The Best Moments From The Grammys
The Grammy Awards celebrated its 60th annual installment on Jan 28 with a show-stopping ceremony at Madison Square Garden. The award show highlighted excellence in the music industry and doled out awards for Album of the Year, Best New Artist, and Record of the Year to name a few.
However, the truly unforgettable moments of the evening centered on the incredible performances by Pop singers and comedians alike. From musical acts to hilarious skits, these are the top five moments from the 2018 Grammys.
by christianna wiggins
1. Kendrick Lamar’s Satire
Kendrick Lamar opened the show with an electrifying performance of his songs “XXX” and “DNA,” from his latest album Damn. The rapper belted out his lyrics as soldiers fell around him, and was joined by Bono and The Edge from U2.
As the U2 legends left the stage, a new message showed behind Kendrick that read “This Is a Satire By Kendrick Lamar.” The rapper then shocked viewers with a surprise interlude by Dave Chapelle, who pointedly reminded the audience “the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America is being an honest black man in America.”
2. Subway Carpool Karaoke
In the first skit of the evening, host James Corden decides to create a special edition of his hit segment, Carpool Karaoke, on the New York City subway. He hops on the D train with singers Sting and Shaggy in tow, prepared to give passengers the ride of a lifetime.
However, the late-night host is shocked when riders are not only unreceptive, but quite rude. From a construction worker on his way home, to a granny who doesn’t care if it’s for the Grammy’s, every passenger is vocal about their distaste for the karaoke and the trio are hilariously shut down.
3. Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B.
Bruno Mars and Cardi B. gave the first live performance of their popular song “Finesse” at the 2018 Grammys. The musicians brought a 90s vibe to the stage with colorful outfits and bright set pieces, similar to those featured in the music video.
Bruno showed off his dance moves with some spectacular choreography, while Cardi B. kept the energy up with her spunky attitude and quick rhymes. The performance was definitely the most fun of the night.
4. Kesha’s Praying Performance
Kesha left everyone in awe with a powerful performance of her hit “Praying.” The singer was joined on stage by friends and peers, Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Rexha, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, and Andra Day to sing the phenomenal ballad.
Kesha released the song last year, in wake of her battle with former producer Dr. Luke, and the emotional performance served as a reminder that sexual assault issues extend far beyond Hollywood.
5. Fire and Fury Voiceover
Right before the award for Best Spoken Word Artist was presented, host James Corden gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at auditions he held to discover next year’s winner. Corden had a series of celebrities, including Snoop Dogg, Cardi B., John Legend, DJ Khaled, and Cher, read excerpts from Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
While everyone was articulate and had wonderfully candid responses, it was Corden’s last audition that stole the show. The host had former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton read a passage to troll her 2016 competitor, President Donald Trump. The clever bit was comedic gold.