Bruno Mars wins big, Grammys 2018 president blasted after male artists sweep awards despite Time’s Up protest, Kesha revives subdued ceremony with #MeToo performance against sexual harassment, while Hillary Clinton makes a surprise appearance…
With all the nominations, Hip-hop might have seemed like it would rule the night but ultimately, yet again, pop won out as the curtains fell on yet another long-ass Grammys.
There were notable highs and lows in what was a relatively subdued ceremony, with the hashtag ‘Grammyssomale’ started trending on Twitter during the show. Highs were Kesha’s moving performance and some deserved early wins for Kendrick Lamar. Lows were, well, Bruno Mars winning out over some of his more daring competitors, including Jay-Z.
Bruno Mars pulled off a clean sweep of album, record and song of the year categories, upsetting odds-favorites Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z to take home the evening’s three most prestigious awards.
Mars won all six awards he was nominated for, while Lamar went home with five and Jay-Z, who had the most nominations of any performer with eight, was left empty-handed.
Lamar, the second most nominated artist of the night, kicked off the ceremony with a medley of songs from his album Damn. But the night reached a towering emotional summit when Kesha, joined by Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Julia Michaels and members of the Resistance Revival Chorus, performed her ballad Praying.
The ceremony would be incomplete without its gimmicks. Most notably a recorded segment that featured the host James Corden auditioning various celebrities to narrate the audio version of Michael Wolff’s bombshell book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. John Legend, DJ Khaled, Cardi B and Cher all made cameos, but none were more surprising than that of Hillary Clinton, who read a line from the bestselling exposé aloud.
Memorable moments included the red-carpet entry by attendees with white roses to honor the victims of sexual abuse, a piggyback off the Time’s Up pin badges celebrities wore to the Golden Globe awards this month. The evening would be sprinkled with moments of protest through a powerful performance by Logic and Alessia Cara, who dedicated their song 1-800-273-8255 to those who had attempted or lost their lives because of suicide.
Another protest moment was Havana singer Cabello and U2 politically charged performance. “I’m a proud Cuban-Mexican immigrant, born in eastern Havana, standing in front of you on the Grammy stage in New York City, and all I know is, just like dreams, these kids can’t be forgotten and are worth fighting for,” said Cabello.
“Blessed are the shithole countries, for they gave us the American Dream,” said Bono.