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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

White Roses Make A Statement At the Grammy Awards

Written By Meagan Faison

If you were paying attention to the Grammy Awards’ red carpet this year, you’d notice that several of our favorite artists had a white rose as part of their ensemble. This token piece was chosen to show solidarity with the Time’s Up and #MeToo movement that has swept Hollywood.

The Time’s Up and #MeToo campaign was created in the beginning of 2018, in an attempt to bring attention to the sexual misconduct and harassment that occurs in the workplace and encourage survivors of such experiences to speak up.

Just a couple of weeks ago at the Golden Globes, an overwhelming number of actors and actresses wore black gowns and tuxes to show their support for the movement. While the Grammys’ statement was definitely noted, it was a bit more subtle than the Globes blackout.

Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Cardi B, NeYo, Miley Cyrus, James Corden, SZA, Rita Ora and Janelle Monáe were just a few of the celebrities who showed their support.

 During the show, musician and actress Janelle Monáe gave a powerful speech about the Time’s Up movement, and encouraged the audience to help be the change.

“It’s not just going on in Hollywood, it’s not just going on in Washington, it’s right here in our industry as well. And just as we have the power to shape culture, we also have the power to undo a culture that does not serve us well.”

 Monáe went on to introduce Ke$ha and a group of singers which included Cyndi Lauper,Julia Michaels, Andra Day and Camila Cabello who paid tribute to the #MeToo and TimesUp movement.  


Monday, January 29, 2018

2018 Grammys Recap

Written By Meagan Faison

So let’s talk about the Grammys!

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards kicked off Sunday night at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Despite being an awards show, the best part of the Grammys is always the performances, and this year featured an amazing lineup of our favorite artists.

Kendrick Lamar opened the show and it was too lit - like there was literally fire and everything. In true Kendrick fashion, the rapper gave a dynamic performance and took the opportunity to reiterate many of the political statements that he expressed in his Damn album. U2’s Bono and the Edge joined Kendrick on stage for the song XXX, and comedic legend, Dave Chappelle, also made a few speaking cameos. In one of his moments he noted, “The only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America is being an honest black man in America.”  

One of the most anticipated performances of the night featured Bruno Mars and Cardi B, and it definitely didn’t disappoint! The superstar duo performed their Finesse Remix and brought the 90’s In Living Color vibe from their video to the stage. Bruno Mars was the big winner of the night, taking home 6 Grammys! 

The multi-talented Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, also hit the Grammy stage with his young counterpart J.D. McCrary from The Lion King to perform his song Terrified. Glover has also confirmed that he will soon retire his Childish Gambino stage-name. Luckily he has promised one more project before he bows out for good. 


DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller gave a Harlem Renaissance-esque performance of their 2017 hit Wild Thoughts


Ke$ha also performed an emotional tribute to the #MeToo movement, with the song Praying. The Crazy Kids singer was joined onstage for the performance by several other female musicians including Cyndi Lauper,Julia Michaels, Andra Day and Camila Cabello.


Other artists to grace the stage included Lady Gaga, Elton John and Miley Cyrus, SZA, Luis Fonsie and Daddy Yankee, Logic, Sam Smith and Little Big Town.

Let us know which Grammy performance was your favorite!


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