There are fewer than 10 awards handed out during the Grammy Awards broadcast, so that makes the good acceptance speeches stand out all the more.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Twenty One Pilots
Best pop duo/group performance for Stressed Out
“Before we were able to make money playing music,” Tyler Joseph recalled, “I called Josh (Dun) and said, ‘Do you want to come over to my rental house and watch the Grammys?’ As we were watching, we noticed that every single one of us was in our underwear. And, seriously, Josh turned to me — and we were no one at the time — he said, ‘If we ever go to the Grammys, if we ever win a Grammy, we should receive it just like this.’ ”
Record of the year, Hello
“The comeback, as it were, was completely masterminded by (you) and you executed it incredibly,” she told manager Jonathan Dickins. “I owe you everything. We’ve been together for 10 years and I love you like you’re my dad. I don’t love my dad, that’s the thing, so it doesn’t mean a lot, but I love you like I would love my dad!”
She then turned her attention to her biggest competitor, Beyoncé. “My idol is Queen Bey and I adore you and you move my soul and you have every day for nearly 17 years. I adore you and I want you to be my mommy, all right?”
Album of the year, 25
“Five years ago, when I was last here, I also was pregnant and I didn’t know,” Adele explained. “I found out shortly afterward, which was the biggest blessing of my life, and in my pregnancy and becoming a mother, I lost a lot of myself. And I struggled, and I still do struggle as a mum. It’s really hard. Tonight, winning this kind of feels full circle and like a bit of me has come back to myself.”
Adele broke her brand-new Grammy for album of the year to share with Beyoncé, who she says made a “monumental album.” (Photo: Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY)
Then she again turned her attention to the front row and gave an acceptance speech that should go over well with the Beyhive.
“I’m very humbled and grateful,” she acknowledged, “but the artist of my life is Beyoncé. The Lemonade album was so monumental and so well thought-out and so beautiful and soul-baring and we got to see another side to you that you don’t always let us see and we appreciate that. And all the artists here (expletive) adore you. You are our light. And the way you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is empowering and you make them stand up for themselves and I love you.”
Urban contemporary album for Lemonade
Just as every second of Lemonade was meticulously thought out, so, too, was her acceptance speech, which was written on a gold card that matched her Indian goddess costume.
Chance the Rapper
Best new artist
“I know people think that independence means you do it by yourself,” he told the audience. “But independence means freedom.”
Country solo performance for My Church
“Eleven years ago, I went to the first-ever Grammy Camp,” the CMA Awards’ new artist of the year winner recalled. “It was the first time I flew on a plane by myself to L.A. It’s crazy to be here a decade later. … To the fans, thank you for giving me the most incredible year of my life.”
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