10:37 p.m. The Grammy for Album of the Year goes to Adele. She gives a moving speech about coming back to herself after pregnancy and how much the award means to her. Then, tears streaming down her face, she talks about how monumental the album “Lemonade” is and how she understands the deep impact it had on the people in her life, especially the black women. Beyoncé watches with a tear streaking her face as Adele tells her she knows the award rightfully belonged to “Lemonade.”
10:34 p.m. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill present Adele another predictable award for Record of the Year for “Hello.” Also, another Beyoncé slight which might be setting us up for the big one. Adele talks about how Beyoncé “moves my soul every single day” in her acceptance speech.
10:24 p.m. Heart breaking all over again about all of last year’s musical losses. Also, it’s been almost an hour since the last award. When is this thing supposed to end?
10:09 p.m. Chance the Rapper takes us to church. He’s filled with the spirit. He brings Kirk Franklin, Tamela Mann and a full gospel choir. He mixes in his own songs, but he extends “How Great” into an incredible rendition of “How Great is Our God.” The vibe is pure triumph. Make no mistake, it wasn’t lip service when he claimed his first trophy of the ceremony “in the name of the Lord.”
10:07 p.m. Oh hey, it’s the Pentatonix Jackson 5 cover no one asked for.
9:51 p.m. Booking Prince’s old collaborators, the Time to lead into Bruno Mars in the tribute was brilliant. Then Bruno purple reigned up in there.
9:40 p.m. Dedicating their performance to “those people who are pushing people in power to represent them” and their fallen brother Phife, Tribe Called Quest tore through a medley of hits then brought out Busta Rhymes for a blistering rendition of “We the People.” Anderson.Paak played drums and they marched a diverse crowd of civilians out to join them on stage for the best protest of the night.
9:37 p.m. Adele predictably takes the Song of the Year award for “Hello” even though “Formation” was a more important song this year.
9:25 p.m. Demi Lovato kicks off a Bee Gees tribute that incongruently includes everyone from Andra Day to Little Big Town.
9:16 p.m. Sturgill Simpson makes that golden voice work during a flawless performance with Sharon Jones’ old horn section from Dap Kings. It is flawless. It feels like a set up to prepare us for an upset in the Album of the Year category and now I’m nervous.
9:08 p.m. Lady Gaga lets her inner headbanger out. The Grammys forget to turn on Metallica lead James Hetfield’s mic. She thrashes. She stage dives. There’s lots of fire.
9:03 p.m. Not surprised Grammy voters were inspired to vote Chance the Rapper’s gospel heavy “Coloring Book” best Rap Album, but it really is the best.
8:52 p.m. Adele does a full stop, bleeped expletive restart at the top of her tribute to George Michael, a string-embellished cover of “Fastlove,” a song she selected herself. Some of Michael’s fans find it a bit dirge-like, but it was certainly heartfelt.
8:45 p.m. “When women stand together we can do amazing things,” actress Gina Rodriguez of “Jane the Virgin” says introducing. Maren Morris and Alicia Keys. The two women destroy a rendition of Morris’ “Once.”
8:36 p.m. Gary Clark Jr. makes Austin ridiculously proud in a duet with William Bell, then gets to award Beyoncé (who is still in goddess garb) the trophy for Best Urban Contemporary album for “Lemonade.” ‘Yoncé talks about the “profundity of Deep Southern culture,” why it’s important to face the ugly parts of our history in order to heal and her need to create positive images for her daughters.
8:30 p.m. Legit believe Katy Perry is all about unity and “No hate” was the guiding ideal of her performance, but I also get this sentiment:
8:17 p.m. Bruno Mars is a beast. That is all.
8:16 p.m. As James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” bit careens between brilliance and chaos, Blue Ivy steps in to save the day.
8:10 p.m. Seems like women are really dominating country music now. 4/5 noms for “Best Country Solo” are female. Maren Morris rightfully takes the trophy for “My Church.”
7:55 p.m. Beyonce’s mother introduced the pregnant pop diva who performed with her daughter. A glorious invocation of fertility goddesses gave us an epic intro to “Love Drought” which segued beautifully into “Sandcastles.” It is beautiful and powerful and everything.
7:53 p.m. In which the Grammys decide to introduce the olds to young music up-and-comers by putting Kelsea Ballerini and Lukas Graham together in a mismatched mash up.
7:48 p.m. The internet takes a moment during Ed Sheeran’s lackluster performance to go gaga for Blue Ivy as Prince.
7:44 p.m. The Grammys do right and award Best Rock Song to Bowie’s “Blackstar,” the only correct choice.
7:31 p.m.: Twenty One Pilots decided to take off their pants to accept the award for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” to make a point about how they all used to hang out in their underwear together.
7:13 p.m. Surprising no one Chance takes the Best New Artist trophy, claims victory in the name of the Lord, shouts out his whole city Chicago, and reminds us independence means freedom.
7:07 p.m. Stars of music don’t exactly know what to do with James Corden’s bumbling physical comedy into weirdo white dude rap thing. Bet those ‘Who is James Corden?’ google searches are through the roof.
7:04 p.m. Adele is reminding us why we’re going to see lots of Adele tonight in her emotional opener.
6:57 p.m.: Hello all! Signing on for the Grammys live blog. Mood tonight? Hoping for that Beyoncé sweep, but mentally preparing myself for a shocking Sturgill Simpson upset. Expecting to see lots of Adele.