Hundreds of our favourite artistes gathered in New York City’s prestigious Madison Square Garden for the 60th annual Grammys this year. It was a night filled with jaw-dropping performances, moving speeches and shade-throwing moments. If you’ve missed it, check out our top 2018 Grammys highlights!
Kendrick Lamar Sets The Stage
The night kicked off with an electrifying performance by Kendrick Lamar. Featuring special guests U2 and Dave Chappelle, Kendrick delivered a powerful, politically-charged performance of a multi-faceted medley that included some of his hit tracks from DAMN.
With explosive fireworks, thundering drums and uniformed dancers surrounding him, this performance stood out as, arguably, the best 2018 Grammy performance despite the uber-talented set list for the night. The rapper went on to win five Grammys: Best Rap Performance for ‘Humble’, Best Rap/Sung Performance for ‘Loyalty’ with Rihanna, Best Music Video for ‘Humble’, Best Rap Album for DAMN and Best Rap Song for ‘Humble’.
Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s Show-Stopping Collaboration
The fabulous duo delivered a phenomenal performance of their groovy hit ‘Finesse’, staying true to the vibrant aesthetic of their hit music video and leaving the audience wanting more.
Bruno Mars eventually emerged as the man of the night as he brought home a slew of trophies. The talented hitmaker won all six awards for which he was nominated, even snatching the three most sought-after: Record of the Year for ’24K Magic’, Song of the Year for ‘That’s What I Like’ and Album of the Year for 24K Magic.
Kesha’s Passionate Performance
The Grammys was a fantastic platform for musicians to show their support for the Time’s Up movement and Kesha seized this golden opportunity to raise awareness on the matter. The songstress, joined by notable singers such as Bebe Rexha, Cindi Lauper, Julia Michaels, Andra Day and Camila Cabello, sang a soulful rendition of her chilling anthem ‘Praying’. Introducing the powerful performance, Janelle Monáe urged people to work together to end pay inequality, discrimination, harassment and abuse of power in a well-delivered speech.
Blue Ivy Wasn’t Impressed
Despite all the excitement and talent on stage, Blue Ivy ended up being the talk of the town as she gestured to stop her folks Beyonce and Jay-Z from clapping during Camila Cabello’s speech. Girl knows some real tea!
RiRi Hitting The ‘Gwara Gwara’
Rihanna going off with the Gwara Gwara and the Azonto at the Grammy’s!!! 🌍 To the world!!! pic.twitter.com/oDo7vXqFaj
— afrobeats (@afrobeatstoday) January 29, 2018
The Barbados diva wowed the audience when she did the famous South African dance move ‘Gwara Gwara’, while heating up the stage with her smash hit, ‘Wild Thoughts’.
Alessia Cara’s Heartfelt Speech
The ‘Stay’ singer gave a touching speech after being awarded the coveted title of Best New Artist. “I’ve been pretending to win the Grammys since I was a kid in my shower,” she quipped, before adding on that “there are some incredible artistes out there making incredible music that deserve to be acknowledged”. The equally incredible singer then went on to encourage the audience to “support real music and real artistes because everyone deserves the same shot”.
Being up against notable artistes such as Sza and Khalid, however, had its drawbacks. Many took to social media to express their dismay on the chosen Grammys winners and Alessia was unfortunately targeted. The talented singer, however, didn’t succumb to the negativity and posted a strong statement defending herself against the haters. You go, girl!
The Sza Snub
To everyone’s dismay, the soulful songbird was unable to secure any awards in spite of her spectacular performance of ‘Broken Clocks’ and her unofficial title as most-nominated artiste. Here’s hoping she’ll get the recognition she deserves for the 2019 Grammys…
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