The 2017 Grammy Awards Review

 

The biggest event in the music industry, the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, took place on the 12th of February in Los Angeles with James Corden as the host. The night was filled with political statements, tributes and the big fight between Beyoncé and Adele (obviously not a real fight, probably the completely opposite instead). James Corden upgraded from hosting the Brits to the Grammy’s after his huge success in the US thanks to hosting his own talk show called ‘The Late Late Show’. Corden opened the show with a real slapstick joke with his stage life breaking, falling down the stairs and many more, giving the audience his sense of humour and ended his opening with a ‘Hamilton’-style rap, mentioning a few of the musicians in the crowd and also Mr Donald Trump.

The Awards

Obviously this is an awards show and awards are given to the best of the best (duh). Chance The Rapper won the first award of the main show for the Best New Artist. Chance The Rapper creates and sells his music without a record label, even going broke at times whilst trying to his album, “Colouring Book” which then went on to win Best Rap Album. First time Grammy nominees, Twenty One Pilots, took home the second award for Best Pop Group/Duo Performance after their success with “Stressed Out”. The pair took to the stage without any trousers on after a promise made by drummer Josh Dun, stating that they would accept their first Grammy without any trousers on, as the singer Tyler Joseph

explained. Over a year after his death, David Bowie won Best Rock Song for “Blackstar” which was accepted by the presenters. Then 26-year-old Maren Morris beat huge country stars like Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert for Best Country Solo Performance. Beyoncé picked up her 21st Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album after the phenomenal “Lemonade” response. She also went on to win Best Music Video for her powerful “Formation”. Beyoncé’s biggest competition of the night was the unstoppable Adele. Adele won 3 awards of the five she was nominated for, taking the spotlight from Beyoncé but as a fan of Beyoncé, Adele snapped her Grammy for Album of the Year to share it with Beyoncé as she was as equally as frustrated as the Queen who still is yet to win the big award.

Political Statements

It’s common knowledge that celebrities aren’t happy with politics at this point in history. Jennifer Lopez presented the first award of the night and although she didn’t mention Donald Trump directly, Lopez quoted Toni Morrison with the hard hitting phrase, “There is no time for despair no place for self-pity, no need for silence and no room for fear”. Paris Jackson, the daughter of the late Michael Jackson, asked the audience to use take their enthusiasm for the Grammy’s to the Dakota Pipeline protests that are still ongoing after Donald Trump backed the plans for the pipeline that runs through Native American land. LGBT advocate, Laverne Cox, took a moment to make a statement for Gavin Grimm who is a transgender male who is going to the Supreme Court in March to fight for his human rights to use the correct bathroom, upon other issues. But the main theme of the night was ‘Resist’.Katy Perry returned to the Grammy stage with her new song ‘Chained to the Rhythm’ and, joined by Skip Marley, they held their hands up after the performance, with the words ‘We The People’, from the American constitution, in bold writing behind them. Perry has been avid in protests since Trump was brought into office and she wore a “PERSIST” armband and shouted “No Hate!” after her performance. The act that stole the night for political statements goes to A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes and Anderson .Paak who called the president “President Agent Orange”, raising their fists in solidarity (much like Katy Perry), kicked down a wall that then welcomed diverse people onto the stage to shout “Resist!” into the crowd.

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Performances

Adele opened the night with a simple performance of her smash hit “Hello”, moving the audience without needing anything else on the stage apart from her. Adele returned to the stage later on in the evening to pay tribute to the late George Michael. The British star cut her performance short when she missed her cue, apologising for swearing but she “couldn’t mess this up for him”. The Weeknd was not up for any awards as his album, “Starboy”, was released after the deadline voting day but he rocked on the stage with Daft Punk to perform the hit “I Feel It Coming” and Daft Punk looked like they were doing a live audition for the new Star Wars films. Ed Sheeran surprised fans by announcing he was to perform “Shape of You” on the day of the Grammy’s and stunned the audience with his loop pedal. Bruno Mars rocked the stage twice, performing his groovy song “That’s What I Like” and also performing a tribute to the late Prince, donning his infamous purple suit and signature guitar. Another tribute of the night went to the music of the Bee Gees with Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Little Big Town and Andra Day getting into the 70’s vibe and giving the crowd a show as well as Barry Gibb who sung along in the crowd. Sadly Lady Gaga and Metallica’s performance got off to a terrible start when James Hetfield’s microphone cut out, leaving Gaga to sing the heavy metal song alone until the issue was resolved.

That Beyoncé Perfomance

Yes, Beyoncé’s performance gets it own moment because it was s.t.u.n.n.i.n.g. Bare in mind, in England, her performance was aired at around 3.3o am so it needed to be something special to wake me up. But it did it’s job. The pregnant singer opened her performance with a speech about motherhood and was joined in a VT by her own mother, Tina Knowles, and daughter, Blue Ivy. The singer then arrived on the stage for a mellow but dramatic performance of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles”. She was covered head-to-toe in gold, serving Virgin Mary realness as she dipped far too far back on a chair and the whole world held their breath that the mechanics wouldn’t fail. Over all, she looked like an angel and I’m not biased at all.

 

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