Sparkle-“E” on the scene… at the 2017 Grammy Awards!

🎼Everyone was in tune 🎵 with the 59th Annual Grammy Awards 🎶 ceremony on Sunday, February 12, 2017.🎶

Singing:🎶 🎤YesSsSs!!!!!! The sun ☀️did come out…and Sparkle-“E” was shining on the scene!!!! 

The CBS network broadcast the show –LIVE- from the Staples Center in Los Angeles…. and it was an incredible show!!!

You see..”The GRAMMYS “is the most anticipated MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA of the year!  It’s hip… it’s cool.. and trendy. But strongly supported by an elegant.. sophisticated crowd! 

A diverse reflection of the music… audience…from Contemporary to Country… R&B to Rap… Classical & Jazz.. (((You get the picture…)))

The Music Awards Program recognized the **BEST*** recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year…which runs from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. The nominations were announced in early December, 2016.

The GRAMMYS is always an “ultra cool” place to see… 👀and be seen…. so you need to be sharp!

Show goers were thrilled… whew! and quite frankly… ~relieved~ to enter the Staples Center... on a gorgeous Sunday☀️… after days of heavy LA.. and blistering winter storms on the East Coast. 

Finally!  Favorable weather did not rain on this fashionable crowd! A chance for folks to dress up… and let their hair down!


James Corden, popular host of the Late, Late show… .hosted the ceremony for the first time… 

Grammy producers thought Corden would be a perfect fit for the job! James is likeable… and a pretty funny guy! 

Making his grand debut as host did not disappoint! The opening bit…. when he was trying to make it on stage…. was “HI- Larious!!!!!”

 🤣😂🤣😂🤣 I was cracking up!!! I was like: wait a minute… what the WHAT!!! -LOL!!!- then dude broke out into a rap… and had a cool flow going! 

Throughout the evening… James was a very pleasant show master… to watch…using his wit… and charm to keep the show moving… with an “upbeat spirit!”

Personally… I thought he did a great job…and I’d like to see him have another opportunity to host the show… next year.

 Now James Corden is already FAMOUS for his own sing-a-long sensation: “Carpool Karaoke” 🚗 .

The  musical bit quickly beacame a viral success… with ” surprise” A-list stars… belting out ALL kinds of songs while riding in a car… with James…

In a previous statement, Corden said he was truly “honored” to host the Grammys… 

“It’s the biggest, most prestigious award show in music, and I feel incredibly lucky to be part of such an incredible night.”

And while Corden rapped… he didn’t 🎶sing… at the GRAMYS…but he couldn’t pass up an opportunity to give the pro’s a shot! 

Using a cut out 🚗 car… he recruited several BIG names… (including  J-Lo and John Legend), to sing in a QUICK awards show version of CARPOOL KARAOKE!  Hey! Even Beyoncé s sweet little girl Blue dashed in the mix… for a minute..

But the most anticipated…and talked about GOLDEN MOMENT... was the mesmerizing performance by Little Blues mother…”BEYONCÉ!!!”

Beyoncé was as GOOD as GOLD in one of the most ARTISTIC performances in show history! 

 In all her glory….she proudly showed off her belly…in a most alluring and mystical fashion…Beyoncé recently announced that she and husband Jay-Z are expecting twins.

 Queen “B” sang like an ANGEL… and looked HEAVENLY!!! 

It was as though she allowed her auroa of happiness… peace… and tranquillity to float through the audience… and through the  television screen in a golden haze… Almost as though her presence… and others featured on stage… permeated our DREAMS….

It was the  “MOTHER ” of ALL performances…. You ✨GLOW✨ BEYONCÉ!!!! 💛💛💛💛💛

A tribute to tribute to George Michael by Adele was emotional… and heartfelt… she was filled with great determination & passion to deliver an appropriate memorial ..

Early into the song… she suddenly stopped a moment…saying she needed to start over… because she REALLY wanted to get this tribute… just right. The crowd understood..and people were deeply moved…

And speaking of being deeply moved”… The audience was left spellbound… after a powerful duet…

Grammy show producer…Ken Ehrlich, arranged a slower version of the Beach Boys’ hit…”God Only Knows” for  the  “In  Memoriam” segment  of the show…

John Legend and Cynthia Erivo delivered the song flawlessly…

The arrangement was magnificent! I felt the slower version of the song…enticed you to pay more attention to the lyrics.. which were fitting for the tribute…along with the photos..

Immediately after the live performance on Sunday, Legend tweeted that a studio version of the track was available for download…as a single.

I think it’s only a matter of time before the re-make of this song starts climbing the charts!

Tick-Tick-Tick! Morris Day… and the Time… 

along with Bruno Mars gave a SPECTACULAR musical tribute to late Musical Superstar Prince! 

This performance was most definitely a “PURPLE” people pleaser! 💜💜💜💜💜

Everyone has been singing praises for BRUNO MARS…saying his performance was definitely a “Show Stopper!”  

Bruno rocked the house… and shocked the house with an unforgettable stage presence… and superior sound…

Prince fans were FINALLY satisfied!!!!

~This~ was the kind tribute the musical genius deserved!  

ROYAL performance…. featuring Morris Day…and the band Prince performed with on stage..and on tour dates…for years!

It was about TIME! And its was also about Bruno Mars.  Mars  gained a LOT of new fans… and massive respect from fellow musicians…

You could say Bruno earned a “Purple Heart” in R&B and Soul for grooving so great! His ⭐️ star rose even HIGHER Grammy night…

It was the BEST memorial tribute to Prince ever!

The overall show was fantastic!  

It generated tons of internet buzz.  A lot of people I know…(who normally don’t care much about Awards Shows)… really like this one!!!

Well “SHINE ON!” GRAMMYS! It was a starry ✨night indeed…Shimmering with stand out performances… passionate expressions… and unforgettable moments…and MUSIC! 🎶 

Adele ended the Grammy Awards ~winning~ album of the year and record of the year.  During her acceptance speech… she graciously honored Beyoncé 

“I can’t possibly accept this award,” she said through tears…

The Lemonade album was just so monumental, Beyoncé.  It was so monumental and well thought-out and beautiful and soul-bearing. We appreciate that…All of us artists here adore you. You are our light.”

Beyoncé was visibly touched… by Adele’s kind words…Her eyes watered… but she was very composed… displaying elegance… and grace… like a true “Queen B”

Beyonce, received 9 Grammy nominations this year... and won two of her nine categories.. 

The Bee-Hive..( A name for SUPER Beyoncé Fans and Followers )–were extremely disappointed… 

Conversations have started up again… about African-American performers getting overlooked in TOP Grammy categories… 

Some theories claim… a massive number of eligible VOTERS for Grammys… just aren’t familiar with popular Urban Songs and performers…–As a result,–  there is not enough interest or support to effectively honor this music genre.

Lemonade” won best urban contemporary album and “Formation” won the music video award.

and of course… Mrs. Beyoncé Carter’s performance of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” is ~STILL~ being highly praised… and generating lots of buzz… 

I think her artistic offering was absolutely beautiful! 

You might even call it mesmerizing…

I’ve always said… Beyoncé is one of the BEST Singer/Performers in the WORLD!!!!  You HAVE to give her credit…. 


 Not to mention…how Beyoncé ~consistently~ creating the SUPERB concerts…tours…Videos and TV show appearances… Her costumes are always phenomenal! Pure perfection… I tell you… 

***tip toeing on my soapbox… ☝🏽…and don’t forget…the woman is a marketing GENIUS!!! ***

During her acceptance speech… Beyoncé thanked her family…and had truly inspiring words to share with the audience:

“My intention for the film and album is to create a body of work that would give voice to our pain, our struggles, our doubts and our history, to confront issues that make us uncomfortable,” 

“It’s important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty, so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror, first through their own families, as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House and the Grammys, and see themselves. And have no doubt that they’re beautiful, intelligent and capable.

***** side note: I just LOVE ❤️ these words!!! Go on Beyoncé –>

“This is something I want for every child of every race, and I feel it’s vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes.”

*** That was a drop the mic 🎤 moment…. OK ?!?! ****

In other GRAMMY news…

 David Bowie ’s final album, “Blackstar,” earned  five Grammy Awards for alternative music album, rock song, rock performance, engineered non-classical album & recording.

Politics… mixed in with the music…and celebrities VOCALIZED concerns over national policy changes…protests against them… and several oother issues dividing the country. 

Throughout the night… artists calmly called for UNITY…

but there were also more aggressive attacks against all latest developments… dividing the country…

Loud shout outs came in the form…. of a choreographed type of musical protest.  One rapper declared they were sending a message out to quote: “President Agent Orange.”

The vocal presentation included people on stage…from all walks of life… It was led by hip-hop collective A Tribe Called Quest…and fellow performers Consequence, Anderson …Paak and Busta Rhymes.


Chance the Rapper was also among the top winners of the night, taking the prize for new artist…. and best rap album.

After the show ended….the crowds disappeared into the night… 🌛

and re-appeared at wonderful social gatherings… and after parties…to celebrate   🎉 TOP winners… in the music industry…

The 2017 Broadcast…was definitely one for the ages! A lot to discuss over cocktails… and around the water cooler… 

I like hearing people talk about ~soul stirring~ instrumental…or vocal performances from the Grammys…and exactly what made them most exited about the show…It’s  just 🎶”Music” 🎶to my 👂🏽 ears…”

Make sure you have a chance to LISTEN to all the great talents “nominated” for 2017 Grammys …Grab this CD… ASAP…and enjoy!!! 

Evette Dabney

Evette Dabney, Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Sparkle-“E” Entertainment & Promotions 💎

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