2018 is a lot of things.

Over the 60 year tradition of the Grammy Awards, the annual show has been reflective of our culture, of the current events, of the political climate, and this year's show was no exception. From the moment the Grammys opened with Kendrick Lamar's satirical performance I knew it was going to be a night to remember. The evening hosted by James Corden I knew that we were going to be well-entertained by one of the finest comedians of our time. Check out Popdust's favorite memorable moments.

Kendrick Lamar's satire

A breathtaking, brutally honest, and important opening to the night. Kendrick Lamar performed XXX and DNA alongside The Edge and Bono. His performance which started with faceless military men was briefly intersected with Dave Chapelle delivering the following, "I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America is being an honest black man in America." The performance concluded with each of the faceless men being shot and Kendrick standing alone among them. Kendrick had eight nominations.

Lady Gaga's winged piano

Lady Gaga delivered a simple but beautiful performance of "Jolene" and "A Million Reasons" declaring that "time's up" before starting her second song. She looked stunning tbh and her angelic piano was just as gorgeous.

Country artists tribute to the victims of Manchester and Las Vegas

One of the performances was a beautiful rendition of "Tears of Heaven" by Eric Clapton. The song was performed by Maren Morris, Eric Church, and The Osborne brothers. Behind them, a wall of tiles with the names of the victims from Las Vegas and Manchester glowed.

Janelle Monáe's powerful speech

The actress and recording artist spoke on behalf of women in the music industry. "We come in peace, but we mean business," she says of the issues surrounding the systemic sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. Her beautiful speech was followed by an equally moving performance of "Praying" by Kesha.

Kesha's visceral performance

Kesha performed her recent song "Praying." The skin raising performance was visceral and important. Kesha was supported by other female artists on stage all dressed in white similar to the white roses that artists were wearing all night to support the Time's Up and #MeToo movements.

Elton John + Miley Cyrus' duet

Honestly, this was a major highlight of the night for me. Not only did Elton John sound awesome, I freaked when Miley came out to duet "Tiny Dancer" with him. She looked gorgeous too.

Bruno Mars wins big + performs with Cardi B

Bruno was a major winner tonight. Taking home the Grammy for the Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year, Mars won all six Grammys he was nominated for. In addition to that, he performed "Finesse" along side rap queen Cardi B.

Patti Lupone ended her fued with Andrew Lloyd Webber

This may be news to anyone not invested in Broadway, but certainly important being that the Grammys take place in NYC. Patti Lupone was notoriously fired from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard starting a fued that would last until tonight when Patti took the stage and sang Webber's song "Don't Cry for Me Argentina."

Hillary Clinton's iconic cameo

Clinton seems to be the queen of cameos (and shade) having appeared on shows like Broad City. Tonight, HRC made a cameo on the Grammy's in a pre-recorded audition for narrating "Fire and Fury."

Camila Cabello speaks out about dreamers

Cabello professed her pride for being a Cuban-Mexican immigrant and made a plea for young immigrants before introducing U2 who performed on top of a barge near the Statue of Liberty.

James Corden x Shaggy x Sting

One of my favorite moments was James Corden attempting to take carpool karaoke to the subways with Sting and Shaggy. Though they "played the hits," New Yorkers were not amused. It was a fun- and punny bit.


Anie Delgado is a contributor to Popdust and is an actress and musician based in NYC. Follow her on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter and check out her music on Spotify. Press inquiries here.


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