Demi Lovato shines in Grammys' debut, Pitbull and Ricky Martin take home trophies

Demi Lovato made it look “Easy” when she said “Hello” to the Grammy Awards stage for the first time on Monday.

Clad in a white blazer and black pants, Lovato took the stage as part of the star-studded tribute to Lionel Richie.

Lovato started off Richie’s classic 1983 tearjerker “Hello” softly and built it as the song progressed before belting out the final lyric: “I love you.”

Inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the camera cut to an emotional and thrilled Richie, who raised his arms and yelled “yes” as Lovato slayed the song.

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Before the show, Lovato told E! News: “I've never been [here] before, and it's because a long time ago my manager told me, ‘You should wait to go to the Grammys until you're presenting, nominated or performing.’ So here I am performing, and I'm excited.”

After the performance she tweeted: “I made it up on that stage tonight because you all believed in me. I love you all so much.”

The tribute to Richie also included John Legend, Luke Bryan, Meghan Trainer and Tyrese.

Other highlights were Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix's performances, Lady Gaga’s heartfelt salute to David Bowie, and an electrifying performance by the cast of the Broadway hit “Hamilton” live from New York City.

The night’s big winners included Taylor Swift, who’s best-selling “1989” album brought the singer her second Grammy Award win for album of the year. She beat out the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Chris Stapleton, Alabama Shakes and the Weeknd.

Swift, who also walked away with three awards including best pop album and music video for “Bad Blood,” used her speech to get back at Kanye West's insulting line and encourage young women who feel defeated at times or discouraged by others.

"There will be people along the way that will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. You just focus on the work and don't let those people sidetrack you," she said.

Alabama Shakes also won three awards, though Lamar was the night's big winner with five.

He won best rap album for "To Pimp a Butterfly" as well as rap performance, rap song, rap/sung performance and music video. Along with his wins, Lamar also had a show-stopping moment when he took the stage.

He started as he appeared beaten, in handcuffs, with chains around his hands and a bruise on his eyes. He went on to fuse rap, jazz, reggae and African sounds for a commanding performance as he rapped "The Blacker the Berry" and the Grammy-nominated "Alright" passionately. He ended with a map of Africa, and the city of Compton imprinted in it.

"Hip-hop, Ice Cube, this for hip-hop, this for Snoop Dogg ...this for Nas. We will live forever, believe that," said Lamar onstage when he won best rap album.

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars won two awards for "Uptown Funk," including record of the year. Ronson gave a shout-out to Prince, James Brown and George Clinton for being leaders in funk.

"This is dedicated to the fans right here," Mars added.

Mars introduced Adele, who sang "All I Ask," which they wrote together for her new album "25." She was accompanied with a piano behind her, but the audio sounded off and appeared to throw off her performance.

"The piano mics fell onto the piano strings, that's what the guitar sound was. It made it sound out of tune," Adele tweeted. "(Expletive) happens."

As for the winners in the Latin categories, Ricky Martin took home the best Latin pop album award for “A quien quiera escuchar” while Natalia Lafourcade and Pitbull shared the award for best Latin rock, urban or alternative album.

Ruben Blades received his eighth Grammy in the best tropical music category for "Son de Panama," along with Roberto Delgado & Orchestra, while Los Tigres del Norte took home their seventh award for best Mexican regional music album for "Realidades."

In the best Latin jazz album category, it was Brazilian pianist and singer Eliana Elias for her "Made in Brazil."

The Associated Press and EFE contributed to this report.

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