The 2018 Grammys are a wrap but not without hogging the headlines for both the right and wrong reasons. Just like the previous ones, the 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony which was held on January 28, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York City was not devoid of drama and politics.
The awards had tongues wagging about a lot of things including handing out awards to “undeserving” artists. While Jay-Z led the pack of nominees, Bruno Mars swept the main categories with his pop-friendly brand of R&B, promptly extinguishing any hopes of seeing the prestigious awards celebrate hip-hop artists this year.
Considering the fact that hip-hop has officially become America’s most listened-to genre, it’s quite safe to assume that some of the recent releases deserved some sort of Grammys recognition.
Fortunately, the night wasn’t all bad, thanks to the breathtaking performances from several artists including Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Kesha, Cardi B, U2 and a slew of others. Lamar opened the stage with a bang, blowing people away with loaded, compelling performances “XXX” and “DNA”. The rapper was backed by men in fatigues and ski masks while he rapped about black blood and black power. U2 and Dave Chappelle later joined him on stage.
Apparently, the night was a ball of fun, especially with all the prowess in the house but the question is who really stole the show? From Bruno Mars to Cardi B and the angelic Kesha, who do you think stole the show at the 2018 Grammys?
In case you missed their performances due to an early night or some other reasons, don’t worry we got you covered. You might want to grab a pack of popcorn as we unveil the biggest moments you may have missed from the grand 2018 Grammys.
The Grammys: Kesha’s Angelic And Emotional Performance
After an empowering speech by Janelle Monae about the Time’s Up movement, Kesha was introduced to perform. Joined by Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day and Julia Michaels along with Resistance Revival Chorus, Kesha then took to the stage to entertain the audience with her song Praying. Clad in their all-white ensemble, Kesha and her group looked angelic as they did justice to the song. Perhaps thanks to Janelle Monae’s furious introduction, a plea to “undo the culture that does not serve us well,” Kesha sang her heart out, irrespective of the ragged vocals and too-cluttered staging.
Meanwhile, before the angelic performance, the Praying singer graced the iconic red carpet in a blue pantsuit with white roses embroidered on the lapel. The outfit screams of western inspiration.
The Grammys: Cardi B And Bruno Mars, The Amazing Duo
Not only did he win all six awards he was nominated for, Bruno Mars, alongside Cardi B, literally swept the audience off their feet by keeping them dancing through the first televised performance of their joint single Finesse. Cardi B totally stole the show as she sauntered onto the colourful stage in her multi-coloured outfit while multiple award-winning star Bruno Mars proved all he wants to do is dance.
One of the obvious similarities between their 2018 Grammys performance and their original music video for the song is that both were filled with vibrant colours and ‘90s inspiration. While Cardi B showed off her legs in a pair of high-waisted blue, crimson, yellow and green shorts and a matching striped bralette, Mars opted for a white hoodie and pulled a canary orange knit short-sleeved sweater over it, completing the ensemble with a simple black and white pair of striped sweatpants as well as sneakers in the same shades.
The two were so full of life as they delivered an energetic performance. During the on-stage version, Mars and Cardi remained faithful to the original video’s aesthetic. At first, the rapper entered the stage solo in her colourful outfit and perfectly delivered her opening verse. Mars, on the other hand, was on a separate stage with his band, backup singers and dancers before Cardi later rejoined them to wrap up the song. While Cardi spits her lines in a thunderous manner, Mars and two backup dancers whirled through a bit of choreography, doing what he knows well – dance.
Notably, when she wasn’t jumping around on stage, Cardi was a vision in white on the red carpet. She rocked a cleavage-baring white gown which Billboard has revealed was made by Syrian couturier Ashi. The outfit was complete with a heavily pleated hemline that ended above her knees, an avenue to flaunt her toned legs and also featured a cape that fell to the floor. In solidarity with the Time’s Up movement against sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry, the rapper carried a white rose to go with her outfit.
And when he wasn’t dancing up a storm on stage, Bruno graced the red carpet clad in a sparkling burgundy bomber jacket with a white T-shirt, tight black pants and a tangle of necklaces including a cross.
Singers and dancers who brought their A-game to the stage of the 2018 Grammys include;
Pink – Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken
U2 – Get Out of Your Own Way
Patti LuPone – Don’t Cry for Me Argentina
SZA – Broken Clocks
Logic w/Alessia Cara and Khalid – 1-800-273-8255
Childish Gambino – Terrified
Rihanna and DJ Khaled w/Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts
Sam Smith – Pray
Eric Church, Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne – Tears in Heaven
Elton John and Miley Cyrus – Tiny Dancer
But Who Really Stole The Show At The 2018 Grammys?
If you thought one of the myriads of superstars dancing and singing on stage actually stole the show for the night, you need to brace yourself for the actual showstopper. A video of little Blue Ivy controlling her parents, who are by the way great icons, with a mere gesture got everyone in stitches while the prestigious event was live.
The aforementioned performers may have stolen the show on stage but the celebrity who got all the attention was 6-year-old Blue Ivy Carter who sat between her superstar parents – pop icon Beyonce and rap legend Jay Z. The little angel was caught on camera telling both parents to…shhh. Apparently, she just couldn’t stand them clapping a lot or perhaps she just wanted to catch up with what the host was saying at the time, only for her parents to interrupt her. Annoying right? But she wasn’t having any of that.
For what it’s worth she succeeded in silencing her parents with that mere gesture. In the end, the poor parents had this confused look on their faces like… what just happened? Well, so did we.
Watch the future diva below.
As a result, the 6-year-old became the most tweeted about celeb after the 2018 Grammys came to a conclusion and no other celebrity could hold a candle to her ”performance”. Looks like Bey needs to watch out for this one.
2018 Grammys: And The Winners Are
Album of the Year: “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars
Record of the Year: “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars
Song of the Year: “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
Best New Artist: Alessia Cara
Best Pop Solo Performance: “Shape of You” — Ed Sheeran
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” — Various Artists; Dae Bennett, producer
Best Pop Vocal Album: “÷” — Ed Sheeran
Best Dance Recording: “Tonite” — LCD Soundsystem
Best Dance/Electronic Album: “3-D The Catalogue” — Kraftwerk
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: “Prototype” — Jeff Lorber Fusion
Best Rock Performance: “You Want It Darker” — Leonard Cohen
Best Metal Performance: “Sultan’s Curse” — Mastodon
Best Rock Song: “Run” — Foo Fighters, songwriters
Best Rock Album: “A Deeper Understanding” — The War on Drugs
Best Alternative Music Album: “Sleep Well Beast” — The National
Best R&B Performance: “That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars
Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Redbone” — Childish Gambino
Best R&B Song: “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Starboy” — The Weeknd
Best R&B Album: “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars
Best Rap Performance: “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap/Sung Performance: “LOYALTY.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna
Best Rap Song: “HUMBLE.” — K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan and M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
Best Rap Album: “DAMN.” — Kendrick Lamar
Best Country Solo Performance: “Either Way” — Chris Stapleton
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “Better Man” — Little Big Town
Best Country Song: “Broken Halos” — Mike Henderson and Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)
Best Country Album: “From A Room: Volume 1” — Chris Stapleton
Best New Age Album: “Dancing on Water” — Peter Kater
Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Miles Beyond” — John McLaughlin, soloist
Best Jazz Vocal Album: “Dreams and Daggers” — Cécile McLorin Salvant
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: “Rebirth” — Billy Childs
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: “Bringin’ It” — Christian McBride Big Band
Best Latin Jazz Album: “Jazz Tango” — Pablo Ziegler Trio
Best Gospel Performance/Song: “Never Have to Be Alone” — CeCe Winans; Dwan Hill & Alvin Love III, songwriters
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: “What a Beautiful Name” — Hillsong Worship; Ben Fielding & Brooke Ligertwood, songwriters
Best Gospel Album: “Let Them Fall in Love” — CeCe Winans
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: “Chain Breaker” — Zach Williams
Best Roots Gospel Album: “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” — Reba McEntire
Best Latin Pop Album: “El Dorado” — Shakira
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: “Residente” — Residente
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano): “Arriero Somos Versiones Acústicas” — Aida Cuevas
Best Tropical Latin Album: “Salsa Big Band” — Rubén Blades con Roberto Delgado y Orquesta
Best American Roots Performance: “Killer Diller Blues” — Alabama Shakes
Best American Roots Song: “If We Were Vampires” — Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit)
Best Americana Album: “The Nashville Sound” — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Best Bluegrass Album: tie, “Laws of Gravity” — The Infamous Stringdusters and “All the Rage — In Concert Volume One” — Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
Best Traditional Blues Album: “Blue & Lonesome” — The Rolling Stones
Best Contemporary Blues Album: “TajMo” — Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’
Best Folk Album: “Mental Illness” — Aimee Mann
Best Regional Roots Music Album: “Kalenda” — Lost Bayou Ramblers
Best Reggae Album: “Stony Hill” — Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Best World Music Album: “Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration” — Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Best Children’s Album: “Feel What U Feel” — Lisa Loeb
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Storytelling): “The Princess Diarist” — Carrie Fisher
Best Comedy Album: “The Age of Spin/Deep in the Heart of Texas” — Dave Chappelle
Best Musical Theater Album: “Dear Evan Hansen” — Ben Platt, principal soloist; Alex Lacamoire, Stacey Mindich, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, producers; Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, composers/lyricists (original Broadway cast recording)
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: “La La Land” — Various Artists
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: “La La Land” — Justin Hurwitz, composer
Best Song Written for Visual Media: “How Far I’ll Go” — Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Auli’i Cravalho)
Best Instrumental Composition: “Three Revolutions” — Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill and Chucho Valdés)
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: “Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra From ‘Catch Me If You Can’” — John Williams, arranger (John Williams)
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: “Putin” — Randy Newman, arranger (Randy Newman)
Best Recording Package: tie, “Pure Comedy (Deluxe Edition)” — Sasha Barr, Ed Steed and Josh Tillman, art directors (Father John Misty) and “El Orisha de la Rosa” — Claudio Roncoli and Cactus Taller, art directors (Magín Díaz)
Best Boxed or Special Limited-Edition Package: “The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition” — Lawrence Azerrad, Timothy Daly and David Pescovitz, art directors (Various Artists)
Best Album Notes: “Live at the Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings” — Lynell George, writer (Otis Redding)
Best Historical Album: “Leonard Bernstein — The Composer” — Robert Russ, compilation producer; Martin Kistner and Andreas K. Meyer, mastering engineers (Leonard Bernstein)
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: “24K Magic” — Serban Ghenea, John Hanes and Charles Moniz, engineers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer (Bruno Mars)
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Greg Kurstin
Best Remixed Recording: “You Move (Latroit Remix)” — Dennis White, remixer (Depeche Mode)
Best Surround Sound Album: “Early Americans” — Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Jim Anderson and Jane Ira Bloom, surround producers (Jane Ira Bloom)
Best Engineered Album, Classical: “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio” — Mark Donahue, engineer (Manfred Honeck and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost
Best Orchestral Performance: “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio” — Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
Best Opera Recording: “Berg: Wozzeck” — Hans Graf, conductor; Anne Schwanewilms and Roman Trekel; Hans Graf and Brad Sayles, producers (Houston Symphony; Chorus of Students and Alumni, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University and Houston Grand Opera Children’s Chorus)
Best Choral Performance: “Bryars: The Fifth Century” — Donald Nally, conductor (PRISM Quartet and The Crossing)
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: “Death & the Maiden” — Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Transcendental” — Daniil Trifonov
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: “Crazy Girl Crazy” — Barbara Hannigan (Ludwig Orchestra)
Best Classical Compendium: “Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto & Oboe Concerto” — Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer
Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Viola Concerto” — Jennifer Higdon, composer (Roberto Díaz, Giancarlo Guerrero and Nashville Symphony)
Best Music Video: “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
Best Music Film: “The Defiant Ones” — Various Artists