Did The GRAMMYs just invent a time machine?
Hosted by '90s R&B legend L.L. Cool J, the 57th GRAMMY Awards paid homage to the classics all evening long. Performances from Tom Jones, Annie Lennox, Tony Bennett, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Electric Light Orchestra and presentations by Smokey Robinson, Prince and Barry Gibb introduced Millennials to a different (and wonderful) era of music.
The night kicked off with a raucous performance from AC/DC, who got the crowd moving to their infamous tune "Highway to Hell." Later in the night, Madonna, Kanye West, Ariana Grande and more took to the stage to belt some of their biggest hits of the past year.
However, the major highlight of the night had very little to do with music. President Barack Obama, Katy Perry and a sexual violence survivor named Brooke Axtell teamed up to draw attention to It's On Us, a campaign which aims to stop sexual assault. "Authentic love does not devalue another human being," Axtell told the audience. "Authentic love does not silence, shame, or abuse."
Despite the memorable collaborations and the presidential call-to-action, the GRAMMYs suffered from one huge problem. Aside from a brief mention of Flaco Jiménez's Lifetime Achievement Award, a groundbreaking Spanish-language performance from Juanes, and brief appearances by Gina Rodriguez and Enrique Iglesias, the ceremony sorely lacked a Latino presence.
The Latino community boasts an abundance of talented artists (ever heard of Shakira? Romeo Santos?) but the GRAMMYs nominated few, and honored even fewer.
However, several Latinos did win during the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony, which occurred before the official airing on Sunday night. These winners include Christina Aguilera, who won the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance award alongside A Great Big World for "Say Something," Carlos Vives, who won for Best Tropical Latin Album, Vicente Fernandez, who won for Best Regional Mexican Music Album, Rubén Blades, who won for Best Latin Pop Album, Arturo O'Farrill who won for Best Latin Jazz Album, and Calle 13, who won for Best Latin Rock, Urban, Alternative Album.
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