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2016 Grammy Performances; Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Miguel, Ellie Goulding, Andra Day, Tori Kelly, James Bay

2016 Grammy Performances; Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Miguel, Ellie Goulding, Andra Day, Tori Kelly, James Bay

The Grammy’s serve a purpose.

They allow the upper echelons of the music industry to reward themselves for a job well done, and they allow for some spectacular performances.

I doubt anyone that really remembers the previous year goes into the night with the expectation that the best artist will always win the award.

A lot of the time it feels like the ones that win were either the ones that made the industry the most money, or at the very least the ones that shook the right hands leading up tot he night.

But regardless if you feel that Courtney Barnett should have taken the Best New Artist category or that Kendrick Lamar should have topped Taylor Swift for Album of the Year, the night served it’s purpose. It showcased some great sets by some great artists, and it allowed many people to pat themselves on the back.

Here are some of the must see performances from the night.

Kendrick Lamar shakes the foundations with his raucous set.

Lady Gaga pays homage to David Bowie in epic fashion.

Miguel pays tribute to Michael Jackson

Ellie Goulding and Andra Day make magic

Tori Kelly and James Bay deliver a beautiful and simple duet.

If you happen to care who won for each category last night, here is the full list of winners:

Album of the YearTaylor Swift – 1989

Record of the YearMark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Song of the YearEd Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

Best New ArtistMeghan Trainor

Best Rock SongAlabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”

Best Rock AlbumMuse – Drones

Best Rock PerformanceAlabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”

Best Alternative AlbumAlabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Best Rap AlbumKendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

Best Rap SongKendrick Lamar – “Alright”

Best Rap PerformanceKendrick Lamar – “Alright”

Best Pop Duo/Group PerformanceMark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Best Metal PerformanceGhost – “Cirice”

Best Pop Vocal AlbumTaylor Swift – 1989

Best Dance/Electronica AlbumSkrillex and Diplo – Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü

Best Dance RecordingSkrillex and Diplo featuring Justin Bieber – “Where Are Ü Now”

Best Urban Contemporary AlbumThe Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness

Best Comedy AlbumLouis C.K. – Live at Madison Square Garden

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual MediaAntonio Sanchez – Birdman

Best Song Written For Visual MediaCommon and John Legend – “Glory”

Best Music VideoTaylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”

Best Music FilmAmy Winehouse – Amy

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