Best artists in the music industry gather at 60th annual Grammy Awards
On Sunday, January 28th, all of the biggest stars in the music industry gathered together at Madison Square Garden Arena in honor of the 60th annual Grammy Awards show. The show was hosted by late night television host, James Corden, for the second year in a row. The show also featured one of the most diverse sets of nominees in Grammy history. The three and a half hour program was filled with celebrity appearances from actress Anna Kendrick to singer Nick Jonas, as well as performances by some of the most accomplished musicians of all time, such as Sting and the band U2.
The show opened with a performance by rapper, Kendrick Lamar. Lamar opened with his hit song XXX and followed with his song DNA, accompanied by surprise guests Bono and The Edge from the band U2. Comedian Dave Chappelle, who also walked away with the award for best comedy album (“The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas”), made a guest appearance in the song. Chappelle interrupted the performance to speak briefly about racial inequality, which was just one of the many current social issues highlighted at this year’s Grammy Awards. Lamar was one of the night’s biggest winners, walking away with four Grammys. Lamar was awarded in the following categories: Best Rap Album (“Damn.”), Best Rap Song (“HUMBLE”), Best Rap Performance (“HUMBLE”), and Best Rap/Song Collaboration (“Loyalty”).
Lamar’s performance was followed by performances by Lady Gaga and Sam Smith. Gaga, performing first, dedicated her performance to her late aunt as she sang the songs “Joanne” and “Million Reasons”. Smith, accompanied by a choir, sang his song “Pray” afterward.
The show was also full of touching tributes to lives lost over the past year as well. Singers, Jon Batiste and Gary Clark Jr., sang a tribute to rock and roll legends, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, who both, unfortunately, passed away this past year. Country singers, Marin Moore, Eric Church, and Brother Osborne performed a tribute to victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas and the bombing in Manchester. Finally, Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris sang the song “Wildflowers”, as the in memoriam played, honoring music stars such as Tom Petty, Troy Gentry, Dave Cassidy, and many others.
Another powerful performance came from singer Kesha, who collaborated with Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Bebe Rexha, Julia Michaels and The Resistance Revival Chorus to sing her song “Praying”. The song was meant to empower women in America and was sung in support of the #Timesup and #Metoo movements for gender equality. It is safe to say the message hit home with many in attendance, many stars even were brought to tears by the powerful performance, including Kesha herself.
Of course, there were also many big winners on Sunday night. Jay Z had been previously honored with the Award for Industry Icon at the Pre-Grammy show and Alessia Cara was awarded the Best New Artist award. Cara made sure to thank her fans and family in her acceptance. She also encouraged people to support music and give young musicians who are working hard to create music a chance, because everyone deserves a fair shot. Another big winner of the night was Bruno Mars, who snatched six Grammys on Sunday night. Mars won, Both Album and Record of the Year for “24K Magic”, Song of the Year and Best R&B Song for “That’s What I Like”, Best R&B album for “24K Magic”, and finally, Best R&B Performance for “That’s What I Like”. Some other winners of the night included Ed Sheeran for Best Pop Solo Performance, and Chris Stapleton for Best Country Album.
The night came to a close with Bruno Mars accepting his Award for best album of the year. Mars made sure to remind the fans that his main goal with the album “24K Magic” was to spread love and bring people together. The awards season will continue in March with the 90th annual Academy Awards.