GRAMMYs 2017 Recap: Speeches, Snubs, and Slayage

BY: TARYN DANIELS

The 2017 Grammy Awards were disappointing to say the least. The performance lineup proved to be more covers and tributes than anything else, and James Corden fell short as the host. However for those that didn’t watch, there were a few shining moments that stood out. Check out the 9 big moments below.

Black women on the red carpet

As always, women of color slayed the red carpet this year. Special mentions go out to Blue Ivy, Solange, Rihanna, Laverne Cox and Mya.

Bruno rocks the Prince tribute

That purple suit, those dance moves, AND that eyeliner? Issa husband.

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Chance the Rapper wins big time

Chance proved that independent artists really can do it all, after winning Best New Artist, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance for “No Problem.”

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Rihanna and Her Flask

Rih was all of us tbh, sitting through some of those bad performances. Bringing a diamond flask for you and your friend is a new boss level I may never reach. Best dressed couple of the night, hands down.

Beyonce’s Performance

Two words, defying gravity. We were all here for the pregnancy glow, subtle belly touches, and amazing visuals, but that sitting gansta lean had us all screaming “PROTECT THE TWINS!”

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Blue Ivy

Pink suit with a black panther on the back, and a bedazzled Hello Kitty purse to match? Blue Ivy was all kinds of extra last night. But the best part was watching her ignore basically all of the celebs fawning over her. It only further proved that if you ain't talking Beyonce, she don't wanna talk. 

Beyonce and Chance’s acceptance speeches

Chance gave glory to God, while Beyonce noted how important it was to tell stories that people are too scared to talk about and to use images that black children can relate to. See the rest of their speeches below.

Chance takes everyone to church

Chance is God’s gift to Earth, and this performance reminded everyone why. Watch his medley of “All We Got” and “How Great” featuring Tamela Mann and Kirk Franklin below.

The Album of the Year controversy

Perhaps the most upsetting part of the night, was watching Adele take home the award for Album of the Year instead of Beyonce. While the majority of today’s headlines have been commending Adele for mentioning her love for Queen B in her speech, and breaking the award in half so that the two could share it, it’s clear that the masses missed the mark on why this moment was so disheartening to women of color across the country. “Lemonade” represented an artist taking the time to create visuals and content that truly captures what it’s like to be a Black woman in this country. The album was about more than just music, it was about understanding how sex, relationships, family, love and pressures on the female body all influence and control Black women. To witness Beyonce lose this award feels as though our experience is not recognized, that our story is not appreciated. As if that wasn’t enough, a Black female artist hasn’t won Album of the Year since Lauryn Hill in 1999, only further proving that we can “have” the urban categories but we might never earn the respect of the mainstream.

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