The biggest night of music was in tandem with the biggest trend of the year–resistance.
The 59th Grammy’s belonged to one person and one person alone—Adele, who for the second time, took home three of the four biggest awards of the night. Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. Nothing screamed queen of the moment more than the fact that the opening shot of the night was Adele singing Hello and the closing shot was of her again, this time hugging her producer, Greg Kurstin. Then add to that, her rendition of George Michael’s, Fastlove. Adele was untstoppable
In what would become the biggest moment of the show, (after her screaming, I want you to be my mommy.) Adele said she couldn’t accept the award for Album of the Year because it belonged to Beyonce for Lemonade.
Incredibly Beyoncé had a tame year at the Grammys but she made up for her losses in her stellar performance and acceptance speech when she won the Best Urban Contemporary Music Album (Lemonade). In her speech she alluded to inclusivity, racial identity, beauty and representation in media, stating, “This is something I want for every child of every race,” Beyoncé said. “And I feel it’s vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes.”
Jennifer Lopez who presented the first award that night did quote Toni Morrisson and Alicia Keys tweeted Equality, but these messages were tame in comparison to what Beyonce spoke of and for that matter, even Katy Perry, who performed her new single, Chained to the Rhythm, in a white pantsuit with the word “PERSIST” inscribed on an armband. She ended her performance by stating, No Hate. Perry has been a vocal Hillary supporter and her new song with lines such as, “So comfortable, we’re living in a bubble, bubble/So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble, trouble” is the most political she has ever been in her music career.
When Paris Jackson introduced The Weeknd and Daft Punk, she referenced the Dakota Pipeline and James Corden, who hosted the show, kept the political commentary coming throughout the night in light jokes and even had a dramatic monologue before the show stating that, “Live it all up because this is the best and with President Trump we don’t know what comes next.”
But the biggest message of resistance came from the most unlikely of sources—A Tribe Called Quest who performed to We the People ( a protest song) “We’d like to say to all those people around the world, all those people who are pushing people in power to represent them: Tonight, we represent you,” Q-Tip, the group’s lead rapper, said. “And we also dedicate this to our brother who’s not here, Phife Dawg.”
Busta Rhymes even called out Donald Trump explicitly, “I just want to thank President Agent Orange for perpetuating all of the evil that you’ve been perpetuating throughout the United States,” he said. “I want to thank President Agent Orange for your unsuccessful attempt of the Muslim ban. When we come together, we the people, we the people, we the people, we the people…”
And Q-Tip ended the performance with the words, “Resist. Resist. Resist. Resist.”
Like we’ve always believed, in the end, it will be music that will heal and save the world.