by Sydney Lewis
On February 10th, the Grammys were held in the staples center for their 61st Annual Award ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Many celebrities came to celebrate and enjoy the many artists and performances represented there that day. The red carpet was filled with many stars and their exquisite attires. Lady Gaga wore a sequined-silver dress, Jennifer Lopez a white pantsuit and hat combo, BTS was rocking black suits all around, and Cardi B had a calm and pearl silhoyyer.
The night started off with Camila Cabello. This was a historical moment as she was the first latino to open the Grammys. She sang her major hit “Havana” in the company of Young Thug and latin pop singer, Ricky Martin. During the show, J Balvin, a pop reggeration star from Columbia, came and accompanied the stars on stage. He sang his song “Mi Gente” adding on to the latin themed opening. After the big performance, Alicia Keys, the host of the show, gaves a mini speech about music bringing everyone together. She also brought Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jennifer Lopez to share their perspective on the power of music. Even former first lady, Michelle Obama, spoke on the music of motown, after the 20 seconds of continuous roaring and clapping of the crowd.
Throughout the night there were many tributes that kept the audience engaged. This includes one to Dolly Parton, to Motown, and finally for Aretha Franklin.The Dolly Parton tribute consisted of various country artists who collaborated with Dolly, including Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Little Big Town, and Maren Morris. They sang a medley of Dolly Parton’s songs, including “Here You Come Again”, “Jolene”, “After the Gold Rush”, “Red Shoes”, and “9 to 5”. The crowd loved the many aspects of this country legend. Another tribute that was held was for the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. It was a joint performance by Fantasia Barrino, Yolanda Adams, and Andra Day. They sang Aretha Franklin’s big hit “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, an amazing rendition of the song. The final tribute was for Motown, done by Jennifer Lopez, and accompanied by Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo who sang and danced to some of Motown’s most memorable songs. It was a mash-up of the best of Motown, including “Dancing in the Street”, “Please Mr. Postman”, “Money (That’s What I Want)”, “Do You Love Me?”, “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”, and “Square Biz”. Even Smokey Robinson did a duet on his own written song, “My Girl”, and Ne-Yo wrapped-up the tribute with the song, “Another Star”. The Grammy’s is meant to acknowledge the hard work of the artists and celebrate them for their success in our society. There were many awards given out that night and many winners were appreciated. Childish Gambino, also known as Donald Glover, won Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Music Video of the Year, and Rap/Sung Performance of the Year with his hit “This is America”. Kacey Musgraves won Album Year with “Golden Hour”. Ariana Grande’s album “Sweetener” won Best Pop Vocal Album. Dua Lipa won the Best New Artist award and H.E.R.’s album, “H.E.R.” won Best R&B Album.
The 61st Grammy Awards were filled with many performances, tributes to musical legends, anda plethora of awards. The 61st Grammys was the time to celebrate and to acknowledge the power of music and how it brings all of us together.