The hottest names in music flocked to the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday for the 46th Annual Grammy Awards show. The night was full of upsets, surprises and incredible performances.
The show opened with a duet performance of “Purple Rain” by Prince and BeyoncÃ©, who lead the night with five trophies in total. She now ties the record with Lauryn Hill (1998), Alicia Keys (2001), and Norah Jones (2002) for the most Grammys won by a female artist in a single ceremony.
BeyoncÃ© won the golden phonograph for best contemporary R&B album, “Dangerously In Love” and best R&B song, “Crazy In Love,” with her boyfriend Jay Z. She wowed the crowd with the performance of her song “Dangerously In Love 2,” which earned her a standing ovation.
The highlight of the show was an ode to funk music, where renowned artists such as George Clinton and Earth, Wind and Fire performed a medley of classic funk songs. The performance also incorporated OutKast, who took home the Grammy for Album of the Year honors, making them the first rap group to win the award.
The Grammys seemed to be discouraging for rapper 50 Cent. When the rock group Evanescence came up to accept the award for Best New Artist, the distraught 50 Cent barged on stage during Evanescence’s acceptance. During the intrusion, 50 Cent made a gun gesture at the cameras.
Although it wasn’t the best Grammy show ever, it was full of shockers. And if nothing else, OutKast making hip-hop history, the rap duo has been accepted.
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