Well, here we are with another Grammys in the books. I think what I was most shocked about is that it’s the one time in the history of James Corden’s career that he didn’t try to make everything all about himself. It’s a 2018 miracle!
Ok, jokes aside, this year’s Grammys were filled with basically a lot of political statements, a lot of Bruno Mars, and a lot of pretty good performances. Read on for my highlights.
Everyone is over Despacito, I guess.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee put on an entertaining performance that provided a nice breath of fresh air. But, it seems like everyone forgot they were obsessed with Despacito over the summer and they showed up to be like “Hey, guys! Remember when you liked us?” and we were all “Oh yeah! This is fun,” and then we forgot again.
Childish Gambino + JD McCrary
First of all, can we all just admit that Donald Glover was a damn soulful angel during his entire performance of Terrified? I mean…COME ON. He gave us a ridiculously charismatic and smooth performance. Then, he brought in this unicorn child prodigy. If you’re asking “WHO IS THIS KID?” You aren’t alone. A lot of people are. His name is JD McCrary and I’m not entirely convinced he isn’t a young Michael Jackson reincarnate. I had found him randomly on Instagram a while back and have been seeing more and more of him. So, when I saw him performing I was SO excited for him! He was giving me major Jackson 5 MJ vibes and I loved every second. While Gambino was nominated for 5 Grammys, he only took home Best Traditional R&B Performance. I was disappointed to say the least as Awaken, My Love! was worthy of more recognition in my opinion. Better luck next time, DG.
Alessia Cara won best new artist.
This girl is crazy talented and I really love her soul. However, I was honestly a little surprised she won. I think SZA was a strong contender (although not Grammy-friendly to win as they normally go more mainstream). I honestly thought Khalid was going to take this one home. Either way though, I suppose you couldn’t go wrong in this category. Congrats to her!
Blue Ivy owned the Grammys for :20.
Anyone else catch the hilarious few seconds where Blue Ivy literally hushed her parents? I die. That is all.
Kesha took us to church.
Kesha gave a really heart-wrenching performance when she belted out Praying backed by a stage full of powerful women in white including: Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels and Andra Day. She had trouble controlling her voice, but UNDERSTANDABLE. This was her moment to express her power and newly-found strength after being abused by someone she trusted. She spoke her truth and also invited other survivors of abuse to stand up and do the same. WHO. RUN. THE. WORLD. #timesup
Janelle Monae=momma bear.
Speaking of Kesha’s performance, Janelle Monae brought some serious conviction and heat with her introduction of this performance. “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 to silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s up.” YES.
Bruno Mars swept like we knew he would.
Who’s shocked about this? Certainly not me. Bruno Mars is the Grammys poster child. I love Bruno. I think he’s entertaining to watch and I admit I can’t NOT dance when I hear his music. However, I think he was an easy choice and an obvious one at that. He took home all 6 awards he was nominated for including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Album and more. Seeing Bruno win yet another Grammy is like watching the Patriots win yet another SuperBowl. OK…we get it. Can someone else get some recognition now? Thanks.
Kendrick Lamar > Jay-Z
Kendrick took home: Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song/Sung Collaboration and Best Music Video. Jay — while nominated for 8 Grammys — took home nada. That snub has got to hurt. I hope Jay comes back with fire next time so he at least puts up a fight. I love him, but hands down Kendrick is working his ass off and it’s really paying off. Come back, Jay! We miss you! Also, congrats to Kendrick. Keep being a beast.
Logic dropped the mic.
Logic, Khalid and Alessia Cara put on a heartfelt performance of 1-800-273-8255 complete with everyone wearing shirts with the phone number on the front and “You are not alone” on the back. I’m so grateful that we as a society have become more open to talking about suicide and mental health. Performances like these are so important to bringing those walls down around the topic. Then Logic dropped this on us:
“Black is beautiful. Hate is ugly. Women are as precious as they are stronger than any other man than I have met. And to them, I say stand tall and crush all predators under the weight of your heart that is full of the love they will never take away from you. Be not scared to use your voice, especially in instances like these when you have the opportunity. Stand and fight for those who are not weak but have yet to discover the strength that the evil of this world has done its best to conceal.”
Chris Stapleton is a baddie.
Mr. Stapleton went 3 for 3 taking home every Grammy he was nominated for: Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song. This man is a true artist and so humble. I’m really excited to see him continually be praised and recognized for the amazing music he creates. (And, I’m not even a country fan.)
Elton John and Miley Cyrus were adorable.
The two performed Tiny Dancer and to be honest, I ship this duo. I wasn’t sure how Miley would complement him, but they performed so well together and it was really enjoyable. Miley has come a long way from “that one MTV performance” that had us all cringing. You know the one. Her chemistry with Elton John was so charming. It was a nice way to remind us all that Miley is actually a fantastic vocalist and also about how much we’re all going to miss Elton John after he finishes his upcoming farewell tour.
Dave Chappelle is still the king.
“Boy, am I honored to win this award, finally.” Dave took home the Grammy for Best Comedy Album. The man has been through a lot, but the industry and his fans continue to show him much deserved support. No matter what, you can’t beat Dave. He’s still one of the most respected comedians.
Welp, that’s all I’ve got for my highlights! For a full list of winners, see here! What were your favorite parts of the show? Do you agree with who won? Let me know in the comments below!