We're celebrating the award-worthy hits by reliving 2016's greatest achievements in song parodies

By Lydia Price
Updated February 07, 2017 05:59 PM
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Melanianade on SNL
Credit: NBC

On Feb. 12, the music industry’s brightest stars will gather to honor the very best works of the past year at the Grammy Awards. Until then, we’re celebrating the award-worthy hits by reliving the greatest achievements in song parodies of 2016.

With no shortage of amazing material, these funny people gave us brand new reasons to love some of our favorite music, from Lemonade to The Life of Pablo.

“Melanianade” by Saturday Night Live

SNL cast members Cecily Strong (as Melania Trump), Kate McKinnon (as Kellyanne Conway), Sasheer Zamata (as Omarosa) and Vanessa Bayer (as Tiffany Trump), along with host Emily Blunt (as Ivanka Trump), gloriously remade Beyoncé’s “Sorry” from the perspective of the women in then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s life. “Without us you wouldn’t be standing there, you’d just be that guy with the weird hair,” the ladies sing.

“Hello” by Ellen DeGeneres

The Ellen host revealed that Adele’s incredibly successful single “Hello” was actually based on a poorly executed phone call she once had with the singer. As it turns out, Drake and Lionel Richie also happened to hit up DeGeneres’ phone on the same day. We guess the superstar singer should send the host some thanks for her five 2017 Grammy noms.

“Famous SFW Version” by Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Nick Jonas, Troye Sivan, Meghan Trainor, Craig David, Cheryl, Ant & Dec and 5 Seconds of Summer

BBC Radio 1 brought the stars together to film a less-naked version of Kanye West’s controversial “Famous” video and share some sweet pillow talk in the process. West is up for best rap/ sung performance for “Famous” and received nods in seven other Grammy categories.

“Lemonjames: A Visual Monologue” by James Corden

The late-night funny man took on Beyoncé’s massively successful visual album Lemonade — which earned the artist a whooping nine Grammy nominations. Corden masterfully recreated the Lemonade aesthetic while pouring his heart out just like Bey. “Doing Trump jokes makes me feel dirty. You know what else makes me feel dirty? This bathtub,” he laments at one point. Later he wonders if his jokes “make you laugh like Jimmy with the good hair?”

“Hotline Bling” by Saturday Night Live

Drake (played by Jay Pharaoh) takes on critics who had something to say about his famous “Hotline Bling” video moves. “Shimmy like a drunk guy when his team scores, do a little cha-cha on the dance floor, never seen a rapper dance like this before,” he sings. The evening’s host, Donald Trump, joined the cast in showing-off his moves as a “tax guy.”

“Justin Bieber Passover Mashup” by The Maccabeats

The Jewish a cappella group gave us the Passover-themed mashup of Purpose songs that we never knew we needed. Turning “Love Yourself,” “Sorry” and “What Do You Mean” into “Let My People Go,” “Story” and “Why Do We Lean,” the group celebrates the holiday to some nice beats, courtesy of four-time 2017 Grammy nominee Justin Bieber.

“Don’t Exercise in Kanye West’s Gym” by James Corden

On The Late Late Show, Corden revealed what it’s really like to work out in the gym where West’s steamy and mystifying video for “Fade” was shot. “A lot of us only joined this gym because of its zero-sheep policy,” the host complains. “Cat face is fine, but these have got to go.”

“Hella Cravings” by Dustin and Genevieve Ahkuoi

Sure, Adele’s “Hello” struck an emotional chord across the world when it was released, but this all-too-real ode to food cravings is just as poignant. The Youtubers captured our hearts with lines like, “Hello, cravings for some fries, I did one push-up and I cried.”

“Hotline Bling” Dramatic Reading by Amy Schumer, Bryan Cranston, Kristen Wiig, Brie Larson, Elizabeth Banks, Seth Rogen and more

W magazine brought together an all-star group of celebs to put their own theatrical twists on Drake’s lyrics. The results basically deserve a Grammy of their own.

“A Thanksgiving Miracle” by Saturday Night Live

The power of “Hello” saves a family from complete Thanksgiving disaster in this late-night skit. Whenever the dinner table fighting gets out of hand, the fam’s wise kid simply presses “play” and suddenly everyone is too busy channeling Adele to scream about politics.