By G. Brown
The 59th Grammy Awards brought some memorable moments for 2017. Tributes to fallen stars like Prince …new award recipients like Chance the Rapper (finally) and mother to be Beyoncé showing once again why she’s earned that title of Queen B.
The American awards show was full of British invasions with late night show host James Corden hosting the 2017 years and “Hello” singer Adele sweeping the awards, but there moments when nationality took a backseat to unity.
Singer Adele easily caused the night’s biggest upset by sweeping all the biggies winning Album, Record and Song of the Year. Adele’s album “25”biggest competition was “Lemonade” from Beyoncé which just couldn’t seem to land the votes, but her work still didn’t go unrecognized. Adele gushed over her competition’s accomplishments admitting that “Lemonade was “monumental”, “beautiful” and “soul baring.” The English singer finally broke her award in two and dedicated half of it Beyoncé.
The night’s lovefest would continue with tributes to greats like David Bowie, George Michael and Prince…but the love all came to a grinding halt when the topic of politics came up–which it did over and over.
Here are TRN’s top 3 Greatest Grammy 2017 Moments
#1-Mother of all Grammy Performances Clad in gold from the top of her Mother Mary of Jesus halo to the floor-weeping hem of her barely there radiant gown, the “Lemondade” singer was a vision. Beyoncé’s baby bump may have made it impossible to dance around the stage in her usual gyrating performances, but she still managed to do some gravity-defying moves and brought the audience to its feet for a standing ovation. Even though Adele made off with the top three awards, Beyoncé didn’t go home empty handed winning Best Music Video and Best Urban Contemporary Album from her eight nominations. The audience may have been the biggest winner thanks to Bey’s live nine-minute performance of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles”. Here’s a video of the performance that sent the Beyhive into madness.
#2 What are the Chances Chance the Rapper has been around for about four years, but he’s still new enough to the music industry to be considered a new artist…and now he has a Grammy to prove that he is the Best New Artist in 2017. The 23-year old Chicago rapper nabbed three Grammys Sunday and in his one of acceptance speeches proved his success isn’t left up to chance but the plan of a higher power saying, “Glory be to God. I claim this victory in the name of the Lord…I want to thank God for my mother and my father, who supported me since I was young, for Kirsten, for Kensli, for all of Chicago, and I want to thank God for putting amazing people in my life.” The mention of his on-again/off again romance with girlfriend Kirsten Corley seemed surprising since the rapper just filed court papers last week in the custody issues over his 17 month old daughter Kensli. So maybe acknowledging Kirsten is an olive branch…or just part of the natural high grateful attitude the rapper was living. Chance topped his big night with a performance medley of “How Great” and “All We Got” backed by gospel singers Kirk Franklin, Tamela Mann and a huge choir for one mind-blowing performance.
#3 Trump Resistance The revolution apparently is being televised and much it happened at the 59th Grammys. From host James Corden’s opening monologue of “Live it all up because this is the best and with President Trump we don’t know what comes next“, to Schoolboy Q donning a pink hoodie with the words “GIRL POWER” emblazoned on the chest, rappers and singers are letting President Trump know that they are willing to fight for America.
Singer/actress Jennifer Lopez in announcing the Best New Artist quoted American novelist Toni Morrison saying “This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.” Singer Katy Perry wore an armband that read “PERSIST” and used a backdrop of the Constitution to convey her message that concluded with her yelling “No hate” to the audience. Beyonce in her one of moving acceptance speeches said, “It’s important for me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror ― first through their own families, as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House and the Grammys ― and see themselves.” But one of the most vocal voices in the Grammy night resistance came with the remarkable performance by A Tribe Called Quest and Busta Rhymes who kept referring to Trump as “President Agent Orange.” Busta went on to thank the President ” for perpetuating all the evil that you’ve been perpetuating throughout the United States. I wanna thank President Agent Orange for your unsuccessful attempt at the Muslim ban. Now we come together! We the people! We the people! We the people!”