of the Year” Grammy to Beyoncé before breaking it in half. Even when Queen Bey doesn’t “win” the awards, everyone knows to just give them to her. She’s just that good.
ADELE BROKE HER GRAMMY IN HALF AFTER SAYING THAT BEYONCÉ SHOULD’VE WON IT OMG pic.twitter.com/oamYSOr8Wy
— angie (@rightheredinah) February 13, 2017