The Rap Dose Wrap Up Of The 59th Annual Grammy Awards
In terms of winners, it’s safe to say that tonight’s Grammys were all about Adele and Chance The Rapper. Adele took home 5 Grammys, including the debatable win for “Album Of The Year” against Beyonce, while Chance snagged 3. Not bad for his first year at the show!
It’s one thing to win a Grammy, but to win 3 as an independent artist is quite the accomplishment. Chance did just that winning “Best New Artist”, “Best Rap Album” for Coloring Book, and Best Rap Performance” for “No Problem” featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz. Chance is a fan favorite, so social media was a french each time he accepted his awards. Chance topped his special night off performing “How Great” and “All We Got” with the help of Kirk Franklin and Tamela Mann.
Beyonce led with 9 nominations while Rihanna, Drake, and Kanye West tied for 8 nominations each. RiRi didn’t win in any category but she didn’t seem to mind with her besties by her side and a blinged out flask in hand.
Although Beyonce only took home 2 Grammys (Best Music Video for “Formation” and Best Urban Contemporary Album for “Lemonade”), she still managed being the talk of the night. She performed a medley of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” in a visually stunning performance filled with dancers, graphics, and a narration by the queen herself. She gave a beautiful performance by simply gracing the stage in such an angelic way even though being pregnant with twins doesn’t allow her to do much dancing.
But she doesn’t stop there. Beyonce’s acceptance speech was full of empowerment and encouraging messages for all to hear, while making subtle references to the madness going on with Trump as our president.
Thank you to the Grammy voters for this incredible honor, thank you everyone who worked so hard to beautifully capture the profundity of deep Southern culture. I thank God for my family, my wonderful husband, my beautiful daughter, my fans for bringing me so much happiness and support. We all experience pain and loss and often we become inaudible. My intention for the film and album was to create a body of work that will give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness and our history. To confront issues that make us uncomfortable. It’s important to 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. And have no doubt that they’re beautiful, intelligence, and capable. This is something I want for every child of every race, and I feel it’s vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes.
Of his 8 nominations, Drake took home the award for “Best Rap/Sung Performance” and “Best Rap Song” for “Hotline Bling”.
Perhaps one of the best performances of the night goes to Bruno Mars and The Time. Just when you considered changing the channel, The Time got the audience out of their seats with the hits “Jungle Love” and “The Bird” — both of which are popular for being produced by Prince.
Leave it to Bruno Mars to perform a tribute like no other. After Madonna’s failed attempt to honor Prince with her 2015 VMAS performance, Bruno showed us how it’s done with his rendition of “Let’s Go Crazy”. He dawned a purple sequined jumpsuit, eye liner and curly hair like the legend himself. Not only did he have the look down packed, but the guitar solos were nothing short of electrifying. Prince would have been proud.
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Hip Hop legends A Tribe Called Quest brought the house down with some of their early hits, and were joined on stage by Busta Rhymes, Consequence and Anderson .Paak. With millions of viewers, it was only a matter of time before an artist used the Grammys as a platform to spread a message. Busta referenced President Trump, calling him “President Agent Orange” and soon after, a diverse group of people wearing hijab joined onstage to show unity against the Muslim ban. ATCQ even kicked down a brick wall. The group did it all in honor of fallen member, Phife Dawg. Rest in peace.