The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held Sunday, January 28, live from Madison Square Garden in New York City and came with some top notch performances from Kendrick Lamar’s opening performance to getting wild with Rihanna, Bryson Tiller and Dj Khaled. Check out the 10 best moments from the 2018 Grammy Music Awards.
- Grammy Opening Performance
Kendrick Lamar opened up the Grammys with a performance geared towards the racial issues in America. With an American flag displayed and soldiers present Kendrick performed “XXX” and “DNA” from his latest album DAMN.
Dave Chappelle gave a poignant message during Kendrick’s performance: “Hi. I’m Dave Chapelle. And I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a Black man be honest in America is being an honest Black man in America. Sorry for the interruption. Please continue.”
2. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee Perform “Despacito”
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s hit song “Despacito” hit the grammy stage in full spunk. Peforming the original version, Fonsi and Yankee had the crowd up on their feet and dancing. Not often do we see a Latino song hit the Grammy stage but Despacito definitely tore the house down.
3. 10-year-old singer the stage with Childish Gambino
Donald Glover also known as Childish Gambino performed “Terrified” from his album Awaken, My Love! Gambino delivered a smooth and soulful performance with a falsetto like no other. Gambino brought out 10-year-old singer by the name of J.D. McCrary who accompanied Gambino in hitting those glorious high notes, McCrary will also be featured in Disney’s remake of Lion king and will play Young Simba.
4. Bruno Mars and Cardi B Gives 90s Theme Performance for “Finesse”
One of the hottest songs of 2018 hit the Grammy Stage with a 90s theme vibe. Bruno Mars performed “Finesse,” and it was easily one of the best and most anticipated performances of the night. Bruno graced us with his effortless charm, hot dance moves and to top it off a special performance by one of the hottest in the game, Cardi B. Her first Grammy main stage performance and she even sneaked a verse of her new song Bartier Cardi into her performance of Finesse.
5. Rihanna, DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller Perform Wild Thoughts
DJ Khaled took the stage with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, and the audience went wild, wild, wild. Rihanna lit up the performance with her sparkly fringe pink dress, gorgeous looks and killer dance moves.
6. Kesha Performs Praying
In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, and after the legal battle with her producer, Kesha performed an emotional, powerful yet angelic performance with supporting singers Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Julia Michaels and Bebe Rexha and the Resistance Revival Chorus joined her onstage, dressed in all white.
7. SZA Performs Broken Clocks
After getting snubbed by the Grammys for Best New Artist (Winner, Alessia Cara) SZA reminded the audience and Grammy voters why she is the best new artist. SZA performed Broken Clocks from her album CTRL with a smooth and stylish performance.
8. Hilary Clinton roast Donald Trump by reading Fire and Fury
Hillary Clinton got one of the loudest reactions from the crowd last night after being featured in a hilarious parody reading excerpts from Michael Wolff’s best-seller Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House. Partnered by Cardi B, Snoop Dogg, John Legend, and Cher they all delivered their own readings of lines from the book, along with some commentary.
9. Blue Ivy hushes Parents Beyoncé and Jay Z
The Carter Family is always one to look out for at the Grammys and six-year-old daughter Blue Ivy is definitely a star in her own light. Sitting between her parents Jay and Beyoncé, Blue was seen hushing her parents for clapping during Camila Cabello’s speech. I’m not sure the Carter’s could be hushed like this by anyone else other than their adorable daughter Blue.
10. Janelle Monae’s #TimesUp Speech
Before Kesha’s performance Janelle Monae had a short but direct message to say to the audience in light of the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements: “Tonight, I am proud to stand in solidarity as not just an artist but a young woman with my fellow sisters in this room who make up the music industry,” she said. “Artists, writers, assistants, publicists, CEOs, producers, engineers, and women from all sectors of the business. We are also daughters, wives, mothers, sisters, and human beings. We come in peace, but we mean business. And to those who would dare try and silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s up.”