Global Citizen artists took home seven awards during Sunday night’s 59th annual Grammy Awards, with musical goddess Beyoncé, CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founder and 2015 Global Citizen Festival headliner, receiving two for her political and feminist album “Lemonade.”
After Adele kicked off the evening with a powerful rendition of “Hello” — check out Global Citizen’s take here — host James Corden, who previously hosted Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, and many other the talented artists in his Carpool Karaoke series, took the stage breezing through show tunes and rap. Corden truly set the stage for the variety of music that the Grammys pays tribute to, acknowledging talented artists from rap and hip/hop to folk and reggae genres.
Past Global Citizen Festival headliners continued to fill the stage with flawless performances from Carrie Underwood, Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Metallica, John Legend, and Demi Lovato, who teamed up with Tori Kelly, 2015 Global Citizen Festival artist, for a Bee Gee’s tribute.
Amid the crowd, Corden held a collective “cardboard karaoke” which included John Legend, who performed at the 2012 Global Citizen Festival, and Keith Urban and Tim McGraw who participated in our Rewards program.
And in the finale of the night, as Adele accepted Grammys for Best Album of the Year, ("25") and Best Record of the Year ("Hello"), she gave incredibly touching and tearful praise to Beyoncé, for empowering black lives everywhere though her album "Lemonade."
Along with Adele and Beyoncé's beautiful shared moment, the true spotlight went to the five Global Citizen artists’ who took home awards at this year’s Grammys. Here is a look at those who won this year.
Twenty One Pilots, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
The young band showed just how far they’ve come by leaving their pants at their seats and accepting the first Grammy of the night pantsless, making good on a promise they made to their younger selves. Twenty One Pilots, a Global Citizen Rewards artist, took home their first Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their song “Stressed Out.”
Beyoncé, Best Music Video
Beyoncé’s “Formation” was announced as best music video of the year prior to the ceremony granting Beyoncé her 21st Grammy award. “Formation,” which sparked conversation across the country on the Black Lives Matter movement, earned a powerful win for Beyoncé and placed her in a tie with husband, Jay Z for 21 Grammys.
Beyoncé, Best Urban Contemporary Album
Beyoncé sent a powerful message to girls and women everywhere during her acceptance speech upon winning her 22nd Grammy for her album Lemonade.
Ziggy Marley, Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley, who has participated in Global Citizen’s Rewards, won for his new album “Ziggy Marley.” This is Marley’s eighth Grammy, and fifth win for Best reggae album.
Megadeath, Best Metal Album
Megadeath, Global Citizen Rewards artists, took home the award for Best Metal Album of year for their heavy metal "Dystopia."
Drake, Best Rap/Sung Performance
Drake’s popular hit “Hotline Bling” won for best rap performance. Global Citizen Rewards is currently offering a pair of tickets to 16 Drake shows throughout his tour in Europe this February and March. Enter to win here.
Drake, Best Rap Song
Drake snagged his third Grammy winning Best Rap Song for “Hotline Bling.” In 2012, he received his first Grammy for his album “Take Care.”
Honorable mentions go to 2015 Global Citizen Festival headliners Rihanna, who was nominated for eight Grammys for her album “Anti”, Metallica, which was nominated for Best Rock Song “Hardwired,” and Demi Lovato, who was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album “Confident.” Global Citizen artists Ariana Grande was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, D.R.A.M. was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance, and De La Soul was nominated for Best Rap Album.