Thanks to President Donald Trump and his equally incompetent administration, politics seems to have become the default theme for every awards show in the United States.
A number of celebrities have landed themselves in the business mogul’s bad graces after taking a stand against his policies and using the entertainment platform to speak their mind.
The 2017 Grammy Awards were not much different.
In fact, the stars got political even before the highly anticipated event started. Singer Joy Villa appeared on red carpet wearing a dazzling white and blue “Make America Great Again” dress with “TRUMP” spelled out in “yuge” letters on the trail.
The musical group Highly Suspect also drew photographers’ attention with band member Johnny Stevens’ “Impeach” jacket.
That was just the beginning.
In his opening monologue, host James Corden, who previously delivered a powerful message against Trump’s Muslim ban, faked a stage stumble before diving into a rap song to share a message of equality and take a jab at the president.
“Living our life because this is best/ but with President Trump/ you don’t know what comes next,” the “Late Late Show” host rhymed. “We can survive by sticking together.”
Award-winning singer Jennifer Lopez took the stage next. Though she didn’t use the commander-in-chief’s name, her message was loud and clear.
“At this particular point in history our voices are needed more than ever,” she said. “As Toni Morrison once said, this is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair no place for self-pity, no need for silence and no room for fear. We do language, that is how civilizations heal, so tonight we celebrate our universal language, music.”
Later in the show, pop star Katy Perry appeared on stage wearing an armband reading "PERSIST" — a reference to Sen. Mitch McConnell's remark about fellow Sen. Elizabeth Warren, while comedian Patton Oswalt took the opportunity to inform the audience, “We’re living in a first draft of a Monty Python sketch.”
While Oswalt’s observation felt terrifyingly apt, it was Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest and Anderson Paak who made the most piercing statement of the night by breaking down an actual wall.
“I just want to thank President Agent Orange for perpetuating all of the evil that you’ve been perpetuating throughout the United States,” noted Rhymes. “I want to thank President Agent Orange for his unsuccessful attempt at the Muslim ban.”
Beyoncé’s poignant speech also took the internet by storm.
“We all experience pain and loss, and often we become inaudible,” said Queen Bey, accepting the award for Best Urban Contemporary Album for “Lemonade.”
“It's important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror — first through their own families, as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House and the Grammys — and see themselves,” she continued. “And have no doubt that they're beautiful, intelligent and capable. This is something I want for every child of every race, and I feel it's vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes.”
If things continue the same way, we’re going to see a lot more of this in the next four years.
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