The biggest night in music sure did not disappoint as it was filled with unforgettable performances, heartfelt tributes and an abundance of white flowers. Last night, attendees to the 60th Grammy Awards were not only excited about the performances they would see but were showing love for the award show’s return to New York City after fifteen years. A captivating performance by Sting, accompanied by Shaggy, performing the English singer’s hit “Englishman in New York” and together performed “Don’t Make Me Wait” commemorating the show’s return to The Big Apple.
Of course, when in New York, you have to add in some Broadway magic. Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect) performed the inspiring song “Somewhere” from West Side Story, while Patty LuPone graced the stage with a powerful performance of “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina,” a classic from the musical Evita.
The night was filled with performances that are sure to set the bar high for other awards shows. The night was kicked off by Kendrick Lamar, who won for Best Rap Album (DAMN.) with a performance that set the bar for the politically charged show alongside U2 and The Edge. Performances also included Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee with their hit song “Despacito,” followed by Childish Gambino (also nominated for Album and Record of the Year), an emotional performance by P!nk (nominated for Best Solo Performance), the anticipated performance of “Finesse (Remix)” by Bruno Mars and Cardi B, and a rendition of “Tiny Dancer” by Sir Elton John and Miley Cyrus.
In terms of performances, Kesha stole the show with her incredibly emotional song, “Praying,” accompanied by other singers including Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Rexha, and Camila Cabello. All the women were dressed in all white, no doubt to show solidarity with the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. Not only white outfits, but many stars boasted white roses to show support for the wave of women who have recently come out with their experiences of sexual assault.
Bruno Mars was the big winner of the night with awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year. Alessia Cara won the very sought after award of Best New Artist, going against other big names like SZA, Khalid, and Julia Michaels. Chris Stapleton was able to take home Best Country Album and later performed alongside Emmylou Harris in a tribute to the late Tom Petty.
As always the Grammys bring together the greatest names in music and did not disappoint when it came to performances. Of course, given the recent climate, they also did not stray from political commentary, but these are the reasons we keep watching and wanting each year to outdo the last.