Grammy 2019 Recap: From Culture Snatching to Faux Trappin’

The 61st Grammy Awards took place last night, honoring the biggest and brightest stars in music from the past year. The ceremony, held at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles, seemed to have a lot more misses than hits with the biggest winner of the evening, Childish Gambino, not even in attendance.

Lets start of with the host of the evening,  the 15 time Grammy Award-winning Alicia Keys.

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Alicia, though she put in great effort, probably should have declined this hosting gig. Being a host requires quick wit and some sort of comedic timing to keep things moving and entertaining and Alicia just wasn’t that. Her segment covering the years top songs with dueling pianos was probably highlight of her hosting duties and it was obvious that she felt the most comfortable in the moment. Let’s hope she views this as a teaching moment and recognizes that hosting just isn’t her forte.

Post Malone’s 21 Savage-less Performance

US rapper Post Malone and the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform onstage during the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

With 21 Savage being nominated and scheduled to perform with Post Malone at the Grammy’s this year, certainly Post would make it his duty to make sure to give a shout 21 given his current situation and the #Free21Savage campaign that damn near every single person in that audience jumped on.


Post got his lily white behind on that stage and did what most faux allies do. Twitter definitely took notice and rightfully called him out on it.

Jennifer Lopez’s Unseasoned Vegas-Style Motown Tribute

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 10: Jennifer Lopez (L) and Smokey Robinson perform onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

This was everything that we thought it was going to be and then some. The Grammy’s TOTALLY missed the mark by having JLo perform a tribute to an iconic staple in black music DURING black history month. There’s no question that JLo is an amazing performer HOWEVER her performance skills were not needed nor wanted for that matter. Black folks are protective of Motown’s legacy and rightfully so. They were the voice for our people and embodied black culture with grace, class and dignity. So for JLo to get up on that stage in a leotard and salsa, booty shake and LIP-SYNC her way through that performance tribute was truly disheartening to watch. Like…Berry Gordy literally looked terrified…

and to top it off, Jennifer thanked everyone EXCEPT Mr. Gordy, who was standing right in front of her, at the end of her performance. CHILE SOMEONE CALL 911!

Aside from these culture-snatchin’ moments, there was history made. Donald Glover became the first black artist to take home Record of the Year for a rap song, making him one of the big winners of the night. Cardi B won for Best Rap Album for her debut Invasion of Privacy, making her the first solo female rap artist to take home a win in that category since 1997. Janelle Monae put on an AMAZING performance and Fantasia, Yolanda Adams and Andra Day did a soul-stirring tribute to the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Overall the show was blaaahhh. Let’s hope next year the Recording Academy aims for more hits than misses.

Cover Photo Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock

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