The 2017 Grammy Awards were held on Sunday, February 12, and on Monday night Gold Derby contributor and 2016 Grammy predictions contest champ Charles Bright convened with me to discuss the whole show, from the winners down to the performances. Watch our recap video discussion above.
“I think it was such a glaring elephant in the room that how could she not,” says Bright about Adele‘s decision to single out Beyonce during her acceptance speech for Album of the Year. Adele won for “25” when the award was widely expected to go to Beyonce’s “Lemonade.” “The fact that [Adele] at least recognized the achievement was very good on her part.”
There was much to admire in the telecast’s performances as well. Bright singles out William Bell and Gary Clark Jr.‘s “sensational” performance of “Born Under a Bad Sign” and the politically defiant A Tribe Called Quest performance with Anderson Paak and Busta Rhymes, which “made me realize how much I miss Busta Rhymes’s music.” And Maren Morris and Alicia Keys were “fantastic together.” Meanwhile, I single out Beyonce’s medley of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” and Bruno Mars‘s showstopping tribute to Prince.
But the most memorable moments didn’t just happen during the telecast. We both also admired the Premiere Ceremony that streamed online before the main event, in which more than 70 awards were given out. I especially admired the “outstanding” performance by O’Connor Band with Mark O’Connor, who subsequently won Best Bluegrass Album. For Bright, “One of the most moving parts of either ceremony was in the Premiere Ceremony. It was Best Roots Gospel Album that went to the album ‘Hymns’ by Joey and Rory. It’s a husband-and-wife duo, and the wife passed away. This was the final album she recorded, and it was very moving when he got up there and accepted on his and her behalf.”