Sun. Feb 24th, 2019

Mired in controversies over range and relevance, the Grammy Awards tried to place ladies out entrance

Host Alicia Keys launched “my sisters” Michelle Obama, Girl Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jennifer Lopez on stage.

Over the weekend, the 61st annual Grammy Awards appeared extra vulnerable to being notable for its controversies over performances and who wasn’t exhibiting up than for the precise ceremony. Ariana Grande very publicly backed out of acting on this 12 months’s broadcast and known as Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich a liar, after Ehrlich informed the press Grande “felt it was too late for her to drag one thing collectively” for the Grammys. In keeping with Grande, who has one of the vital standard songs in the world for the time being, she was informed that she couldn’t simply sing it, however wanted to do a medley with different songs chosen by Grammy officers, which is paying homage to experiences from final 12 months that Album of the Yr nominee Lorde was informed she couldn’t carry out her personal music, however may seem if she sang “American Lady” in tribute to Tom Petty. This kind of baffling out-of-touch mindset on the a part of Grammy officers is a part of the rationale why artists like Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Infantile Gambino have refused both to seem or to carry out at the Grammys.

However solely a 12 months after the Grammys got here below blistering criticism for the shortage of ladies represented in main classes (e.g., only one girl received a solo award throughout final 12 months’s telecast), in addition to for how they have been treating feminine performers; and after a sexist response from the outgoing head of the Recording Academy, who stated ladies wanted to “step up” in the event that they wished to rise within the business, the powers that be appeared to need a course correction—at the very least on the floor.

Alicia Keys hosted a broadcast during which ladies and folks of coloration have been highlighted as presenters, performers, and winners all through the ceremony, and which included some assist from a sure former First Girl of america. Just like a few of the steps the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences has taken to quell criticisms of the Oscars, the Recording Academy additionally expanded the variety of nominees in its prime classes—album, report and music of the 12 months, and greatest new artist—from 5 to eight to be able to embody a extra numerous slate of nominees. In fact, the Grammys are often remembered extra for the performances and quirky moments than for who received what. However there have been important moments and wins final night time.

There have been tributes to each Diana Ross and Dolly Parton. Quincy Jones’ win for Quincy within the class of Finest Music Movie was his 28th award, giving him the report for many Grammys received by any dwelling artist. Cardi B turned the primary solo girl ever to win Finest Rap Album. Girl Gaga received the primary award of the printed, Finest Pop Duo/Group efficiency, for “Shallow,” her duet with Bradley Cooper from their film A Star Is Born, and gave a heartfelt speech about psychological well being and what the movie has meant to her. After deciding to attend and successful for Finest Rap Track with “God’s Plan,” Drake was minimize off mid-speech whereas saying the music business is “a enterprise the place generally it’s as much as a bunch of individuals that may not perceive what a mixed-race child from Canada has to say, or a fly Spanish lady from New York.” And Infantile Gambino’s “This Is America” took residence each Report of the Yr and Track of the Yr, the primary hip-hop music to win both award. Nevertheless, illustrating a few of the aforementioned points, Donald Glover was not in attendance to simply accept both award.

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