Six decades of Grammys, New York City, and talented performers combined for a quality ceremony on Sunday night. James Corden kept the show running smoothly as host and even tried singing with Sting and Shaggy while riding the NYC subway. In general, it’s safe to say that the show was multidimensional, entertaining, and meaningful.
Best New Artist:
Alessia Cara claimed the Grammy amid competition from artists like Khalid and SZA. Songs such as “Stay” elevated her reputation to new levels this year and she deservedly won the award. She accepted her Grammy graciously and also shared that, “everyone deserves the same shot” in our society. This aligned with the night’s emphasis on political and social issues.
Best Pop Solo Performance:
Ed Sheeran took home the Grammy in this category for “Shape of You” while fending off fellow nominees Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, and Pink. The Internet generally condemned this decision, especially in light of how Sheeran’s song focuses on body shape as opposed to Kesha’s “Praying” which dives into issues on abuse.
Song, Record, and Album of the Year:
Bruno Mars enjoyed a wildly and ridiculously triumphant night by collecting a Grammy for each of the six nominations he received. Mars’ “That’s What I Like” won for Best Song after defeating “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, “4:44” by Jay-Z, and “1-800-273-8255” by Logic.
Impressively, Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic nudged out the work of artists like Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino for Best Record and Best Album. Mars exclaimed, “don’t cut me off, Grammys!” and subsequently gave a heart-warming speech about his teenage years when he performed songs that allowed strangers to connect with one another.
Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Album:
In these respective categories, the Grammys went to…Kendrick Lamar’s “Loyalty” (Featuring Rihanna) and DAMN. Somehow, Jay-Z watched all his potential Grammy awards sail into the sunset, but he won’t be too bothered with his collection of twenty-one previous awards sitting at home.
Kendrick Lamar – “XXX.”
The opening act of the Grammys brimmed with political messages as the rapper’s dancers pretended to be shot. In many ways, the performance was exciting, meaningful, and the perfect way to open up the event.
Lady Gaga – “Million Reasons”
This time, Lady Gaga’s outfit came in second to her piano’s outfit, which boasted massive angel wings. Still, she belted out the song in a soulful, honest, and beautiful way.
Luis Fonsi – “Despacito”
The celebrities in the audience couldn’t help but rhythmically tap their feet and move their shoulders. James Corden complemented the “catchy” performance and joked that he’d never heard the song before.
Cardi B & Bruno Mars – “Finesse”
The best moment of this performance manifested in Bruno Mars gliding along the stage in Michael Jackson style with Cardi B pushing him backwards. The solid colors in the background dazzled and complemented the two stars wonderfully.
DJ Khaled & Rihanna – “Wild Thoughts”
In one of my favorite moments of the night, Rihanna danced among dancers pretending to be mannequins. Her dancing was nothing short of electric, especially with DJ Khaled encouraging the audience members to put their hands up at the same time.
Kesha – “Praying”
Kesha performed alongside Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Rexha, Julia Michaels, and Andra Day. The solidarity among the women on stage was admirable, as was their collective decision to wear all white in support of the movement Time’s Up.
U2 – “Get Out Of Your Own Way”
The band went for the spectacular by performing on the Hudson River with the Statue of Liberty in the background. The performance gave the Grammys the New York vibe that it deserved, especially with the skyline in the background.
Elton John & Miley Cyrus – “Tiny Dancer”
The legend himself started off the song on the piano, and Miley Cyrus later entered with a microphone in hand for a sparkling duet.
Logic, Alessia Cara, & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255”
Logic stood on a small and circular stage with starry-eyed admirers all around him. Enter Alessia Cara, who sang across to Logic from the main stage, with the song ultimately culminating in a proclamation that the world is “destined to be united.”
Patti LuPone – “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina”
In a performance that rolled back the years, LuPone sang just as she did at the 1981 Grammys.
By Kishan Patel