The 60th annual Grammy Awards, hosted by James Corden

Written by on February 16, 2018

The 60th annual Grammy Awards, hosted by James Corden, had performances of 2017’s top hits by stars like Bruno Mars, Rihanna, and Sam Smith, alongside many powerful political moments. This week, the top musicians and industry professionals gathered at Madison Square Garden to crown the winners of the best in music. 

Kendrick Lamar opened the show with a heart racing performance of his hit “XXX”, joined by Bono and The Edge from U2, who lent their talents to the song’s hook. Lamar dominated the hip-hop categories this year but lost album of the year to Bruno Mars for his album “24K Magic”. “Despacito”, which conquered the world in 2017, was also shut out from winning record of the year or song of the year.

At the Golden Globes in January, many stars wore black as a tribute to the #MeToo movement, as well as #TimesUp, which highlight the issue of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. This year at the Grammys, many wore a white rose as a symbol of “hope, peace, sympathy and resistance”.

Singer Kesha gave a heart-wrenching performance of her ballad “Praying” off her first album since 2012, “Rainbow”. The pop star accused her longtime producer, Dr. Luke, of years of abuse in a 2014 lawsuit. Her Grammy performance, singing in front of a chorus of women in white led by Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Andra Day and Bebe Rexha, stood as an emotional symbol of the #MeToo movement. 

Former Fifth Harmony member, Camilla Cabello, whose solo debut album just hit No. 1,  stepped out of Kesha’s backup choir to speak up for ‘Dreamers’. Havana born Cabello was brought to the United States by her Cuban mother as a child. “Just like the Dreamers,” she said, “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.”

We look forward to what these artists and innovators will bring in the following year. 

By Spectrum FM

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