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Grammys: The Good, The Great & Can We Always Have Alicia Keys Hosting Award Shows?

Alicia Keys and girl squad at the 2019 GRAMMYs stage

Sunday blues what?

Last night was a great night for the music industry. So many great musicians under one roof making us feel all the feels and wishing the show would go for another hour – or was that just me?

The Good

Havana, ooh na-na! Camila Cabello put on a great performance. Everything, from the stage to the dancers and guest performers, it made a great show starter. Ricky Martin took us back to his hit “Pegate”, Arturo Sandoval’s solo embodied the feel of La Havana at the Grammys, and J Balvin gave us a brief but very important message – “Build Bridges, Not Walls.”

The rest of the show was filled with great performances. Cardi B in Mugler 1995-1996 Fall / Winter collection (so 90’s) gave a cool performance of her song “Money”. Go Cardi! Also, can we talk about her pianist – Chloe Flower? That opening truly set the mood for the performance – so powerful with such bad@$$ attitude.

Another Latinx performance that took the public by surprise was none other than Jenny from the block. Her tribute to Motown was full of energy, lots of outfits, singing with Smokey Robinson and flips, oh those flips. As usual, she had us all wondering, “how do you do that?!” There were some people against her doing the tribute, but all-in-all the performance worked and Smokey was happy 🙂

The Great: Who Won What?

Childish Gambino’s This Is America made waves last night. The song won for both Song and Record of the year. Gambino did not attend the event and his absence was noted.

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album – Zoé, Aztlán (#Bravo!)

Album of the Year – Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour
Best Latin Pop Album – Claudia Brant, Sincera
Best R&B Album – H.E.R., Best Part
Best Rap Album – Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy
Best Rock Album – Greta Van Fleet, From The Fires
Best Pop Vocal Album – Ariana Grande, Sweetener 
Best Solo & Duo Performance – Lady Gaga (and Bradley Cooper), Shallow
Best New Artist – Dua Lipa
Best Urban Contemporary Album – The Carters, Everything Is Love
Best Alternative Music Album – Beck, Colors
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media – Ok, fine. Black Panther won, but Coco’s nomination felt like a win to us :p

Another moment of great: Diana Ross’, “Happy Birthday to ME!” Need we say more? Her performance was presented by her 9 year-old grandson. The cute moment just showed how familiar and natural it is for her and her family to be on stage. True artist, great performance and yes, happy birthday to her! Mrs. Ross turns 75 this year, in March actually, but what better way to get her b-day party started?

“Alicia can we be your friend” moments?

Alicia’s infectious energy, soulful renditions and just the way she showed her appreciation for the art of music and the legends that have given us so many memories with their lyrics, made for an amazing – wish she hosted all the Grammys – night.

First, her looks were so her. She didn’t look costumy or like she was trying too hard to play off a different persona. She was herself and she looked great, cool and super confident – #ImAFan.

#SquadGoals. I’ve never been a fan of this saying but did you see who her friends are? I mean…#SquadGoalsx1000. Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance and the public, especially Twitter, were all for it.

Two Pianos. She played TWO pianos at once. Whaaat?! Her talent is outstanding. She made us feel like we were in a private, low-key, too cool for school concert (can you tell I’m not cool?). Her performance was simply amazing.

How did you feel about the Grammys last night? Are thinking of taking piano classes now?

#AliciaBeOurFriend #Grammys #SomosLatinX

 

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