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This year, the Grammy awards were definitely one to watch as some of the biggest names in Hip Hop and R&B took the stage to perform.
Kendrick Lamar opened the show with a politically charged performance of “XXX.” Lamar was backed by a sea of masked dancers dressed in army fatigue as a U.S. flag ironically waved (due to the recent government shutdown) on the screen behind them. U2’s Bono and The Edge joined K. Dot before exiting the stage.
The Compton rapper also took home a total of five gramophones, including Best Rap Album, by the conclusion of the awards.
Childish Gambino, also known as Danny Glover, took the stage and brought the neo-soul the show needed performing his single “Terrified” off of his 2016 hit album Awaken My Love! He also performed alongside J.D. McCrary, the adorable nine-year-old who’s set to play Simba in the live action adaption of The Lion King with Gambino.
In a highly anticipated performance, Cardi B and Bruno Mars, who took home all six of the awards he was nominated for, took the stage with their 90s-themed single “Finesse”. This was the “Bodak Yellow” rapper’s first Grammy performance and she definitely bought the energy.
Dj Khaled, Rihanna, and Bryson Tiller gave the crowd “Wild Thoughts” as the trio took to the stage to perform their summer anthem. Naturally, Dj Khaled opened the performance by saying how “they” said he would never perform at the Grammy’s while RiRi hit a few dance moves and Tiller kept it cool.
Although many Twitter users believed SZA was snubbed at this year’s Grammy awards, she shut down the stage to her soulful rendition of “Broken Clocks” off of her incredible album Ctrl. SZA was nominated for five Grammys including Best New Artist and lost every category (really?!?).
Fans were also in shock that Jay-Z lost in all eight categories he was nominated in including the coveted Album of the Year. But, our favorite moment from last night was Blue Ivy’s QUEENDOM surface as only bosses daughters do: