10 unforgettable moments from the 2018 Grammys that had us all talking
There was plenty that happened at the Grammys this year- celebrities paid tribute to victims of the Route 91 Harvest festival, Camila Cabello gave hope to immigrants, Kendrick Lamar stated what its like to be a black man in America and Blue Ivy asked her parents to calm down.
It was the biggest night of the music industry and it was only fitting that powerful political statements were made at the Grammys 2018. The 60th annual Grammy Awards, held on Sunday in New York reminded music artists what unites them, moves them and makes them inspirational to so many. The award function, like most award ceremonies this year, was redolent with the Time's Up initiative and the #MeToo movement but these feminist movements were celebrated through music, an art form that's always brought communities together. And here are ten of the best moments that occurred at the Grammys this year.
Kendrick Lamar's words were more powerful than his music
That Kendrick Lamar opened the Grammys was significant. The rapper performed XXX while an army of dancers clad in American military uniforms stood on the stage. Halfway through his performance, U2 came in and sang their bit, and later the screen flashed with words "This is a satire by Kendrick Lamar." After which Comedian Dave Chapelle appeared on stage and said, "I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America is being an honest black man in America. Sorry for the interruption."
The rapper then sang DNA and Jay Rock's King's Dead while a woman banged on a taiko drum and his performance ended with sounds of gunshots and each and every dancer falling to the ground. Grammys 2018 should have been Kendrick's year.
Kesha's Praying was the most emotional moment of the evening
For years, Kesha couldn't produce music due to her legal battle with Dr. Luke, who she claimed abused her sexually, mentally and physically. She wasn't silenced then and even now. She returned to stage and performed Praying along with Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha and Andra Day. As Kesha grew more emotional, it felt like the #MeToo movement was provided with a voice that told a story so deep and personal.
Her performance was only made stronger by the introduction it received from Janelle Monáe who said, "To those who would dare try and silence us, we offer you two words: Time's up. We say time’s up for pay inequality, discrimination or harassment of any kind, and the abuse of power. We come in peace, but we mean business."
Music fans weren't forgotten
Artists often thank fans for their continued support whenever they win an award but this year, artists paid tribute to all lovers of music who lost their lives at the Route 91 Harvest music festival. Country music stars Eric Church, Maren Morris, and Brothers Osborne led the tribute.
"Tonight to honor those we lost, Eric, Brothers Osborne and I, who all performed in Las Vegas that tragic weekend, wanted to come together and honor the memory of the beautiful music-loving souls so cruelly taken from us," Maren said. They played, rather fittingly, Eric Clapton's Tears in Heaven.
We need to discuss #GrammySoMale
In the past 20 years, men have led nominations for major Grammy awards and this year, particularly at a time when women's voices rang loud and clear, they still weren't heard. Bruno Mars's album 24K Magic won almost everything with the only major award going to Alessia Cara who won best new artist. Female artists like Lady Gaga, Kesha, Lorde, and SZA didn't win a single award.
2020 elections have two contenders: Kanye West and Jay Z
Despite Jay-Z's eight nominations in various categories, he surprisingly didn't win a single gramophone. The rapper had the most nominations but it was shocking that his album 4:44 didn't get the votes. Interestingly, Kendrick did shout out to Jay while accepting his award. He said, "Jay for President" and President Donald Trump tweeted, "Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!"
Hilary Clinton made a surprise cameo
The Grammys 2018 was interspersed with moments of comedy. Host James Cordon included a special segment in which celebrities and President Trump's rival, Hillary Clinton read excerpts from Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury. The part she read was this: "He had a longtime fear of being poisoned. One reason why he liked to eat at McDonald's. No one knew he was coming and the food was safely pre-made."
According to James, those who read from the book contended for the Best Spoken Word Album. Hillary easily won it.
Joy Villa outdid herself on the red carpet
Last year at the Grammys, singer Joy Villa wore a blue gown on which were imprinted the words, Make America Great Again. This year, she wore an anti-abortion dress and complimented it with a purse that read Choose Life. Her dress spoke of love and celebrating life, as she revealed that she gave her baby up for adoption and suggested that she might be running for Congress.
Camila Cabello's strong message to Dreamers and Trump
Fifth Harmony might have dissed her at the MTV VMAs but Camila Cabello is beyond petty politics. While introducing U2 at the Grammys, she spoke of the American dream and her own personal journey as an immigrant in America. She said, "I’m here on this stage tonight because just like the Dreamers, my parents brought me to this country with nothing in their pockets but hope. They showed me what it means to work twice as hard and never give up. And honestly, no part of my journey is any different from theirs. I’m a proud, Cuban-Mexican immigrant, born in eastern Havana, standing in front of you on the Grammy stage in New York City. And all I know is that just like dreams, these kids can’t be forgotten and are worth fighting for."
Bruno Mars won everything he was nominated for
He came out as the biggest winner of the Grammys and no one saw that coming. The singer's album 24K Magic scooped up Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Album, Best R&B song and Song of the Year for That's What I Like. The night's most prestigious award, Album of the Year should have gone to Kendrick for his album Damn but perhaps Bruno seemed like a safer and more profitable option.
Blue Ivy came out as the sassiest attendee
The Beyhive is pretty protective of their Queen but if there's one lady who is allowed to be sassy to Beyonce, it is her daughter Blue Ivy. Just as her power couple parents clapped when Camila introduced U2, she shushed them and asked Queen Bey to calm down, thank you very much.
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