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As with every year, the Grammys can be a long-drawn out affair. Luckily, there are usually a handful of performances that make the marathon telecast bearable. The 58th annual Grammys were no different.

Arguably, the highlight and the one most people were looking forward to was Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie. Mother Monster certainly didn’t disappoint. From head to toe and from the red carpet to the stage, she embodied the late great singer. She performed several of Bowie’s hits including “Fame,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Under Pressure” and “Suffragette City” to name a few. Though she did them all fantastically, Adam Lambert’s cover of “Let’s Dance,” IMHO, is better. Sorry Monsters :(

Adele was surprisingly a bit off her game with her performance. In her defense, it was primarily due to technical glitches that made her sound pitchy and out of tune at times. “The piano mics fell on to the piano strings, that’s what the guitar sound was. It made it sound out of tune. Shit happens. X,:” she tweeted after her performance.

If I had to pick the worst, I hate to say it was Pitbull’s show-closing performance. It pains me to say that because he’s my guilty pleasure, but Sofia Vergara’s special appearance had me cringing. I honestly couldn’t watch and was kinda embarrassed for her.

Watch all the performances below and find out my five favorites. Be sure to weigh in on who you think stole the show and who stank.

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Heading into the 58th annual Grammy Awards, Kendrick Lamar led the pack with a whopping 11 nominations. Taylor Swift and The Weeknd were close behind with 7 nods apiece. Each of them walked away with some hardware with Lamar taking the lead again with five statues.

With regards to the big categories, the Grammys spread the love. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ ubiquitous hit, “Uptown Funk” won Record of the Year while Album of the Year and Song of the Year went to Swift and Ed Sheeran respectively. It’s worth nothing, Taylor is the first woman to win Album of the Year twice.

The Best New Artist statue went to Meghan Trainor. Didn’t she already win a Grammy last year? How is she still a ‘new artist?’ It’s also worth mentioning, Justin Bieber walked away with his first Grammy statue for his “Where Are U Now?” collaboration with Diplo and Skrillex.

For the most part, the acceptance speeches weren’t anything too memorable with exception to Taylor. Even though her rep previously issued a statement regarding Kanye West’s controversial lyrics, Swift has kept mum… until now.

“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.” – Swift

Though she doesn’t specifically mention West’s name or “Famous,” it’s pretty clear her speech was a less-than-veiled response to the rapper. Watch her speech in full below, along with the complete winners list for the 2016 Grammys.

check out all the winners after the jump and Taylor Swift’s speech

Rihanna Cancels Grammys Performance At Last Minute

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If you tuned in to watch the Grammys on CBS solely to watch Rihanna, you’re out of luck. The 27-year-old singer showed up at rehearsals earlier today but canceled her scheduled performance at the last minute due to health issues. Reportedly, RiRi was to perform “Kiss It Better” off her recently released album, Anti. Her rep issued the following statement.

“Based on Rihanna‘s examination, after Grammy rehearsal today, Rihanna‘s doctor put her on vocal rest for 48-hours because she was at risk of hemorrhaging her vocal chords,” her rep stated. The antibiotics she has been on for 3-days did not kill the infection adequately therefore she cannot perform safely.”

I have to say I’m surprised Rihanna had issues with her vocal chords. During a Lionel Richie tribute at the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year event this past weekend, the “Work” singer slayed her cover of Richie’s hit, “Say You, Say Me.” Watch that performance below.

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For weeks, rumors of this very thing were circulating. Turns out, they were all true. Lady Gaga is officially set to pay homage to David Bowie at the forthcoming 2016 Grammys ceremony. The executive producer of the telecast confirmed the tribute.

“We had already booked Lady Gaga on this year’s show, but when David passed — almost in a single moment — we knew we had to change direction,” revealed executive producer of the Grammy Awards Ken Ehrlich. “We immediately spoke and agreed that she should be the one to honor David. She’s perfect for it.”

Nile Rodgers who executive produced Bowie’s 1983 album, Let’s Dance, will be the musical director for the tribute. Rodgers and Gaga joining forces for Bowie… this is a must-see event.

Mother Monster has made it no secret about her adoration for the late singer. She’s perfect for this. Watch it all go down on Monday, February 15 on CBS.

58th Grammy Awards: The Nominations & The Snubs

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Alicia Keys appeared on CBS This Morning to announce the 58th annual Grammy Award nominations. Since there are 83 different categories, covering all music genres, the 34-year-old singer only revealed the general fiend nominees- Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.

Leading the pack this year with a whopping 11 nominations is rapper Kendrick Lamar. Nipping at his heels with 7 nods apiece are Taylor Swift and The Weeknd. All three are also up for Album of the Year, along with Alabama Shakes and Chris Stapleton.

Swift and The Weeknd are also going head-to-head for the other huge award of the night- Record of the Year. “Blank Space” and “Can’t Feel My Face” face off against “Uptown Funk” (Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars), “Really Love” (D’angelo and the Vanguard) and “Thinking Out Loud” (Ed Sheeran).

For those wondering why Adele isn’t nominated for anything, it’s because 25 wasn’t eligible for this year’s awards. Noticeably absent, even though eligible was Rihanna. I thought for sure her Kanye West and Paul McCartney-assisted “FourFiveSeconds” would’ve gotten a nod. Madonna, Lana Del Rey, Nick Jonas and Carly Rae Jepsen were also snubbed.

The 58th annual Grammys will air on CBS on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. Check out some of the nominations below.

check out some of the nominations after the jump

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A star-studded roster came together to honor one of music’s living legends last Tuesday after the Grammys. Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande were just some of the great talent assembled for Stevie Wonder: Songs In the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute.

Bey opened the show, covering Wonder’s “Fingertrips,” “Master Blaster,” and “Higher Ground” with Ed Sheeran and Gary Clark Jr. by her side. Confession time. The more I see Ed Sheeran, the more my inexplicable crush on him grows. Seriously, I can’t get enough of the 24-year-old ginger. Beyonce should really consider booking some time in the studio with Ed for her next album. They sound fantastic together.

Other highlights include Gaga playing the piano to perform “I Wish” and Grande teaming up with Babyface to duet on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”

Wonder, himself, took to the stage to perform a medley of his hits including “Contusion”, “Sir Duke”, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”, “Ribbon in the Sky”, “Overjoyed” and “Superstition.” The celebration ended with a star-studded performance of “Happy Birthday.”

Pharrell Williams, Janelle Monae, John Legend and Ne-Yo also took to the stage. Check out some of the performances below.

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2015 Grammy Awards: My Favorite Moments

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Throughout the night, only a handful of awards were presented during the 57th Grammy Awards. The marathon telecast instead opted to show performances. Some were memorable while others almost put me to sleep. Seriously, I have no idea what Ariana Grande was thinking. She has so many far superior songs than the ballad she chose.

By far, my favorite was Sia’s latest performance of her smash hit “Chandelier.” Maddie was once again on hand to execute some wicked contemporary choreography but this time she was joined by the hilarious Kristen Wiig. I’m still in shock the Aussie singer lost out Best Video to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” #robbed

Other highlights came from female veterans. Madonna injected some much needed energy in a night filled with ballads. Say what you will, but the 56-year-old can still deliver a fun pop performance. Meanwhile, Annie Lennox cast a spell on the audience when she joined Hozier. Mary J. Blige did the same when she paired up with Best New Artist Sam Smith on his ubiquitous hit, “Stay With Me.”

Beyonce closed out the show by delivering a soaring gospel number. Instead of being accompanied by women on stage, Bey opted to feature men who have suffered and lived. “I felt like this is an opportunity to show the strength and vulnerability in black men,” she revealed. Check out her unforgettable performance below along with the others. Be sure to weigh in on your favorite Grammy performances.

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Artists Who Surprisingly Haven’t Won Grammys

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The 55th Annual Grammy Awards air tonight and thought this was the perfect time to post this. Entertainment Weekly recently shared a list of 20 artists who surprisingly had never won a Grammy statue. From iconic groups like The Beach Boys to current hitmakers like Katy Perry, the publication certainly did their homework.

While perusing through their list, several snubs certainly surprised me. And I’m not talking about Katy Perry. I’m sure she’ll get her due one day, but she’s relatively new, so her Grammy-less awards shelf isn’t too shocking. I’ve picked five artists from EW’s list that I think are the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ (NARAS) biggest mistakes. Check out my Top 5 list below.

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