Last Sunday, February 12th, The 59th Annual Grammy Awards began in Los Angeles, California. And, for the first time ever, instead of being glued to a television watching it, I was glued to my seat (first at Microsoft Theatre for the Premiere Ceremony and then again at Staples Center) watching it up close and personal.
We made our way to the Premiere Ceremony early in the day. Watching the premiere, showed just how much we miss, as fans, of the initial ceremony, who awarded the big winners of the night, Chance the Rapper and Adele, before anyone knew what would take place during the Telecast.
Presenters at the Premiere Ceremony included Mya (who was also a nominee during the ceremony) and five-time Grammy winner, Jimmy Jam. Margaret Cho hosted the Premiere Ceremony, providing comic relief in between heartfelt speeches from the winners of the day. Performances included Ziggy Marley, who also took home a Grammy during the Premiere Ceremony.
Moving into the Telecast, excitement was in the air. The energy at Staples Center was electric as people hurriedly made their way into their seats. Neil Portnow welcomed everyone before they went live and urged everyone to make their way into their seats just as the lights dropped and the show began to catch Adele in the center of the audience welcoming everyone with the apropos, “Hello.”
Aside from Adele sweeping, the big winner of the night was most definitely Chance the Rapper, proclaiming “Independence is freedom,” and it felt like my heart might beat right out of my chest, as an independent artist myself attending my first ever Grammy Awards. Notable performances included Bruno Mars, who took the stage twice, once as himself and next to honor the late great Prince, along with performances by Beyonce, Maren Morris with Alicia Keys, and John Legend and Cynthia Erivo. The tribute to The Bee Gees was jam-packed full of star power and high energy. The performances ranged from almost every genre of music and kept the energy going in between the awards.
Overall, the night was a beautiful culmination of artists spanning several genres who all gave it their all on one of music’s most important nights of the year. The after-party included some of the night’s winners, including Gregory Porter, who took home Best Jazz Vocal Album that night, and whom I had the honor of sharing a table with at the Grammy Celebration Party. It was an honor to be among the elite of musicians and artists, basking in the hard work of a year gone by and an all new year of music to come.
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