Lady Gaga with Mark Ronson, did Joanne center stage, segueing into A Million Reasons and there were almost too many great performances to mention. U2 performed Get Out of Your Own Way on a barge in front of Lady Liberty in New York harbor and P!nk did the opposite of her high wire act and sang Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken barefoot in jeans (she also won Best Pop Solo Performance for What About Us.
Broadway stars, Patti Lupone and Ben Platt played to the nosebleed seats with Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and Somewhere and Elton John & Miley Cyrus performed his Tiny Dancer to a screaming NYC standing O.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee performed their global smash, Desposito and as James Corden said after the crowd lost their minds,
“That’s catchy. Never heard that before. If you could get radio play, you guys would have a hit.“
Two performers went to church for us –Sam Smith got gospel with a choir and then Kesha showed her support for the #MeToo movement, performing Praying with Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha and Andra Day which ended with Kesha crying and hugging everyone.
Logic, Alessia Cara (who won for Best New Artist) and Khalid performed their socially conscious hit 1-800-273-8255 filling the stage with a group of suicide survivors and family members of suicide victims.
Donald Glover was up for multiple awards for Childish Gambino and took home Best Traditional R&B performance announcing that he’s retiring from this musical project after the next album. This superstar talent is on his way to an EGOT, kids. He’s already won a pair of Emmys for his series Atlanta, so he’s just an Oscar and a Tony award from becoming the 13th person ever to win all 4.
Bruno Mars was THE big winner of the night, performing Finesse with Cardi B and picking up 6 Grammys for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album & Best R&B Performance, dashing hip-hop hopes across the country.
But the show-stopper of the night, for me, was a star-studded reading of Michael Wolf‘s book Fire and Fury. Cher, Snoop Dogg, Cardi B, John Legend and DJ Khaled took turns auditioning for the audio book narrator, but Hillary nailed it and James Corden assured her, the Grammy was in the bag.
On the hunt for a GRAMMY Award of his own, James Corden auditions celebrities for the spoken word version of Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury." pic.twitter.com/SjTobAbv2N
— The Late Late Show with James Corden (@latelateshow) January 29, 2018
(Photo, screen grab)