From politics to powerful tributes the Grammy’s did not waste the opportunity to reach millions of viewers as a platform for awareness and change. While more subtle and less speech driven than other award shows, the Grammy’s participants made their messages loud and clear.
White Roses on the Red Carpet:
Grammy attendees were reportedly contacted by female music executives regarding wearing white roses as a symbol of support for the “Time’s up” movement.
Superstars such as Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, The Chainsmokers, Sarah Silverman, Nick Jonas and Anna Kendrick showed up with their roses as accessories.
Janelle Monet’s Introduction and Kesha’s Powerful Performance:
In her introduction, Janelle Monae paved the way for the powerful message Kesha would send in what is said to be her most groundbreaking performance yet. Monae’s introduction addressed the need to recognize the message of the “Times up” movement in the music industry. She paid homage to her fellow female musicians in her powerful speech, stating: “Tonight, I am proud to stand in solidarity as not just an artist but a young woman with my fellow sisters in this room who make up the music industry. Artists, writers, assistants, publicists, CEOs, producers, engineers, and women from all sectors of the business. We are also daughters, wives, mothers, sisters, and human beings. We come in peace, but we mean business. And to those who would dare try and silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s up.” and that is only half the speech. Anyone else have chills?
As if the introduction alone didn’t speak volumes, the performance that followed it drove the message home and right through the front door of your house. Kesha was joined on by several of her female superstar peers and performed her hit song “Praying.” The song is said to be written about her personal and legal battles with her former producer, whom she alleges drugged and emotionally and sexually abused her. The timing of the message behind the song along with a performance that exuded raw emotion, a sense of resilience and the importance of women united were phenomenal assets to the growing awareness of the “Times up” movement.
Jabs at Trump; Logic being logical:
Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at the Grammy’s last night. In host James Cordon’s skit on conducting auditions for the reading of the controversial book “Fire and Fury” to obtain a Grammy for spoken word, she appeared reading an excerpt regarding Trumps love of McDonalds. The tell all book about Trumps first year in the White House has been #1 on amazons best selling list for the entire month of January. It fell to #2 right before the Grammy’s, but is expected to regain that spot after Cordon’s bit.
Rapper, Logic, approached some of the recent political agendas and comments made by Trump in a more serious, eloquent (even when repeating the presidents words) speech during his on stage performance.
Camilla’s tribute to the dreamers; U2’s tribute to lady liberty:
In Camilla Cabello’s introduction to U2, she referred to immigrants as the dreamers coming to this country in search of the American dream. Her heartfelt speech that included recalling her personal life experience as a Cuban immigrant who came here as a child with her family, who had nothing. Her speech comes at a time where Congress is set to make provisions to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival Act.
Not to be out shined, U2 followed her introduction with a performance that spoke louder volumes than their music (The musical performance being average in my opinion, but the message being powerful). “Get out of your own way,” a song that closely reflects the bands opinions regarding today’s political climate, was performed in front of the Statue of Liberty. The performance seemed to symbolize the need to reflect on the roots of the immigrants who traveled here and the founding values that made this country and why the “American Dream” still exists today.
The least Political and Most Necessary: A tribute to those lost in the Manchester Bombing and Las Vegas shooting:
While everyone may have their own agenda, the Grammy’s is THE platform for musician recognition. To not recognize those who were lost while experiencing the love of the music would have been wrong. I believe this is something that all political parties and any given agendas rights activists can agree on. It was a nice change in direction and seemed to bring everyone back to what mattered the most in the night- the love of music. It shifted the focus, at least for a moment, to the importance of plain old humanity. Also, anyone who doesn’t feel a gut wrenching sense of sadness when they hear “Tears in heaven” might be part robot. This was a well done, well deserved tribute. The individuals who performed (Eric Church, Marren Morris and Brothers Osborne) were all performers at the festival in Las Vegas in which a gunman took the lives of 58 festival goers and injured many more.