In contrast with past Grammy Awards, this 300 and sixty five days’s present felt as silly-vanilla as the Astronomical Bowl. Ladies took heart stage, with Alicia Keys web hosting, Dolly Parton and Aretha Franklin receiving tributes, and Janelle Monae performing “Django Jane” (that comprises the Eve Ensler-esque lyric, “Let the vagina dangle a monologue”).
Last 300 and sixty five days was supposedly “the 300 and sixty five days of the girl,” nevertheless the leisure industry is mild attempting to cruise on female empowerment as if continuously recognizing your “sisters” makes for an intelligent awards present.
Alongside with the performative feminism, and the sad rap-rock duo that was Post Malone and the Purple Sizzling Chili Peppers, a pair of political moments stood out.
1. Michelle Obama headlines Accompanying Woman Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez, and host Alicia Keys, the old school first lady made a shock appearance. In what grew to alter into the standout efficiency of the otherwise slow evening, Obama barely spoke a pair of phrases sooner than she was drowned out by cheers. “From the Motown data I wore out on the south aspect — from the Motown data I wore out on the south aspect to the ‘who escape the enviornment’ songs that fueled me via this closing decade,” Obama said, “tune has repeatedly helped me expose my chronicle.”
2. The tune of the 300 and sixty five days makes historical past Childish Gambino made rap historical past by winning both tune and chronicle of the 300 and sixty five days, as neatly as most consuming tune video, for “This is The United States.” When it came out closing spring, the tune generated controversy for its tune video, which satirizes racism, gun violence, and the leisure industry’s complicity in it.
three. Cardi B performs “Money” Even supposing she’s made headlines for talking out about what’s going on in Washington ( the authorities shutdown, as an example), Cardi B saved it apolitical at some level of her Grammy appearance. While her efficiency was one of basically the most exciting of the evening, her tune “Money” recalls a pair of of the extra extreme things she’s had to snort about fiscal accountability within the past. In an Instagram video closing March, the rapper went viral for asking where all of her money was going. “Uncle Sam, I dangle to snatch what you’re doing with my….tax money,” she said. “I dangle to snatch. I need receipts.”
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