It was a musical night highlighted by some amazing live performances, feminist credentials and historical wins as Hollywood’s awards season continued with the 61st Grammy Awards on Sunday night.
A year after the annual event was criticized for sidelining women, we saw the world’s biggest music night take a palpable step forward this year with more performances and acknowledgement of female artists– not to mention the powerful tribute performances and heartfelt speeches that wowed the audiences throughout the evening!
1. Alicia Keys was all about music and positivity in her hosting strategy
You might wanna go watch what I’m bout to do on the Grammys…. RIGHT NOW. pic.twitter.com/M3hGEFWzze
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) February 11, 2019
The 15-time Grammy winner made her hosting debut at the ceremony last night, taking over from James Corden who hosted the past two years. The singer showed no signs of nervousness despite her lack of experience.
“Music is what we all love. Music is what it’s all about. I’m so proud to bring us together, because music is what we cry to. It’s what we march to. It’s what we rock to. It’s what we make love to. It’s our shared global language. And when you really want to say something, you say it with a song,” said Alicia as she kickstarted the ceremony with this powerful speech.
Her positive vibes also earned her lots of praises on the internet as people took to social media to compliment her “overwhelming force of love and positivity” hosting the show.
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For me, a big part of friendship is showing up for your girls—whether that’s for a birthday, a quick catch-up after work, or a major milestone. So I was thrilled to be there for the one and only @aliciakeys at the #GRAMMYs. She is one of the most genuine, caring, and thoughtful people I know—there’s no one better to help us all celebrate the unifying power of music!