2018 Grammys drop the ball on progress

Sierra Edwards, Asst. Op Ed Editor

     Madison Square garden was all alight for the 2018 Grammys on Sunday night, hosted by famous funnyman James Corden.

     The performances were outstanding, with Bruno Mars and Cardi B giving a performance that looked just like their music video and paid homage to past fashion trends. Lady Gaga surprised everyone with her angelic look, making us realize how far she’s come since the infamous meat dress.

     Jay-Z got top marks from the industry at the pre-Grammy gala the night before, where he accepted the President’s Merit Award and was recognized as a Salute to Industry Icons honoree.

     Kendrick dominated everything rap by winning Best Rap Performance for “HUMBLE,” Best Rap/Sung Performance with “LOYALTY,” Best Rap Song with “HUMBLE,” Best Rap Album for “DAMN” and Best Music Video with “HUMBLE.”

     Shockingly, Alessia Cara was one of the only female artists that won an award, topping Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels, and SZA to win Best New Artist.Of course, Ed Sheeran came home with some hardware, winning Best Pop Solo Performance for “Shape of You” and Best Pop Vocal Album with “Divide.”

     Foo Fighters, ever the Grammy magnets, scored their twelfth career win with “Run,” the tumultuous metal dive that propelled them to their second Best Rock Song victory.

     In a field of heavy hitters like Metallica and Queens of the Stone Age, it was The War on Drugs scoring Best Rock Album with their psychedelic international hit “A Deeper Understanding.”

     Best Rock Song nominees Avenged Sevenfold ended up skipping the ceremony, voicing their displeasure at the rock categories being relegated to the pre-show.

     Actor and rapper Donald Glover (or, more specifically, Childish Gambino) walked off with the award for Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Redbone.”  

     Bruno Mars swept just about everything Album of the Year for “24K Magic,” Record of the Year for “24K Magic,” Song of the Year for “That’s What I Like,” Best R&B Performance for “That’s What I Like,” Best R&B Song for “That’s What I Like,” and Best R&B Album for “24K Magic.”

     As big and star-studded as the Grammys are, it feels like something went awry this year at MSG. For an industry that espouses progress, it apparently doesn’t want to admit that hip-hop is now America’s chosen sound, and this year’s rap field was stronger than it’s ever been. Perhaps a few more female winners in the lineup or a song about freedom and suicide prevention taking Song of the Year would have softened the impact of a radio-centered pop blast winning the big ones.



Sadly, it looks like this year’s Grammys missed a chance to act on the forward-thinking ideals they so frequently tout.   

At a head-scratching Grammys ceremony, Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” bested Kendrick Lamar’s critically-acclaimed “DAMN.” for Album of the Year.