Music’s biggest night was held in the city that never sleeps! The 60th Annual Grammy Awards aired live from Madison Square Garden in New York City, honoring music’s top artists, songwriters and producers in the recording industry. For the first time in Grammy history, Hip-hop, Urban and R&B artists completely dominated all the top categories, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Comedian and host of “The Late Late Show” James Cordon, who is known for his celebrity carpool karaoke segments, returned to the Grammy stage to host for the second year in a row.
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Rapper and Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar opened the show with a phenomenal performance of his song “XXX” alongside rock icons Bono and Edge of the classic group U2. Comedian Dave Chappelle was also apart of K.Dot’s performance, so you know it was iconic.
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Following his performance, Kendrick scored the first Grammy award of the evening winning Best Rap Song Performance for “Loyalty.” He also took home the highly-anticipated Best Rap Album award for DAMN.
“From the jump I thought it was about the accolades, and the cars and the clothes,” Lamar said during his acceptance speech for Best Rap Album. “But it’s really about expressing yourself, putting that paint on the canvas for the world to evolve for the next listener, the next generation after that.”
The Detroit native also payed homage and respect to some of his heroes in the rap game, including fellow award nominee Jay-Z, Nas and Puff Daddy. At the end of his speech, Kendrick said, “Jay for President.” Wouldn’t that be dope?
Congratulations to Kendrick Lamar for winning:
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Canadian pop singer Alessia Cara scored big by taking home Best New Artist.
“Holy cow, I’m shaking,” she said. “I’ve been pretend winning Grammys since I was a kid, like in my shower.”
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Grammy nominee Cardi B hit the stage with “24K Magic” singer and Grammy winner Bruno Mars to perform“Finesse.” They took us back with their 90’s style, swag and dance moves. Bruno scored big for the night winning five out of the six major categories he was nominated for. He took home the gold for Best R&B Album, R&B Performance and Best Album of the Year.
Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s ‘Finesse’ performance at the #GRAMMYs has garnered the song its first highest organic radio spins for the year.
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Singer and actress Janelle Monáe addressed the Time’s Up movement during the awards show. Music artists wore white roses on the red carpet to stand in solidarity against injustice, sexual assault and gender inequality.
“We come in peace but we mean business.” Monae said. “You see, it’s not just going on in Hollywood, it’s not just going on in Washington, It’s right here in our industry as well. And just as we have the power to shape culture, we also have the power to undo a culture that does not serve us well.”
Pop singer Ke$ha, who is a victim of sexual assault, sang a powerful and emotional ballad titled “Praying” as she was joined on stage in solitude with singers Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels and Andra Day who were dressed in all white.
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Spicing up the night was none other than Bad Gal RiRi, who was serving sassy dance moves, energy and bawdy! She performed “Wild Thoughts” with Bryson Tiller and DJ Khaled.
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And of course, what’s a Grammy show without Queen Bey? Beyonce and Little Miss Blue Ivy were in attendance to support Jay-Z, who sadly didn’t win NOT ONE of the eight Grammys he was nominated for. Nevertheless, The Carters still stole the show. Check out this viral video of Blue Ivy telling her parents to chill.
The 60th Annual Grammys Awards were truly one for the books with amazing musical performances, big wins and powerful speeches. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees of the night.
Written By: Tiffany Hercules, IG: @JustMissTiff