Last night, the 60th Grammy Awards took place in Madison Square Garden in New York. It was the first time in 15 years the ceremony took place on the East coast.
It was reportedly a slow and disconnected evening and the crowd was quieter than usual with empty seats seen across the stadium by the end of the night. However, the evening was graced with some incredible performances.
Kendrick Lamar Collaborates With U2 and Dave Chappelle
Kendrick opened the show with one of the most powerful performances at this year’s ceremony. The act included collaborations with U2 and comedian Dave Chappelle and set the tone for the night.
Lady Gaga Performs Joanne/A Million Reasons
Gaga hit the red carpet in an outfit more subtle than she has been historically known for at the Grammys but the Armani ensemble still packed a gothic punch.
Her performance of Joanne and Million Reasons included a salute to the Time’s Up movement.
Pink Stuns With Vocals
Pink was another artist who stripped back her performance, reminding us that she doesn’t need to hang from a trapeze to steal the show. She took to the stage in jeans and a t-shirt accompanied by an ASL interpreter and proved that all she needs to make a stand-out performance is her stunning vocals.
Kesha’s Emotional Collaboration
Kesha was joined on the stage by a chorus that included Cyndi Lauper and Camila Cabello.
Praying is a track from Kesha’s new album ‘Rainbow’. The song is thought to refer to the arduous battle she has had with her producer “Dr Luke“. She filed a civil lawsuit against the producer for sexual and physical abuse in 2014.
Elton John And Miley Cyrus Perform ‘Tiny Dancer’
Having announced his retirement from touring last week, Elton John takes to the stage with Cyrus to perform one of his most beloved hits.
Sir Elton John, I can't thank you enough for giving me the honor of performing with you tonight at The Grammys! I've loved every moment I've spent with you over the years & will cherish each second of your kindness …. let's kick ass and keep fighting for an end to the AIDS epidemic! Everything you do inspires me to keep workin hard and never giving up on all my dreams ! Love you dearly!
Other Memorable Moments
Bruno Mars Triumphs
On the awards front, Bruno Mars cleaned up winning 6 awards including Album of the Year and Best R&B Song for ‘That’s What I Like’.
Lorde was the sole female artist nominated for album of the year and she was the only of those nominees who did not perform. She reportedly was asked to perform a collaboration with another artist and sing ‘American Girl’ which she refused.
She opted instead to enjoy her evening with a Rihanna inspired hip flask that was coordinated with her gown.
She also had her own version of the white rose which she shared a close up of on Instragram.
James Cordon announced that he would be handing out consolation puppies to all those who lost out on awards. Sarah Silverman and Jerry Seinfeld were the real winners of the “Best Comedy Album’ award receiving the most adorable bundles of joy.
Many stars took to the red carpet wearing a white rose as a symbol of solidarity for the Time’s Up movement.
Before Kesha’s powerful performance, Janelle Monae gave a speech about the movement saying:
“We are also daughters, wives, sisters, mothers and human beings. We come in peace, but we mean business. And to those who would dare try to silence us, we offer two words: ‘Time’s up.'”
Quite a few punches were thrown at Donald Trump throughout the evening but the most impactful punch was probably the one thrown by a number of stars including John Legend, Cher and Hilary Clinton.
They all appeared in a video reading passages from the book ‘Fire and Fury’ published earlier this year.
The Knowles-Carter Family
Jay-Z, Beyonce and Blue Ivy were all in attendance. Kendrick gave a shout out to Jay-Z during his acceptance speech for Best Rap Album saying “Jay-Z for President”.
You can watch the Grammys tonight on RTE2 at 9.30PM.
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