Stars Stand Together at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards: These Are the Best Moments of the Night
BY RACHEL ASLAN
The 60th Annual Grammy Awards was a night about speaking out. Some messages were hidden, and others were quite overt. It is safe to say these are the best moments of the Grammys:
(1) Kendrick Lamar's Powerful Performance
Kendrick Lamar opened the show with a rap medley of songs speaking out against racism. His performance comprised of dancers in vibrant camo print, marching in front of a huge American flag in the background. Shortly after Bono and the Edge joined Kendrick for "XXX," the show cut to Dave Chappelle's cameo: "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."
(2) Lady Gaga's Dedication to Joanne
Throughout the show, artists continued to show their support for the Time’s Up movement. Many were not aware this began with Lady Gaga’s performance. She dedicated her performance to her father’s late sister, Joanne, whom the album is also named after. Gaga explained: "This is for love and compassion even when you can’t understand." After performing "Joanne," she declared, "Time's Up" into the mic before performing "Million Reasons."
(3) Kesha's #MeToo Moment with "Praying"
Later in the evening, Janelle Monae gave a heartfelt introduction to Kesha's #MeToo-inspired performance: "I am proud to stand in solidarity as not just an artist, but a young woman with my fellow sisters in this room who make up the music industry." Kesha performed her hit song "Praying" with the support of star-studded women like Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, and Bebe Rexha. Following the emotional performance, the artists shared a warm group hug on stage.
(4) Camila Cabello's Speech About DREAMers
After Kesha’s emotional performance, Camila Cabello introduced U2 while speaking about her immigrant background.
"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. All I know is, just like dreams, these kids can't be forgotten and are worth fighting for," she said.
(5) Logic's Off-Script Moment
As the show was coming to an end, Logic took the stage with Alessia Cara and Khalid to perform, "1-800-273-8255," titled after the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This song is meant to convey the message that all lives matter and your life is worth living. After his performance, Logic ended with these words (he later took to Instagram to share the uncensored version of his speech):
This was apparently not rehearsed according to several sources at the show. There were many slams at Donald Trump for what he has done throughout his presidency. Musicians like Bono and Logic wanted to help those who have been affected and show them that others are looking out for them and trying to help.
Everyone at the Grammy’s stood together as a united front. I say everybody, because it was not just musicians speaking out.
Many have called this the most political Grammy’s yet, and for good reason.
Lead Image Credit: Logic / Instagram