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The 2017 Grammys: Winners and Performances

Following along with music’s big award show
Source: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

By the end of the 2017 Grammys, viewers will likely be arguing about one or more of the following: Beyoncé, the Bee Gees, Donald Trump. In the meantime, I’ll be updating this post with the winners, remarkable performances, and memorable moments of the night.

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Prince was memorialized by his pals in The Time, who recreated a Minneapolis funk club circa 1985 while playing “The Bird.” Then Bruno Mars showed up in purple sequins and ruffles to do “Let’s Go Crazy” climaxing in a lengthy and lascivious guitar solo.

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A Tribe Called Quest delivered a bold anti-Trump statement in a performance with Anderson .Paak, Consequence, and Busta Rhymes. A big wall was broken down; Busta called out “President Agent Orange” for “perpetuating evil” and an “unsuccessful attempt at a Muslim ban.” During the anti-nativism anthem “We the People,” the band brought up a diverse group of unfamous people—the implication being that they were endangered by Trump’s policies. Fists shot into the air, and then a rallying call: “RESIST! RESIST! RESIST!”

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Adele won Song of the Year for “Hello,” beating Beyoncé, Lukas Graham, Justin Bieber, and Mike Posner. “I really do apologize for swearing,” Adele

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