The Recording Academy handed out awards at the 59th Grammys.

Beyoncé had the greatest number of nominations, but Adele became the most awarded musician at this year’s ceremony. Queen B won only two out of nine nominations. She was awarded for her album Lemonade that was recognised best urban contemporary album and for a music video for the song “Formation”. But Beyoncé might find solace in the fact that Adele highly praised her, said how she loved her and confessed how Beyoncé’s life and music inspired her. Adele said Lemonade deserved more to receive the album of the year award than her record 25 that took the trophy.

Besides the award for album of the year, Adele also took Grammys for song of the year, record of the year, best pop solo performance and best pop vocal album. So, she beat Beyoncé in all three out of four major categories where both singers competed.

Neither Rihanna nor Kanye West, who had eight nods each, received any statuettes, which came as a surprise and disappointment. Rapper Drake, who was nominated in eight categories, won a Grammy only for best rap/sung performance for his song “Hotline Bling”. The song was also honoured as best rap song with the award given to its authors Aubrey Graham and Paul Jefferies.

Last year’s first-timer Chance The Rapper was the most successful among rap musicians. He picked up one of the “big four” awards as best new artist and received Grammys for best rap album and best rap performance.

David Bowie, who released his last album Blackstar two days before his death, won four awards. His work was recognised best alternative music album. Bowie also received awards for best rock performance, best rock song (“Blackstar”) and best engineered album, non-classical. Jonathan Barnbrook, the designer of the album Blackstar, won a Grammy for best recording package.

The awards ceremony took place yesterday in Los Angeles. The full list of winners and nominees in all categories is available on the official website. The Grammy Awards awarded annually by the Recording Academy since 1959 is one of the most prestigious music awards in the world honouring achievements in mainly English-language music industry. To recognise Spanish and Portuguese-language musicians, the Latin Grammy Awards were established.

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