2019 Grammy Awards

2019 Grammy Awards

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Overview

The 2019 Grammy Awards was an awards ceremony held by the Recording Academy to award the past year in the music industry. The festivities were held on January 28th, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.

Background

The Grammys, originally known as the Gramophone awards, have been held annually since 1959.[1]

On December 7th, 2018, the nominees for the 61st annual Grammy awards were announced.[2] Two months later, on February 6th, 2018, recording artist and Grammy-winner Alicia Keys was announced as the host of the 61st annual Grammy awards.[3]

The ceremony was held on February 10th, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.[4]

Developments

Cardi B's Dress

On the red carpet for the award ceremony, many people reacted to Cardi B's dress. Many joked about what Cardi B resembled. Twitter user @ulsseo tweeted,[10] "Why cardi b wearing a coffee filter?" The tweet received more than 720 retweets and 4,000 likes in 24 hours (shown below, left).

Throughout the evening, people compared Cardi B to other cultural artifacts, such as candy and Disney characters (shown below, center and right, respectively).


Why cardi b wearing a coffee filter #GRAMMYs Selma Cardi B looking like she wearing Ferrero Rocher couture #Grammys @iamcardib be looking like Ursula #GRAMMYS

Motown Tribute

During the ceremony, recording artists Jennifer Lopez and Smokey Robinson performed a tribute to Motown records, the seminal Detroit-based soul and R&B record company.[5] However, ahead of the performance, many online expressed concern that because Lopez was raised in New York City and not Detroit, she should not be leading the performance. Robinson defended Lopez's involvement. He said, "I think anyone who is upset is stupid."[6]



During the ceremony, however, many criticized the performance, despite Robinson's defense. The Twitter account for the Global Grind published a GIF of Motown recording artist Diana Ross' daughter Rhonda Ross Kendrick on the phone at the award ceremony. The tweet received more than 2,000 retweets and 7,000 likes in 24 hours (shown below).

Twitter published a Moments page about the controversy.[7]


Rhonda Ross Kendrick on the Phone

During the award ceremony, a quick shot of Diana Ross' daughter Rhonda Ross Kendrick on the phone. Fox reporter Rilwan Balogun tweeted a clip of the moment (shown below).[8]


Throughout the evening, people began to use the image of Ross Kendrick on the phone as a reaction image. Twitter user @AshleyCovergirl tweeted,[9] "Crying I need a gif of Diana Ross daughter on the phone NEOWWWW #GRAMMYs." The tweet received more than 90 retweets and 400 likes in 24 hours (shown below, left). Throughout the evening, more people posted images her on the phone (examples below, center and right).


Crying I need a gif of Diana Ross daughter on the phone NEOWWWW #GRAMMYS "Hello, Grammys? Why is JLo doing a MoTown tribute?" Who talks on their phone during the #Grammys. ?!?!?!?!? es

Alicia Keys Dual Piano Performance

In addition to hosting the ceremony, Alicia Keys also performed. Many discussed her performance online, expressing their admiration for the pianist and singer for performing with two pianos simultaneously. The Good Morning America Twitter account tweeted, "Is anyone else feeling like @aliciakeys is who they wanna be when they grow up?" The post received more than 1,000 retweets and 7,500 likes in 24 hours (shown below).


Lady Gaga Performance

Lady Gaga performed at the Grammys, as well. During the performance, Lady Gaga sang directly toward the camera and tilted her head. The shot quickly went viral as a reaction image macro. Twitter[11] user @MikeJBruno tweeted, "Trying to look at the profile picture of someone on private who adds you on Instagram." The tweet received more than 690 retweets and 3,800 likes in 24 hours (shown below, left). Twitter[12] user @thegoodcarmah tweeted, "per my previous email." The tweet received more than 1,000 retweets and 4,900 likes in 24 hours (shown below, center). Twitter[13] user @AkafiAli tweeted, "What my food sees when I check on them in the oven." The tweet received more than 1,300 retweets and 5,400 likes in 24 hours (shown below, right).


Irying to look at the profile picture of someone on private who adds you on Instagram #Gramm "per my previous email" What my food sees when l check on them in the oven #Grammys

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