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LOS ANGELES — Taylor Swift won the big prize. Kendrick Lamar was dramatic.

The three big prizes at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards went three different ways Monday night, with Taylor Swift’s “1989” album winning the biggest of them all: album of the year.

Record of the year went to “Uptown Funk”, Mark Ronson’s song that featured Bruno Mars on vocals.

Ed Sheeran won song of the year for “Thinking Out Loud.” The honor, a songwriter’s award, seemed to catch Sheeran off guard.

 at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Taylor Swift onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards

“My parents come every year and every time I lose,” he said.

But on a night when Grammy watchers were expecting fireworks from Swift and Lamar, they found competition from an unlikely source: the Founding Fathers.

Credit Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of “Hamilton” for giving an uneven 58th Annual Grammy Awards one of its standout moments. Here are five things that dominated the show:

Taylor Swift lays it down

For most of the night, all people heard from Taylor Swift was the opening number, "Out of the Woods," and her cheer when Ed Sheeran won song of the year.

But her win for album of the year brought her to the podium -- and she let loose with a rousing speech.

"As the first woman to win album of the year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame," she said. "But if you just focus on the work and you don't let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you're going, you'll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world."

To whom could that speech possibly have been directed? Social media immediately seized on a certain furiously tweeting rapper who had proclaimed, "I made that b*tch famous."

That rapper, who goes by Ye, had been conspicuously silent during the broadcast. One wonders how he'll respond in the morning.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Actor, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda performs on stage during "Hamilton" GRAMMY performance for The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Richard Rodgers Theater on February 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Actor, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda performs on stage during "Hamilton" GRAMMY performance for The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Richard Rodgers Theater on February 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

'Just you wait'

"Hamilton" is sold out well into the fall, and no wonder: Miranda's combination of hip-hop, history and histrionics showed the Grammys' Los Angeles audience that New York was very much in the house.

The cast of the Broadway hit "Hamilton" performed the musical's opening number live from New York, and not long after was rewarded with a Grammy for best musical theater album.

Composer Lin-Manuel Miranda rapped his thank-you speech.

The troupe performed the show's opening number, "Alexander Hamilton," with its muttered demand, "Just you wait." When Miranda first appeared as Hamilton, the cheer was so loud it overwhelmed one of his lines.

Social media reacted with pleasure.

Well, if you can't see it on Broadway, there's always the cast album.

Kendrick LamarKendrick Lamar takes flight

First Kendrick Lamar won best rap album for "To Pimp a Butterfly." Then he performed a rousing number, including "Alright" and "The Blacker the Berry," that literally included a roaring fire.

The audience jumped to their feet with a standing ovation.

"Daily Show" host Trevor Noah couldn't help but reference Kanye West, who was probably setting fire to his keyboard after watching Lamar.

"Kendrick is what Kanye would have been if the Kardashians didn't get him," he tweeted.

Ouch.

Lamar, who led all artists with 11 nominations -- one short of the record set by Michael Jackson in 1984 -- came up empty in the big categories, except best rap album.

He won four before the broadcast, for rap performance, rap song, rap/sung collaboration and music video (a partial honor he shared with Swift) -- and also gave one of the show's best live performances.

Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards.

Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards.

Still a Wonder

The awards were full of tributes, but perhaps none was as moving -- and simple -- as the a cappella performance of Earth, Wind & Fire's "That's the Way of the World" by Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix.

Wonder also struck a blow for people with disabilities. Noting the winner was in Braille in his envelope, he mocked the others on stage: "You can't read Braille, na na na!"

Then he got serious.

"We need to make every single thing accessible to every single person with a disability," he said.

Adele performs onstage during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California on February 15, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Adele performs onstage during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California on February 15, 2016. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Did that sound good to you?

A number of people on social media were commenting on the quality of the audio during Adele's performance of "All I Ask."

Was it her or the engineer?

"70 million people heard you nail that song LIVE in a car at 10 am in the morning so it's all good," tweeted Justin Phillips.

Indeed. The Grammys are nice, but Carpool Karaoke will always be with us

Tears for Trainor

Meghan Trainor won best new artist and reacted with joyful tears.

"I have to thank L.A. Reid for looking at me like an artist instead of just a songwriter," the "All About That Bass" singer said, audibly sobbing.

"I'm a mess. I have to go cry," Trainor said.

LL Cool J, the host of the show, took care of the obvious joke at the top of the broadcast, introducing "Hello" singer Adele from the audience and then suggesting Lionel Richie -- who also sang a song called "Hello" -- tell Adele, well, you know.

The Weeknd, who was nominated for seven awards, won a pair of them: R&B performance for "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" and urban contemporary album for "Beauty Behind the Madness."

Other winners included the other album of the year nominees, Alabama Shakes (for alternative music album and best rock song) and Chris Stapleton (for country solo performance), as well as former President Jimmy Carter (for the audiobook of his memoir, "A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety"), Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars (for pop duo/group performance) and Ed Sheeran (pop solo performance).

Stapleton's "Traveller" won best country album and Alabama Shakes' "Don't Wanna Fight" won best rock performance.

Tributes in song

Much of the action was in the form of tributes.

Lionel Richie received a tribute from Trainor, Luke Bryan, John Legend, Demi Lovato and Tyrese, performing a medley of his songs. Richie is the MusiCares Person of the Year.

Three recently deceased artists got very different treatments.

Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California on February 15, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California on February 15, 2016. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Lady Gaga paid homage to David Bowie, playing snippets of some of Bowie's greatest hits, such as "Space Oddity," "Changes," "Ziggy Stardust," "Suffragette City," "Rebel Rebel," "Fashion," "Fame," "Let's Dance" and "Heroes." She was joined by guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers on the last two.

Eagles Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and Bernie Leadon saluted Glenn Frey with a performance of "Take It Easy." Jackson Browne, the song's co-writer, joined them on stage.

Bowie and Frey died in January.

Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix honored the late Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire with an a cappella version of "That's the Way of the World." The band's surviving members presented the award for album of the year.

White died February 4. The Grammys announced that Earth, Wind & Fire will receive one of its Lifetime Achievement Awards at a separate ceremony in the spring.

The cast of the Broadway hit "Hamilton" performed the musical's opening number live from New York, and not long after was rewarded with a Grammy for best musical theater album.

Composer Lin-Manuel Miranda rapped his thank-you speech.