The awards have been accepted, the performances have been praised, and the critics have weighed in on the outcome of the 58th Grammy Awards. But just in case you missed out on music’s biggest night, here are some of the best moments:
Kendrick Lamar’s performance of “The Blacker the Berry” and “Alright” was by far the best musical presentation of the night. His theatrical performance demonstrated the continuation of injustice towards black people in America. Lamar and his back-up performers took the stage dressed as a chain gang as he rapped about the death of Trayvon Martin. As the performance continued, African-jazz dancers accompanied Lamar on stage as the lyrics celebrated African-American culture. The performance ended with Lamar alone on stage rapping “Alright.” When the song ended, the screen displayed an outline of Africa with “Compton” written inside. Lamar’s performance was not only visually pleasing and entertaining, but it sparked a dialogue about the political and social injustices that are committed against people of color every day.
Another great performance was Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie. Gaga sang a mash-up of Bowies most famous songs, including “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Suffragette City,” “Rebel, Rebel,” “Fashion,” “Fame,” “Let’s Dance,” and “Heroes.” Gaga shocked everyone with her ability to mimic Bowie’s stage presence with near perfection. Gaga also looked the part. She wore Bowie-inspired costumes and dyed her hair red to match some of his most iconic looks. It was the perfect way to commemorate a beloved music legend.
Not a musical performance, but still one of the best moments of the night was Taylor Swift’s response to Kanye West who recently claimed that he made Swift famous. While accepting her Grammy for Album of the Year, Swift stated “there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday, when you get where you are going, you will look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there.” Swift’s classy response made West look even worse then he already did. It was extremely admirable.
Also admirable was Adele’s ability to overcome a technical difficulty. She was in the middle of her highly anticipated performance of “All I Need” when piano microphones fell on the piano strings, causing an audio problem. This was highly noticeable considering that the piano was the only instrument backing up her vocals. Adele, being the amazing performer that she is, continued on as if nothing had happened. It almost made her performance better because the audience got to see her overcome that malfunction. Although it was an unplanned moment, it definitely highlighted Adele’s performance abilities.
Another moment that stood out was when Meghan Trainer won the Grammy for Best New Artist.l. Trainer is relatively new to the music scene, but it almost feels like she should have already won a Grammy because she has had so many successful songs. Trainer was definitely deserving of this award, and it was one of those moments where everyone in the crowd seemed to be genuinely happy with the outcome.
Collegian Reporter Randi Mattox can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @randimattox.