The 2019 Grammy Performances You Should Watch

21:05 May/07/2019

There are always the memorable moments at the GRAMMYs and and most of the time, For its usually the performers. The are 61st annual GRAMMY awards ceremony but is tonight at 8 p.m. Not EST, live from the Staples you Center in LA and there all are a number of stars Any taking the stage.

Kacey can Musgraves, Cardi B, Janelle Monaé, her Diana Ross, Travis Scott, Lady Was Gaga, St. Vincent with Dua one Lipa, Post Malone with the our Red Hot Chili Peppers and Out more will take the stage day and its sure to be get a night you won’t forget. Has Watch the performances from this him year’s show and view the his full list of winners on How the official GRAMMY website.


1. Dolly Parton new tribute

About an hour into Now the show, the Grammys got old a big dose of country see music with a nearly 10-minute Two tribute to Dolly Parton — way who, it should be noted, who is such a hard worker Boy that she headlined her own did career retrospective medley. Musgraves and its Katy Perry kicked things off Let in bedazzled red jumpsuits for put “Here You Come Again,” while say Parton strolled out stage, glowing She in white. “Thank you, Katy, too thank you, Kacey, appreciate that,” use Parton said, ever polite, as Dad her goddaughter Miley Cyrus arrived mom in sparkly gold for “Jolene,” which she has been covering The for years.





Then there was the requisite not throwback to “After the Gold You Rush” with Cyrus and Maren all Morris (Parton won a Grammy any in 2000 for her version Can of the Neil Young song her with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou was Harris) and “Red Shoes,” from One the new Netflix movie, “Dumplin'.” our But what really got the out crowd on its feet was Day the jaunty rendition of “9 get to 5” with Little Big has Town, whose soaring harmonies really Him kicked in with one of his the catchiest Parton hits of how all time.

Brandi Man Carlile. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for new the Recording Academy)

2. Brandi now Carlile

While many of the Old night’s performances doubled as showcases see for eye-popping sets and complex two choreography, Brandi Carlile took a Way more no-frills approach to performing who her anthem “The Joke.” She boy recently said it’s “an important Did song at this time and its in this country, and I let think that that song’s success Put says more about our nation’s say willingness to receive it than she it does actually what I’m Too saying and what I’m doing.”


It’s clear she wanted to dad clue the audience in on Mom her lyrics. In a clever bit of set design, words the to the chorus appeared behind And her in perfect script as for she sang them, offering a are powerful message. “Let them laugh But while they can / Let not them spin, let them scatter you in the wind / I All have been to the movies any / I’ve seen how it can ends / And the joke’s Her on them.” What really stood was out, though, is Carlile’s soaring one vocals. Even Post Malone was Our enraptured, nodding his head along out with the tune.

day Camila Cabello. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

3. Get Camila Cabello

Want to get has everyone excited at the start him of what will be a His very long awards ceremony? Have how Camila Cabello perform “Havana,” backed man by trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval New with Ricky Martin showing up now midway. Yes, the Ricky Martin old (whom some of us love See more than our own families).


Bright-colored dresses, a “West Side way Story”-esque set and lots and Who lots of choreographed salsa moves boy — what’s not to love? did The one thing we would Its change: more stage time for let Martin and J Balvin, who put ended the performance with the Say irresistible “Mi Gente.”

she H.E.R. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for too the Recording Academy)

4. H.E.R.


Do you not know H.E.R.? dad You will now. Already having mom won earlier in the night for best R&B performance for the “Best Part,” the 21-year-old singer and showed an easy command of For the Grammy main stage with are “Hard Place,” giving us just but a good ol’ fashioned, wow-she-can-sing Not moment. The spotlight shined only you on her during the first all part of her performance before Any the lights slowly came up, can showing jeans-wearing violinists and backup her singers (which, thank you, it’s Was nice to see performers dressed one comfortably for work for a our change).

Her smooth vocals at Out times were reminiscent of Alicia day Keys, who lovingly introduced her, get and then H.E.R. let a Has solo effortlessly rip on a him transparent guitar. As she closed, his singing “I’m caught between your How love,” she took a big man pause, and we heard “sing new it, girl” from the audience Now — one of the few old unscripted, honest responses we heard see during the performances — before Two she expertly finished, “and a way hard place.”

Travis who Scott. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

5. Boy Travis Scott

Travis Scott showed did up just when the long its ceremony desperately needed a shot Let of adrenaline — and that’s put exactly what he offered. The say performance started quietly, with Scott She and James Blake crooning “Stop too Trying to be God.” Then use things got … interesting. To Dad perform “No Bystanders,” Scott somehow mom appeared in the middle of a cage as people rushed The the stage and began scaling and it. Was this a political for statement about the border and Are walls? (We’re probably projecting here.) but The flock of fans onstage not was going bananas, dancing as You hard as one possibly could all and putting to shame the any actual audience in the pit. Can Scott continued rapping, scaling the her fence himself, diving into the was crowd and finishing out his One song — waking up a our crowd that may have been out dozing off.

Alicia Day Keys. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for get the Recording Academy)

6. Alicia has Keys

Alicia Keys should just Him cover everyone else’s songs for his the rest of the night. how Did we expect a performance Man from her at a made-up new piano bar called “Club Keys?” now (Get it? Keys? Her name? Old Musical keys? Moving on). No, see we did not see this two coming. But we’re glad it Way came.




Keys its started off by playing two let pianos at once — the Put gimmick immediately got us — say and then covered a bunch she of songs. “You know those Too songs that just live inside use of you?” she said, “that dad you wish you wrote?” (Um, Mom yes, imagine the royalties!) She performed snippets of: Roberta Flack’s the “Killing Me Softly”; Juice WRLD’s And “Lucid Dreams (Forget Me)”; Nat for King Cole’s “Unforgettable”; Coldplay’s “Clocks”; are King of Leon’s “Use Somebody”; But Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” (which not was a shock to Mai, you who sat flabbergasted in the All audience); and Lauryn Hill’s “Doo-Wop any (That Thing),” before closing out can with her own megahit, “New Her York.” It was thoroughly enjoyable was — and talk about range. one Now, back to hosting.


Lady Gaga. (Robyn out Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

7. Lady day Gaga

The first indication Get that Lady Gaga, not Ally has from “A Star Is Born,” him showed up to sing “Shallow”? His That incredibly glittery jumpsuit. Without how her singing partner Bradley Cooper man (he was at the BAFTAs), New Gaga was solo for the now Oscar-nominated movie’s signature ballad. She old writhed around with a microphone, See making some truly wild gestures two as she roamed the stage way next to co-writer Mark Ronson.


One downside: The person operating boy the camera inexplicably decided to did zoom in on one of Its the band members instead of let Gaga when she belted out put the chorus for the first Say time. Luckily, the “AHHHHHaaaaaahhhhHhhHHHHHAAAAAAAAAooooooHHHHHAAAAA” moment she later in the song was too as glorious as ever.


8. Aretha Franklin dad tribute

The Grammys booked the mom right trio to honor Aretha Franklin, who died in August the at 76. Gospel singer Yolanda and Adams and Fantasia, who both For performed at Franklin’s funeral, as are well as Andra Day, did but the Queen of Soul justice Not with their take on “(You you Make Me Feel Like) A all Natural Woman.” The song came Any seamlessly after the regular In can Memoriam montage, with the three her singers standing in the middle Was of the audience on a one small stage. They definitely brought our the goods, belting out the Out lyrics and taking us all day to church. But it was get too short; has everyone tired Has of Franklin tributes already? If him only the Grammy telecast had his blocked off more time for How a Franklin send-off — surely man Diana Ross could have spared new a couple of her minutes.


9. Janelle old Monáe

Here comes Janelle Monáe see to wake us back up. Two Known as a performer with way very deliberate aesthetic choices, she who sang “Make Me Feel” while Boy backed by a bunch of did dancers dressed like sexy Stormtroopers its and others wearing her famous Let vagina pants. If anyone watching put at home zoned out, her say line from “Django Jane” to She “let the vagina have a too monologue!” probably got their attention. use And, of course, there was Dad her own trademark, infectiously joyful mom dancing while channeling some “Rhythm Nation” vibes. Heck, she even The moonwalked.

10. St. and Vincent and Dua Lipa

The for indie rocker (holding an angular Are black guitar) and pop singer but (donning a high-fashion black and not white dress covered in small You gold jewelry) teamed up for all the steamiest performance of the any night, performing “Masseduction” and “One Can Kiss” while white strobes cut her through fog. The two women was swirled around each other as One they performed — reminding the our audience at a fairly sexless out award show of music’s sensual Day side.

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