The Grammys 2016: Memorable Performances and the Best Dressed by Roki Prunali
It is sad to say that when many of us watch award shows, myself included, we are interested only in what we the celebrities wear on the red carpet. Regretfully, living in Milan, I was not able to watch the Grammys, but looking at recaps, the performances and speeches are what really stole the show. At such a delicate time, with racial discrimination and violence being a constant, bullying also a rampant problem and even the loss of memorable figures in the music industry the artists took to the stage to express themselves in the best way they know how, through their voice.
Kendrick Lamar, not only won five Grammys, but also captured anyone and everyone who was watching with his powerful performance. He performed a medley of songs including “The Blacker the Berry” and Grammy nominated “Alright” fusing rap, jazz, reggae and African sounds. His much talked about album touches on black identity and the racial strife and his performance just solidified his stance and beliefs. Lamar appeared beaten, in handcuffs and chains around his hands and his performance ended with a map of Africa and the city of Compton imprinted on it. “Hip-Hop, Ice Cube, this is for hip-hop, this is for Snoop Dogg…this is for Nas. We live forever, believe that,” Lamar said as he won best rap album.
We all felt the loss of David Bowie; what he has given to music and how we all have grown up having some sort of tie to Bowie no matter what age you are. And to carry on his legend is a big feat for any one performer to take on, but boy did Lady Gaga nail it. Her tribute to the singer’s legacy was heartfelt and simply amazing. And we all know that Lady Gage goes all out, she not only looked the part sporting a bright orange hair do, a shiny white pantsuit, and even at one point a projected thunder bolt on her face, but she also moved in a way that was comparable to Bowie.
Taylor Swift took home the Grammy for Album of the Year and in her speech encouraged young women who feel defeated or discouraged by others. “There will be people along the way that will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. You just focus on the work and don’t let those people sidetrack you,” she said. Hmm, could that be a dig at Kanye West who states in a new song that he made Swift famous at the memorable moment when he stole the microphone from her at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
Even though the performances and speeches were more impactful, I also put together a little list of some of the best dressed at the Grammys to not leave you Pretty Birds hanging. We always need a Best Dressed list in our life.
What was your most memorable moment?