8 highlights you need to know from the Grammys ceremony

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Kendrick Lamar is the undisputed winner of the Grammys.

Taylor Swift proved she’s no walkover as she appeared to have a subtle dig at Kanye West in a speech.

And Ed Sheeran won, peeps, at last.

Here are the top things you need to know about from the awards this year.

1. Beyonce was there. Actual Beyonce.

She presented record of the year, the final award of the night, to Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson for Uptown Funk.

Beyonce presents Bruno and Mark with their award at the Grammys (Matt Sayles/AP/Press Association Images)
Beyonce presents Bruno and Mark with their award at the Grammys (Matt Sayles/AP/Press Association Images)

Bruno seemed to predict his win when he shouted “let’s go Beyonce, let’s do it,” as she paused before announcing the victor.

Collecting the trophy, Mark paid tribute to funk artists including George Clinton, James Brown, Prince and Earth, Wind & Fire. Bruno said: “We wouldn’t be up here if it wasn’t for the people dancing to this song.”

2. Tay Tay won BIG and gave an amazing speech. Could she be any more awesome? She also appeared to throw shade at Kanye.

Her album 1989 was named album of the year. Taking to the stage with her many collaborators, she appeared to respond to Kanye West’s claim on his new album that he made Swift famous when he upstaged her at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009.

Philip Bailey, from left, Verdine White, obscured, and Ralph Johnson of Earth Wind & Fire present Taylor Swift the award for album of the year for “1989” at the 58th annual Grammy Awards  ( Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Philip Bailey, from left, Verdine White, obscured, and Ralph Johnson of Earth Wind & Fire present Taylor Swift the award for album of the year for “1989” at the 58th annual Grammy Awards ( Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

She said: “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 don’t let those people sidetrack you, some day when you get where you’re going you will look around and know it was you and the people who love you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”

3. Johnny Depp was part of the tribute to Motorhead’s Lemmy

Johnny, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry’s band The Hollywood Vampires made their television debut performing a tribute to Motorhead frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, who died in December.

Johnny Depp of Hollywood Vampires performs at the 58th annual Grammy Awards (Matt Sayles/AP)
Johnny Depp of Hollywood Vampires performs at the 58th annual Grammy Awards (Matt Sayles/AP)

The band were introduced by Foo Fighters star Dave Grohl, who said: “Many of us play rock and roll but a rare few among us are rock and roll. Lemmy Kilmister was rock and roll.

“He was a rebel, an outsider, a one of a kind and a way of life. He was Motorhead. He was a legend and I was proud to call him my friend.

“I have an Ace Of Spades tattoo but the truth is Lemmy and Motorhead left their mark on me a long time ago, just as they did for everybody who has ever loved rock and roll. As Lemmy taught us in Ace Of Spades, the pleasure is to play.”

The band performed an original song before segueing into Ace Of Spades in front of a huge picture of Lemmy.

4. Lady Gaga basically was David Bowie for the entire night

She performed an emotional medley of David Bowie’s hits in tribute to her hero, who died earlier this year.

She opened the performance dressed as Ziggy Stardust, complete with newly dyed red hair, singing Space Oddity before breaking into Changes, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City, Rebel Rebel, Fashion, Fame, Let’s Dance and Heroes.

Lady Gaga performs a tribute to David Bowie at the 58th annual Grammy Awards (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Lady Gaga performs a tribute to David Bowie at the 58th annual Grammy Awards (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

A breathless Gaga received a standing ovation from the crowd at the end as she embraced Chic’s Nile Rodgers, one of Bowie’s producers, who joined her for the performance.

5. RiRi cancelled at the last minute due to illness

She pulled out on doctor’s orders due to bronchitis, Billboard reported. The singer was expected to perform Kiss It Better from her newly released album Anti.

6. Kendrick Lamar basically owned the night

Kendrick, who had already won five Grammys at the ceremony, began his performance of The Blacker The Berry in chains and a prison uniform in front of a huge bonfire and ended it in front of a map of his home town Compton in Los Angeles.

7. Adele had sound issues

Adele was accompanied by just a pianist for her performance of All I Ask from her album 25.

Adele performs at the 58th annual Grammy Awards (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Adele performs at the 58th annual Grammy Awards (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Dressed in a floor-length sparkly red dress, the singer was introduced on stage by Bruno Mars, who wrote the song with her.

Her performance was plagued by some sound issues early on, but she remained unfazed and ended it with a tribute to Lamar, shouting: “I love you Kendrick, you’re amazing.”

8. Ed Sheeran was adorable as he FINALLY won a Grammy and thanked his parents

Stevie Wonder read from a Braille card as he announced Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran as song of the year.

Sheeran’s friend Taylor, who was also nominated in the category for her hit Blank Space, leapt to her feet and cheered as his name was announced before he ran over to embrace her.

Collecting his trophy, Ed thanked his parents, saying: “They have flown over the past four years to come to the Grammys, and every time they go: ‘Maybe next year!’”