The 2017 Grammy Awards took place in Los Angeles Sunday night, and if there's any group of people unafraid to express themselves, it's musicians. Naturally, this led to multiple political statements throughout the night, with many artists using the telecast to express their beliefs through powerful words and actions.
The political statements kicked right off on the red carpet, when actor and singer Joy Villa arrived wearing a blue gown that read "Make America Great Again," which was President Trump's campaign slogan. The dress also included Trump's name emblazoned on the hem.
Host James Corden also slipped a political note into his "rap" at the start of the show, delivering the line, "President Trump we don't know what comes next. We can survive by sticking together." Later on, rapper Busta Rhymes called Trump "President Agent Orange" during his time onstage with Tribe Called Quest and Anderson.Paak, NBC News shares.
Another performer who made a political statement was Katy Perry, who took the stage to perform her new single, "Chained to the Rhythm" wearing a white pantsuit and an armband that read "Persist." She ended her performance with collaborator Skip Marley standing in front of a projected image of the opening words of the United States constitution, "We the People."
The performers weren't the only making statements, as presenter Paris Jackson took the opportunity to share her feelings about the Dakota Access Pipeline, which Trump has promised to resume. "We can really use this excitement at a pipeline protest, guys," she said, adding, "NoDAPL."
Jennifer Lopez also expressed herself while presenting the award for Best New Artist, telling the audience, "There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence and no room for fear. We do language. That is how civilizations heal. So tonight, we celebrate our most universal language, music, as we honor the voices of the past and the present."
Later in the evening, Beyonce used her acceptance speech for Best Urban Contemporary Album, sharing her wish for "every child of every race" to grow up in a world where they can "see themselves and have no doubt that they’re beautiful, intelligent, and capable."
Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox made perhaps the quickest political reference of the night, telling the audience to Google search Gavin Grimm. Grimm is a high school student in Virginia who was born as a female but identifies as male, and was banned from using the boys' bathroom by his school. His case will be heard by the Supreme Court in March.
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