By Joanne Rosa
The 60th annual Grammy Awards went down last night in none other than New York City. In fact, it was just a few blocks from the Wendy studio!
It’s been 15 years since the Grammys took place in the big apple, and they needed Madison Square Garden to fit everyone together for the big night. Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna with DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller, Lady GaGa, Bruno Mars and Cardi B, P!nk, Elton John with Miley Cyrus and Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee were just a few of the epic performances.
Some celebrities wore or held a white rose to show support for the “Time’s Up” movement that launched prior to the Golden Globes this year. Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus, Camila Cabello, Rita Ora, Sarah Silverman, and James Corden all participated in sporting the symbolic white rose.
“Late Late Show” host James Corden hosted the Grammy Awards again, making him “for the second year in a row, the least diverse host in Grammys history.” James didn’t pull wild stunts or anything particularly radical, but there is one thing James did that had the live audience and viewers at home roaring.
In a pre-taped piece, James held auditions for the audiobook reading of Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury,” which details behavior about the Trump administration. John Legend, Cher, Snoop Dogg, and Cardi B all made appearances by reading excerpts of the book. Caris got laughs when she stopped in the middle of reading and said, “Why am I even reading this… I can’t believe this… This is how he lives his life?” In the end, the only person that was able to get the reading down according to James was none other than Hillary Clinton.
So what were the hottest and most talked about moments of last night aside from James handing out consolation puppies? Here are our favorites.
Kendrick Lamar opened the Grammys with a compilation of his latest hits. He brought everything he was made of to stage, and wasn’t shy about proclaiming his political stance. Dave Chapelle played a part in Kendrick’s opening as well. Kendrick got a standing ovation from the live audience, and took home five awards, including best rap song performance for his song Loyalty.”
Best rap song performance was the first award of the night, announced by Tony Bennett and John Legend. When Kendrick won, he and Rihanna got on stage to accept the award. However, the internet was freaking out when Tony Bennett didn’t move out of the way for Rihanna to accept the award next to Kendrick. Either someone forgot to tell Tony to move over for the winner to have their moment, or maybe he’s just Kendrick and Rihanna’s biggest fan. He’s 90, he’s a legend, and Kendrick and Rihanna didn’t seem to mind (that much).
Jay-Z didn’t take home as many Grammys as many predicted, but he was honored during the pre-Grammy Gala as an industry icon. On the other hand, Jay-Z and Beyoncé played at the Grammys. They looked amazing together, and this photobomb from Beyoncé’s Instagram is basically all of us if we were ever in the presence of the ultimate power couple.
Then there was Blue Ivy, who showed the world last night who really runs the house. During Camila Capello’s moving speech about dreamers, and growing up as an immigrant. “Tonight in this room full of music’s dreamers we remember that this country was built by dreamers for dreamers chasing the American dream. 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 than 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 just like dreams, these kids can’t be forgotten and are worth fighting for.”
Something like this deserves an applause, or at least that’s what essentially the entire live audience thought as they clapped in agreement. Blue Ivy thought differently. She politely told her parents to simmer down, and we can only assume it’s because she wanted Camila to finish her inspiring speech.
Elton John and Miley Cyrus took the stage together last night to preform Elton’s classic “Tiny Dancer.” Miley Cyrus officially redeemed herself for whatever was going on during that Robin Thicke performance at the 2013 MTV VMA awards. Well, we always liked her, but she really won fans and admirers over last night. Elton John recently announced his upcoming tour of over 300 concerts will be his last.
Who better to represent the “Me Too” movement than Kesha? She gave a powerful performance of her song “Praying,” and was joined on stage by numerous artists, including Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Rexha, Camila Cabello, and Julia Michaels. This is the #MeToo moment everyone was waiting for last night. As Kesha fought back tears, it was apparent that she experienced a great deal of pain and is still working through it. The performance was intense, and demanded to be heard.
Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne and Eric Church came together last night to sing a tribute for those affected by the tragic Las Vegas shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in October. Morris took a moment before the performance to say “we wanted to come together and honor the memory of the beautiful, music-loving souls so cruelly taken from us.” They sang an acoustic version of “Tears In Heaven.”
Bruno Mars was the man of the night, taking home six Grammys including the coveted album of the year for “24K Magic.” Bruno began his speech with some thanks to the other artists in this category. “To the other nominees in this category, Lorde, Kung Fu Kenny, Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, you guys are the reason I’m in the studio pulling my hair out, because I know you guys are only gonna come with the top shelf artistry and music. Thank you guys for blessing the world with your music, I mean that.” He went onto say that he wanted to bring everyone together with his music to celebrate each other and life.