Music celebrated its biggest night of the year Sunday with the Grammy Awards, and the show made sure not to disappoint. There were countless instances that caught the audience’s attention, but here are five that made enough of an impression on me to make this list.
1. Kendrick's opener
Let’s start from the top of the show, shall we? Kendrick Lamar opened the show with his rap “XXX,” which contains some heavy, politically-charged lyrics. What people did not see coming during Lamar’s number was the intentional interruption made by comedian Dave Chappelle, who puts the heavy truth of the performance into a humorous perspective in a way only Chappelle can.
“I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America is being an honest black man in America,” Chappelle said during the show.
After letting Lamar continue, Chappelle interrupted once again to ask the audience “Is this on cable? It’s CBS?,” making a comical assumption that broadcast television would never air such a politically-driven performance. What was so memorable about this was the balance of serious and amusing tones they brought to a fresh approach over a topic that has been discussed by many on television and radio.
2. Ke$ha's emotional ballad
Things got emotional in Madison Square Garden when Kesha took the stage to perform her ballad “Praying” in honor of the Time’s Up movement. This topic hits home for the artist, considering the fact that this song was inspired by her accusations of emotional abuse and rape against producer Dr. Luke. Artists Cyndi Lauper, Camilla Cabello, Julia Michaels, Andra Day and members of the Resistance Revival Chorus joined the singer on stage to show their support and sing along with her. They all came together to show that there is no end to the discussion of this controversial topic and that the talk of it will only strengthen rather than weaken.
3. Bruno Mars' sweep
Bruno Mars was one of the biggest winners at the Grammys, taking home song, album and record of the year for his album “24K Magic.” Not only did he make a clean sweep of awards, but he also brought his A-game on stage when he made his first live performance for his song “Finesse.” We all knew the man could sing, but his upbeat dance moves solidified to everyone why he is one of the greats in this industry and deserved all of those awards in the first place. You all saw him dance during that performance, right? If you didn’t it might be a good idea to look it up on YouTube; it wont disappoint.
4. Hillary's audition
Like most of the recent award shows that have aired in the last year, the Grammys were no exception to the political chatter made by all of its celebrity presenters and winners. One bit in particular made many jaws drop. When the show’s host, James Corden, was talking about spoken-word albums, he specifically noted that a certain book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” needed a narrator. The show then cut to a tape of celebrities such as John Legend, Cher, Cardi B., Snoop Dogg, D.J. Khaled, and yes, Hillary Clinton, auditioning to become said narrator by reading different passages from the telling book. Some were surprised by the actions claimed by author Michael Wolff and made hysterical comments that earned a laugh from the majority of the audience. By the end of the clip it was determined that Clinton was the obvious choice for the job and her Grammy win next year was in the bag.
5. East Coast Carpool Karaoke
James Corden was the host of the Grammys for the second consecutive year, and he wanted to spice things up for his second go at the gig. He attempted to bring one of his most beloved segments from “The Late Late Show,” Carpool Karaoke, from the streets of Los Angeles to the subway lines of New York City. Corden made sure to bring in artists Sting and Shaggy as backup to help make this a success. Sadly, it was the complete opposite reaction he was hoping for. As soon as the three men began singing “Every Breath you Take” by The Police, they were quickly shot down by the unimpressed locals who mistook the celebrities for homeless men or YouTube stars. Determined to change the mood, they continued singing, which made for an even angrier group of riders, leaving Corden with a bloody nose. Safe to say, Carpool Karaoke is meant to stay on the West Coast and to never venture over to the East Coast ever again.