Grammy’s create buzz with political statements, stellar performances

Kaitlyn Clark, Entertainment Editor

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After months of waiting, it’s finally here. Awards season is upon us, and with it, many impactful performances from some of the nation’s top artists.

Sunday night marked the 60th annual Grammy Awards, where many artists used their public appearances to support the “Me Too” movement. White roses were worn across the red carpet by men and women alike to show their support.

This was not the only use of platform to show political opinion. During the show, Hillary Clinton made a guest appearance via video to read a few passages from Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” the novel that detailed the events occurring inside of the White House with specific regard to both Trump and his staff. This explosive novel received backlash from both Trump supporters as well as the president himself, so an appearance by Clinton reading from the novel certainly made a statement.

Performances were a huge part of the awards show. Artists ranging from Kesha to Kendrick Lamar performed for the audience with endless genres of music.

Kesha’s heartfelt rendition of her song “Praying” left many marvelling at her powerful yet touching performance, during which she was accompanied by an all-female chorus including Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello and Julia Michaels. These women performed together to create an intensely personal performance in support of the Me Too movement.

The Grammys also saw the team-up of rapper Cardi-B and pop icon Bruno Mars for a remix of “Finesse,” an upbeat pop song inspired by songs from the ‘90s. Their high-energy performance practically transported viewers into the past with the bright colors and bold actions associated with the ‘90s.

Bruno Mars not only put on a stellar performance, but he also managed to capture album, record and song of the year, while Kendrick Lamar dominated in the rap division, with an impressive total of four wins.

Jay-Z, however, was not as fortunate. After being nominated for a total of eight awards, the rapper went home empty-handed. Following the awards show fans of both Lamar and Jay-Z have been questioning Mars’ win of Album of the Year, with fans of the performers taking to Twitter to debate the topic. Mars hasn’t seemed to let the controversy bother him. He even took to Twitter to express his joy, tweeting “Unreal!! I love you all!!!”

Overall, the Grammys was a night full of political statements and stellar performances that encompassed the music industry over the last year.

 

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Grammy’s create buzz with political statements, stellar performances