Black And Proud Moments Of Grammy 2018

Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, had led the field with eight nominations but was overshadowed by his younger contemporary Kendrick Lamar, who won five times. That is not to say that Mars is a bad artist, or that his work isn't worthy of being recognized, but his achievements and influence this year pale in comparison to that of artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z and Childish Gambino.

Lamar opened the Grammys on Sunday with a riveting performance of his politically charged tracks "XXX" and "King's Dead" that electrified social media.

Sting and Shaggy teamed up for a unique version of "English Man in NY". Logic shouted out "You're not shitholes" to immigrants and Cuban-Mexican. He was one of the producers who won for Best Music Video for "Humble" by Kendrick Lamar.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee performed their 2017 smash hit, Despacito!

But the night's top performer was Kesha, who was passionate and striking onstage with the help of powerful women behind her, including the Resistance Revival Chorus, Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Andra Day and Bebe Rexha.

The Recording Academy, the group of 13,000 professionals who vote for the awards, had seemed set to change the narrative this year, with hip-hop for the first time dominating the nominations.

After going black at the Golden Globes to protest sexual harassment, celebrities chose white rose to support the movement at the Grammys. Though from where we were sitting we're not sure if she offered the Too Good at Goodbyes singer a swig from her flask. The former presidential candidate was one of the personalities who perused through Michael Wolff's bestseller. If the awards show that claims to be "music's biggest night", a slogan that becomes more of a joke with every passing year, isn't willing or able to make the changes that its community of artists deserves, it's time to declare the Grammys extinct.

"You know, from the jump I thought it was about the accolades and the cars and the clothes, but it's really about expressing yourself and putting that paint on the canvas for the world to evolve for the next listener, and the next generation after that, know what I'm saying?" Don't ruin great music with trash. Kesha was introduced to the stage by Janelle Monáe, who gave a rousing call for the music industry to do its part in ending sexual abuse: "Just as we have the power to shape culture, we also have the power to undue the culture that does not do us well". Chrissy Teigen was hard to miss walking across the floor section of the arena in her glimmering Yanina Couture gown.

  • Leroy Wright