J.Lo’s Motown Backlash, Diana Ross’ Performance & More Grammys Buzzy Moments (VIDEO)

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The 61st Annual Grammy Awards took place Sunday night and the evening was filled with highs and lows.

Some of the highs included women and people of color dominating the top music categories such as Kacey Musgraves’ “Golden Hour” winning Album of the Year, Dua Lipa winning Best New Artist, and Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” winning Record and Song of the Year.

Top performances included Camila Cabello, Ricky Martin and J Balvin opening the show, Cardi B in peacock feathers, and Dolly Parton and friends proving why the artist has earned her legend status.

But some questionable moments included Jennifer Lopez’s tribute to Motown and Drake having his mic cut. Check out the buzziest moments from the live show below:


1. Michelle Obama

The former First Lady made a surprise appearance in the first few moments of the show alongside host Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez and spoke about how music has impacted her life. The crowd gave the Becoming author a standing ovation.

“From the Motown records I wore out on the South Side to the ‘Who Run the World’ songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story,” Obama said. “It allows us to hear each other and to invite each other in. Music shows us that all of it matters.”

2. Cardi B’s Speech

The “I Like It” breakout rapper became the first female rapper to win Best Rap Album as a solo artist for her smash hit, “Invasion of Privacy.”

She thanked her daughter, Kulture, and her estranged husband Offset, who joined her on stage. “When I found out I was pregnant, my album was not complete. We were like, ‘We have to get this album done so I can shoot these videos while I’m still not showing.’ And it was very long nights,” she said.

She was so nervous and emotional during the acceptance speech that she joked, “Maybe I need to start smoking weed.”

3. Diana Ross’ Birthday Celebration

The icon celebrated her 75th birthday last night and was introduced by her adorable grandson, Raif-Henok Emmanuel Kendrick.

4. Dolly Parton Tribute

The Queen of Country took the stage to celebrate her five-decade career as a performer, writer, and producer. She was joined on stage by her goddaughter Miley Cyrus, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, Maren Morris and Katy Perry.

The 73-year-old received a standing ovation and, of course, had to sing her crowd favorite song, “9 to 5.”


1. Drake’s Mic Getting Cut

Drake won Best Rap Song for “God’s Plan” and surprised the audience by showing up to accept his award, which was shocking considering he hasn’t attended the Grammys since 2013.

“We play an opinion-based sport, not a factual based sport,” Drake started to say. “You’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your hometown. If there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows. You don’t need this right here, I promise you. You already won. But– ”

Apparently dissing the awards show as they give you an award doesn’t go over well with the producers.

2. Jennifer Lopez’s Motown Tribute

J.Lo sang and danced to some of Motown’s biggest hits in a tribute performance but many critics were confused as to why a black artist wasn’t front and center.

Lopez was aware of the negative comments going into the performance and told Entertainment Tonight, “The thing about music is that it inspires all. Any type of music can inspire any type of artist. You can’t tell people what to love. You can’t tell people what they can and can’t do, what they should sing or not sing. You gotta do what’s in your heart.”

But many people called out the Grammys and J.Lo out on Twitter:

3. Technical Difficulties

Multiple times in the show Alicia Keys didn’t know the camera was on her and live.

There were random moments of silence and one instance where it looked like the show was supposed to cut to commercial but instead showed Keys walking across the stage to get into position for her next intro.

4. Ariana Grande No-Show

The pop singing sensation won her first Grammy for Best Pop Vocal album for Sweetener, but didn’t attend the ceremony after a publicized argument with the show’s producers.

“I know I’m not there tonight,” she tweeted. “Trust, I tried and still truly wished it had worked.”

Instead, the 25-year-old decided to throw her own little Grammys party at home and even wore the custom Zac Posen dress she was supposed to don on the red carpet.