Today I received an alert usually devoted to warning me that a major disaster has occurred only it said "Bruno Mars sweeps the Grammys!"
Bruno Mars walked away with six out of six awards he was nominated for including Album of the Year and Song of the Year.
Kendrick Lamar swept the R&B awards and this NYT article creepily refers to Jay-Z as a reigning elder of hip-hop (he is 48).
Dollar sign free and now contract free Kesha gave an emotional performance basically giving the middle finger to her abusive ex-manager.
Our most stunning Android Janelle Monae and many other performers made multiple demonstrations, performance nods, or outright included references to the #MeToo movement.
Lady Gaga used her delicate delicate fingers to pluck the ribs of the majestic piano bird and produce wonderful sounds.
I was super pleased to see How Far I'll Go win for Musical because Lin Manuel Miranda is the best. I was very surprised that Bruno Mars won anything because I think his songs are deeply and expertly crafted milquetoast. I am most certainly missing a lot of stuff.
It seems like this year the Grammys were politically charged more than ever (as most things have become) and that the music industry is facing the same demons that the movie industry is currently facing.
Also Twitter is abuzz because Hillary Clinton showed up and read Fire and Fury with several other celebrities. Nikki Haley responded saying that "politics don't belong in entertainment."
The Hot Take engine is full steam ahead and Vox has an interesting interpretation. https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/1/29/16943952/2018-grammys-recap-awards-winners-losers-boring
"Something big and bold would happen, but then it would immediately be followed by a safer (and usually whiter) choice. The show would go from Kesha performing a song off an album widely interpreted to be about the aftermath of a former producer sexually assaulting her to Camila Cabello giving a shout-out to DREAMers stuck in legal limbo to U2 performing on a barge in the middle of the river. All of these moments worked in isolation; stacked together, they made very little sense. As a result, the Grammys never built up any sense of momentum.
In particular, the show’s choice to essentially silo all political messaging into one 20-minute section in the middle of the production felt like a network note, as if CBS itself had descended to say, “Let’s not scare off Trump voters with a bunch of business about immigration and men’s sexual misconduct.” Indeed, the awkward, whiplash-inducing transitions from relatively safe material to riskier material felt very CBS — since the network is, after all, America’s most staid broadcaster."
How do we make sense of the political milieu that was this year's Grammys? I am no longer in the US so I am missing out on this cable news cycle. I feel like I am reading two takes:
1) Trump got owned at the Grammys.
2) Grammys ruined by politics.
Is there an accurate consensus of what happened? How does everyone feel about the insertion of politics into the Grammies? Was it too much? Too little?