Sunday nights Grammy’s in an unsurprising series of events was filled with forced celebrity political agenda all the way through. The reason I called this unsurprising is because, it isn’t. American award shows have been filled with celebrities shoving their political agendas down the throats of viewers for decades now, so its only natural that it would continue today. And what better issues to cover during the entire award show but the same liberal narrative that we see on a day to day basis anyway. Last nights Grammys were filled with repetitive anti-Trump jokes and predictable skits.
Kendrick Lamar performed an explosive opening performance with U2 along with a comedic interjection by Dave Chapelle. Lamar’s performance included male dancers as soldiers, and then as hooded figures drop one by one to the sound of gunshots. He was then interrupted by comedy legend Dave Chapelle who joked with the crowd saying, “Hi, I’m Dave Chappelle. And 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. Sorry for the interruption.” While the performance was intense and explosive it was somewhat watered down by the low-grade political jab by Dave Chapelle. His joke at the Grammy’s is no different than the basis of nearly his entire Netflix special he did in 2017.
The Timesup movement was a big part of the 2018 Grammys. Multiple celebrities showed their solidarity with the movement by carrying white roses with them. Timesup is a movement against sexual assault founded on January 1st, 2018 by Hollywood celebrities in response to the Weinstein effect and #Metoo.
Janelle Monae gave an introduction on behalf of the Timeesup movement to Kesha’s performance of “Praying”. It is assumed that this performance was likely directed towards her old music producer, Dr.Luke. In 2017, Kesha fought an ongoing legal battle with her former music producer of accusations of emotional and sexual abuse.
The ceremony also included several references to topics such as the debate over DACA immigrants and the government shutdown that ensued after it. Another performance dedicated entirely to the victims of the largest mass shooting in U.S history in Las Vegas last September.
But to end it all, the host of the Grammys James Corden presented a prerecorded sketch where several celebrities read from Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury.” The book falsely explores the behavior of President Donald Trump and his campaign staff while on campaign and in the White House. Stars that commented during the skit included, John Legend, Cher, Snoop Dogg, DJ Khalid, Cardi B, and finally Hillary Clinton.
On top of all the political performances and jabs at President Trump the 2018 Grammys saw an all time low as far as ratings go. This isn’t a first either. 2017 saw some of the lowest award show ratings of all time.