The cute, the crazy, the cuddly: highlights from this year's Grammy Awards

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Madonna shocked fans on stage with her "new face". (PHOTO: Getty Images)
Madonna shocked fans on stage with her "new face". (PHOTO: Getty Images)

If you, like the rest of us, have some serious Grammys FOMO, we’ve got just the thing for you.

We’ve rounded up the craziest and cutest moments from the night, so you can also add your two cents to the water cooler or group chat conversation. 


Madonna is known for continually reinventing herself, yet the queen of pop seemed to have confused her fans with her new look at the 2023 Grammy Awards when she went on stage to introduce Sam Smith and Kim Petra’s Unholy performance. 

“This legit looks like a Madonna impersonator with pics of the real Madonna in the background. She really f***ked up her face,” someone said online.

“Madonna looks good for her age . . . if her age is a 2 700-year-old vampire who eats babies and small animals alive,” another commented, while yet another said, “Has Madonna been nominated for ‘Best New Face’ at this year’s Grammy Awards?”

The 65-year-old singer has changed her appearance many times over the years, sparking increasing concern from her fans, but the material girl seems to love all the attention.

“Here’s what I’ve learned after four decades in music. If they call you shocking, scandalous, troublesome, problematic, provocative or dangerous, you’re onto something,” she said at the awards show.

Harry Styles hugs Reina after she announced him th
Harry Styles hugs Reina after she announced him the winner of the album of the year. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

Harry Styles' oldest fan

This year’s award ceremony had a special section that allowed fans to host a round table discussing their favourite artists and which awards they thought the artists would take home.

Among the group was a 78-year-old woman known only as Reina, who proclaimed herself to be “Harry’s number one fan”. 

When Grammy host Trevor Noah declared the winner for album of the year, he let Reina read the card and announce the winner.

Reina, in a shaky voice, shouted, “Harry Styles!”

In a pre-recorded video sent to the awards, Reina spoke of how fond she is of Harry.

“Aside from being good-looking, I love everything about him. I love his outlook and his songs. Harry has that thing that draws people to him,” she said.

Adele gets star struck by The Rock

Trevor opened the show by giving Grammy winner and British singer Adele a big surprise.

As he kicked off the festivities of the evening, he told the audience that Adele had always wanted to meet Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

“This is one of the strangest things I’ve found out. You never met him and I found out he’s a huge fan of yours,” Trevor said to Adele.

“I don’t have someone named Dwayne Johnson here, but I do have someone called The Rock.”

Adele couldn't stop giggling with glee and shared a hug and conversation with the movie star.

Later that evening, The Rock presented his new bestie with the award for best pop solo performance.                                              

“Tonight I have the extraordinary privilege of presenting this next Grammy in a category that celebrates excellence and individual performance,” he said.

“And the Grammy goes to – get up here best friend, Adele.”

Sam Smith and Kim Petras' Unholy performance

The duo's performance of their chart-topping single, Unholy, left many Grammy viewers horrified with some likening it to a “demonic performance with satanic rituals” on the main stage.

In the performance Sam wore devil’s horns and appeared to be worshiped by his dancers throughout the performance. 

Sam was dressed in a red leather outfit while Kim danced in a cage donning satanic headgear while huge flames heated up the stage. 

Other performers on stage could be seen covered in blood while clawing onto Sam.

The duo won a Grammy for pop duo/group performance for Unholy, making Kim the first transgender woman to win the award. 

“I think a lot of people, honestly, have kind of labelled what I stand for and what Sam stands for as religiously not cool,” Kim said of the backlash.

“I grew up wondering about religion and wanting to be a part of it but slowly realised it didn’t want me to be a part of it. So it’s a take on not being able to choose religion. And not being able to live the way that people might want you to live because as a trans person, I’m already not kind of wanted in religion.”

Beyoncé made history

The Beyhive was in a celebratory mood as Queen Bey broke the record for the artist with the most Grammy awards in history, totaling 32 after last night. 

The latest awards added to her repertoire include best dance/electronic recording, best R&B song and best traditional R&B performance.

Bey thanked a few people in her short and sweet acceptance speech.

“I want to thank God for protecting me. I’d like to thank my uncle Johnny who’s not here, but he’s here in spirit. I’d like to thank my parents, for loving me and pushing me. I’d like to thank my beautiful husband and my beautiful three children who are at home watching,” she said.

She ended her acceptance speech by thanking the queer community for their love.


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