Music's glitziest evening is usually better known for dazzling performances than for genuine confessions on the world as it is. That being said, given the time we live in, it was rather heartening to see so many celebrities comment--however obliquely--on the things that matter to them. From an unexpectedly dope rap performed by host and Broadway baby James Corden to a surprisingly timely #NoDAPL shoutout from Michael Jackson's daughter Paris, here are the most powerful statements made by last night's celebrities at the 2017 Grammys.
Adele: “I can’t mess this up for him.”
Adele’s tribute to George Michael at the #GRAMMYs 2017. pic.twitter.com/uDHL4wDyqf
” Wolé© II (@Kingwole) February 13, 2017
Adele’s redemption arc peaked last night, and it’s not just because she won both Record of the Year and Album of the Year; it’s not even about how excellent her opening performance of Hello was. Her integrity as a bona fide artist came through during her honest and heartfelt tribute performance to George Michael. Sensing herself losing the note, Adele interrupted her own performance with a quick F-bomb, and then, I’m sorry for swearing and I’m sorry for starting again… I can’t mess this up for him. I’m sorry, I can’t. She nailed her arrangement of Fastlove in the end, but in the timeless words of Nicki Minaj herself: “Artists are usually way too afraid of the producers to do that on live TV. She put his legacy FIRST. I love her so much.” We’re with you 100 per cent, Nicki. Bonus: Adele actually tried to reject her award for Record of the Year and made her acceptance speech all about Beyoncé©. “All us artists here adore you,” Adele confessed to a rousing cheer. “You are our light.”