Kesha, SZA and Lorde were all snubbed in favour of Bruno Mars and Ed Sh**ran.
The Grammys were held last night. And in case you missed it, the most diverse list of nominees in years were mostly snubbed in an evening that was preceded by a demonstration of solidarity with victims of sexual abuse and harassment with attendees to the awards brandishing white roses.
The big winner of the night was Bruno Mars, who scooped 6 awards in total and took home the 3 biggest awards of the night – Album, Song and Record of the Year – for 24K Magic and the marginally alright single ‘That’s What I Like.’
Mars taking home Album of the Year was especially contentious given that Kendrick Lamar and Lorde were both vying for the same award with the best albums of their respective careers, HUMBLE. and Melodrama.
Ed Sheeran didn’t show up, but still somehow managed to take home the award for Best Pop Vocal Album, beating out competition (and better albums) from Lana Del Rey, Kesha and Lady Gaga with his saccharine Divide.
But by far the biggest snub of the night was for Kesha’s ‘Praying.’ Up for Pop Solo Performance, the cathartic, transformative ballad represented Kesha’s return after enduring years of difficulties with her record label, Sony, and her former producer and accused abuser, Dr. Luke.
In the most harrowing performance of the night, Kesha took to the stage clad all in white and was joined in her rendition of ‘Praying’ by Cyndi Lauper, Julia Michaels, Andre Day, Camila Cabello and Bebe Rexha.
It was a breathtaking performance, and a true show of just how far Kesha has come having been given the chance to grow as an artist on her third album, ‘Rainbow.’
But that still didn’t stop Sheeran elbowing her out of the way to collect the Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance for ‘Shape of You’ which, lest we forget, actively steals from at least two already established hits and is doesn’t exactly display Sheeran giving a vocal performance for the ages.
However, it wasn’t all bad news. Alessia Cara was the sole solo female winner of the night, taking home the award for Best New Artist. Which is pretty funny given the fact Cara has been picking up Best New Artist awards since 2015 and she was up against songwriter turned solo star Julia Michaels and SZA, who broke through magnificently last year with her debut album Ctrl.
Oh, and Rihanna won a Grammy too – for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Kendrick Lamar in ‘Loyalty,’ so there’s that at least.
Words by George Griffiths