The Grammy’s 2017: Monumental Moments & What We Can Learn
Posted on 19 February 2017
It has officially been a week since the 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony on 12th February 2017.
The Grammy’s is always full of surprises, and the ceremony definitely shut down social media. This year saw a number of surprises, from touching speeches, to surprise wins, surprise non-wins (Rihanna...), amazing performances, and tributes for George Michael and Prince.
This year the Grammy's only televised just nine awards, which included the big four; Best New Artist (awarded to Chance The Rapper), Record of The Year (awarded to Adele for Hello), Song of The Year (awarded to Adele for Hello), Album of The Year (awarded to Adele for 25).
The 59th Annual Grammy Awards was nothing short of monumental moments that we have summarised below.
The Grammy Monumental Moments
Our first monumental moment was Adele’s speech after winning Album of The Year for her album, 25.
In which she stating that Beyonce should have won the award.
This was a touching moment of the award show. It takes great humility and a certain type of person to stand on stage and say that another nominee is more deserving than yourself, after winning the award of national television.
This is why we love Adele, So down to earth and humble!
Adele called the Grammy’s out, noting the empowerment, and powerful impact that Lemonade has had across the world.
Adele then went on to break the award in half. Nice gesture Adele!
This will be a monumental moment in the Grammy’s history, not just because no-one has ever done this on stage, after winning album of the year. But because this shows a beautiful moment of two extremely talented and successful women supporting each other!
Adele called the Grammy’s out on its history of not exactly celebrating or giving credit where it is due. Let's not forget the Grammy's rather history of not celebrating African-American talent.
In the long history of the Grammy’s, only 10 black artists have won ‘Album of The Year’ since 1959.
Stevie Wonder – Innervisions (1974) | Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1975) | Songs in the Key of Life (1977)
Michael Jackson – Thriller (1984)
Lionel Richie – All Night Long (1985)
Quincy Jones/Various Artists – Back on the Block (1991)
Natalie Cole – Unforgettable…with Love (1992)
Whitney Houston – The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack (1994)
Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1999)
Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2004)
Ray Charles– Genius Loves Company (2005)
Herbie Hancock – River: The Joni Letters (2008)
Now, this could just be a result from statistics, as there are more non-black artists in the music industry. However, on the other hand this could be another example of lack of representation, and not giving credit where credit is due by the very “traditional” academy.
The Grammy’s have reported to too traditional, and not up to date with youth and culture. So, do you think that the Grammy’s will become obsolete and not important in the future? Do you think that they will pay attention to impact beyond just record sales, but cultural impact such as social media?
Whether you agree or disagree with Adele's speech. This was a beautiful moment of humility and comradeship between two women supporting each other, and not tearing one another down. We’re here for this!
It’s clear that Lemonade was a very deserving of the ‘Album of The Year’ award. Love it or hate it, it was definitely an culturally impactful body of work both online and offline. It literally shut down the internet, and commented on past and present issues around love, race and society.
This year the little known Urban Contemporary Album was televised for the first time of which Beyoncé won. Her speech referenced the reasoning behind creating such an album that focused on beauty, love and societal issue.
"It’s important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty, so that they can grow up in a world where they can look in the mirror, first at their own families as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House, and the Grammys, and see themselves, and have no doubt that they’re beautiful, intelligent, and capable. This is something that I want for every child of every race, and I feel it’s vital we look at this past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes." - Beyonce
Beyonce's performance took African culture to another level on the main stage of the mainstream Grammy Awards. Beyonce's stage costume closely resembled that of Yoruba African Goddess of love and sweet waters, Diety Oshun.
To people familiar with Yoruba, an ancestral religion to the American religions Santería, Brujería, Orisha, and Vodou. Diety Oshun is known for her connection in destiny and divination as a means to promote luxury, pleasure, sexuality and fertility, beauty and love.
Our favourite looks of the evening
Source: Getty Images
Sporting her nude undies underneath the gorgeous net gold see-through dress by Julien Macdonald (paired with David Yurman jewels and an Edie Parker clutch)
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Chance The Rapper
What are your thoughts on this year’s Grammy’s and the monumental moments!