The Most Unforgettable Moments From the 2018 Grammy Awards
The 60th annual Grammy Awards ceremony was both entertaining and impactful. Attendees wore white roses in solidarity of those who have been affected by sexual harassment and stars took to the stage to address important issues like the Times Up movement, suicide prevention, equality in the music industry, and the “Dreamers.” Not to mention the awe-inspiring performances from the likes of Kesha and Kendrick Lamar. So, in case you missed it, here are some of the most memorable moments from the 2018 Grammy Awards.
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Lady Gaga’s performance
After finishing a beautiful performance of “Joanne,” Lady Gaga took a moment to say, “Times Up” before going into “Million Reasons.” This was the first broadcasted mention of the movement from the night, though others followed suit.
Dave Chappelle’s commentary on race
During Kendrick Lamar’s performance of “XXX,” which featured U2, Dave Chappelle interrupted the song to say, “The only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America is being an honest being an honest black man in America.” It was a chilling scene.
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Camila Cabello's speech
“Tonight in this room full of music's dreamers, we remember that this country was built by dreamers, for dreamers, chasing the American dream,” she reminded the audience.
Logic, Alessia Cara, and Khalid performed their socially conscious collaborative hit “1-800-273-8255.” The song, which earned a nomination, is the telephone number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and is meant to bring awareness to mental health and suicide prevention. By the end of the performance, the stage was filled with suicide survivors and family members of suicide victims.
Rte. 91 Harvest Music Festival tribute
Three of the country artists who performed at the festival in Las Vegas, where a gunman opened fire, killing 58 and injuring 851, performed Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven.” The Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Eric Church, gave a subdued rendition of the song in one of the night’s most somber moments.
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Janelle Monae's speech introducing Kesha
Before Kesha took the stage, Monae called for an end to discrimination, harassment, pay inequality, and abuses of power in the music industry. “Tonight, I am proud to stand in solidarity as not just an artist but a young woman with my fellow sisters in this room who make up the music industry…We come in peace, but we mean business. For those of you who would try to silence us, we have two words for you: Time's up,” she said, no doubt capturing the attention of the audience.
Kesha’s major moment
It was arguably the most powerful and passionate performance of the night. Kesha sang her hit song “Praying,” which was written in response to the legal battle with former producer Dr. Luke, whom she accused of sexual assault and battery. She shared the stage with Bebe Rexha, Cindi Lauper, Julia Michaels, Andra Day, Camila Cabello and a chorus of female vocalists all dressed in white. It was a performance that brought everyone to tears. Times up.