The Grammys are predictable. You know there will be moments that some people love, and others people hate. Yet, whether you hated this performance or loved that one, you're talking. That's what the Grammys are really about; paying tribute to the artists that are at the forefront of popular music. The country waits to see if these artists can take what we have experienced over the past year and make a show out of it.
Here is our recap of the top five performances from the show.
#5 Prince Tribute
Let's all be honest here, tributes to iconic artists rarely leave a lasting impression. Yet, the mix of The Time and Bruno Mars was next to perfection. The Time nearly brought the house down with their performance of "Jungle Love," and then Bruno Mars slayed as a Prince showman. The vocals, the style, the shredding. It was all too perfect on an evening where many had The Artist on their mind.
#4 Katy Perry and Skip Marley
Sometimes collaborations work. Other times, they fall flat. The combination of pop music star Katy Perry and reggae royal family member Skip Marley, son of Cedella Marley, definitely did the former. As the two combined to perform the newly released single "Chained to the Rythm" it was one of the first performances of the night that embraced the resistance message. Perry recently said that Skip Marley, the grandson of the late Bob Marley, was "the voice of our revolution." They ended the collaboration holding hands in front of a "We The People" sign. An act of defiance with one of our favorite up and coming reggae stars.
The Queen, period. Enough debate, the ballots are in and she continues to top the competition. Her rendition of "Love Drought/Sandcastles" was filled with contemporary dance, flowers, symbols of birth. So much so that it lit the conspiracy theorists fire but also gave us a peak into what her Coachella performances may be; less Formation Tour, more contemporary dance. Either way, we can't wait for the Queen to come out west again.
#2 Chance the Rapper
Maybe we are biased. For us, seeing someone we have supported and enjoyed get their time in the sun is some kind of magic. Chance brought out a gospel choir, Kirk Franklin and Tamela Mann to delve into his songs "How Great" and "All We Got." The mix of gospel, hip hop and soul brought Chance's special qualities to the world. Turning non-believers into fans.
#1 ATCQ & Anderson .Paak & all of us
We expect our musicians to take stands. To be revolutionaries, but ATCQs mix of old jams ("Can I Kick It" & "Award Tour") and new statements ("Moving Backwards" & "We The People") were a perfect revolutionary act. We wrote about ATCQ's new album when it debuted, and the live performance for the Grammys allowed us to celebrate their effect on us all. From Busta Rhymes calling out "President Agent Orange" to Q-Tip shouting "Resist!" This is what music is all about. Giving voice and art to our experience as human beings - and better yet, Americans.