The 57th Annual Grammy Awards Show aired this past Sunday and per usual, social media didn’t fail to disappoint. What really stole Sunday night’s show was the internet’s response to the biggest moments of the night. I didn’t even know the Grammy’s were happening until my Facebook exploded the following day, but maybe I’m the only one under a rock. So, who was the person behind all the buzz? Yeezy, naturally. I wonder how Kim felt about taking a backseat to breaking the internet.
Kanye West wasn’t the only one who generated some post Grammy’s buzz, however. From Prince to Ledisi, and the controversy over domestic violence, social media proved that it could be entertaining an informative. Here are 4 of the biggest takeaways of the night.
1. Kanye West: Melodramatic baby, or speaking truth on the exploitation of Black artists?
Depending on who you talk to, Beyonce, the queen of r&b, lost out to Beck for album of the year. In an ode to the 2009 VMA awards where Taylor Swift was interrupted mid acceptance speech for Best Female Video, Kanye briefly got on stage just as Beck accepted his award.
Everyone laughed it off, including Beck, assuming Kanye was simply poking fun at himself. It wasn’t until shit got real backstage when he elaborated on the stunt to correspondents for E! News, which included sis in law Khloe K.
I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t gonna play with them no more. And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyoncé.
According to the Grammy FAQS page, for albums to be considered, they must “be released between Oct. 1, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2014 and have been commercially released in the U.S. Recording Academy Voting Members consist of professionals with creative or technical credits on at least six commercially released tracks.” I’m guessing the voting process is based off of subjective opinions because if you’re going to go on logic, Beck reached number 60 on Billboard’s 2014 list of top 200 albums with Morning Phase, while Beyonce’s album The Platinum Edition reached number 2. This is ending year charts, btw.
Social media is divided on this one. Some dismiss Yeezy as an arrogant douche, while others agree with Kanye’s rant.
Maybe it’s a publicity stunt, where Beck and Beyonce are slated to record an album together this year, with Kanye producing the tracks… Who knows, but Yeezy did let us in on a little secret: He and Taylor have kissed and made up and are currently working on a project.
Prince, Pharell, Common and Beyonce show solidarity with #BLM Movement
Prince, who presented the album of the year to Beck, made a subtle reference in support to the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Albums still matter. Like books and black lives, albums still matter.”
Background dancers wore black hoodies and raised hands, presumably referencing Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown for Pharell’s performance of “Happy”.
During Beyonce’s of rendition “Take My Hand, Precious Lord, the background dancers raised their hands in a similar gesture (we’ll get back her drama on this.).
During Common and John Legend’s performance of “Glory,” Common also took the “Hands up, don’t shoot” stance.
Grammys raise awareness about domestic violence but honors abusers.
President Obama made a surprise appearance to the Grammys via video where he spoke about his anti-violence campaign It’s on Us . Performer, writer and activist Brooke Axtell, a victim of both sexual assault and sex trafficking, took to the stage to perform her poem about her own abuse. Social media noted the irony of highlighting domestic violence, but honoring celebrity abusers like Eminim, R Kelly and Chris Brown.
Beyonce robs Ledisi’s big moment
Lastly, was the controversy over Beyonce stealing fellow singer Ledisi’s big moment to perform Take My Hand, Precious Lord, originally performed by Mahalia Jackson. Ledisi, who plays Mahalia in the latest MLK biopic, Selma, was dumbfounded as to why she hadn’t been chosen to perform the song. During her walk on the red carpet, ET! asked Ledisi her thoughts, to which she so eloquently responded like the graceful queen that she is:
What I will say and what I’m excited about is that I had the pleasure of playing an iconic figure in Selma, and the song, ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord,’ it’s been going on forever – starting with the queen Mahalia, the queen of soul Aretha Franklin… I was able to portray and sing my version of the song, and now we have Beyonce. Her generation will now know the song, so I’m a part of history.
Apparently, Bey hit up John Legend to perform the piece..Whatever the case, here’s each artist’s version of the song. I’ll let you decide.
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