STAFF REPORTER – Ashmitha Gnanapragasam (9)
Monday, February 11. 2018
On January 28th, 2018 the 60th Annual Grammy Awards were held at Madison Square Garden in New York City allowing numerous music artists to be acknowledged and appreciated for their various talents.
James Corden, a hilarious comedian and host of Late Late Show with James Corden, hosted the 2018 Grammys. Talented artists like Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Alessia Cara, Logic, Khalid, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Kesha and many more provided unforgettable performances throughout the night. Bruno Mars emerged as the big winner, taking home 6 Grammys including “Song of the Year” for “That’s What I Like” and “Album of the Year” for “24k Magic”.
Canada’s Alessia Cara happily took home her first Grammy for “Best New Artist”. Kendrick Lamar unsurprisingly took home four Grammys for “Best Rap Album”, “Best Rap Song”, “Best Rap Performance”, and “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” to cap off an unbelievable year. Ed Sheeran received 2 Grammys for “Best Pop Vocal Album” for “Divide” and “Best Pop Solo Performance” for “Shape of You”.
“The Grammys were extremely energetic and upbeat this year. I think the best parts of the night were the performances from Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar!” Niroshini Mather (11) said.
Highlights of the memorable night included an emotional performance from Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid regarding suicide prevention, Elton John and Miley Cyrus’ iconic duet performance and Kesha’s performance of her song”Praying”, along with other talented female artists, providing a passionate and powerful show. The Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Eric Church performed Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” to honour those who died from the shooting during the Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas as well as the victims of the Manchester attack.
Many music artists attending the Grammys this year wore a white rose in support of the Time’s Up initiative. Time’s Up is a campaign against sexual misconduct and gender inequality which is spearheaded by more than 1000 women in the entertainment industry. The white rose was chosen to represent hope, peace, sympathy and resistance.
“I hope we get better. And I just hope we keep striving forward towards equality for absolutely everyone and every situation across the board,” said Sam Smith.
(Kesha performing her hit single along with Camilla Cabello, Andra Day and Julia Michaels)