2019 Grammys: The Highs and Lows

It will not be attainable for the Grammys to exist with out some kind controversy. This 12 months, outgoing Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, no stranger to exactly the kind controversy we talked about within the earlier sentence, took up lots beneficial airtime with a tribute to himself, on the expense longer speeches from award winners. Mention 21 Savage, who is currently detained by ICE, was largely nonexistent, Drake had some choice words for the Recording Academy, and there was plenty pre-show controversy as effectively. All that apart, this was the, uh, vibiest Grammys that we are able to bear in mind, due in no small half to Alicia Keys extraordinarily laid again internet hosting method. Here are your highs and lows the 2019 Grammys. Congrats to Kacey Musgraves on her well-deserved Album the Year win.

HIGH: Gaga calling out Seacrest’s crap interviewing abilities.
In at this time’s lesson on how to not ask a query with out asking it, right here’s Ryan Seacrest on the purple carpet with Lady Gaga not asking her if she’s performing “Shallow” with Bradley Cooper on the Oscars however as an alternative merely presenting it as reality after which shoving a microphone in her face for a response quote. And here’s Lady Gaga immediately schooling him on why that’s simply dangerous interviewing, dude. -Dee Lockett

HIGH: This Pink tweet and Instagram.
Rudely, Pink misplaced her 20th Grammy tonight however, per typical, nobody might care much less about it than Pink. In reality, she celebrated the loss in fashion by nursing her child again to well being and receiving a selfmade tinfoil Grammy from her daughter, which I feel we are able to all agree is price greater than that hunk gold. -DL

HIGH: “Build Bridges Not Walls” throughout Camila Cabello’s opening efficiency.
The Grammys don’t usually prefer to get political however Latinx acts Camila Cabello, Ricky Martin, J Balvin, and Arturo Sandoval didn’t give a rattling what the Grammys like of their opening efficiency. They snuck in a message immediately geared toward Trump and his proposed wall on the Mexican border. Did you catch it? -DL

LOW: Cardi introduced Offset as her date.
Now that their “break up” has apparently been Gorilla-glued again collectively, Cardi B introduced her once-estranged husband, Offset, as her Grammy date. The two have been seen tonguing one another down on the carpet, he was seen wagging his tongue at her whereas she carried out, and she or he may very well be heard not letting his title roll f her tongue as soon as throughout her Best Rap Album acceptance speech, opting as an alternative for the extra becoming “you, husband.” Meanwhile, throughout the present, Offset used footage Cardi giving birth to sell his new album. Ohhhh … you. -DL

HIGH: Ariana Grande celebrating her Grammy win in her Grammys gown at residence
What do you need to say for your self now, Ken? -DL

HIGH: Michelle Obama saying “Motown.”
Are we so starved for any reminder the Obama years that the mere presence Michelle Obama and utterance literally any word will collectively render us stupefied? Ugh, sure. Help! -DL

LOW: Joy Villa is back on her bullshit.
Who is that this and why is she doing this? -Sam Hockley-Smith

HIGH: Janelle Monae’s Performance.

HIGH: Alicia Keys, actually excessive.
All playing cards on the desk: initially the present, I used to be positive that Alicia Keys would convey low vitality to the whole ceremony. Her preliminary speech was a grasp class in calmly saying an entire lot nothing in entrance a whole faction the leisure business. But because it went on, it began to really feel like Keys was internet hosting a celebration at some ’70s mansion that in all probability had no less than one round mattress and at most 15 opulent fish tanks. In different phrases, I’m not going to say that Keys was truly stoned — who might know for positive? — however she definitely was channeling the vitality a blasé feast host for the whole 4 hour runtime the Grammys. When Cardi B threatened to harsh the mellow the present by having actual feelings, and joked that “possibly I ought to begin smoking weed,” it was exhausting to not think about Alicia Keys pulling a woven basket jazz cigarettes from that purple cape she was sporting as quickly as Cardi B walked out the body. Award reveals are about spectacle, positive, however possibly now they are often about excessive stage rest and low stage contentment, too? -SHS

LOW: Post Malone ignoring #Free21Savage.
Post Malone carried out “Rockstar,” his tune with 21 Savage, from the catacombs the Staples Center, and, simply earlier than he joined Red Hot Chili Peppers on stage, you could possibly hear, ever so briefly, the “21” adlib that will have kicked f 21 Savage’s verse had he not been detained by ICE brokers final week. It was a obvious second silence amid a present marked by obvious moments silence towards a man who might title a great quantity performers and nominees as a pal and collaborator. Doing the naked minimal shouldn’t be this tough. -SHS

HIGH: Cardi B’s piano lady
Were you anticipating Cardi B to bring a classically-trained pianist to the Grammys to steal the present? Probably not! And that’s the sweetness Cardi B and, typically, the Grammys: They need its nominees to maneuver away from expectation. Which brings us to Cardi performing “Money” with a lady named Chloe Flower, who, because it occurs, has been masking Cardi songs on the piano for months. Thank Cardi later for placing you on. -DL

HIGH: Alicia Keys’s piano covers medley.
Big evening for pianos! But, course, go away it to Alicia Keys to point out up each different pianist who’d taken the stage earlier than her. Using her internet hosting duties to convey “Club Keys” to the Grammys, she carried out a jukebox medley random hits from Juice WRLD to Coldplay, taking part in on two (2!) pianos. Sure, the entire bit may’ve been filler for Ariana Grande’s cancelled performance, however you’d by no means know the distinction. -DL

HIGH: Drake telling the Grammys they don’t matter.
Drake’s love-hate relationship with the Grammys went from “again on” to “it’s difficult” in a matter seconds when he made a shock look to simply accept Best Rap Song for “God’s Plan.” Midway via a free sports activities analogy about how the Grammys are extra about reputation than stats, and so that you shouldn’t take it personally after they inevitably ignore you, the Grammys played him f stage. He can final be heard saying “you don’t want this proper right here” after which left hanging on a “however.” But what?! To be continued in all probability by no means. -DL

LOW: The deafening silence round 21 Savage’s arrest.
Though he was a Record the Year nominee and “Rockstar,” his tune with Post Malone was carried out on the printed, not a point out 21 Savage’s current ICE detention was made till the eleventh hour. And it got here from one the evening’s least recognizable faces: Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson, who accepted Record the Year for “This Is America” on Donald Glover’s behalf. Thanking Savage among the many tune’s featured artists in his speech, Göransson accurately famous that he “must be right here.” It additionally shouldn’t have taken virtually 4 hours into the printed for one Savage’s friends to get on stage and say it. -DL

LOW: Travis Scott’s efficiency was high quality, however didn’t translate effectively.
Astroworld is a captivating album. It’s a coronation Travis Scott — the second when he was in a position to step out the shadows all his influences and create one thing that felt like his personal, even because it drew from lots very apparent folks and locations. All that stated, Scott’s dwell efficiency is a large think about his reputation. The man has lots vitality on stage, and he’s up to now been in a position to scale it up as his reveals get larger and larger. His Grammys efficiency, however, whereas technically high quality and even attention-grabbing (why not climb round on a cage in case you can?), felt a bit hole — an try to convey some edge to a stage that goes out its method to negate the very idea unpredictability. –SHS

LOW: Jennifer Lopez doing a Motown tribute.
If you spent your whole life in an isolation chamber devoid entry to any media ever, and then you definately got here out stated chamber lengthy sufficient to see Jennifer Lopez’s Motown tribute, you’d in all probability assume it was fairly good, as a result of with out context it was. But you’re studying this, so presumably you’ve solely been in a sensory deprivation chamber, or another variety chamber, for a quick interval time, which implies about popular culture and historical past and the place Jennifer Lopez, an excellent pop artist, sits in relation to Motown. Knowing all this, you’ve bought to ask: “Is Jennifer Lopez actually the perfect particular person in recorded music to do a Motown tribute?” You know the reply and so will we. -SHS

HIGH: Cardi B’s whole speech.
We’ve had an entire lot possibilities to see Cardi B settle for well-deserved awards this 12 months, which additionally means we’ve had lots time to consider Cardi B: celeb and Cardi B: award winner. Sure, Drake is perhaps proper in regards to the Grammys as an establishment, but it surely doesn’t imply that Cardi’s second wasn’t price celebrating. Her speech, simply probably the most real (and genuinely shocked) the evening captured that fleeting feeling we’re looking for after we watch this stuff. –SHS

HIGH: Dua Lipa and St. Vincent impregnating me .
It was in that second when Dua and St. (could I name you, St.???) touched shoulders and locked fingers that I felt their pressure trigger my IUD to dislodge. Next 12 months, may I suggest an honorary Grammy solely for the one who dreamt this collaboration up. -DL

HIGH: Alicia Keys’s cape.
Capes! -SHS