Who’s popping and who’s flopping?


Ins:

Kacey Musgraves:

Who would’ve thought that a girl who was virtually unheard of a year ago would win Album of the Year at this year’s Grammys? Besides winning the biggest award of the night, Musgraves gave one of the best performances with “Rainbow.” Furthermore, she took home the awards for Best Country Song, Best Country Album, and Best Country Solo Performance. Musgraves is killing it.

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 Travis Scott:

Hear me out — I know that Scott’s “SICKO MODE” featuring Maroon 5 Superbowl performance was weird, but did you see his performance at the Grammys? First, he plays “STOP TRYING TO BE GOD” with James Blake and the legendary Earth, Wind, & Fire, and then creates a mosh pit onstage while he raps “NO BYSTANDERS” (oh yeah, he also cage-dived). The performance was electrifying, taking the audience on a trip to ASTROWORLD ride that is, indeed, Travis Scott’s mind.

 

A$AP Rocky:

Everyone’s man crush is back it again. Fresh off his widely successful “Injured Generation” tour, A$AP dropped the colorful video for “Kids Turned Out Fine” off of Testing. The video begins with A$AP taking acid, and then alternates between shots of him in a field and youth engaging in everything from making out to smoking to fighting. The film finishes with a melancholy verse from “Changes” set against footage of A$AP and a woman in the field. This visual is a love letter to youth culture and self-expression, proving, again, that A$AP Rocky continues to be ahead of the game with his stellar creativity.

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Alicia Keys:

Watching Alicia Keys at the Grammys wasn’t in any way formal, but, rather, her hosting style felt like you were having a conversation with her. Although the Grammys left people divided, the one thing that we can agree on is how Keys carried herself with such charisma and humor, making the show exciting to watch. What else is worth mentioning — Her performance where she sang a medley of past and current hip-hop/R&B songs and played not one, but two pianos. Singing everything from “Lucid Dreams” to “Doo Wop (That Thing)” to “Empire State of Mind,” Keys proved that she will always have one of the best voices in the industry.

 

Outs:

Maroon 5:

Maroon 5’s Superbowl performance brought up more questions than answers. Was it necessary to make the stage a giant “M”? Why are Big Boi and Travis Scott involved? Did Maroon 5 really think “ONE LOVE” is the political statement we were looking for? Why is Adam Levine shirtless? Listen, I know Maroon 5 has some slaps, but they haven’t been relevant for a long time and this performance just proved how out of touch they are. In a time when the NFL is consistently under fire for social justice issues, Maroon 5 should’ve made a bigger statement than just “ONE LOVE.” With 20 million people watching you, you should use that platform for some good.

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Offset:

The music industry’s most notorious cheater is back. After being publicly exposed by Cardi B, then begging to get her back (Offset pulled everything from tweeting about the situation to crashing Cardi’s Rolling Loud set), it seems his approach may have worked — he and Cardi attended the Grammys together. Even though the two are back together, it doesn’t mean Offset isn’t willing to embarrass Cardi! On Sunday, Offset posted on Instagram a trailer to his solo album that featured footage of Cardi in labor. It feels weird that he would use video of an incredibly intimate moment to boost album sales, but to each their own.

Sheck Wes:

There’s been rumors about Sheck Wes being physically abusive to ex Justine Skye for a few months now, but those murmurs widened to a roar this week. Skye tweeted about how Wes had employed his friends to jump her and her boyfriend, Goldlink, then she posted screenshots of texts with security and surveillance footage from when Wes jumped her fence in an effort to attack her. Wes, obviously, denies the allegations. Wes was one of rap’s favorite up-and-comers, and I only hope his career fades after this coming to light. 

Neil Portnow:

Last year, Neil Portnow, the president of the Grammy Academy, commented how women simply need to “step up” in response to criticism about the Grammys’ mostly male nominations, which caused a lot of controversy and upset. This year during the ceremony, Portnow spoke about how more women are involved in the Grammys this year while simultaneously patting himself on the back for “growing” as a person (although never clarifying how): “because this past year, I’ve been reminded that if coming face-to-face with an issue opens your eyes wide enough, it makes you more committed than ever to help address those issues.” Unsurprisingly, the women in the audience weren’t impressed.

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By Mackenzie Glaubitz

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