By Tara Woods – The Collegiate Staff
Sunday evening the 60th annual Grammys took place in Madison Square Garden, in the heart of New York. James Corden, the host of “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and creator of Carpool Karaoke, hosted the star-studded event.
With all attention still on the #TimesUp movement, it only seemed natural that the music industry would launch its own initiative in the wake of the Kesha and Dr. Luke ongoing harassment lawsuit that stalled her career for years. Taylor Swift also won a lawsuit against a radio DJ who grabbed her butt in a photo without her consent, and more accusations against R. Kelly have surfaced.
Many celebrities pinned a white rose to their looks in solidarity with the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements. The group, Voices in Entertainment, started an email campaign on Wednesday to spread the word of the accessory choice. The white rose, the group said, “has historically stood for hope, peace, sympathy, and resistance.”
Voices in Entertainment also sent out a letter on the Sunday before the Grammys stating what they were fighting for.
“Equal representation in the workplace, for leadership that reflects the diversity of our society, workplaces free of sexual harassment and a heightened awareness of accountability that our sisters started on January 1st and continued through the Golden Globes and onward,” Stated the letter.
Another celebrity making a stand was Kendrick Lamar who opened the show after winning three Grammys off camera.
His opening number began with him singing “XXX” and was joined on stage by U2, who spliced in some “American Soul,” and then proceeded to go through the melody of “DNA.” and “King’s Dead” off of the Black Panther album. Dancers during the number started in camouflage and marched in front of a projection of the American flag, but by the end, he was surrounded by hip-hop dancers dressed in red creating a heart-pounding performance as they each fell one by one to the unmistakable sound of fake gunshots.
Another big winner of the night was Bruno Mars, who took home all three of the top categories including Album of the Year for “24K Magic,” Song of the Year for “That’s What I Like,” and Record of the Year for “24K Magic.” In the course of one evening, he won seven Grammys, while Jay Z, who was nominated for eight, won zero.
Mars also performed the show’s most immaculately choreographed performance with Cardi B for his song “Finesse.”
Another jaw-dropping performance came from Donald Glover, or as some know him by his soulful hip-hop alter ego, Childish Gambino. The multifaceted threat just came off a win at the Golden Globes for his TV comedy “Atlanta,” as well as two Emmys for acting and directing, and he will be playing the fully grown Simba in the live-action remake of “The Lion King.” Oh, and he won a Grammy last night for Best Traditional R&B Performance for his song “Redbone.”
He was joined on stage during his soulful performance of his song “Terrified” by 10-year-old JD McCrary, who will play young Simba.
There have been many times the Grammys pay tribute to singers who passed away during the previous year, but this year Marren Morris, Eric Church, and Brothers Osborne all took to the stage to sing what is probably the saddest song ever, Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” for the 58 people killed on Oct. 1 when a gunman opened fire while Jason Aldean was singing at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, as well as the 22 killed in the Manchester, England, terrorist attack outside an Ariana Grande concert on May 22.
Kesha also had a powerful performance of her comeback anthem “Praying,” and was joined by women dressed in white including, Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day, Bebe Rexha, Julia Michaels, the all-woman Resistance Revival Chorus, and Camila Cabello. After the performance, Cabello took time to talk about Dreamers. Cabello took backlash on Twitter with many people saying they want politics out of the entertainment industry.
Kesha was honored with a standing ovation after her tear-inducing performance.
A lighter moment of the award show was a skit that included artists John Legend, Cher, DJ Khaled, Cardi B, and Snoop Dogg were auditioning to be the reader of the audiobook version of Michael Wolff’s highly controversial book “Fire and Fury” about the Trump White House. When all celebrities failed, they brought in Hillary Clinton to read it, which was a massive hit in the room.
“That just might have been the biggest cheer of the night!” James Corden joked.
A full list of winners can be found here.
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