2016 Grammy Awards: Top Moments From the Show

PHOTO: Taylor Swift accepts the award for album of the year for ?1989? at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Los Angeles. PlayMatt Sayles/Invision/AP Photo
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The 58th Grammy Awards took place Monday night in Los Angeles and were jam-packed with highlights.

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Kendrick Lamar's epic performance, Lionel Richie's thrilling tribute and the cast of the musical "Hamilton" all wowed the crowd during music's biggest night.

Here are the most memorable moments from the show:

The Performances

Kendrick Lamar may have had the biggest performance of the night, bringing down the house.

Lamar came out in chains and shackles to perform “The Blacker the Berry,” then breaking out into “Alright” in front of a roaring fire and tribal dancers.

Everyone was feeling Lamar’s big performance, even NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who tweeted “YES!”

Before Lamar, Taylor Swift started the night off with a performance of her hit "Out of the Woods." Swift donned a black, glittery one-piece, in front of a smoky backdrop that looked to be straight out of the wilderness.

The Weeknd also performed "Can't Feel My Face" next, followed by "In the Night," a ballad that was accompanied by a beautiful live piano ensemble. A hush came over the crowd for the Grammy nominee as he poured his heart out onstage. A standing ovation followed.

Adele and Justin Bieber also captivated the audience with "All I Ask" and "Where Are Ü Now," respectively. Bieber was really enjoying himself onstage, jumping around and jamming out with Skrillex and Diplo.

Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie was celebrated next as MusicCares Foundation's Person of the Year, as the likes of John Legend and Demi Lovato sang his classic songs, including "Easy" and "Hello." Richie shook his head in appreciation as Lovato hit the icon's high notes in front of the packed audience.

But the tribute wasn't done. Luke Bryan sang next and brought a bit of country to "Penny Lover," followed by Tyrese Gibson bringing the funk and singing "Brick House."

Richie finally took the stage to sing himself, belting out "All Night Long," surrounded by his fellow artists. It was epic.


Stephen Colbert introduced a performance direct from Broadway later in the night that almost stole the show. The talk show host promised something never seen during the Grammys and the cast of “Hamilton” delivered.

It was something special that isn’t often seen during an awards show like the Grammys. The hip-hop musical featured a mix of rap and singing. The crowd roared when the show’s star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, introduced himself as Hamilton.

The Tributes

Music lost some big names in 2016, and the Grammys paid tribute to the fallen legends.

Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix performed a homage to Earth, Wind and Fire’s Maurice White, who died at 74 earlier this month.

A Glenn Frey tribute came shortly after with the hit “Taking It Easy,” performed by Jackson Browne and the Eagles.

And as expected, Lady Gaga also performed "Space Oddity" in homage to the late David Bowie. Gaga sported the classic Bowie look, then quickly switched it up with "Changes" and other songs from the legend. She closed with "We Can Be Heroes."


Swift's Passionate Speech

One of Taylor Swift's numerous Grammy wins came for Album of the Year toward the end of the evening. After winning the award for her work with "1989," she gave a passionate speech to other female artists about not letting anyone hold them back.

After mentioning those who undercut success or try to take credit, she added in a fierce tone unlike the usual calm Swift, “Someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and know that it was you and the people who loved you who put you there.”