The 59th annual Grammy awards were held in Los Angeles on Sunday (12 February) with some of the biggest names in music in attendance. In this gallery, IBTimesUK presents some of the photo highlights from the event:

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Jennifer Lopez arrives for the 59th Annual Grammy Music AwardsChristopher Polk/Getty Images

British singer Adele led the performance-packed show by opening the show with a rendition of her hit song "Hello." She went on to win the top three Grammy awards – album, record and song of the year. Beyonce, in her first public appearance since her announcement 12 days ago that she is expecting twins, donned a sheer, glittering gold dress and halo to sing ballads Love Drought and Sandcastles from her album Lemonade.

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Katy Perry poses for a photograph with fans on arrivalChristopher Polk/Getty Images
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Rihanna arrives for the 59th Annual Grammy Music AwardsFrazer Harrison/Getty Images
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Lady Gaga and Metallica arrive for the 59th Annual Grammy Music AwardsMario Anzuoni/Reuters
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Lady Gaga arrives for the ceremonyFrazer Harrison/Getty Images
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Carrie Underwood arrives for the 59th Grammy AwardsMark Ralston/AFP
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CeeLo Green arrives for the ceremonyAlberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
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Recording artist Lil Yachty attends The 59th Grammy AwardsFrazer Harrison/Getty Images
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Vaja attends the 59th Annual Grammy Music AwardsFrazer Harrison/Getty Images
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Elle King arrives for the 59th Annual Grammy Music AwardsFrazer Harrison/Getty Images

Lady Gaga crowd surfed during a duet with Metallica; Katy Perry garnered a standing ovation by ending her performance with a backdrop of the US Constitution; and hip-hop pioneers A Tribe Called Quest performed a politically charged medley with calls out to "Agent Orange," a nickname for US President Donald Trump. Other performers of the night included Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, and The Weeknd among others. Another big Grammy winner was late British singer David Bowie, who won all five of the nominations for his final album Blackstar, including best rock song.

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Beyonce performsLarry Busacca/Getty Images
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Beyonce performsLucy Nicholson/Reuters
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Lady Gaga performs with Metallica onstageKevin Winter/Getty Images
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Lady Gaga performs with MetallicaValerie Macon/AFP
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Lady Gaga crowd surfs during a performance with MetallicaChristopher Polk/Getty Images
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Jay Z and Beyonce watch the 59th Grammy AwardsChristopher Polk/Getty Images
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Alicia Keys performs during the 59th Annual Grammy Music AwardsChristopher Polk/Getty Images
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Q-Tip performsChristopher Polk/Getty Images
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Ed Sheeran performs onstageValerie Macon/AFP
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Katy Perry performs onstageChristopher Polk/Getty Images
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Bruno Mars performs a tribute to PrinceValerie Macon/AFP
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Adele performs a tribute to late George Michael onstage during the 59th Annual Grammy music AwardsValerie Macon/AFP

Tributes were made to musical legends George Michael and Prince, both two Grammy-winning pop veterans who died unexpectedly last year. Both were honoured with special musical performances from younger stars. Adele paid homage to Michael in a delicately rendered, somber version of his 1996 dance tune"Fastlove," which she sang as video clips of her fellow British singer-songwriter flashed on a large screen, despite getting off to a rocky start. She stumbled in the opening chords, paused and cursed, asking to start again. The Prince tribute was a raucous, dance-filled celebration capped by Bruno Mars.

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From left: Blue Ivy Carter, Guest, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, John Legend, Grammy Awards host James Corden, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, Jennifer Lopez and Neil DiamondChristopher Polk/Getty Images
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Host James Corden performs onstageKevin Winter/Getty Images
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Host James Corden speaks onstageLarry Busacca/Getty Images
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From left: Yo Gotti, Guest, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Alan Ferguson and Solange KnowlesChristopher Polk/Getty Images
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Actor Taraji P. Henson speaks onstageKevin Winter/Getty Images
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Chance the Rapper accepts the Best Rap Album award for 'Coloring Book' onstageKevin Winter/Getty Images
Laverne Cox performs onstage
Laverne Cox performs onstageValerie Macon/AFP
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Paris Jackson speaks onstageKevin Winter/Getty Images
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Celine Dion speaks onstageKevin Winter/Getty Images
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Hip-Hop Artist Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy Carter are seen in the audienceChristopher Polk/Getty Images
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Solange is seen backstageFrazer Harrison/Getty Images
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Adele laughs as she holds up one of her Grammys, which has broken during the ceremonyValerie Macon/AFP
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Musician Kalani Pe'a poses with the Best Regional Roots Music Album Grammy, for "E Walea," in the press room during the 59th Annual Grammy music AwardsRobyn Beck/AFP
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Ted Nash poses in the press room with his two Grammys for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, "Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom"; and Best Instrumental Composition, "Spoken At Midnight" during The 59th Grammy AwardsRobyn Beck/AFP
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Art director Gérard Lo Monaco poses in the press room with the Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package Grammy for Edith Piaf 1915-2015Robyn Beck/AFP
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Singer Maren Morris holds the Best Country Solo Performance Grammy for the song "My Church," in the press roomRobyn Beck/AFP
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Adele holds her Grammys which are Album and Record of the Year for "Hello" and the album "25", during the 59th Annual Grammy music AwardsRobyn Beck/AFP
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Beyonce holds her Grammy trophiesRobyn Beck/AFP
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Singer Adele and Grammy Awards host James Corden are seen backstageChristopher Polk/Getty Images