Grammy Awards honors music, movements

This past Grammy Awards was one for the books.

The focus of the night was not on the award show’s 60th anniversary, but instead the Time’s Up movement.

Similar to the all-black attire worn at the Golden Globes to honor the movement, stars wore white roses as the staple of their outfits, including host James Corden.

However, celebrities didn’t just support the movement through their attire.

Actress and musical artist Janelle Monáe was one of many stars to use their time on the stage to speak out about harassment.

“It’s not just going on in Hollywood, it’s not just going on in Washington, it’s right here in our industry as well,” Monáe said.

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Monáe’s powerful introduction set the stage for pop star Kesha, joined by Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper and a full women’s chorus behind them matching in white.

The group performed Kesha’s song “Praying,” a ballad addressing her longtime abuser Dr. Luke. With lyrics, “I hope you find your peace falling on your knees, praying,” the performance became the most emotional of the night, leaving Kesha and audience members crying.

The audience also loved Corden’s comical segment on the book “Fire and Fury” written by Michael Wolff. Corden had celebrities read lines from the book in order to audition for the spoken word award. Among these celebrities was former First Lady Hillary Clinton.

The awards show became controversial when U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, responded to the segment in a tweet shaming the political presence of the show.

“Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it,” Haley said.

Corden defended the bit on Twitter.

“Well, Nikki Haley, you can tell your boss, some of us love politics without the Twitter meltdowns thrown in,” Corden said.

Despite the political tension of the show, powerful speeches and performances influenced the Grammy Awards to become an outlet for movements like Time’s Up and #MeToo to continue changing the climate of the country.


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