Grammys 2018: Performances, Political Statements and Our Top Picks

A star-studded evening ended in Bruno Mars becoming the most decorated artist of the year, picking up awards for all six of his nominated categories, including the hatrick of Album, Song and Record of the Year. The other big winner of the night was the ever humble Rap Album of the Year winner Kendrick Lamar, who took home five awards. But the 2018 Grammys were much more than just the winners. With feminist statements and anti-Trump protests, see what were our political picks, highlights and take-always from the night were – and listen to our top songs on our Grammy 2018 Hit List Spotify Playlist.

1. Kesha’s #Time’s Up Performance

An all female choir made up of Cynid Lauder, Julia Michaels, Camilla Cabello, Bebe Rexha and Andra day, sang in solidarity alongside Kesha who performed her emotional single “Praying” at the Grammys last night. Her #Me Too moment was prefaced by singer and actress Janelle Monáe, who introduced her saying, “Because you see, it’s not just going on in Hollywood, it’s not just going on in Washington D.C., it’s going on in our industry as well. And just as we have the power to shape culture, we have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well. So let’s work together, women and men, as a united music industry committed to creating more safe work environments, equal pay, and access for all women.”

2. White Roses

Kesha’s performance wasn’t the only #TimesUp statement of the evening, with many attendees choosing to wear their statement of support. However unlike the “black out” of the Golden Globes, celebrities swapped their black gowns, instead accessorising with white roses to show solidarity with the movement.

Lorde, Who was nominated for Album of The Year, donned her own version of a white rose, sewing the feminist poem “The Apocalypse Will Rise” by Jenny Holzer to the back of her red ball-gown.

3. Collaboration on Collaboration

Keshas performance was also not the only one with a significant message behind it. Logic, Alissa Cara and Khalid’s “1-800-273-8255” brought suicide survivors, donning “You Are Not Alone” t-shirts to the stage to accompany their performance of their suicide prevention single. Other collaborative highlights included big winner Bruno Mars and nominee Cardi B’s colourful 90s throwback jam Finesse (Remix) and Sir Elton John return to the stage with Miley Cyrus for a special performance of ‘Tiny Dancer’.

4. Alessia Cara Took Home The Only Big Female Win

In a night full of female empowerment, the dishing out of the golden gramophones themselves was heavily male dominated, with all but one of the major awards being won by men. Despite the incredible female nominations of Lorde, SZA, Lady Gala and Kesha, Alissia Cara took home the gold for Best New Artist, a much deserved award for her incredible debut album Know-It-All.

5. Hillary Clinton’s Fire and Fury

Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at the Awards in a sketch, which saw experts read from Michael Wolff’s book of the moment “Fire and Fury: Inside The Trumps White House”. The former presidential candidate was joined by celebrities John Legend, Cher, Snoop Dogg, Cardi B and DJ Khaled reading lines from the book in a sketch where they all have hopes of nabbing next year’s Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album.

Post Author: Lucy Young

Lucy Young
Music writer from London. Lover of all music genres, fashion, iced coffee and glitter. In between writing and watching gigs I'm probably Instagramming pictures of veggie burgers or looking up cocktail recipes.

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