By TATUM MAPES
The 60th Annual Grammy Awards was jam-packed with energetic, heartbreaking and inspiring moments that will be talked about for years to come. Here are some highlights from Sunday night’s show.
Bruno Mars dominates with six wins:
The 32-year-old rhythm and blues singer won big last night, winning every single category he was nominated for, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best R&B album for his song “That’s What I Like” in his “24K Magic” album. On top of his insane victories, Mars joined Cardi B for a bright and colorful performance of their new remix “Finesse,” which ended in Cardi’s new song “Bartier Cardi.” Everyone in the audience was up and dancing in this fun and energetic moment.
Broadway gets the respect it deserves:
With New York City as a backdrop, it was only fitting that the recording industry paid its respect to Broadway. There have been Broadway performances at the Grammys in the past, but they only seemed like sideshow attractions. In 2018, however, Broadway finally took center stage with Tony winners Ben Platt and Patti Lupone honoring industry-changing writers Leonard Bernstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Platt kicked it off by singing Bernstein’s “Somewhere” from the iconic “West Side Story.” Though Platt’s performance was beautiful, Patti Lupone left the room completely speechless when she revisited her legendary 1979 role as Eva Peron from “Evita.”
Chris Stapleton destroys the country music categories:
Traditional country music is not dead, and it is for the most part thanks to country and blues artist Chris Stapleton. Even when up against country music heavyweights like Eric Church, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town, this bearded giant came out on top, winning Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Album for his traditional country album, “From a Room Vol. 1.” Stapleton and Emmylou Harris also paid tribute to the late Tom Petty with the song “Wildflowers.”
Las Vegas Route 91 Festival performers honor those who died in shooting:
Out of all of last year’s losses in music, none were quite as heartbreaking and impactful as the 59 concertgoers who died in the shooting in Las Vegas. Maren Morris, Eric Church and Brothers Osborne sang “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton together while the names of every single victim came up behind them in golden boxes.
Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Janelle Monae and more protest sexual harassment in Hollywood:
The “#TimesUp” and “#MeToo” movements to end sexual harassment in the workplace have been taking over the award show season to spread their message, so it is no surprise that the Grammys was a huge platform for the movement. White roses were worn and displayed throughout the broadcast and red carpet. Lady Gaga performed her songs “Joanne” and “Million Reasons” with a white rose on her extravagantly decorated piano. Ke$ha, who has dealt with abuse from her producer, performed her song “Praying” alongside Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha and the Resistance Revival Chorus, all of which were dressed in white. Actress and singer Janelle Monae provided some direct words beforehand on the movement and what it means for women by saying, “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.”
Kendrick Lamar kicks off the show with a bang:
Rapper Kendrick Lamar is widely known for the relevant social commentary found in his music. He performed his songs “DNA” and “XXX” surrounded by dancers in ski masks with the American Flag behind them. Dave Chappelle and U2 joined Lamar at the end of his set. Afterwards, he said that “the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America is being an honest black man in America. Sorry for the interruption.” His performance was followed by and enthusiastic standing ovation from the audience.
Overall, the 60th Annual Grammy Awards was packed with social commentary, somber moments and passionate performances that will surely be remembered.