Kendra Foster, who wrote "Really Love" with D'Angelo, noted in her speech that she and D'Angelo had far more on their minds than music when working on the song that would appear on D'Angelo's "Black Messiah," which moments later won the R&B album award.
"Not only was it a sonic musical masterpiece, but we also had a lot to say in it," she said. "The conversation isn't over when it comes to struggles and injustice. That comes to the rest of the community, not just the black community."
Look, perhaps, for a bit of a social conscious theme on Monday night's telecast. Kendrick Lamar, for instance, is cleaning up wins in the rap fields Monday afternoon and will perform Monday night. The Alabama Shakes, who have a thing or two to say themselves about the state of the world, will also perform Monday evening and have already won a couple of awards. A little politics, however, would be welcome, as the Grammys have proven to be adept at tributes and medleys but not always so hot at capturing the country's political pulse.