2019 Grammys: The Highs and Lows

It just isn’t potential for the Grammys to exist with out some type of controversy. This 12 months, outgoing Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, no stranger to precisely the type of controversy we talked about within the earlier sentence, took up numerous invaluable airtime with a tribute to himself, on the expense of longer speeches from award winners. Mention of 21 Savage, who’s at the moment detained by ICE, was largely nonexistent, Drake had some alternative phrases for the Recording Academy, and there was loads of pre-show controversy as nicely. All that apart, this was the, uh, vibiest Grammys that we will bear in mind, due in no small half to Alicia Keys extraordinarily laid again internet hosting method. Here are your highs and lows of the 2019 Grammys. Congrats to Kacey Musgraves on her well-deserved Album of the Year win.

HIGH: Gaga calling out Seacrest’s crap interviewing abilities.
In as we speak’s lesson on how to not ask a query with out asking it, right here’s Ryan Seacrest on the crimson carpet with Lady Gaga not asking her if she’s performing “Shallow” with Bradley Cooper on the Oscars however as a substitute merely presenting it as truth after which shoving a microphone in her face for a response quote. And here’s Lady Gaga immediately schooling him on why that’s simply dangerous interviewing, dude. -Dee Lockett

HIGH: This Pink tweet and Instagram.
Rudely, Pink misplaced her 20th Grammy tonight however, per common, nobody may care much less about it than Pink. In truth, she celebrated the loss in fashion by nursing her child again to well being and receiving a selfmade tinfoil Grammy from her daughter, which I believe we will all agree is price greater than that hunk of gold. -DL

HIGH: “Build Bridges Not Walls” throughout Camila Cabello’s opening efficiency.
The Grammys don’t sometimes wish to get political however Latinx acts Camila Cabello, Ricky Martin, J Balvin, and Arturo Sandoval didn’t give a rattling what the Grammys like of their opening efficiency. They snuck in a message instantly geared toward Trump and his proposed wall on the Mexican border. Did you catch it? -DL

LOW: Cardi introduced Offset as her date.
Now that their “cut up” has apparently been Gorilla-glued again collectively, Cardi B introduced her once-estranged husband, Offset, as her Grammy date. The two had been seen tonguing one another down on the carpet, he was seen wagging his tongue at her whereas she carried out, and she or he may very well be heard not letting his identify roll off her tongue as soon as throughout her Best Rap Album acceptance speech, opting as a substitute for the extra becoming “you, husband.” Meanwhile, throughout the present, Offset used footage of Cardi giving beginning to promote his new album. Ohhhh … you. -DL

HIGH: Ariana Grande celebrating her Grammy win in her Grammys gown at dwelling
What do it’s important to say for your self now, Ken? -DL

HIGH: Michelle Obama saying “Motown.”
Are we so starved for any reminder of the Obama years that the mere presence of Michelle Obama and utterance of actually any phrase will collectively render us stupefied? Ugh, sure. Help! -DL

LOW: Joy Villa is back on her bullshit.
Who is that this and why is she doing this? -Sam Hockley-Smith

HIGH: Janelle Monae’s Performance.

HIGH: Alicia Keys, actually excessive.
All playing cards on the desk: firstly of the present, I used to be certain that Alicia Keys would carry low vitality to your complete ceremony. Her preliminary speech was a grasp class in calmly saying a complete lot of nothing in entrance of a whole faction of the leisure business. But because it went on, it began to really feel like Keys was internet hosting a celebration at some ’70s mansion that in all probability had at the least one round mattress and at most 15 opulent fish tanks. In different phrases, I’m not going to say that Keys was really stoned — who may know for certain? — however she definitely was channeling the vitality of a blasé banquet host for your complete 4 hour runtime of the Grammys. When Cardi B threatened to harsh the mellow of the present by having actual feelings, and joked that “possibly I ought to begin smoking weed,” it was laborious to not think about Alicia Keys pulling a woven basket of jazz cigarettes from that crimson cape she was sporting as quickly as Cardi B walked out of the body. Award reveals are about spectacle, certain, however possibly now they are often about excessive degree leisure and low degree contentment, too? -SHS

LOW: Post Malone ignoring #Free21Savage.
Post Malone carried out “Rockstar,” his music with 21 Savage, from the catacombs of the Staples Center, and, simply earlier than he joined Red Hot Chili Peppers on stage, you could possibly hear, ever so briefly, the “21” adlib that may have kicked off 21 Savage’s verse had he not been detained by ICE brokers final week. It was a evident second of silence amid a present marked by evident moments of silence towards a man who may identify an excellent variety of performers and nominees as a buddy and collaborator. Doing the naked minimal shouldn’t be this tough. -SHS

HIGH: Cardi B’s piano girl
Were you anticipating Cardi B to carry a classically-trained pianist to the Grammys to steal the present? Probably not! And that’s the great thing about Cardi B and, typically, the Grammys: They need its nominees to maneuver away from expectation. Which brings us to Cardi performing “Money” with a lady named Chloe Flower, who, because it occurs, has been protecting Cardi songs on the piano for months. Thank Cardi later for placing you on. -DL

HIGH: Alicia Keys’s piano covers medley.
Big evening for pianos! But, in fact, go away it to Alicia Keys to point out up each different pianist who’d taken the stage earlier than her. Using her internet hosting duties to carry “Club Keys” to the Grammys, she carried out a jukebox medley of random hits from Juice WRLD to Coldplay, taking part in on two (2!) pianos. Sure, the entire bit would possibly’ve been filler for Ariana Grande’s cancelled efficiency, however you’d by no means know the distinction. -DL

HIGH: Drake telling the Grammys they don’t matter.
Drake’s love-hate relationship with the Grammys went from “again on” to “it’s difficult” in a matter of seconds when he made a shock look to simply accept Best Rap Song for “God’s Plan.” Midway by a free sports activities analogy about how the Grammys are extra about recognition than stats, and so that you shouldn’t take it personally after they inevitably ignore you, the Grammys performed him off stage. He can final be heard saying “you don’t want this proper right here” after which left hanging on a “however.” But what?! To be continued in all probability by no means. -DL

LOW: The deafening silence round 21 Savage’s arrest.
Though he was a Record of the Year nominee and “Rockstar,” his music with Post Malone was carried out on the published, not a point out of 21 Savage’s present ICE detention was made till the eleventh hour. And it got here from one of many evening’s least recognizable faces: Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson, who accepted Record of the Year for “This Is America” on Donald Glover’s behalf. Thanking Savage among the many music’s featured artists in his speech, Göransson appropriately famous that he “ought to be right here.” It additionally shouldn’t have taken nearly 4 hours into the published for one in every of Savage’s friends to get on stage and say it. -DL

LOW: Travis Scott’s efficiency was nice, however didn’t translate nicely.
Astroworld is an enchanting album. It’s a coronation of Travis Scott — the second when he was capable of step out of the shadows of all of his influences and create one thing that felt like his personal, even because it drew from numerous very apparent individuals and locations. All that mentioned, Scott’s dwell efficiency is a large consider his recognition. The man has numerous vitality on stage, and he’s to this point been capable of scale it up as his reveals get larger and greater. His Grammys efficiency, alternatively, whereas technically nice and even attention-grabbing (why not climb round on a cage for those who can?), felt a bit hole — an try to carry some edge to a stage that goes out of its approach to negate the very idea of unpredictability. –SHS

LOW: Jennifer Lopez doing a Motown tribute.
If you spent your total life in an isolation chamber devoid of entry to any media ever, and then you definitely got here out of mentioned chamber lengthy sufficient to see Jennifer Lopez’s Motown tribute, you’d in all probability suppose it was fairly good, as a result of with out context it was. But you’re studying this, so presumably you’ve solely been in a sensory deprivation chamber, or another type of chamber, for a short time period, which implies you realize about popular culture and historical past and the place Jennifer Lopez, an excellent pop artist, sits in relation to Motown. Knowing all this, you’ve bought to ask: “Is Jennifer Lopez actually the very best particular person in recorded music to do a Motown tribute?” You know the reply and so will we. -SHS

HIGH: Cardi B’s total speech.
We’ve had a complete lot of probabilities to see Cardi B settle for well-deserved awards this 12 months, which additionally means we’ve had numerous time to consider Cardi B: superstar and Cardi B: award winner. Sure, Drake is likely to be proper in regards to the Grammys as an establishment, nevertheless it doesn’t imply that Cardi’s second wasn’t price celebrating. Her speech, simply essentially the most real (and genuinely shocked) of the evening captured that fleeting feeling we’re looking for once we watch this stuff. –SHS

HIGH: Dua Lipa and St. Vincent impregnating me .
It was in that second when Dua and St. (might I name you, St.???) touched shoulders and locked fingers that I felt their power trigger my IUD to dislodge. Next 12 months, would possibly I suggest an honorary Grammy solely for the one who dreamt this collaboration up. -DL

HIGH: Alicia Keys’s cape.
Capes! -SHS