Grammy Awards: Rihanna and Drake lose out to 21 Pilots in surprise snub for Best Pop Duo/Performance

Both songs were massive hits of 2016

Roisin O'Connor
Monday 13 February 2017 02:17
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21 Pilots accept their Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
21 Pilots accept their Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

The biggest song of 2016 by two of music's biggest artists was snubbed in favour of two relative newcomers at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Drake and Rihanna's massive hit 'Work' lost out to 21 Pilot's 'Stressed Out' in what has to be one of the biggest upsets of the night - with the awards only just getting started.

21 Pilots arrived onstage to collect their awards without trousers, explaining how they got together and claiming their award was proof "anyone from anywhere can do anything".

'Work' by Rihanna ft. Drake was released as the lead single for her recent album Anti and accompanied by two different music videos.

By December 2016 it had sold more than 1.7 million copies in the US alone and was named as one of the best songs of 2016 by several prolific music publications.

It broke the record for the most streams in a single week, with 2.056 million streams.

'Stressed Out' by 21 Pilots - released in 2015 - centres around nostalgia for childhood, relationships and the pressures of being an adult.

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