It took a few solid hours but the winners of the 60th Grammy Awards have all been announced; now here’s our list of the best parts of the ceremony, which you may have missed if you weren’t glued to the teev (like we were).
1: Kendrick Lamar’s opening performance – just the whole (DAMN) thing.
The rapper consistently heaves the bar higher every year, expanding what we expect from musical numbers (see: 2016’s chain gang and bonfire rendition of The Blacker The Berry and Alright at the Grammys; last year’s flaming sword fighters during DNA. and HUMBLE. at the 2017 MTV VMAs). His rendition of XXX. (featuring Bono and The Edge) was similarly spectacular.
Bonus brilliance: the crowd reaction shots, which caught Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus and Lorde all going bananas.
2: John Legend and Tony Bennett singing a few bars of New York, New York together: about as adorable as you could imagine.
3: Jay-Z’s official photograph for his Music Industry Icon Award, which was projected onto the enormous stage backdrop screen. Dorkiest and cutest thing ever.
4: Janelle Monae’s beautifully delivered Time’s Up speech. “We come in peace, but we mean business.”
5: Dave Chappelle explaining how much rap means to him, just before presenting the award for Best Rap Album (won by Kendrick Lamar with DAMN.). He took a second to name and thank each member of iconoclastic group A Tribe Called Quest, most especially the recently deceased Phife Dawg (1970 – 2016).
6: Cardi B’s unabashedly euphoric face after completing her performance with Bruno Mars. She wins Most Fun Had On Stage.
7: A delightful bit of sarcasm from host James Corden, after the live performance of Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee: “Wow, that is a catchy song. I have never heard that song before. If they can just get that song on the radio, they’ll have a hit on their hands.”
8: Charles Berry Jr. sitting in the audience, singing along to Maybellene – written and recorded by his late father Chuck Berry in 1955 – during the medley performance by Jon Batiste and Gary Clark Jr.
9: Jerry Seinfeld’s face when James Corden handed him a consolation puppy (after he did not win Best Comedy Album, which went to Dave Chappelle). Joy so pure.
10: U2 performing Get Out Of Your Own Way on a barge in the middle of the Hudson River. Bassist Adam Clayton was wearing full gloves (The Edge had fingerless ones on), and they all had scarves the size of pool covers. Very dedicated.
11: Hillary Clinton, Snoop and Cher all appearing in James Corden’s sketch featuring artists reading from Fire And Fury: Inside The Trump White House (predicting next year’s Best Spoken Word Album winner).
12: Logic’s stellar monologue at the end of his performance of 1800-273-8255 (with Alessia Cara and Khalid).
13: Blue Ivy’s face when Bruno Mars won Record Of The Year instead of her pops, Jay-Z. I didn’t get a screenshot because it was too quick, but it was basically the personification of the grimace emoji.
BONUS BLUE IVY: Viewer Emily Jokinen caught this snippet of the little darling shooshing her parents. Marvellous.
— Emily Jokinen (@EmJJokinen) January 29, 2018