2018 GRAMMY AWARDS CONTINUES TIME’S UP CONVERSATION

Kesha performs at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP.

The Grammys, known for its outrageous red carpet fashion and flashy performances, was a more somber affair this year. Typically over-the-top stars such as Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus wore black on the red carpet, perhaps a nod to the dress code at the Golden Globes honoring Time’s Up. Many nominees incorporated white roses into their outfits as a gesture of support for the #MeToo movement.

Lady Gaga wearing a white rose and Time’s Up pin at the Grammys. Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images.

Beyond the night’s fashion, presenters and nominees addressed sexual misconduct in their speeches and performances. Janelle Monae delivered a powerful message in her introduction to Kesha, a music industry giant far too familiar with the abuse of power in the industry. “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. 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. We say time’s up for pay inequality, time’s up for discrimination, time’s up for harassment of any kind, and time’s up for the abuse of power. Because, you see, it’s not just going on in Hollywood, it’s not just going on in Washington—it’s right here in our industry as well,” Monae said.

Kesha performed “Praying,” a song off her highly personal album, “Rainbow,” her first release since filing a lawsuit against Dr. Luke, the producer who sexually, physically and emotionally abused the artist for years. On stage, Kesha was backed by Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha and the women of the Resistance Revival Chorus. The group embraced a visibly emotional Kesha as the audience applauded her heart-wrenching performance.

Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS.

The ceremony’s confrontation of socially and politically pertinent themes—Kendrick Lamar addressed race relations in his performance and both Logic and Camilla Cabello delivered statements on immigration—is sure to continue at the Oscars, airing on March 4th. See below for a list of the 2018 Grammy winners.

Album of the Year:
“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino
4:44 — Jay-Z
DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama — Lorde
24K Magic — Bruno Mars (WINNER)

Record of the Year:
Redbone — Childish Gambino
Despacito — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
The Story Of O.J. — Jay-Z
HUMBLE. — Kendrick Lamar
24K Magic — Bruno Mars (WINNER)

Song of the Year:
Despacito — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
4:44 — Jay-Z
Issues — Julia Michaels
1-800-273-8255 — Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid
That’s What I Like — Bruno Mars (WINNER)

Best New Artist:
Alessia Cara (WINNER)
Khalid
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels
SZA

Best Pop Solo Performance:
Love So Soft — Kelly Clarkson
Praying — Kesha
Million Reasons — Lady Gaga
What About Us — P!nk
Shape Of You — Ed Sheeran (WINNER)

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
Something Just Like This — The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
Despacito — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
Thunder — Imagine Dragons
“Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man (WINNER)
Stay — Zedd & Alessia Cara

Best Pop Vocal Album:
Kaleidoscope EP — Coldplay
Lust for Life — Lana Del Rey
Evolve — Imagine Dragons
Rainbow — Kesha
Joanne — Lady Gaga
÷ (Divide) — Ed Sheeran (WINNER)

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Free 6LACK — 6LACK
“Awaken, My Love!”— Childish Gambino
American Teen — Khalid
Ctrl — SZA
Starboy — The Weeknd (WINNER)

Best R&B Album:
Freudian — Daniel Caesar
Let Love Rule — Ledisi
24K Magic — Bruno Mars (WINNER)
Gumbo — PJ Morton
Feel the Real –Musiq Soulchild

Best Rap Performance:
Bounce Back — Big Sean
Bodak Yellow — Cardi B
4:44 — Jay-Z
HUMBLE. — Kendrick Lamar (WINNER)
Bad And Boujee — Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert

Best Rap/Sung Performance:
PRBLMS — 6LACK
Crew — Goldlink Featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
Family Feud — Jay-Z Featuring Beyoncé
LOYALTY. — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Rihanna (WINNER)
Love Galore — SZA Featuring Travis Scott

Best Rap Song:
Bodak Yellow — Cardi B
Chase Me — Danger Mouse Featuring Run The Jewels & Big Boi
HUMBLE. — Kendrick Lamar (WINNER)
Sassy — Rapsody
The Story Of O.J. — Jay-Z

Best Rap Album:
4:44 — Jay-Z
DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar (WINNER)
Culture — Migos
Laila’s Wisdom — Rapsody
Flower Boy — Tyler, The Creator

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