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When the Grammy nominations were announced on December 6, 2016, fans knew the big awards battle would be between Beyoncé's Lemonade and Adele's 25. Both artists were nominated for the biggest awards of the night: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year. By the end of the night, Adele won in each of the big three categories and thanked Beyoncé multiple times during her speeches, highlighting the cultural significance of Lemonade, especially for black women around the world.
After Beyoncé's loss stunned viewers, many pointed out that Grammy votres are usually older, white males who may not be as inclined to vote for artists like Beyoncé. Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, told Pitchfork, "I don't think there's a race problem at all," but many viewers asked for a revamping of the awards and for more diversity among Grammy voters. Nominees for next year's Grammys, which will take place on January 28, have already been announced and are more diverse than ever, with many crediting a new online voting system for the new changes. According to the Washington Post, the 2018 Grammys will be the first time in 19 years that a while male has not been nominated for Album of the Year
It was a first in Oscars history. On February 26, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented the Oscar for Best Picture. After first announcing La La Land as the winner, it soon became clear that something was wrong, with the film's producer, Justin Horowitz, taking the microphone to officially announce Moonlight as the winner. Instead of the "Best Picture" envelope, a duplicate of the envelope for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" was accidentally given to Beatty and Dunaway instead, causing the historic mix-up.