Morris Day and the Time appeared backstage after their rousing Prince tribute with Bruno Mars to lament the loss of the Purple One and to give credit to Mars for keeping up with them.
"It was double-edged for me because I hate the reason we are here, but I’m glad to be here,” said Day while the Time (all original members) stood nodding behind him. “I think it was fitting.
“He was one of the best ever,” Day continued about Prince, who he and his band played for in Minneapolis a few months before the Artist's death. “His legacy will go on forever. He was one of the best musicians that ever lived.”
Solange Knowles finally (and deservedly) joined her sister Beyoncé as a Grammy winner Sunday night, taking home her first trophy for R&B performance for “Cranes in the Sky.”
“Honestly, I feel like I won a long time ago because of all of the connectivity this album has had, particularly with black women,” Knowles said backstage in the press room.
Knowles mentioned she had written “Cranes in the Sky” eight years ago, but it kept getting pushed aside. Taken from her breakthrough album “A Seat at the Table,” the song put Knowles in the pantheon of artists unafraid to address politics and social justice in their work.
An easy rule for Grammy memorial tributes: don’t dress up like the guy you’re honoring. Unless you’re Bruno Mars, perhaps the one person at the Grammys who could credibly fill Prince’s purple suit.
Since Prince’s death last year, it’s clear that it’s usually a fool’s errand to even try and live up to his standards onstage (Shiela E. excepted, for obvious reasons). But if anyone could do it, it’s Mars, who already had one genial performance earlier.
He returned to the stage in full Prince regalia – was it blasphemy or audacious?
After winning her Grammy for song of the year for "Hello," Adele used much of her acceptance speech to thank the song's producer and co-writer Greg Kurstin.
“I’d like to thank Greg because Greg kept coming to England for me, to work with me," Adele said.
“He would come to me in England so I didn’t have to leave my son and yet he would leave [his] son and daughter. So thank you for your patience with me and for helping to create my favorite song I’ve ever done.”
Among the many inspiring artists who passed in 2016, the rapper Phife Dawg's death hit the hip-hop community hard. As co-founder of A Tribe Called Quest, he helped create classics of the genre including "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm," "Midnight Marauders" and "The Low End Theory."
The group issued its swan song, "We Got It From Here ... Thank You for Your Service" in 2016, and its co-founders Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Q-Tip landed on stage with Busta Rhymes and best new artist nominee Anderson .Paak.
In introducing the tribute, Q-Tip gestured toward an empty microphone and dedicated the performance to Phife.