The 2016 Grammy Awards was lit. While the coveted Grammys are sometimes criticized for awarding traditional music stars over those who deserve it and featuring mainstream performances of radio hits — this year, a night full of Kendrick Lamar wins, a powerful Lamar performance, Demi Lovato's incredible Lionel Richie tribute and Lady Gaga's futuristic tribute to the late and legendary David Bowie, were a few of the standout moments that made this year's show one for the books. 

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Source: Matt Sayles/AP
Source: Matt Sayles/AP

Here are six highlights from the 2016 Grammy Awards:

Lovato slayed a tribute performance of Richie's "Hello" for his person of the year honor:

Lady Gaga beautifully channeled Bowie onstage and on the red carpet:

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Source: Jordan Strauss/AP
Source: Jordan Strauss/AP

Lamar, winner of five Grammys this year, used his stage time to make a message about Black Lives Matter with a controversial performance that made Beyoncé's Super Bowl message look subtle:

Adele's performance of "All I Ask" was stunning ... despite technical difficulties that made her fall flat:

She treated herself to In-N-Out after. 

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Lamar won best rap album and gave a brief yet touching acceptance speech about rap music taking kids (like himself) off the streets of Compton, California:

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Taylor Swift won album of the year for 1989 and gave an uplifting speech about female success:

It also sounded like a subtle comeback at Kanye West after he released a song off his new album The Life of Pablo last week claiming he "made that bitch [Swift] famous."

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