There were two big winners and a lot of great performances during the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday.
Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar dominated the award ceremony with their share of gold trophies. Bruno picked up the Award for Song of the Year for “That’s What I Like” and Album of the Year for, “24k Magic”, while Kendrick won for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “Humble”, which were just a few of the awards among the two solo artists.
Both artists also gave outstanding performances on stage. Kendrick opened the award ceremony with a mass of dancers which included segments of an on-stage documentary throughout the performance by comedian Dave Chappelle. The politically charged performance included collaboration with U2. Dave also won an Award for Best Comedian Album during the ceremony.
U2 gave a stunning performance by the Hudson River with the Statue of Liberty in the background and overviews of the New York skyline which included the now iconic Freedom Tower. The performance was in response to the immigration policies that are under consideration which was a theme throughout the ceremony as well as other social and political issues.
Kesha left the audience stunned after the emotionally charged performance that was directly related to the #MeToo social movement. After her performance, which included pop legend Cindy Lauper, there were very few dry eyes in the audience.
However, the music industry’s biggest night slipped 20 percent in viewership over last year’s ratings. Hosted by James Corden, it was recorded live by CBS. According to Neilsen Media ratings, the event could put the Grammy’s in the ranking of having the lowest ratings recorded in history. There were 26 million viewers in 2017 as opposed to the expected 17.6 million viewers after the final viewership data has been calculated which are expected sometime on Monday.