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Grammys 2016: 8 Things You Didn’t See and Hear on TV

From a long-overdue Eagles award to the Adele glitch that wasn’t, here’s how the show played out live at the Staples Center

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Like the Oscars, the Grammy Awards are seen by millions around the world, but even with dozens of unblinking CBS television cameras around the Staples Center arena in Los Angeles, much is missed by the viewers at home. For the thousands inside the building on Monday night, there were some memorable 2016 Grammy moments to see and hear when the cameras were off.

Amy Wadge; Ed Sheeran

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Time Not on Her Side

Even winners of a major category like Best Song should understand that the clock is ticking the moment their names are read. This year's winning songwriters were Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge, who made it up to the stage quickly, and Sheeran gave a short speech that included thanks to his parents, who have flown into L.A. for every one of his Grammy nods. He then happily passed the mic to Wadge as she put her hand to chest to begin her thank-yous. Not one word was heard because her microphone was cut and the big screen filled with the face of Glenn Frey from a vintage interview, and the Eagles began "Take It Easy." The groans heard around the country were loudest inside the arena.


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Adele’s Sour Note

Around the country, the Adele faithful were aghast at a sound glitch early in her otherwise elegant performance of "All I Ask," which unfolded on the round satellite stage in the center of the arena.  According to Portnow, the brief buzzing noises heard across the planet were caused by a microphone falling inside the grand piano beside her. "We have the A-plus [sound] team, so 99.9 percent of the time it's flawless. We rarely have technical issues, but we did," the Grammy president said. "It was certainly unexpected. To Adele's credit, she killed it. She did a fantastic job, the pro that she is." Surprisingly, fans inside Staples never heard the problem. The sound was as epic as it was supposed to be.

Hollywood Vampires

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Getting Louder

For better or worse, the Grammys bend less to the trends of the moment than other awards shows, so equal time generally is given to pop, hip-hop and rock regardless of where they reside in the zeitgeist. For every searing Kendrick Lamar on Monday, there was an Alabama Shakes or Lady Gaga. When it was announced that Motörhead's late frontman Lemmy Kilmister would be remembered with a Grammy performance by hard-rock supergroup the Hollywood Vampires, any prospective attendee should have known that it might get loud. Just how loud is understood only to those who felt the onslaught inside the arena: Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp and two members of Guns N' Roses shook the stage like no other, as mushroom-shaped flames billowed behind them. Lemmy would have appreciated the gesture.


Meghan Trainor; Best New Artist

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Singer Meghan Trainor accepts the Best New Artist award onstageonstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

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A Renewed Artist

This year's Best New Artist award went to Meghan Trainor, known for her playfully retro 2014 dance-pop single "All About That Bass." Picking up her award, Trainor was overcome with emotion during her thank-yous. "My heart was exploding," she explained at a backstage press conference. Her thoughts at that moment included: "Don't forget anyone, don't have snot running down your face, don't cry too much, don't cry too hard. Don't forget your parents and the people you really want to thank."

She had begun as a teen singing artist who loved the ukulele before transitioning into songwriting, followed by a late return to center stage with her 2015 album, Title. It was legendary label exec L.A. Reid who saw something more in the quirky girl with the uke. "L.A. Reid saw me as an artist, even when I auditioned with a backwards hat, a hoodie and cheetah pants, and I shouldn't have. I played 'All About That Bass' on my ukulele and he saw greatness, and you could see it on his face."

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