Everything about the Grammys 2018


Mariana Cardoso, Reporter

The Grammys were on Sunday, Jan. 28 on CBS at 7:30 p.m hosted by James Corden. More than 100 awards were handed out before the actual show. Most of the genre-specific categories like rap, country, and R&B were given out at a pre-ceremony that was live streamed on CBS and the Grammy’s respective sites.

     For the first time in 15 years, the Grammys were back to New York City, specifically at Madison Square Garden. The reason why the Grammys were in Jan. and not Feb. has to do with a scheduling problem this year with the Winter Olympics that are kicking off next month. This year Grammy voters could now be able to cast their ballots online, possibly affecting the outcome. This meant more people might have voted because it was now paperless.

     This year’s nominations gave widespread attention to artists of color in all the top categories, through the representation of women was scarce. Jay-Z took the lead with most nominations this year with eight, followed by Kendrick Lamar with seven and Bruno Mars with six. Lamar took home four Grammys, including best rap album, best rap song, best rap performance and best rap/sung collaborations. Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Lorde and Childish Gambino are all up for album of the year, which went to Bruno Mars who also won all his other nominations for song of the year, record of the year, best R&B song, best R&B album and best R&B performance. This year’s best new artist nominees were SZA, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels, and Alessia Cara, though SZA was the likely favorite, Alessia Cara took home the Grammy.

     As a special tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein, both Patti Lupone and Ben Platt lead a Broadway invasion. Lupon reprised her 1981 Grammy performance of “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” from Evita, while Platt sang a song from West Side Story.

     Kesha sang “Praying” with Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, and Andra Day as a part of a special moment to acknowledge #MeToo and the Time’s Up movement. She had stated that she was, “so proud and nervous and overwhelmed” singing her “emotional raw victory” song.

     Another memorable moment from the show was when Eric Church, Maren Morris, and Brothers Osborne reunited since the Route 91 Harvest festival for a tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

      Miley Cyrus and Elton John took the stage to sing “Tiny Dancer.” At a separate Grammys-affiliated event, Miley Cyrus, Sam Smith, and Chris Martin will honor John’s legend days; he is retiring from touring in 2021.

     Kendrick Lamar opened up the show singing “XXX” with U2 joining in. He later moved on to DNA. U2 later performed from a barge in the middle of the Hudson River, which was not exactly live. Then Logic, Alessia Cara, and Khalid performed their nominated suicide prevention song. They were joined by suicide attempt survivors and those who have lost loved one to suicide. Calls to the suicide prevention tripled after their performance. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee performed the summer hit “Despacito with Zuleyka Rivera. Rihanna, DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller took the stage to sing “Wild Thoughts.” Cardi B and the winner of the night, Bruno Mars performed their “Finesse” remix. Lady Gaga sang “Joanne” and “Million Reasons” while playing the piano. Pink sang “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken. Sam Smith sang his Gospel Ballad “Pray” and SZA sang “Broken Clocks.” Little Big Town sang their hit song “Better Man.” Bruno Mars then closed the night accepting the award for album of the year.