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The 60th Annual Grammys Award Turned Into A Powerful, Political Moment
The 60th Annual Grammys Award Turned Into A Powerful, Political Moment

The 60th Annual Grammys Award Turned Into A Powerful, Political Moment

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    “We come in peace but we mean business” Janelle Monae stated in her 2018 Grammy speech. A statement so bold and powerful that showed we are crying out for better days; more so demanding the time is now to make a change! Many artists brought awareness not only by their musical performances but their speeches and segments addressing political, racial, suicidal and sexual misconduct. The 60th Annual Grammys Award turned into a powerful, political moment.

“I have always loved the Grammys but to have artists read the Fire and Fury book killed it. Don’t ruin great music with trash. Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it.” US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley stated in a tweet on Sunday night shortly after the skit aired. As a nation, we are facing drastic events of emotion, from a political, personal, and spiritual stance. How artists choose to deliver their truths, is up to the artist. Music is evoked by action, experience, passion, love, hurt and indescribable emotion. Spoken word does have a seat at the Grammys. For better words, if you can’t take the heat, stay the f*ck out the kitchen.

Racial– #Blacklivesmatter
During the Kendrick Lamar “This Is a Satire” performance Dave Chappelle, quoted “the only thing more frightened than watching a black man be honest in America, is being an honest black man in America.” As Kendrick Lamar continued with his performance Chapelle later stated ” is this on cable? CBS? it looks like he’s singing and dancing, but this brother is taken ENORMOUS chances. Rumble young man, rumble!” As he finishes out his performance with an allegory of the black race being stripped and gun down of their history and being, It was clear that “We mean business.”

Sexual Conduct – #Timesup
Introduced by Janelle Monae’s empowering speech, that quoted “To those who try to silence us Times Up.“ Kesha, who has been battling her former record producer, on emotional and sexual abuse for years, sung her truth, in her awakening performance: Praying. She took a stand with the Times Up movement, with harmonies by Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Julia Michaels, and Bebe Rexha dressed in all white. Not only did Kesha sing on her abuse and hurt but also sang on her growth and deliverance from the pain she has suffered through her sexual abuse in the entertainment business.

Suicidal Awareness– #Suicideprevention #Love

Logic, Alessia Cara, and Khalid performed 1-800-273-8255 which symbolizes the suicidal hotline number, giving awareness to suicidal issues in America.  Logic stated, “black is beautiful, hate is ugly, women are as precious as they are stronger then any men I’ve had ever met and unto them, I say stand tall and crush all predators under the weight of your heart that is full of the love they will never take away from you, be not scared to use your voice, especially in instances like these when you have the opportunity. Stand and fight for those who are not weak but have yet to discover the strength that the evil of this world has done its best to conceal. To all the beautiful countries filled with culture, diversity and thousands of years of history and lastly on the behalf of those who fight for equality in a world that is not equal, not just and not ready for the change we are here to bring I say unto you bring us your tired, your poor, and any immigrant who seeks refuge. Together we can build not just a better country but a world that is destined to be united.”

Political Humor- 

We are in a time in history where people are unconsciously being killed. People of all race, sex, and age are being discriminated against and the nation is falling apart as a whole. We are having natural disasters all over the world, and people are losing out and nothing is being consciously and morally done about these situations. A sense of humor, from those who serve to protect humanity, is well needed from time to time. Celebrities and Hillary Clinton herself, read “Fire and Fury” bringing humor and a controversial cameo to the Grammys powerful, political moment.

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