There has been a lot of controversy during the 60th Grammy Awards, most of them are even up for debate. Here are the highlights and talking points of what happened during music’s biggest night.
‘Time’s Up’ in the music industry
R&B star Janelle Monáe went up on stage to introduce Kesha. Everyone knows that Kesha has been embroiled in controversy and legal drama relating to sexual harassment she received from her producer Dr. Luke. Monáe took the opportunity onstage to give a powerful speech about Time’s Up (the movement against sexual harassment) by saying "It's not just going on in Hollywood, it's not just going on in Washington — it's right here in our industry as well." Watch her speech below.
Janelle Monae: We say Times Up for pay inequality, times' up for discrimination, time's up for harassment of any kind, and time's up for the abuse of power. Because you see it's not just going on in Hollywood, or in Washington, it's right here in our industry as well. pic.twitter.com/QYzC6vrept— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 29, 2018
Alessia Cara winning ‘Best New Artist’
Critics and music journalists were shocked to find out that Alessia Cara won Best New Artist instead of the much-hyped SZA or Khalid. Cara might have given a great speech about giving everyone recognition for their work, but many still believe she didn’t deserve to win. Her debut album was released way back in 2015 and to be awarded Best New Artist, you got to be fresh and exciting like SZA or Khalid.
JAY-Z goes home empty-handed
Jay-Z was the most nominated artist at the 60th Grammy Awards, with a possible 8 awards up for grabs by him alone. With that many possible awards, he would at least win one of them, however, he received nothing by the end of the awards ceremony. Surely that’s no way to treat a legend?