As I’m sure you all know, GRAMMYs are awards given by The Recording Academy for achievements in the music industry. However, from overt speeches to Trump’s new nickname (which I’m totally using), this year’s award show was extremely politically charged.
Numerous speeches were held that night, some of which carried strong political messages. Before presenting an award, JLo said that “at this point in history, our voices are needed more than ever,” after which she quoted from a Toni Morrison essay (originally written after G.W. Bush was reelected). Further in the show, Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson, expressed support for the Standing Rock Protests. Finally, in her only (she was robbed) acceptance speech Beyoncé called for better representation.
Moving on to performances, A Tribe Called Quest expressed strong disapproval for president Trump. In their rendition of “We The People” they thanked “President Agent Orange for perpetuating evil in the United States”. Their show ended when people of different races gathered on stage while the rapper Q-Tip shouted “Resist” to the cameras.
Finally, Katy Perry performed her new single “Chained to the Rhythm”. She wore a white suit (possibly a reference to Hillary Clinton whom she supported strongly in the election) with an armband that said “Persist”. Her performance with Bob Marley’s grandson, Skip Marley ended with a projection of the US Constitution with “We The People” at the top.
The whole ceremony left you with an impression of having just witnessed some political propaganda, instead of an entertainment show. Do you think that this is appropriate? How much of an influence does pop culture even have on people when it come to things like these?
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