A teary but all-conquering Adele swept the boards at the 59th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles with wins in five categories - Song of The Year, Record of The Year, Album of The Year, Best Pop Solo Performance of The Year and Best Pop Vocal.

The night had been billed as a battle of the divas with Adele (28) taking on Beyoncé (35) in three major categories but the English star triumphed over her friend. She dedicated her Grammy for Album of The Year for 25 to Beyoncé, telling the singer that "I f***ing love you." 

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It was an emotional night for Adele, who opened the ceremony with a performance of Hello. Later in the evening, during a tribute to the late George Michael, she suffered a technical hitch and had to start her slowed-down rendition of his song Fastlove again.

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Adele beat Beyoncé in the Pop Vocal performance category, and her best-selling album 25 also won for Pop Vocal Album. She added to her tally by winning Song of The Year for Hello, the second time she has won the category having triumphed in 2012 with producer Paul Epworth for Rolling in the Deep.

Beyoncé had been nominated for nine awards for Lemonade, an anthem to race, feminism, betrayal and empowerment. She won for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

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On stage, she said the album was made to "give a voice to our pain" and to "confront issues that make us uncomfortable".

She added: "It's important for me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty so they can grow in a world where they look in the mirror, first to their own families, as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House and the Grammys, and see themselves and have no doubt that they're beautiful, intelligent and capable," she said.

"This is something I want for every child of every race."

Hello, hello, hello, hello, hello

With one early win for her Formation music video, a heavily pregnant Beyoncé was introduced on stage at LA's Staples Center by her mother for a subdued and low-key performance.

She began her short set with a video montage before appearing on stage to perform Love Drought. She then sat down for Sand Castles, before reciting poetry from her Lemonade album. 

Beyoncé levitates at the Grammys on Sunday night

Her visual album Lemonade missed out on the award for Best Music Film which went to Ron Howard's documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years.

Beyoncé had been bidding to become the most decorated woman in Grammy history after her 20 previous wins. Country star Alison Krauss holds the current record with 27 Grammys.

Beyoncé was nominated for nine Grammys but only won two

An overwhelmed Chance the Rapper picked up his first-ever Grammy, for Best Rap Performance. He also won Best New Artist and Best Rap Album.
           
"This is crazy... I love my family, I love God and I love music," the Chicago artist said.

David Bowie, who died from cancer in January 2016 at 69, won four posthumous awards for Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Performance and Best Engineered Non-Classical Album for his last release Blackstar. He also won Best Rock Song for the single Blackstar.

The posthumous honour was Bowie's first-ever music Grammy after he previously won Best Music Video for Jazzin' For Blue Jean in 1985 and a Lifetime Achievement award in 2006.

David Bowie wins first 'music' Grammys

Accepting the Rock Performance Grammy on Bowie's behalf, band-mate Donny McCaslin called Bowie "an artistic genius and a funny-as-hell guy".

Lady Gaga joined Metallica for a fiery performance

The Grammys, which were presented this year by James Corden, were as much about performances as trophies, and artists including Adele, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Metallica, The Weeknd, Demi Lovato, A Tribe Called Quest and Album of the Year nominee Sturgill Simpson took to the stage on Sunday.

Check out the stars as they arrived at the Grammys 2017

The 2017 Grammys were also a tale of absent friends. Prince and British pop star George Michael, who both died unexpectedly last year, were remembered in special tributes.

Some of music's biggest current acts were also missing for a very different reason.

Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood performed at Sunday's ceremony

Frank Ocean did not submit his critically acclaimed Blonde for Grammy consideration because he considers the organisation out of touch with young black artists; multiple nominees Justin Bieber and Kanye West did not attend for similar reasons despite multiple nominations. Canadian rapper Drake, whose Views was the biggest-selling album worldwide in 2016 and who won two early Grammys, is on tour in England.

Adele was nominated for five gongs in total, including Album of The Year for 25 and Record and Song of The Year for her smash hit single Hello.

The track was nominated in both categories as Record of The Year recognises the work of artists, producers and recording engineers, while the Song of The Year prize is solely for songwriters.

Adele is the second woman to receive the Best Album award twice after Taylor Swift achieved the feat last year.

Celtic Woman's album, Destiny, was nominated in the Best World Music category

There was disappointment for Irish act Celtic Woman at the awards after they failed to win in the Best World Music Category. The ladies had earlier spoken to RTÉ Entertainment from LA where they said the atmosphere was "buzzing".

Donegal singer Enya also lost out in the New Age album category to Santa Monica-based trio White Sun.

British comedian and actor James Corden hosted the awards show following his successful stint as presenter of The Late, Late Show in the US. Bruno Mars, Daft Punk and Alicia Keys also performed at the ceremony.

Justin Timberlake won the Grammy for Best Song written for Visual Media for his pop song Can't Stop The Feeling. The track is nominated for an Oscar later this month after featuring on the soundtrack of animated film Trolls.

Don't Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers featuring Daya won the Grammy for Best Dance Recording.
British dance duo Underworld lost out in the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category to Australian producer Flume who won for Skin.

Watch the 59th Annual Grammy Awards tonight on RTÉ 2 at 9pm

Here is a list of nominees and winners in the main categories:

Album Of The Year
Winner - Adele - 25
Beyoncé - Lemonade
Justin Bieber - Purpose
Drake - Views
Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide To Earth

Record Of The Year
Winner - Adele - Hello
Beyoncé - Formation
Lukas Graham - 7 Years
Rihanna ft Drake - Work
Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out

Song Of The Year
Winner - Adele - Hello
Beyoncé - Formation
Justin Bieber - Love Yourself
Lukas Graham - 7 Years
Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza

Best New Artist
Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Winner - Chance The Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson Paak

Best Alternative Music Album
Winner - David Bowie - Blackstar
PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project
Bon Iver - 22, A Million
Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Best Pop Vocal Album
Winner - Adele - 25 
Justin Bieber - Purpose
Ariana Grande - Dangerous Woman
Demi Lovato - Confident
Sia - This Is Acting

Best Rap Album
Winner - Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book
De La Soul - And The Anonymous Nobody
DJ Khaled - Major Key
Drake - Views
Schoolboy Q - Blank Face LP
Kanye West - The Life Of Pablo

Best Rock Song
Winner - David Bowie - Blackstar
Radiohead - Burn The Witch
Metallica - Hardwired
Twenty One Pilots - Heathens
Highly Suspect - My Name Is Human

Best Rock Album
Blink 182 - California
Winner - Cage The Elephant - Tell Me I'm Pretty
Gojira - Magma
Panic At The Disco - Death Of A Bachelor
Weezer - Weezer

Best World Music Album
Destiny - Celtic Woman
Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers - Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Winner - Sing Me Home - Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
Land Of Gold - Anoushka Shankar
Dois Amigos, Um Século De Música: Multishow Live - Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil