Grammys 2018: Highlights


Regardless of whether your favourite artist won or lost, the Grammys were packed with excitement and suspense. Not only were the artists who won exceptionally talented, those who performed showed all their passion of music in their songs. The 2018 Grammys were filled with memorable events, including the best and the funniest moments. Here are the top five moments of the 2018 Grammys.

1)    Janelle Monaé’s inspiring speech calling the “Time’s Up” movement on the Music industry

Right before Kesha, Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello and more stunningly performed “Praying”, in a short but powerful speech, Janelle Monaé delivered a message on the “Time’s Up” movement, putting the music industry in the spotlight. “We come in peace,” she said, “but we mean business.”. The “Time’s Up” movement is one focused on tackling sexual harassment. This movement originated after the allegations placed against Harvey Weinstein and now has raised over $20 million and has assembled a team of over 200 volunteer lawyers. Monaé stated: “To those who would dare silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s up”

2) James Corden and the puppies

Sadly, award shows such as the Grammys always have winners and losers, leaving many disappointed by a loss. British host, James Corden did his best to console those who unfortunately had not won a Grammy. Corden said: “I should say to all the nominees that who are not going home with a Grammy – I don’t want anyone to be upset tonight, so the good news is nobody goes home empty-handed because all night we will be handing out consolation puppies.”. The puppies were handed out to Sarah Silverman, Jim Gaffihan and Jerry Seinfeld. Many people found this gesture delightful and amusing, Anna Kendrick even tweeting “One of consolation puppies just got walked past me so the night is pretty much downhill from here. #GRAMMYs”. However, animal rights groups such as PETA were not amused and were disappointed by the way the Grammys chose to portray animals as toys, tweeting the hashtag #AdoptDontBuy.

3)    P!nk’s moving (but also not moving) performance

P!nk has always been known for her extravagant tricks during her concerts in which she suspended high in the air doing twists and turns. For the 2018 Grammys, P!nk had decided to perform ‘Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken’ whilst standing still. Wearing a off-the-shoulder, white shirt, jeans and her bare feet, P!nk completely nailed her performance, hitting every singer high note and touching the hearts of all of those attending and those watching from home.  She had no need for back up dancers, only her powerful voice.

4)    Heart-warming Tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting and the Manchester attack

Eric Church, Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne came together during the 2018 Grammys and gave a memorable performance of the song “Tears In Heaven” in memory of the victims during the Las Vegas shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival, where a gunman shot down 58 people and injured hundreds of others and all the lives lost during the Manchester bombing at a Ariana Grande concert. This powerful performance brought many to tears and broke the hearts of others. Neil Portnow (CEO of the Recording Academy) saying: “We believe it’s incredibly important to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in these senseless tragedies and to remind musicians and music lovers alike that live music will continue to be a powerful force that unites us all.”

5)    Blue Ivy shushes Beyoncé and Jay-Z

In a light hearted moment during the 2018 Grammys, sassy Blue Ivy Carter, daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z ushers her parents to stop clapping after a speech delivered by Camila Cabello. As Beyoncé and Jay-Z showed support for the artist, their six-year-old daught used her hand movements, gesturing them to stop what they were doing. The internet finding great humor in her actions, one fan tweeting “I have no idea what Blue Ivy is doing but I’m here for it #Grammys”.