Grammys 2017: Rihanna's diamond flask to Prince tribute; a round-up of the best moments
The Grammy Awards is the biggest awards night in the music industry. Though the award show frequently hits it out of the park, it couldn't escape a handful of strikeouts too.
This years musical extravaganza had an intense political climate following the pattern of last years' award shows, and President Trump was the center of discussion. Musicians, while accepting the award, talked about their disapproval of Trump's policies. The James Corden-hosted show included huge performances by Beyonce and Adele, a landmark victory for Chance The Rapper and a funky tribute to The Bee Gees.
Here are some of the most memorable moments of the Grammys 2017, which doesn't include Beyonce and Adele (and their love for each other) because that deserves its own space:
James Corden's Introduction
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One of the most fun moments at the Grammys was James Corden’s introduction. Corden’s love of entertainment and the arts shined through, and his formal welcome as Grammys' host delivered accordingly. It was funny, included a spitfire rap and was a total departure from hosting duties as we’ve come to know them.
The Twenty One Pilots are not very stressed out
After being announced as the winners of the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their hit 'Stressed Out,' the musical duo promptly dropped their pants and proceeded to the stage. They quickly squashed speculation that the stunt was for publicity by telling a touching story about how they watched the Grammys years back in Tyler's rental house before realising they were all in their underwear.
Then and there, they said it was decided if they ever attended the Grammys and won, they would accept the award "just like this." Tyler then triumphantly said, "This just goes to show that anyone, anywhere, can do anything."
Rihanna's choice of bling
If anything, Rihanna knows how to have fun. Rihanna was spotted having the best time sipping out of a bejeweled flask all night long. We don't blame her, since her new album Anti was criminally underrepresented at this year’s ceremony. This is just one of the many Rihanna moments to add the already huge list.
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To Trump, With(out) Love
A Tribe Called Quest, Anderson .Paak, and Busta Rhymes gave President Donald Trump a new nickname at the 2017 Grammys: President Agent Orange.
"I wanna thank President Agent Orange for perpetuating all the evil that you've been perpetuating throughout the United States," Busta Rhymes yelled out after entering the stage a couple minutes in to Tribe and .Paak's electric joint performance.
"I wanna thank President Agent Orange for your unsuccessful attempt at the Muslim ban. Now we come together!" 'Agent Orange' is, of course, the toxic herbicide that was used to strangle and kill farmland during the Vietnam War.
As the US Department of Veteran Affairs explains, cancers, birth defects, and several health complications can be traced to exposure to Agent Orange, and the herbicide was eventually banned in 1971. Comparing President Trump to the toxic substance sends a message that the man is not just a volatile personality, but a threat.
Katy Perry's Clinton agenda
Katy Perry recently returned with a new single, 'Chained 2 the Rhythm.' At today's Grammy Awards Ceremony, she performed the song live for the first time, donning rose-colored glasses and wearing an armband that read 'Persist'(in reference to Elizabeth Warren) as well as a Planned Parenthood button. Skip Marley (Bob Marley's grandson) who features on the song, joined her before they concluded in front of a massive projection of the United States Constitution.
The setup was a statement against Donald Trump's immigration ban and his threat to build a wall. She aptly concluded her performance by yelling 'No Hate!'
The Tributes were the best
Though Adele might have messed up a bit in her tribute to George Michael, she won the award show by stopping and restarting because of her genuine love for him.
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The tribute to Prince had to be an especially electric one in order to properly honour the Purple One’s contribution to music. And thanks to former Prince associates The Time and a ferociously committed Bruno Mars, it was.
The Time opened the tribute medley by donning gold blazers and performing 'Jungle Love,' commanding the audience to dance it out. "You got about 10 seconds to get up off of your asses, and I do mean everybody!" they yelled. As The Time wrapped up, the medley shifted to Mars, his blazer's purple sparkles glinting off the camera even through the dark, as Prince's voice blared over the speakers and intoned the iconic introduction to 'Let's Go Crazy': "Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life."
And then Mars was off.
Demi Lovato led an all-star tribute to the Bee Gees alongside Little Big Town, Andra Day and Tori Kelly. The performance honored the 40th anniversary of the group's seminal Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and opened with Lovato embracing her inner disco diva as she belted ‘Stayin' Alive.’ Kelly took the stage next and, strapped with a guitar, added some arena grandiosity to the disco flare of ‘Tragedy’ (the 1979 cut was not originally on Saturday Night Fever, but later appeared in the musical adaptation).
Little Big Town followed with a gorgeous performance of ‘How Deep Is Your Love,’ with the country group creating a lush mix of harmonies while the Bee Gees' Barry Gibb sang along in the crowd. Day took the stage next and wailed through a stunning rendition of ‘Night Fever’ before all the performers returned to the stage for a final refrain of ‘Stayin' Alive.’
John Travolta, who earlier introduced Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, was conspicuously absent for the performance.