The 60th annual Grammy Awards kicked off this Sunday with host James Corden. Full of laughter, tears, and everything in between, here are the most notable 2018 Grammy moments.
1. Bruno Mars’s Successful Night
Mars captured six more Grammys winning Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best R&B Album tying for 3rd place in the most amount of Grammys won in a single night, compared with only six other artists. He also became one of the only artists to receive awards for both Record and Song of the Year with two different songs. Mars also put on an electrifying performance of “Finesse” with his collaborator Cardi B showing off his dance moves in the process.
2. Kesha’s Performance
At the awards, the pop–singer sung her hit “Praying” while holding back tears. A song she wrote when overcoming suicidal thoughts and sexual abuse, her heartfelt performance with a powerful female choir behind her — featuring Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Rexha, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Julia Michaels, and the Resistance Revival Chorus — caused many to shed tears.
3. Alessia Cara Stands Out
Winning for the best new artist, Cara was the only female to win a Grammy on Sunday. Cara also became the first Canadian artist to win in this category.
4. “Fire and Fury” Spoken Word Auditions
In a skit focusing on the both highly praised and highly criticized novel “Fire and Fury”, James Corden held reading auditions to determine who would win the next Grammy for spoken word. Though it featured John Legend, Cher, Snoop Dogg, Cardi B., and DJ Khaled, the most surprising celebrity came at the end of the clip: Hillary Clinton. She also appeared to be an auditionee, reading an excerpt focusing on Trump’s supposed eating habits. Corden soon after determines that Clinton did the best audition had the Grammy “in the bag.”
5. Patti Lupone sings “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”
Referencing the Broadway hit “Evita,” the two–time Grammy winner belts “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” earning a massive applause from the audience.
6. Logic’s Performance
Logic raps his hit 1-800-273-8255 along with Alessia Cara and Khalid — a song meant to reach out to and help suicide victims. At the end of his performance, he speaks out against inequality and injustice by asking others to “stand and fight for those who are not weak, but have yet to discover the strength that the evil of this world has done its best to conceal.” He exclaims that by doing this, among other things, “we can build not just a better country, but a world that is destined to be united —” earning a standing ovation and loud applause from the audience.
7. Janelle Monae’s Speech on Female Equality
Prior to introducing Kesha’s performance, Janelle Monae acknowledges all women in reference to the MeToo and Times’s Up Movement. She continues by condemning the abuse taking place in any and all industries and implores everyone to “work together, women and men, as a united music industry committed to creating more safe work environments, equal pay, and access for all women.”
8. Camila Cabello’s Speech on Dreamers
A Cuban-Mexican immigrant born in eastern Havana, the popstar Camila Cabello talks of the Dreamers controversy. Speaking of her own experience with immigration, her parents moved here when she was young and “showed [her] what it means to work twice as hard and never give up.” She continues by comparing herself with the dreamers saying “no part of my [her] journey is different from theirs,” finishing with the quote: “just like dreams, the kids cannot be forgotten,” earning an applause from the audience.
9. Ben Platt performs “Somewhere”
Acknowledging that the Grammys feature more than just radio music, the Pitch Perfect and Dear Evan Hansen star sung the famous Broadway tune “Somewhere” as a salute to the Broadway Legend “West Side Story”.