(UTVS) — Music’s biggest night wasn’t all about the music.
The 2018 Grammy Awards took place Sunday evening at Madison Square Garden in New York.
On the awards side, Bruno Mars won big – sweeping the Album, Song, and Record of the Year categories.
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra also took home an award – winning Best Chamber Musical Performance.
But politics seemed to take center stage throughout the show. Many performers used their platform to showcase different political causes.
When singer Camila Cabello, who was born in Cuba, took the stage to introduce rock band U2, she began with, “We remember this country was built by dreamers, for dreamers – chasing the American dream.”
Pop singer Kesha performed an emotional rendition of her hit song “Praying”, dedicated to the survivors of sexual assault.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar opened the show featuring dancers dressed as soldiers, marching in front of an American flag.
Rock band U2 didn’t perform at Madison Square Garden at all – instead opting for a barge in the New York Harbor in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. The introduction to their performance featured a reading of the poem The New Colossus, which is engraved inside the Statue’s pedestal.
A former presidential candidate even made an appearance. Hillary Clinton was shown in a pre-taped skit reading Michael Wolff’s new book about the Trump administration.
Some students on campus at St. Cloud State think the politics have no place at award shows.
“They should focus more on their jobs, making movies, and entertaining us…instead of pulling all these political stunts,” says SCSU student Andrew Barschdorf.
Many of the stars in attendance wore white roses in solidarity with the #MeToo movement. Others wore all white dresses.
The Grammy’s political edge followed suit to the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, which were both also heavily politicized.
The next major award show is the Academy Awards. They will take place on March 4th in Los Angeles.