By Sara Nelson, E23 Reporter

My favorite award show has flown by, and just like any award show, there were some surprises, “I knew it’s” and strange mashups.

America’s sweetheart Taylor Swift opened up the night with a performance of her latest single “Out Of the Woods.” Some would say the performance was a little underwhelming and that she just stood there looking like a “glorified cat woman.” The pop princess then went on to win best pop vocal album and album of the year- really no surprise there- but her speech for album of the year was something everyone should keep in mind saying.

“I want to say to all the young women out there: 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.

Her response to Kanye West’s jab in his song “Famous” was nothing but class and inspiration.

Lionel Richie was a lucky man to receive a tribute that he could participate in. John Legend, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan, Meghan Trainor and Tyrese sang a medley of Richie’s greatest hits. The tribute then ended with Richie dancing his way to the stage singing his big hit “All Night Long.”

The evening was a bit emotional with sad tributes to musicians lost within the past year. Lady Gaga was the perfect candidate to perform a tribute for David Bowie. Walking out to the stage in a wig that looked like Bowie’s infamous orange hair, Gaga took everyone on a trip as she sang Bowie’s biggest hits and mimicked his mood, message and spirit. Only one person can truly wear the lightning bolt, but sometimes lightning strikes twice.

One of the most talked about performances was the opening act from the Broadway show “Hamilton.” The electrifying performance was broadcast live from New York City’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. Shortly after the performance, the award for best musical recording went to the cast of “Hamilton.” I’d call that win an “I knew it.” Lin-Manuel Miranda rapped his acceptance speech while holding the Grammy that just so happened to be in the theatre.

That was followed by a phenomenal performance from Kendrick Lamar, who lit up the stage with flames as he sang “The Blacker the Berry” and “Alright” with strobe lights, rapid editing and a jailhouse set. Accompanied by his intense delivery. Kendrick ended the night winning best rap performance with “Alright,” best rap/sung collaboration with “These Walls,” best rap song with “Alright” and best rap album. The 2016 Grammys were a very well deserved night for the king.

Alabama Shakes as usual never disappoints with a beautiful performance of their hit song “Don’t Wanna Fight.” Brittany Howard’s voice is a raspy paradise. The band walked away with best rock performance with “Don’t Wanna Fight,” best rock song again with “Don’t Wanna Fight” and best alternative music album with “Sound & Color.”

Like any award show, the Grammys had its fair share of awkward moments and not-so-great collaborations. Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood, wearing an outfit that looked like she had just gotten back from ballet, collaborated with a mashup of “Take Your Time” and “Heartbeat.” The Weeknd sang “In the Night” accompanied by a cellist. Little Big Town made the same mistake when they sang “Girl Crush,” bringing along a string section.

The finale confused and irritated just about everyone. Pitbull, along with Travis Barker, Joe Perry and Robin Thicke, was a giant mess. The only thing that made it a little better was Sofia Vergara shaking her booty in a tight, sparkly dress.

The Grammys were anything but boring this year with a fiery performance from Kendrick Lamar and a speech from Taylor Swift everyone should remember. Will next year’s Grammys continue to raise the bar? We will just have to wait and find out.