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Grammy’s Recap

February 2, 2018

Kesha’s ‘Praying’ is Grammys #MeToo moment
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If you aren’t living under a rock, then you know that Sunday night was the 2018 Grammy Awards. James Corden hosted the night that brought viewers a heap of tiny golden record players, political-fueled messages, and adorable consolidation gifts.

Winning all six of the awards he was nominated for including album, record, and song of the year, Bruno Mars was the big winner of the night. Kendrick Lamar followed his lead winning five of the seven awards he was nominated for including best rap album. Jay-Z, being nominated for eight awards – more than any other artist – walked away empty handed. Male artists stole the show Sunday as Alessia Cara was the only solo female to win big with Best New Artist.

While female artists did not dress in black like at the Golden Globes, many chose to wear or carry white roses to symbolize their support for the Me Too and Time’s Up movements. Following this theme, Kesha delivered a powerful performance of her song “Praying,” written in the midst of her legal battle with producer Dr Luke over sexual assault allegations. Singing at her sides were Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Julia Michaels and Bebe Rexha and the Resistance Revival Chorus.

Adding to the political messages were a cameo by Hillary Clinton in one of James Corden’s prerecorded comedy bits during which she was seen reading Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. If you thought Joy Villa’s “Make America Great Again” dress worn last year couldn’t be matched, you were wrong. Sunday, she made an anti-abortion statement wearing a white gown with a rainbow fetus and a “Choose Life” handbag. Camila Cabello and U2 stood in solidarity with Dreamers with a powerful introduction and prerecorded performance on a barge near the Statue of Liberty.

Last but by far the least, James Corden lightened the losses for artists who didn’t make the cut with consolidation puppies. While comedians like Jerry Seinfeld were seen cooing over the tiny dogs, PETA was disappointed tweeting: “Animals are not toys.” After all, what’s a celebrity filled room without someone getting offended?

Emma Hildebrand
Contributing Writer

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