Kendrick Lamar and Kesha Brought Political Messages to the Grammys
Last night's "Grammys" weren't afraid to get political. The show started with a powerful medley from KENDRICK LAMAR that ended with several backup dancers in red hoodies getting shot dead.
It also included a brief cameo by BONO and THE EDGE from U2, and two spoken-word interludes by DAVE CHAPPELLE.
In one of them, he said, quote, "I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man being honest in America, is being an honest black man in America."
Cabello also gave a speech about immigration and the Dreamers, which segued into a pre-recorded performance by U2 on the Hudson River, with the Statue of Liberty in the background. (The show took place in New York.)
LOGIC sang his suicide prevention song "1-800-273-8255", and offered some love to the countries PRESIDENT TRUMPallegedly called "[S-holes]".
There was also a bit where several artists read from the anti-Trump book "Fire and Fury". It included a surprise appearance by none other than HILLARY CLINTON.
Country stars MAREN MORRIS, ERIC CHURCH and the BROTHERS OSBORNE left politics out of it when they paid tribute to the victims of the shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas last year.
They also mentioned the victims of the bombing at the ARIANA GRANDE concert in Manchester, England. They sang Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven".
PINK didn't do anything political . . . because she didn't do ANYTHING during her performance. She just stood in front of a microphone in jeans and a T-shirt and sang "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken". It was weird not to see any theatrics from her. (I'm not the only one who thought so.)
CHRIS STAPLETON and EMMYLOUS HARRIS honored TOM PETTY with a duet on "Wildflowers" . . . which led into the In Memoriam segment.
(Check out official videos from the show here.)
As for the actual awards, BRUNO MARS was the big winner with SIX, including three of the biggest: Album of the Year for "24K Magic", Record of the Year for the single of the same name, and Song of the Year for "That's What I Like".
Kendrick was right behind him with FIVE.
JAY-Z came into the night with EIGHT nominations . . . more than anyone else. And he went home with exactly ZERO Grammys. The Internet wasn't happy.
SZA also got shut out, despite having FIVE nominations, which was more than any other female performer.