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Grammy Awards Political Moments

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Grammy Awards Political Moments

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The 2017 Grammy Awards got political on Sunday night, with many presenters, winners and performers making references to world issues. See a few of the highlights in the videos below.

As Gossip Cop reported, host James Corden opened the Grammys with a rap, in which one of the lyrics stated, “Live it all up because this is the best and with President Trump we don’t know what comes next.” And very soon after, Jennifer Lopez took the opportunity to express herself while presenting the first award of the night for Best New Artist. “At this particular point in history, our voices are needed more than ever,” she told the crowd. “As Toni Morrison once said, this is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self pity, no need for silence, and no room for fear.” Lopez added, “We do language, that is how civilizations heal. So tonight, we celebrate our most universal language, music, as we honor the voices of the past and the present.”

Meanwhile, Paris Jackson showed support for those protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. “We can really use this excitement at a Pipeline protest, guys,” she said while introducing the performance by The Weekend and Daft Punk, adding, “#NoDAPL.” Additionally, Katy Perry performed her new song “Chained to the Rhythm,” which features a heavy political subtext. The singer wore an armband reading “PERSIST,” a reference to Elizabeth Warren, and ended the performance by declaring “No hate” while the Constitution was projected on a screen behind her.

Later, Beyonce took the stage to accept the award for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade, and gave a heartfelt speech, explaining that she made the record “to create a body of work that would give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness and our history.” She added, “To confront issues that make us uncomfortable. It’s important to show images to my children that reflect their beauty, so that they can grow up in a world where they look in a mirror, first through their own families, as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House and the Grammys. And see themselves, and have no doubt that they’re beautiful, intelligent and capable.”

And Laverne Cox gave a shout out to Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy who is heading to the Supreme Court to fight his school board’s refusal to allow him to use the boys’ bathroom. Also, Busta Rhymes went on a rant against President Trump and his immigration policy. “I want to thank President Agent Orange for perpetuating all the evil that you’ve been perpetuating throughout the United States,” the rapper said prior to his performance. “I want to thank President Agent Orange for your unsuccessful attempt at the Muslim ban.” He added, “We come together! We the people!” On the flip side, singer Joy Villa walked the red carpet wearing a dress that said “Make America Great Again.” See the videos below.

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