The Latest: Adele explains what went wrong during her song

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Posted: Feb 16, 2016 12:48 AM
The Latest: Adele explains what went wrong during her song

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 58th annual Grammy Awards being presented Monday in Los Angeles at Staples Center (all times local):

9:45 p.m.

Adele knows the sound wasn't right during her Grammy Awards performance of "All I Ask" and she's gone on Twitter to explain what went wrong.

"The piano mics fell onto the piano strings ... ," she wrote on Twitter after Monday's show. "It made it sound out of tune."

Recording Academy President Neil Portnow adds that when the show switched to a backup sound system during the song that also caused the audio to drop for several seconds.

Social media exploded with complaints about sound quality immediately after Adele's performance. Some posters said it looked as though something on stage was distracting her.

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9:25 p.m.

They like to keep things clean during the Grammy Awards, and that's apparently ok with Kendrick Lamar.

If fans noticed some new lyrics in the versions of "Alright" and "The Blacker the Berry" Lamar performed at Monday's Grammys, a Recording Academy spokesman says there was a reason for that.

The spokesman says Lamar agreed to "do a clean version with no profanity in accordance to network broadcast television guidelines,"

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8:55 p.m.

Sit through three hours of Grammy Awards presentations and musical collaborations?

Ice Cube says you gotta be kidding.

After presenting the first Grammy at Monday night's televised awards, Cube and his look-alike son, "Straight Outta Compton" star O'Shea Jackson Jr., made a beeline for the door.

Later, he posted a video online explaining:

"If any of y'all thought I was going to stay through that whole three-hour (show), you out your batty-ass mind. I'm back in the car."

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8:45 p.m.

"Uptown Funk" is the winner of the final Grammy Award of 2016, for record of the year.

The song by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars beat out records by fellow nominees D'Angelo, Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd and Taylor Swift, who won for album of the year.

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8:30 p.m.

Taylor Swift is the winner of the Grammy for album of the year for "1989."

It was the third Grammy of the night for the often-honored Swift, who also collected the first award of the night for "1989," in the best pop vocal album category.

In accepting the later award, she called on young women seeking success to focus on their work and not listen to the words of their detractors.

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7:50 p.m.

Adele made what should have been her triumphant return to the Grammys, but the mega-selling singer's performance proved a disappointment to TV viewers when it was plagued by sound problems.

Social media exploded Monday night with complaints about the quality, with some posters saying Adele looked distracted by her onstage monitor.

A CBS spokesperson confirmed there was a five-to-eight second technical issue with the broadcast, adding without elaboration that it was outside the network's control.

Reps for Adele and the Recording Academy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Inside the Staples Center, the Grammy audience gave Adele a standing ovation.

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7:30 p.m.

The 2016 Grammy Awards best new artist trophy is all about Meghan Trainor.

The 22-year-old who scored a hit in 2014 with "All About That Bass" appeared stunned as she tearfully thanked her mentor L.A. Reid for urging her to record a song others had passed on.

"All About That Bass" quickly became an anthem about body acceptance for women and girls.

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7:15 p.m.

The cast of the Broadway smash "Hamilton" has won the Grammy Award for best musical theater album.

The victory came just moments after the cast offered a rousing performance of the show's opening number via a broadcast feed from New York.

Cast members quickly came bounding back onto their theater's stage to accept the award.

It was the first time the Grammys have made room for a Broadway show since Green Day's "American Idiot" in 2010.

Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, "Hamilton" tells the true story of Alexander Hamilton, a Founding Father and the nation's first treasury secretary.

It is told by a young African-American and Latino cast and has become a Broadway sensation.

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7 p.m.

Kendrick Lamar has delivered a fiery performance at the Grammy Awards, one complete with a roaring fire.

Lamar had already won five awards Monday when he walked onto the stage in shackles to perform "The Blacker the Berry."

The rapper, nominated for a leading 11 awards, soon shed the shackles as a pulsating spotlight illuminated his performance.

It was a performance ended with an image of the continent of Africa behind him and the word Compton inside it.

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6:45 p.m.

Rihanna was a no-show at the Grammys because of illness.

She was scheduled to be introduced by late-night host James Corden and perform "Kiss It Better" early in the show but her slot was skipped.

The singer's publicist says Rihanna was examined after rehearsal on Sunday and a doctor put her on vocal rest for 48 hours because she was at risk of damaging her vocal cords.

Rihanna appeared at a pre-Grammy tribute to Lionel Richie on Saturday night, singing his hit "Say You, Say Me."

She had been on antibiotics ahead of the show but her publicist says her doctor concluded her condition hadn't improved enough by Monday night.

It was the second time Rihanna missed a scheduled Grammy performance. In 2009 she canceled after then-boyfriend Chris Brown had beaten her the night before the show.

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6:30 p.m.

Lady Gaga is taking her tribute to David Bowie very seriously.

In a video posted on Instagram the singer is seen crying as she listens to the late rocker's song "Blackstar" while her eye shadow is being applied.

Gaga is performing a tribute to Bowie during Monday's Grammy Awards, which is airing live on CBS.

Online: https://www.instagram.com/p/BB0yb_PpFD_/

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6:20 p.m.

Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" has won the song of the year Grammy Award.

Sheeran also won the best pop performance for "Thinking Out Loud" during the pre-telecast ceremony Monday afternoon.

The award was announced by Stevie Wonder, who read the winner's name from a sheet printed in braille.

Before calling out Sheeran's name, Wonder laughed and crowed to others on stage, "You can't read it, you can't read braille. Nah nah nah nah."

As the audience laughed and then applauded, he went on to use the moment to declare, "We need to make every single thing accessible to every single person with a disability."

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6:10 p.m.

Five Grammys and a salute from the White House; less than an hour into the televised awards ceremony and it's already a night to remember for Kendrick Lamar.

The White House's Twitter feed sent a "shoutout to @KendrickLamar and all the artists at the Grammys working to build a better future."

Lamar won four awards during the pre-televised part of the awards and, once the CBS cameras started rolling, "To Pimp a Butterfly" won another, for best rap album.

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6 p.m.

The Grammy Awards may seem like a young person's affair, but they heaped praise on some of their older nominees, including former President Jimmy Carter.

Carter won best spoken word album for the audio version of his book, "A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety."

Tony Bennett, who is 89, won best traditional pop vocal album for "The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern."

The 79-year-old Buddy Guy won best blues album for "Born to Play Guitar."

The awards were given during a pre-telecast ceremony Monday afternoon.

The 91-year-old Carter has been fighting cancer but said last week that a recent scan of his torso found no signs of melanoma, the cancer doctors discovered last summer in his liver and brain.

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5:45 p.m.

Chris Stapleton's "Traveller" has won the Grammy Award for best country album.

Stapleton also won the Grammy for best country solo performance for the album's title track.

In addition to family and colleagues, Stapleton thanked Taylor Swift for "glitter bombing" him during her opening performance.

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5:20 p.m.

Kendrick Lamar is the winner of the best rap album Grammy in the first televised award presentation of the night.

Lamar won for his album "To Pimp a Butterfly," his third studio album and one that catapulted him to 11 Grammy nominations.

So far he's won five Grammys, including four presented during Monday's pre-telecast ceremony.

In his acceptance speech, he paid homage to Ice Cube, who presented him the award, and other rappers including Snoop Dogg and Nas.

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5:10 p.m.

The Grammy Awards have gotten off to a rousing start with an energetic opening performance from Taylor Swift.

Swift donned a sequin jumpsuit for her performance of "Out of the Woods," departing from her red carpet attire, which had featured a tiny coral orange top.

By the time she took the stage Monday, Swift had already won two Grammys during the show's pre-telecast. She is up for several other Grammys during the broadcast that is airing live on CBS.

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5 p.m.

The Force is with these Grammy Awards, thanks to one of Kendrick Lamar's collaborators.

Thundercat arrived with a "Star Wars" lightsaber dangling from the waistband of his jeans.

"It's a 'Return of the Jedi' lightsaber. It's like as heavy as a wrench," the singer-bass player explained proudly.

The lightsaber may have brought him some good luck — he won a Grammy for rap-sung collaboration with Lamar for "These Walls."

Or maybe the luck came from the handmade flower lei he was wearing that his mother made for him.

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4:30 p.m.

The Grammy Awards red carpet not only brings stars out, it brings them together.

Johnny Depp, Joe Perry and Alice Cooper posed for photos together, each one sticking out their hands to show off skull and bones rings.

The trio's group, Hollywood Vampires, is performing for the first time on television at Monday night's ceremony.

Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez set off a frenzy of flashes with their Grammys arrival when they posed for pictures together.

While professional photographers document the star-power meetups, the lesser known often go unnoticed.

But no problem, they keep busy pulling out their smartphones, taking selfies galore and photographing each other.

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4:15 p.m.

Kendrick Lamar is racking up Grammy Awards victories in the pre-telecast ceremony, earning four trophies before the televised part of the show even starts.

Coming into the show Lamar was the leading nominee with 11 nods in all. The 28-year-old rapper wasn't on hand for his early wins.

Lamar won best rap song and performance for "Alright" and best rap-sung collaboration for "These Walls," featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat.

He also shares the best music video prize with Taylor Swift for "Bad Blood."

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4 p.m.

The Weeknd won't know until the end of the month if "Earned It" will earn an Oscar, but he's definitely taking home a Grammy for the song.

The Oscar-nominated track from the film "Fifty Shades of Grey," was named best R&B performance at Monday's Grammys.

The Weeknd also won the Grammy for urban contemporary album for "Beauty Behind the Madness."

The Canadian singer wasn't present to accept his prizes at the pre-telecast session of the Grammys. But he is scheduled to perform during the televised show.

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3:45 p.m.

With the Grammy Awards telecast set to begin in just a little more than an hour, the red carpet is beginning to look like the 405 Freeway at rush hour.

Security was able to keep early arrivals moving earlier in the day when the temperature outside reached nearly 90.

But as more throngs arrived, people quickly logjammed the carpet as nominees stopped to pose for photographs.

The popular spot to stop was against a backdrop of a golden Grammy, ensuring that even those who don't win a trophy can say they were there.

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3:30 p.m.

Justin Bieber can finally say he's not just a star but a Grammy Award-winning star.

The 21-year-old singer won his first Grammy on Monday, sharing the prize for best dance recording with Skrillex and Diplo for "Where Are U Now."

Skrillex and Diplo also won the dance/electronic album category with "Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U."

Bieber wasn't at the pre-telecast ceremony where the award was announced.

Diplo thanked the other artists nominated in both categories and also the recording academy "for supporting awesome music."

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3:20 p.m.

Little Big Town's hit song "Girl Crush" is a big winner at this year's Grammys, bringing home back-to-back awards at Monday's pre-telecast show.

"Girl Crush" took honors for best country song and best country group performance.

Chris Stapleton won the Grammy for best country solo performance for his song, "Traveller."

Stapleton was clearly humbled by the award, saying, "I've never had one of these, and that's amazing."

He added: "I've been sitting out in this audience a couple of different times, and the third time's a charm, I guess."

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3:05 p.m.

The documentary about Amy Winehouse, which is nominated for an Academy Award, has won a Grammy Award.

"Amy," directed by Asif Kapadia and produced by James Gay-Rees, won best music film at Monday's Grammys.

It beat out Roger Waters' "The Wall," Foo Fighter's "Sonic Highways," ''What Happened, Miss Simone?" and "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown," which was co-produced by Mick Jagger.

The Netflix-produced "What Happened, Miss Simone?" is also nominated for best documentary feature at the 2016 Academy Awards, which takes place Feb. 28.

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2:45 p.m.

Singer-rapper Pitbull is set to close out Music's Biggest Night with a performance, but he started the day by winning his first Grammy Award.

The 35-year-old entertainer made good on his first Grammy nomination — best Latin rock, urban or alternative album — in a tie with Mexican singer Natalia Lafourcade.

Pitbull won for his ninth studio album, "Dale."

Lafourcade won for "Hasta la Raiz."

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2:35 p.m.

Fashion-wise, anything goes at the Grammys.

Choices for early arrivals to Monday's ceremony range from tuxedos to gowns to jeans and sneakers.

Robert Glasper, who wrote and performed on Kendrick Lamar's nominated "To Pimp a Butterfly," donned a green military jacket, white shirt and faded jeans.

His jeans fell short of the tops of his black, white and gold sneakers.

He says, "I can't be gangsta with my ankles showing."

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2:15 p.m.

Grammy nominees are really feeling the heat at this year's awards show, and not just from the competition. It's 88 degrees on the red carpet.

Some folks are walking into the carpet tent with faces glistening from sweat after getting out of limos and waiting in the hot sun to go through security.

Ladies are discreetly pulling powder puffs out of clutches to pat the sheen away.

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1:55 p.m.

Taylor Swift gave one of the best Grammy Awards acceptance speeches before the show even began.

Swift, who won the first Grammy of the night for her best-selling "1989" album wasn't in the audience when the pre-telecast trophy was handed out. Guitarist Jack Antonoff, who worked as a producer on the album, called her on the phone as he picked up her trophy.

"What?! We won! We won pop vocal album," she shouted.

The she asked if fellow nominee James Taylor was in the audience.

Swift said, "Can you tell James Taylor I love him?"

Dozens of Grammy Awards are handed out during a pre-telecast before the main show begins.