The Weekend picked up two Grammys for best urban contemporary album and best R&B performance. Much of the action tonight will be in the form of tributes. The songwriting award, Song of the Year, went to Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge's "Thinking Out Loud", while Taylor Swift won Album of the Year for 1989.
Surviving Eagles members, joined by Jackson Browne, played a stately version of "Take it Easy", with a giant Frey portrait backing them as the song came to a close. Stevie Wonder, wishing that Earth, Wind & Fire's White "rest in eternal bliss and peace", sang "That's The Way of the World" with the vocal group Pentatonix.
"I never imagined", Howard said later backstage.
"Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!"
She managed to fit together snippets of 10 of his iconic songs, including "Space Oddity" and "Heroes", into a psychedelic sing-along as she danced all over the stage. Pop singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor was named Best New Artist.
Other winners included the other album of the year nominees, Alabama Shakes (for alternative music album and best rock song) and Chris Stapleton (for country solo performance), as well as former President Jimmy Carter (for the audiobook of his memoir, "A Full Life: Reflections on Ninety"), Mark Ronson feat.
Swift, who won the album of the year Grammy for "Fearless" in 2009, walked away Monday with three awards, including best pop vocal album and music video for "Bad Blood", at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
"But if you just focus on the work and you don't let those people sidetrack you, someday, when you get where you are going, you will look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there". Still, there's no denying that the creative pull of 1989 is huge, with 19 songs that were more or less inescapable in the a year ago, even if many of us would've liked to see Kendrick Lamar win the category. This year's Album of the Year nominations - which are largely regarded as the most important award of the night - were distributed amongst a healthy mix of artists of different genders, races, and genres.
The 2016 Grammys will be remembered for a number of things - Rihanna's last-minute bail, Adele's weirdly flat performance, and a number of ill-conceived collaborations (Pitbull and Joe Perry, anyone?) -and Taylor Swift's humble brag as the "first woman to win the Album of the Year award ... twice".