Alabama quartet Little Big Town imbued the 60th Grammy Awards with some harmony, taking the stage to perform their ode to less than ideal guys, “Better Man.” (No, not the Pearl Jam song.)
The quartet — Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook — is up for a country album Grammy for its 2017 release “The Breaker,” and has already won the country duo or group performance award for “Better Man.”
The group offered a defiant take on their Taylor Swift-penned song, which worked on a number of levels. Not only was it nominated, but since Swift is the music business’s most bankable star, but isn’t in the Grammy cycle this year, her presence was required in some capacity.
Ripping through a medley centering on his song “XXX” with help from U2’s Bono and the Edge, not to mention Dave Chappelle, Kendrick Lamar opened the Grammys on Sunday with the type of live-wire intensity he’s well known for — but which rarely makes it onto network television.
The performance put Lamar — Sunday’s second-most-nominated artist behind Jay-Z — onstage amid a digitized American flag and a crew of dancers wearing combat fatigues and balaclavas. A screen read, “This is a satire.”
Carrie Fisher, the late author and actress who portrayed Leia Organa, then Solo in the “Star Wars” saga, won a posthumous Grammy Sunday for her narration of “The Princess Diarist,” earning the award for spoken word album.
Fisher, who died Dec. 27, 2016, four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles, was previously nominated in the same category in 2009 for her book “Wishful Drinking.”
Reba McEntire is just one of many women who arrived to the Grammy awards at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday with a white rose pinned to her gown as a show of solidarity from the music industry to the Time’s Up movement.
Backstage, the country singer-songwriter – who won a trophy for roots gospel album – told reporters that to her, the #whiterose initiative symbolized a basic golden rule: Treat others how you want to be treated.
“Let’s treat people kindly. I feel like if we started there, we wouldn’t have these problems,” she said. “I’ve had great mentors and 99% were men. They steered me, and everybody was very encouraging in my career. I’ve been very blessed … I’ve never had a problem.”
Ahead of Sundays Grammys, hundreds of music industry stars and professionals signed a letter released by music business advocates Voices in Entertainment pledging to wear white roses to tonight's awards in support of "workplaces free of sexual harassment."
Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna won the Grammy Award for rap/sung performance at the 60th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, besting “PRBLMS” by the Atlanta singer-rapper 6LACK and Jay-Z’s collaboration with his wife Beyoncé, “Family Feud,” among others.
After a serenade of Tony Bennett and John Legend singing “New York, New York,” Lamar accepted the Grammy with Rihanna at his side.
Lamar, who opened the show with a breathtaking medley featuring cameos by Dave Chappelle, Bono and the Edge, had an early edge. Going in to the telecast, he had run the boards in his seven nominations. At today’s afternoon ceremony at Madison Square Garden in New York, the Compton rapper won three, all for his track “Humble”: rap performance, rap song and music video.