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Adele Sweeps Grammys Awards with 5 Wins, While Bowie Wins 4

Adele was the big winner at the Grammy Awards, beating Beyonce in the top three categories. Adele was the big winner at the Grammy Awards, beating Beyonce in the top three categories.  |  Photo: CBS/The Recording Academy via AP Video

MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer
February 13, 2017 11:18 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Even though Adele flubbed during her live performance at the Grammys, she walked away the belle of the ball: She took home five awards Sunday night, including album, record and song of the year.

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She beat Beyonce in the top three categories with her comeback album "25," and repeated her accomplishments from 2012, when the British star also won album, song and record of the year at the Grammys.

She used her speech to honor Beyonce and her groundbreaking "Lemonade" album, which was also nominated.

"The way you make my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is empowering," Adele said at the Staples Center in Los Angeles when accepting album of the year.

Adele's "25" won the best pop vocal album Grammy Award. Her win came moments after the singer captured the best pop solo performance Grammy during a pre-telecast ceremony Sunday in Los Angeles. Adele's "25" beat out albums by Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and Sia.

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Chance the Rapper capped a night of Grammy glory with a win in the best rap album category.

The rapper won for his album "Coloring Book," beating out several established performers including Drake and Kanye West.

Earlier he had won Grammys for best new artist and best rap performance.

The Chicago rapper said he had not prepared remarks as he accepted the latest award, adding he didn't expect to win in this category.

Beyonce captured the Grammy Award for best urban contemporary album for "Lemonade."

Her win came soon after the singer, pregnant with twins, performed in an elaborate ode to motherhood. As she took the stage to accept the trophy she acknowledged her family, sitting in the audience.

She went on to use her brief remarks to outline a vision for the world that she says she wants all children to grow up in. That's a world in which all can be allowed to be beautiful, intelligent and capable and to see those qualities reflected in institutions ranging from the NFL to the White House.

Maren Morris won the Grammy Award for best country performance for her song "My Church."

Morris, who was also nominated for a best new artist Grammy, won that honor at November's Country Music Awards.

In her acceptance speech, Morris recounted how 11 years ago she was a participant in the first Grammy camp, which teaches young people about the music business.

She said it was the first time she ever flew alone on an airplane.

The Grammy Award for rock song was awarded to David Bowie for his song "Blackstar."

It was Bowie's fourth Grammy win on Sunday.

The late rocker won three awards during a pre-telecast ceremony that bestowed him with Grammys for best alternative music album, rock performance and engineered album.

No one spoke for Bowie during Sunday's broadcast, but saxophonist Donny McCaslin proudly accepted the earlier awards during a pre-telecast ceremony.

McCaslin says Bowie's wins mean a lot for his fans.

Bowie died of cancer last year at age 69.

Twenty One Pilots' members bared their souls and then some as they shed their tuxedo pants to accept the Grammy for pop duo or group performance.

The pair won for their song "Stressed Out."

They took off their pants after their names were called.

They said they did so because they were sitting around in their underwear watching a Grammy show on TV, hoping some day they might be on that stage, when it occurred to them if they ever did win a Grammy they should accept it as they were dressed then.

Not to be outdone, James Corden followed them onstage in his boxers.

Corden said he had vowed that if he ever got to host the Grammys he'd appear pantless too.

Sturgill Simpson's "A Sailor's Guide to Earth" is the winner of this year's Grammy Award for best country album.

Simpson, who is also nominated for album of the year, beat out fellow nominees Brandy Clark, Loretta Lynn, Maren Morris and Keith Urban for the honor.

Tim McGraw's "Humble and Kind," which was written by Lori McKenna, won for best country song.

Joey + Rory took the Grammy Award for best gospel roots album, a bittersweet honor after last year's death of Joey Feek.

Feek and her husband, Rory, won for "Hymns,"an album they recorded shortly before she died last March at age 40.

"My wife's dream was to make a hymns album. She didn't have the chance to do it until she'd been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, so she'd sing in hotel rooms while she did chemotherapy and radiation," Rory Feek said at Sunday's awards ceremony.

When the album was nominated he said his wife made him promise he'd attend the pre-telecast awards ceremony. He says she added with a big smile, "'Remember, if we win, I'll know before you will.'"

The Chainsmokers is the winner of the Grammy Award for best dance recording.

The DJ duo won for "Don't Let Me Down," one of the most streamed songs on Spotify last year.

The Chainsmokers didn't attend the pre-telecast Grammys ceremony, which happens before top categories are announced during a performance-filled ceremony.

This year's ceremony, hosted by James Corden, airs live on CBS.

Daya, who sings on "Don't Let Me Down," accepted the Grammy on the duo's behalf.

Beyonce's "Formation" won the Grammy Award for best music video. The music video Grammy was the singer's first win at Sunday's ceremony, where she was leading artist with nine nominations. She now has a total of 21 Grammys.

Best Music Film Award went to the Ron Howard film "The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years." 

Margaret Cho has kicked off Sunday's Grammy Awards with a few ground rules - keep the speeches short and kiss your loved ones later.

The comedian and Grammy nominee is one of the hosts of the Grammys pre-show, which hands out awards in 75 categories before the main show airs on CBS later Sunday. The early show is being livestreamed on the Grammys website .

Cho, who is nominated for best comedy album, walked out onto the stage in a glittery gown and huge curly hair.

She told winners they should keep their acceptance speeches to 45 seconds and to kiss their loved ones in the audience later because time was so tight. She instructed winners on how to hold their Grammys after their names are called.

She also told nominees to stay in their seats if they don't win and referenced rapper Kanye West, who famously interrupted Taylor Swift's speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Cho says, "Kanye's not here, so that will be fine."

Early winners included actor Don Cheadle and others who created the soundtrack for the Miles Davis biopic "Miles Ahead," and John Williams for the soundtrack for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Cheadle and Williams weren't present to accept their Grammys.


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