BEST: Brandi Carlile is no joke Brandi CarlileGetty Images It’s not easy to get up on the Grammy stage and, about three hours into the show, sell a song that most of the people watching have never heard.
WORST: Childish Gambino’s no-show John Mayer and Alicia KeysFilmMagic Before Song of the Year was presented, it was cool to hear Alicia Keys reveal that John Mayer broke the SOTY trophy he won for Daughters” in 2005 — beating out A-Keys for her far superior “If I Ain’t Got You” — before Mayer himself joined her onstage to call it the “coolest joint custody agreement in show-business history.”
Music has always been the one place we can all feel truly free, Lopez said.Pinkett Smith, mindful of the divisiveness nationwide, noted that every voice we hear deserves to be honored and respected.A big part of friendship is showing up for your girls—that’s why I was thrilled to be there for the one and only @aliciakeys at the #GRAMMYs.
Music is so powerful, Keys said.The entertainer said she wanted everybody to feel a little less nervous and let their shoulders drop because she was at the helm and she gave shout-outs to several of the evenings honorees, mostly women.Music is what we all love, she said.
Just seeing Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith taking the stage with host Alicia Keys, looking both beautiful and badass, was the early OMG moment that had us all screaming at the screen.
GRAMMY nominees @JBALVIN, @youngthug, and GRAMMY winners @Ricky_Martin and @sandovalarturo1, will join @Camila_Cabello for an explosive #GRAMMYs show opener! You wont want to miss it. 🙌
Grammy Awards host Alicia Keys made good on her promise to ensure peace and good energy in the room and she did it with the help of Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith and former First Lady Michelle Obama.The 15-time Grammy Award winner, dubbed a musical superwoman, stepped out to a standing ovation and welcomed a quartet of superwoman onstage with her at the 61st Grammy Awards on Sunday night to convey a positive, uplifting even healing message of unity through music.Do you feel that love in the building?
pic.twitter.com/8cMhTmsClA Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 11, 2019 Obama, who got the loudest cheers, also expressed what music has meant for her.From the Motown records I wore out on the South Side to the Who Run the World songs that fueled me through the last decade.
But all that stage patter led to a big womp-womp when the actual Song of the Year winner they were announcing — Childish Gambino and posse for “This Is America” — turned out to be a no-show.
The Girl on Fire has been a steadfast champion of female authenticity and natural beauty, further highlighted by her 2016 #nomakeup resolution, predilections she adhered to during Sundays show.The entertainer took on hosting duties a year after outgoing Recording Academy President Neil Portnow responded to a 2018 post-show question about the male-centric results during the show by imploring women in music to step up.Speaking to reporters before Sundays show, Keys said she felt blessed to have been on the Grammys stage multiple times before.I understand what it is and what it feels like and I know what the artists are going through, she said.
BEST MOMENT: The return of Ricky Martin Ricky Martin and Camila CabelloGetty Images Ricky Martin burning up the Grammy stage in 1999 with “The Cup of Life” was one of the all-time best Grammy moments.