On Sunday evening my roommates and I came together to view the 2018 Grammys awards show in Madison Square Garden, New York City. I had never watched an entire Grammys award show prior to this occasion, and despite the ceremony being rather long (7:30-11 p.m.), I actually genuinely enjoyed it.
The ceremony was packed with live performances from U2, Bruno Mars and Cardi B, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar and others, but the most significant performance for me in terms of talent, personally, was that of a duet between Elton John and Miley Cyrus. Together they performed Tiny Dancer, and it was truly spectacular.
In terms of most powerful performances, Kesha’s rendition of Praying in the company of numerous other highly recognized female singers was incredibly emotional. Considering the contemporary existence of the #timesup and #metoo movements to end sexual harassment and abuse in all industries, Kesha’s performance was deeply moving and further relevant. Many artists sported white garments and roses to demonstrate their support for the #timesup movement, and it was a refreshing symbol of unity and perseverance.
Regarding awards, the following list highlights some of the awards and their recipients from Sunday’s show:
- Album of the Year: Bruno Mars, 24k Magic
- Record of the Year: Bruno MArs, 24k Magic
- Song of the Year: “That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars
- Best New Artist: Alessia Cara
- Best Rap Performance: “HUMBLE,” Kendrick Lamar
- Best Country Song: “Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton
These are a select few of the Grammys given to deserving artists, and you can find the full list here.
I really did enjoy watching the 60th Grammys for the first time this year, and perhaps I will do so again next year. The live performances are a rare occurrence to witness, considering many artists come together to perform duets that would not occur otherwise, and the evening truly celebrates music and deserving artists.