We've seen award shows tackle the political climate already this year, and the 60th annual Grammys was no exception.
From minute one, Kendrick Lamar kicked things off at Madison Square Garden in New York City with a politically charged performance of his songs “XXX” and "DNA,” appearing in front of an American flag with soldier dancers collapsing at the sound of a gunshot.
Lamar would later go on to take home awards four awards, including Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Performance with Rihanna, ending his acceptance speech with “Jay for president.”
Kesha gave an emotional performance of her song “Praying,” joined on stage by a star-studded lineup including Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Rexha, Camila Cabello, ending with the singer in tears, hugging her fellow performers.
The singer #MeToo supporter has been locked in a legal battle with her former producer Dr. Luke over sexual assault claims, with her song “Praying” marking her return after four years of no new music. She would go on to lose the Best Pop Solo Performance to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of you.”
Another emotional performance saw country stars Brothers Osbourne, Marren Morris, and Eric Church paying tribute to the music fans lost in both the Las Vegas and Manchester terror attacks. Featuring a backdrop with the names many victims, the four performed a cover of Eric Clapton’s 1992 release “Tears in Heaven.”
The Grammys went on to take shots at Washington, with a pre-taped skit in which Cardi B, John Legend, Cher, Snoop Dogg, and DJ Khaled auditioned to be the narrators for Michael Wolff’s controversial book “Fire and Fury” about the Trump administration. The skit even featured a surprise appearance from Hillary Clinton. Check out the video below.
The big winner tonight was Bruno Mars who swept the competition in the major categories with wins for album and record of the year with “24k Magic,” as well as song of the year with “That’s What I Like.” The 32-year-old singer/songwriter had been previously nominated for his songs “Grenade” and “Locked Out of Heaven” as well as Cee Lo Green’s “F— You.”
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