Top Moments: Six Grammy Whammies
Whether you agree with most that the 57th Annual Grammy Awards presentation was a bit of a snooze fest, there were still some moments that had you vibing with the performance, appreciating the art, questioning what the heck was happening, or simply laughing.
So, in JET style we rounded a few of the top moments from the evening.
1. We knew that Kanye was going to make headlines and be the topic of social media conversation just off of his expected performance with Rihanna and Paul McCartney. What was NOT expected was his WTH moment when he hopped on stage daring to do a repeat of his 2009…I’mma let you finish but…” speech after Taylor Swift won for Album of The Year. This year, in his return after six years, Beck played the role of Swift and Kanye fake pumped his interruption, exiting the stage with a huge smile.
2. Before the attempted repeat, ‘Ye hit the stage with an artistic and darkly-lit performance of ‘Only One.’ I can’t lie, I was hoping that baby Nori would appear in the final seconds of the performance…that did’t happen but the solo scene was definitely felt.
3. Rihanna x Kanye x Paul McCartney: FourFiveSeconds…
Performing the single for the first time, the trio kept it simple and vocally-focused. The only question: We saw Mc Cartney’s lips moving but dang, was his mic on?
4. Performance: Sia’s song Chandelier is a dope track. Artsy in nature, the singer/songwriter brought theatrics and dance to the stage with her back turned to the audience the entire time. While some social responses questioned the approach, I saw it as a space to explore and do more than stand and sing pretty while the spotlight outlines your features. Cool performance.
5. The Grammys took a bit of a serious tone this year and incorporated an opportunity for President Obama to join via satellite and drop a PSA about putting an end to domestic violence. We’re seeing more leaders and high-profile individuals beginning to use nationwide platforms to speak their piece and bring awareness to serious social issues. Respect!
6. ‘Glory’ – Common and John Legend: A powerful way to end the evening. Purpose, precision and lyrical substance, the fellas once again made people pay attention to the reason and message of their hit, award-winning song. We would have loved to see Ledisi take the stage with Beyonce to quiet the controversy, but we won’t soft pedal the power of this #Blacklivesmatter anthem.