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The 15 Best & Worst Moments of the 2016 GRAMMY Awards

From Taylor's fiery acceptance to Miguel's too-short MJ, from Meghan's tears to Rihanna falling ill, here are the best and worst moments from the 2016 GRAMMY Awards

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BEST: TAYLOR DISSING KANYE

Singer Taylor Swift accepts the award for the Album of the Year onstage during the 58th Annual Grammy music Awards in Los Ang
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After Kanye rapped “I made that bitch famous” on The Life of Pablo, Swift subtly, deliciously clapped back at him when pointing out that she was the only solo female artist to ever win multiple Album of the Year GRAMMY Awards. “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,” Swift said to young women everywhere. “But if you just focus on the work, and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, some day when you get where you’re going, you will look around and know it is you and the people who love you who put you there.”

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WORST: KENDRICK LOSING ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Recording artist  Kendrick Lamar performs  onstage during the 58th Annual Grammy music Awards in Los Angeles February 15, 201
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Even if you loved Taylor Swift’s 1989, To Pimp A Butterfly just seemed more important, more of-the-moment, more… worthy of the top album prize. To have him lose this award two of the past three years, for two brilliant full-lengths, just doesn’t feel right.

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BEST: LADY GAGA’S BOWIE TRIBUTE

Singer Lady Gaga arrives on the red carpet during the 58th Annual Grammy Music Awards in Los Angeles February 15, 2016. AFP P
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Sure, it was a little fast-moving and manic, but no one can deny that Gaga’s heart was in the right place while she saluted the Starman… or that her vocal power wasn’t up to snuff.

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WORST: NATALIE COLE & MAURICE WHITE NOT GETTING LONGER TRIBUTES

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 21: Natalie Cole performs onstage during the 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards held at Mandalay Bay Re
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Cole just gets lumped in with the rest of the In Memoriam montage? And White’s shocking death gets a half-hearted pre-award performance from Pentatonix and Stevie Wonder? There were a lot of tributes on GRAMMY night, but these two legends felt slighted.

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BEST: MEGHAN TRAINOR’S TEARS

Singer Sam Smith (R) presesnts the award for the Best New Artist, Singer  Meghan Trainor, onstage during the 58th Annual Gram
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Whether or not you were rooting for her to win Best New Artist, seeing an overly emotional Meghan Trainor claim the prize was a touching moment in the telecast. “I’m a mess,” a teary Trainor blurted out when she came to the stage to collect her prize from Sam Smith.

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WORST: RIHANNA’S ILLNESS

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 31: Singer Rihanna performs onstage during DirecTV Super Saturday Night hosted by Mark Cuban's AXS TV
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Not a “worst” as much as a “bummer”: Rih had to bow out of the GRAMMYs due to not feeling well, and offered an apology on social media midway through the show. Rumor has it that she would have done “Kiss It Better,” too! Phooey.

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BEST: CHRIS STAPLETON’S GLITTER-BOMB COMMENT

Musician  Chris Stapleton (C) recieves the award for the Best Country Album, Traveller onstage during the 58th Annual Grammy
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Accepting the award for Best Country Album, Stapleton started off by thanking Taylor Swift for “glitter-bombing” him earlier in the evening. Swift responded in kind:

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WORST: MIGUEL SINGING MJ FOR 45 SECONDS

Singer  Miguel performs  onstage during the 58th Annual Grammy music Awards in Los Angeles February 15, 2016.  AFP PHOTO/  RO
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Hold up, you had Miguel cover Michael Jackson’s beautiful “She’s Out of my Life”… but for less than a minute?!? What gives, GRAMMYs?

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BEST: ALABAMA SHAKES ROCKING THE STAGE

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Recording artist Brittany Howard of music group Alabama Shakes performs onstage during The 58t
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Although they were nominated for Album of the Year, Alabama Shakes might have been unfamiliar to many viewers due to the lack of a crossover single. If you didn’t know them before their ferocious performance, however… now you know.

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WORST: LAURYN HILL’S NO-SHOW

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Lauryn Hill performs at the Dover Street Arts Club on September 27, 2014 in London, England.
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For a lot of people, a surprise Lauryn Hill performance alongside the Weeknd would have been worth the price of admission on its own; sadly, it sounds like Lauryn did not show up to the ceremony on time to drop some miseducation.

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BEST: THE LIONEL RICHIE EXTRAVAGANZA

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: (L-R) Singers John Legend, Demi Lovato, Lionel Richie, Meghan Trainor and Tyrese Gibson perfor
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Even though the hundreds of tribute performances made this year’s GRAMMYs feel extra-long, the Demi/Luke/John/Meghan/Tyrese salute to Lionel, capped by the man himself taking the stage and singing “All Night Long (All Night),” felt like a delirious high.

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WORST: MASH-UP PERFORMANCES

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Recording artists Tori Kelly (L) and James Bay perform onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards a
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Some were fine (Ellie Goulding & Andra Day), some were not (Sam Hunt & Carrie Underwood). Maybe just let the nominees sing the songs by themselves, if they’re worthy of it?

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BEST: KENDRICK LAMAR’S MIND-BLOWING PERFORMANCE

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Recording artist Kendrick Lamar (C, at microphone) performs onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awa
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Poetic, provocative, eye-popping and searingly powerful. Even before the Album of the Year category was announced, you already knew that Kendrick Lamar won the GRAMMY Awards.

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WORST: JUSTIN BIEBER’S ROCK-A-THON

Singer-songwriter Justin Bieber waits onstage during the 58th Annual Grammy music Awards in Los Angeles February 15, 2016.  A
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“Where Are Ü Now” has one of the most perfect drops in recent EDM history, but the Biebs and Jack U decided to muck it all up with some gnarly guitar. Sometimes, it’s best to not mess with perfection.

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BEST: PITBULL’S WACKY FINALE

Musicians Joe Perry (C) Pitbull (R) Robin Thicke perform onstage during the 58th Annual Grammy music Awards in Los Angeles Fe
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Pitbull, Travis Barker, Joe Perry, Robin Thicke, silly dance moves and women dressed as taxicabs? Sure. Why not. Bon voyage, GRAMMYs 2016!

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