There was so much to take in at this year’s Grammy Awards, we don’t even know where to start.
From groundbreaking wins and heartwarming moments to some awkward production flubs and impassioned twitter commentaries, these Grammy’s had it all. So, let’s recap, shall we?
While this isn’t a complete list by any means, here are some moments that certainly stood out.
Childish Gambino made history with his wins for both song and record of the year. In the past, the Recording Academy had been widely criticized for their failure to recognize hip-hop and rap artists in these major categories.
This Is America has now become the first rap song to ever win these awards.
However, Donald Glover – the artist behind the stage name – was not there to accept the awards. Not only did he choose not to attend, but he also reportedly declined an invitation to perform as well.
Drake, who won the award for Best Rap Song, made a surprise appearance to accept his golden gramophone trophy. However, the God’s Plan singer’s speech was ultimately cut short.
While Grammy producers claim it wasn’t intentional, he did somewhat shade the awards show while he had the mic.
Drake stuck around to see Travis Scott perform before leaving the show early.
Not only were there some awkward moments where the production crew could be seen, there was also a commercial break slip-up.
After returning from a break, it seemed no one let the show’s MC Alicia Keys know she was live again. While she handled it like a pro, it was still rather awkward.
Oh, and they spelled Kacey Musgrave’s name wrong in the opening credits, too.
This year’s Grammy Awards show was absolutely chock full of surprises. Indisputably, one of the biggest was the moment when Alicia Keys was joined on stage by Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett, Jennifer Lopez, and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Of course, when Obama went to speak, she was quickly interrupted by a lengthy standing ovation.
“From the Motown records I wore out on the South Side to the ‘Who Run the World’ songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story, and I know that’s true for everybody here,” Obama said. “Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys.
It allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in. Music shows us that all of it matters. Every story within every voice, every note within every song. Is that right, ladies?”
Who can argue with that?
The Grammy’s tribute to Dolly Parton, MusiCares Person of the Year, was exactly the show-stopper one might expect.
It, of course, featured Parton performing everyone’s favorite – Jolene – sung alongside her goddaughter Miley Cyrus. But the star-studded celebration didn’t end there. Katy Perry, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, and Kacey Musgrave were also part of the tribute. And, of course, the big finale was 9 to 5, as it should be.
Best of all, the whole audience was singing along pretty much the whole time.
Twitter was all up in arms about Jennifer Lopez’s tribute to Motown. Many folks were taken aback to see a Latino artist cast to lead Motown medley.
However, whether you loved it or hated it, Smokey Robinson himself defended the performance. And seeing J. Lo’s tearful interview afterward demonstrated how important the songs were to her, personally.
It’s undeniable that these were songs that touched countless people, regardless of race.
While Ariana Grande backed out of the Grammy’s herself, she was certainly active on Twitter during the show. Though she deleted the tweets, it seems she was not pleased with the outcome for the Best Rap Album category.
The award ultimately went to Cardi B, however, Grande’s late ex-boyfriend Mac Miller had been nominated as well. She did clarify that she wasn’t mad about Cardi’s win though.
So, what irked Grande? Apparently, it was that the Recording Academy had invited Miller’s parents to the show only to see his album lose.