Posted 30 January 2018

It’s easy to dismiss awards shows as something trivial, especially as the red carpets get bigger and the outfits more outrageous, but they are an important platform for celebrating music and inspiring change within the industry. This year, the attendees managed to give a voice to the issues important to them while retaining all the splendour we expect this sort of show.

The glitz and the glamour of the Grammy Awards is nothing new, it’s a spectacle that has been going for 60 years, with one of the first prestigious awards going to jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald in 1958. This year was just as magical, with a diverse range of artists being recognised in each category. There were many great moments at this year’s ceremony but we were especially excited to see our very own Code Orange nominated for the Best Metal Performance. Their standout album ‘Forever’ also made it onto Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of 2017.

Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar were the big winners of the night, receiving an astonishing 11 awards between them. British born Ed Sheeran and newcomer Alessia Cara were also recognised. However, the most outstanding moment of the Grammy Awards 2018 came from Kesha. Cyndi Lauper and Camila Cabella are just two of the women who joined her on stage for her powerful rendition of ‘Praying’ in honour of the #MeToo campaign.

Overall this year’s Grammy Awards were less controversial than anticipated, giving well-deserved focus to the artists and movements making a difference in the music industry.