Skip Marley (left) and Katy Perry, who wore a “Persist” armband and Planned Parenthood lapel pin, wrap up their performance with the words of the preamble to the U.S. Constitution dramatically scrolling up behind them at the 2017 Grammy Awards.
Host James Corden referenced it while he was comically falling down stairs at the start of the show, Jennifer Lopez declared “at this particular point in history, our voices are needed more than ever,” and Paris Jackson wished the evening’s excitement could be transplanted to a pipeline protest.
Those few benighted souls who thought politics wouldn’t get past the Staples Center metal detectors at the 59th annual Grammy Awards Sunday night were immediately disabused of their fantasies.
Early in Sunday’s Grammys show, Lopez quoted author Toni Morrison’s insistence that “This is precisely the time when artists go to work. … This is how civilizations heal,” before she handed out the evening’s first award to Chance the Rapper as best new artist.
A lot of tweeters cheered Lopez’s call to artistic arms, but others responded more cynically, with some doubting the singer’s familiarity with the Nobel Prize-winning author of “Beloved.”
The 2017 awards season is as much about politics as entertainment, and has been since Meryl Streep’s headline-grabbing public rebuke of then-President-elect Donald Trump at the Golden Globes in early January. The leitmotif continued through the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Sunday’s Grammys and is tuning up for the 89th annual Academy Awards in two weeks.
But how much of it is sincere?
At this point in the cavalcade of tinsel and special effects, it’s not surprising that many tweeters are beginning to smell a marketing consultant behind some of…