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Grammys 2016: winners and highlights

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, has recently been concluded. Some of this year’s biggest winners include:

  • Album of the Year: Taylor Swift, 1989
  • Song of the Year: Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge
  • Record of the Yea: Uptown Funk, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson
  • Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor
  • Best Rap Album: To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar
  • Best Music Video: Bad Blood, Taylor Swift
  • Best Rock Album : Drones, Muse
  • Best Dance Recording: Where are U Now, Justin Bieber and Jack U

Taylor Swift, who took home the grammy for Album of the Year (1989) performed her latest single “Out of the Woods.” In her speech, she said: “As the first woman to win album of the year twice, I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undermine your success or who will try to take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.”

“But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you … someday when you get where you are going, you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world,” she added.

A lot of people believe that Swift’s speech was partly for Kanye West, who said in his recently-released song that Swift helped him made famous.

Kendrick Lamar delivered a powerful performance giving a strong statement on the African-American struggle. Performing “Alright” and “The Blacker the Berry,” he and his band made use of props like jail cells, a giant bonfire, and concluded the performance with the word “Compton” over an image of Africa.

Fresh out of her well-received Superbowl national anthem performance,  Lady Gaga did a wonderful David Bowie tribute performance, singing a number of the late artist’s songs (like “Space Oddity,” “Ziggy Stardust,” and “Changes”) in a medley that lasted six and a half minutes.