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Memorable Grammy moments: Political performances, a Canadian first and Rihanna's dance moves

Memorable Grammy moments: Political performances, a Canadian first and Rihanna's dance moves
From CBC - January 29, 2018

White roses on the carpet, an emotional performance by Kesha and a big Canadian win topped the list of the most memorablemoments at Sunday's politically charged Grammy Awards.

Keshaembraces #MeToo moment

Singer Kesha performed a moving rendition of her songPraying as a tribute to the #MeToo movement. Thelyrics of the song describe a tormentor she urges to seek redemption.

The pop star,known for hits likeTiKToKandYour Love Is My Drug,has been embroiled in a high-profilelegal battle againsthitmakerDr. Luke after accusing him of sexual and physical abuse in 2014. He has denied any wrongdoing and is suing for defamation.

Joined on stage by a group of female artists including Andra Day, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels and Cyndi Lauper, Kesha got a standing ovation and embraced the singers in tears afterwards.

Many stars, including Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson and Sam Smith, wore or carried white roses in support of the campaign to end sexual misconduct.

Politics in performance

Kendrick Lamar, who took home five awards, opened the show. He performed a medley of his latest tracks with a giant American flag as a backdrop and dancers dressed in army fatigues and later, redhoodies. As he rapped, they fell down to the sound of gunshots.

"I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man being honest in America is being an honest black man in America," said comedian Dave Chappelle, who appeared on stage halfway throughthe number.

Logic performed 1-800-273-8255, his song about suicide prevention. The rap artist addressed women, immigrants and abused individuals from the stage.

"On the behalf of those who fight for equality in a world that is not equal, not just and not ready for the change we are here to bring, I say unto you, bring us your tired, your poor and any immigrant who seeks refuge for together we can build, not just a better country, but a world that is destined to be united."

He performed the hit anthem alongside Canadian pop singer AlessiaCara and Khalid.

A Canadian first

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