With each year that passes the focus of the Grammy Awards appears to be less and less on the music.
Yes, people are interested in the night’s big winners and losers but, as well as performances, the stage now shares the spotlight with celebrities airing their political agendas.
So, what messages were we supposed to take away from the 57th annual edition?
Only Beyoncé deserves an award
OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but Kanye West certainly seems to enjoy fighting Beyoncé‘s cause.
At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, the rapper crashed the stage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech. Grabbing the mic from the singer, he notoriously said:
“Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’m (going to) let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.”
Fast forward nearly six years and a similar scene unfolded. Audience members looked mildly horrified as West jumped on stage during Beck’s acceptance speech for the ‘Album of the Year’ award. While he didn’t say anything, the rapper later told entertainment channel E! that his stunt was far from a joke:
“Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé and at this point we’re tired of it. Because what happens is when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration,” he reportedly said.
At a Universal Music after party, American singer/songwriter Beck didn’t seem to harbour any hard feelings towards Kanye.
“Absolutely, I thought she (Beyoncé) was going to win,” he is reported to have said, before adding:
“You can’t please everybody. I still love him (West) and think he’s a genius.”
It’s On Us
“It’s on us – all of us – to create a culture where violence isn’t tolerated, where survivors are supported, and where all our young people – men and women – can go as far as their talents and their dreams will taken them,” said US President Barack Obama in a video appearance
He made a personal statement on behalf of the White House’s ‘It’s On Us’ campaign to stop sexual assault on college campuses.
“It’s not okay, and it has to stop,” said the president.
Watch the full video below.
Don’t steal apples… Or music
Roseanne Cash pressed for reform in a changing music industry. The 59-year-old singer and guitarist told reporters many musicians were struggling.
“There are many musicians who feel that they cannot make a living anymore,” she said. “If you wouldn’t steal an apple from a store, why would you steal an album?”
The daughter of folk legend Johnny Cash took home three gramophones in the Americana categories.
I just won 3 Grammys!! Thank you to fans who bought the record, came to shows and gave encouragement. Much Love 2 U! pic.twitter.com/hS9dxrI52P— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) February 9, 2015
Black Lives Matter
Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams and Prince all paid tribute to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. The campaign, which fights against racism, was set up after a number of young black men were killed in the US.
Sometimes, you might be faced with competition
Grammy red carpet. Who wore it better? pic.twitter.com/Q3odkk7P9I.— Wendy Fullerton (@WendolynAnn) February 9, 2015