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Grammys 2016: Taylor Swift wins best album, addresses critics; Compton Mayor congratulates Kendrick Lamar

From the red carpet to the awards and performances of the night to the post-Grammy parties, you can follow us here for your full Grammys experience. Monday night's 58th Grammy Awards saw Taylor Swift take home her second best album honor and 'Uptown Funk' the award for best record. Meghan Trainor took home best new artist and Ed Sheeran won for best song. In the performances, Adele sounded less-than-stellar and 'Hamilton' measured up to the hype, but Kendrick Lamar's fiery set was the show-stealer and overshadowed much of the night. Now it's time for the post-show praise and second-guessing.

Compton mayor celebrates Kendrick Lamar's Grammys

Kendrick Lamar performs at the 58th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The South Los Angeles artist won five trophies and was officially congratulated by the city of Compton. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Kendrick Lamar performs at the 58th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The South Los Angeles artist won five trophies and was officially congratulated by the city of Compton. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

When Kendrick Lamar Duckworth won tonight, Compton won. Mr. Duckworth's achievements further Compton's legacy of ingenuity and excellence. He represents Compton's evolution, embodying the New Vision for Compton: purpose, prosperity and progress. I appreciate — we appreciate — Mr. Lamar always representing Compton with great pride in any venue he’s in, from the White House to the Grammys.

Aja Brown, Compton mayor

What might Oscar learn from Grammy?

Kendrick Lamar performs Monday at the 58th Grammy Awards at Staples Center. Lamar won five awards, including best rap album. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Kendrick Lamar performs Monday at the 58th Grammy Awards at Staples Center. Lamar won five awards, including best rap album. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Is there a lesson the Motion Picture Academy might learn from the Recording Academy to make its award nominations more reflective of the world at large?

That question was put to veteran record company executive Clive Davis and Recording Academy President Neil Portnow in the days leading up to Monday night’s 58th Grammy Awards ceremony.

“I’m not coming out here to critique anyone,” Davis, 83, said with a smile last week at his hotel suite while making plans for his annual pre-Grammy Gala held Sunday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. “But I think you have to take a look at how you do things if you overlook a film like ‘Straight Outta Compton.'

“It tells a very powerful story, a very important story, one that is still very relevant today,” he said. “To overlook that....”

How this year's mistake-prone Grammys mirrored messy social media ... and why that's a good thing

Adele's performance at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards was troubled. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Adele's performance at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards was troubled. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

When artists drift out of tune on live TV, or find that their bodies and schedules have failed them ... it’s a last vestige of the kind of animal fear that can grip even the mighty.

Adele’s piano-mic kerplunk. Rihanna calling in sick, and Lauryn Hill not showing up. Jack U’s shaggy-dog set of electro-emo with Justin Bieber.

This year’s Grammys were full of the rarest things in pop music today — mistakes. Not social media meltdowns, bizarre rap beefs or surprise album leaks patched over with duct tape on Tidal. These were earnest attempts to find greatness that fell dramatically, unmistakably flat.

And the Grammys were all the better for it.

For as much as fans like to complain about nearly every aspect of the Grammys, it’s perhaps the last public space where musicians must perform their craft on someone else’s terms.

Pop music today is defined by control. From the ubiquity of vocal tuning to the elite super-producers and songwriting summer camps and the omnipresence of laptops in live band setups — so much of modern pop is about leaving nothing to chance.

That insistence on perfection creates its own uncanny aesthetic.

Watch James Corden's 'inside gossip' on Rihanna's cancelled Grammys performance ... and what he had to do with it

James Corden, the late-night host most likely to share intimate moments with his audience, leaned into his desk not long after the conclusion of Monday's Grammys ceremony and asked, "Do you want to hear some inside info — gossip" about Rihanna and the Grammys?

With his audience cheering and egging him on, "The Late Late Show" host revealed details about the Grammys performance we would have seen — if a doctor hadn't intervened at the last minute to say that Rihanna "could really damage her voice," as Corden put it, if she went forward with the song.

Corden, it turns out, was supposed to play a 1980s-era talk show host who would introduce Rihanna and then pretend to interview her on a show that would have been called "As It Lays." Rihanna was going to sing "Kiss It Better" and showed up to rehearsal Saturday, Corden said, "a bit under the weather," but ready to perform.

When Corden arrived on the Grammys red carpet Monday, he happily bragged to reporters about his role: "Oh, I'm introducing Rihanna. She's asked me personally to be part of it."  When he got to the end of the red carpet and received the news that Rihanna was out, he gamely offered to go on in her place. "I've just had a wax," he said he told the producers, explaining how he was ready to wear Rihanna-style hot pants in the cause of making sure the Grammys show would go on. 

But it was not to be. The Grammys producers declined his offer. "No, James," he said they told him. "We've just cut it. It's done."

Watch Corden tell the whole story in the video above.

Recording Academy President Neil Portnow addresses the biggest Grammy snafus, rumors and mysteries

Common, left, and Recording Academy President Neil Portnow embrace at the 58th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Monday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Common, left, and Recording Academy President Neil Portnow embrace at the 58th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Monday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

The Grammys are a live event, and live events by nature aren't perfect. Backstage in the press room Monday, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow spoke about the night's snafus, including Adele's performance problems, an absent Rihanna and the Lauryn Hill rumors. 

Grammys fashion trends: Strategic skin-baring, high-slits and taking black to the next level

Kaley Cuoco in a sequined pantsuit. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times (left and right), Valerie Macon / AFP/Getty Images (center)
Kaley Cuoco in a sequined pantsuit. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times (left and right), Valerie Macon / AFP/Getty Images (center)

The Grammy Awards are usually reliable for over-the-top, censor-vexing fashion, but with the notable exception of Joy Villa, who dressed in what appeared to be animal bones, the stars who hit the red carpet at Monday's show kept things noticeably dialed down. When old-school black and white is the most noticeable trend, you know you've got a tame red carpet.

Grammys double take: Did Joe Perry really take the stage twice? In 2016?

There he goes again: Joe Perry takes the Grammys stage a second time during the night, this time with Pitbull and Robin Thicke. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
There he goes again: Joe Perry takes the Grammys stage a second time during the night, this time with Pitbull and Robin Thicke. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Look, there was a lot going on -- especially right at the end, with that overstuffed “In Memoriam” sequence, Taylor Swift’s implied dig at Kanye West and the heavenly sight of Beyoncé dressed as a doily.

But the morning after the Grammy Awards, with our heads beginning to clear, a shocking fact is swimming to the surface, one that nobody seemed to notice during the show itself.

Joe Perry performed Monday night on two separate occasions. As part of the Grammy Awards. In 2016.

That’s right: The floppy-hat model best known as the guitarist in Aerosmith -- a rock band that hasn’t released a relevant album in well over a decade -- somehow gobbled up nearly 10 minutes of music’s biggest night.

How did this happen?

Watch Taylor Swift's Grammys speech 'to all the young women out there' ... and Kanye too

Before Monday night's Grammys ceremony, there was talk that a big win for Taylor Swift could register as a loss for the pop superstar in this year of heightened awareness over the need for more awards-season diversity. But when she was named  winner of album of the year, a savvy Swift turned her acceptance speech into a inspirational call-out to women -- and a dig at Kanye West.

"As the first woman to win album of the year at the Grammys twice," she said from the podium, "I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work and you don't let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you're going, you'll look around and you will know that it was you and the people love you who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world. Thank you for this moment."

'Inimitable, inevitable': Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda deliver the best Grammys speech of the night

When it's time to party, the Grammys party hard

What does the music industry do after the biggest night of the year? Hit the Grammy after-parties for celebratory drinks, cookie bars and surprise performances.

Be it Missy Elliott at the Warner's party or an impromptu Disney singalong, it all looks pretty great. 

As show highlights diversity, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar are among the big winners

 (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images for NARAS)
(Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images for NARAS)

The big winner at the 58th Grammy Awards ceremony on Monday night might not be any of the musicians who took home awards but the music industry's full-court press promoting cultural diversity.

While the motion picture academy is under fire because of its recent full slate of acting nominees lacking a single person of color, the Recording Academy heaped awards and precious national TV performance slots to a long roster of Anglo, African American, Latino, Asian, straight, gay, young and veteran performers over the course of the 3 1/2 hour show from Staples Center in Los Angeles.

2016 Grammy Awards: Complete list of winners and nominees

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The full list of winners and nominees. 

Urban Contemporary Album

"Ego Death," the Internet

"You Should Be Here," Kehlani

"Blood," Lianne La Havas

"Wildheart," Miguel

WINNER: "Beauty Behind the Madness," the Weeknd

Lady Gaga goes Vegas with a rushed David Bowie tribute

Lady Gaga performs her David Bowie tribute onstage at the 58th Grammy Awards. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Lady Gaga performs her David Bowie tribute onstage at the 58th Grammy Awards. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

The late, great David Bowie's torch is almost too big for any single performer to carry. But Lady Gaga gave it her best shot during a heartfelt but rushed tribute to the singer's legacy during the 58th Grammy Awards on Monday night.

Sporting a bright orange-red coif, a flashy white pantsuit and thick glittery makeup reminiscent of the Ziggy Stardust era, Gaga bounded through several of Bowie's most famous songs backed by guitarist and Bowie collaborator Nile Rodgers in a very hectic six minutes.

The result felt more like a Las Vegas dinner theater revue than a solemn yet joyful shout-out to one of rock's biggest icons.

Chris Stapleton on his Grammy win: 'It's crazy'

Chris Stapleton performs during the Grammys. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Chris Stapleton performs during the Grammys. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Chris Stapleton, on how his life has changed since his CMA breakthrough performance and now his multiple Grammy wins:

"It's a life-changing thing, I'm sure this will amplify that. It's crazy, it's hard to digest and be fully aware of it. I'm holding these things and it still feels kind of fake.” 

Adele explains her performance mishap

Adele performs at the 58th Grammy Awards. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Adele performs at the 58th Grammy Awards. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Just as the Internet stopped reeling over a surprisingly subpar Grammys performance from Adele, the British singer took to her personal Twitter account to set the record straight about what happened during her performance of "All I Ask." Adele explains that "the piano mics fell on to the piano strings, that's what the guitar sound was. It made it sound out of tune." But, it wasn't all bad news for singer, who decided to treat herself in honor of the mishap. 

Which performance stole the show at the Grammys?

Lady Gaga performs her David Bowie tribute at the 58th Grammy Awards at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Lady Gaga performs her David Bowie tribute at the 58th Grammy Awards at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

After nearly 3 1/2 hours of performances, it is time to decide which one ultimately stole the show at the 58th Grammy Awards. What will you choose?

Taylor Swift calls out Kanye West -- while holding her second album of the year Grammy

 (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Sure, Kanye West put his thoughts about Taylor Swift into his "Famous" lyrics last week, but Swift on Monday put her thoughts about West into her acceptance speech after winning the Grammy Award for album of the year.


As the first woman to win album of the year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there: There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame, but if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you are going, you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.

Taylor Swift, referencing Kanye West in her album of the year acceptance speech

That would be an award in a category for which West wasn't nominated -- and an award he said he would have to be promised before he'd attend the Grammys.

In case you forgot what Yeezy's song says:

I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that ... famous

Kanye West, referencing Taylor Swift in his new song 'Famous'

Nice, right? Of course, he maintains that he "never dissed her."

Looks as if TSwift didn't really need a song to get her message across. Though having a national TV audience certainly didn't hurt.

'Uptown Funk' by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars wins record of the year

 (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)


The other nominees were:

"Really Love," D'Angelo and the Vanguard

"Thinking Out Loud," Ed Sheeran | Review | Interview

"Blank Space," Taylor Swift | Review

"Can't Feel My Face," the Weeknd | Review

Complete nominees and winners list

Taylor Swift's '1989' wins album of the year

 (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

The other nominees were:

"Sound & Color," Alabama Shakes

"To Pimp a Butterfly," Kendrick Lamar | Review

"Traveller," Chris Stapleton | Interview

"Beauty Behind the Madness," the Weeknd | Review

Complete nominees and winners list

A look back at the life of Grammy lifetime achievement winner Celia Cruz

Grammy lifetime achievement winner Celia Cruz. (Celia Cruz Foundation)
Grammy lifetime achievement winner Celia Cruz. (Celia Cruz Foundation)

Celia Cruz, known as the Queen of Latin Music, is being honored tonight by the Grammy Awards with a lifetime achievement award. Born in Havana in 1925, Cruz started singing in cabarets as a teenager, despite her father’s hopes that she would grow up to become a teacher.

Cruz became the most popular Latin artist of the 20th century, earning 23 gold albums, a National Medal of Arts  and six Grammy awards, before earning her seventh tonight.

In 2003, Cruz died of a brain cancer, spurring worldwide vigils. More than 200,000 fans paid their final respects at Miami’s Freedom Tower.

In 2013, Jennifer Lopez honored the songstress by performing a medley of Cruz’s hits at the American Music Awards.

To learn more about the life of Celia Cruz, check out Los Angeles Times coverage of the singer’s death, her life and Lopez’s 2013 AMA performance.

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