Along with Rhymes, Tribe Called Quest chanted, “We the people.”
Towards the end of the powerful performance, Busta Rhymes and Tribe Called Quest, along with the others on stage yelled to the crowd,”Resist! Resist! Resist! Resist! Resist!”
In the middle of the performance individuals from all races, Mexicans, Muslims, etc. walked up on stage emphasizing a political aspect and message through music.
The rap song took a jab at the “hate” Trump and his presidency has infused and continues to breed. His performance underlined how the Trump administration has singled out certain groups of people and continues to rely on discrimination.
However, these hip-hop performers were not the only ones to make a political statement during the Grammys.
Katy Perry’s new song “Chained to the Rhythm”, capitalizes politically-inclined moments.
Perry wore a white suit with sneakers, along with a band around her arm with the word “PERSIST” in bedazzled letters.
During her hiatus from music, Perry was an incredibly vocal supporter of the Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton. The singer had previously been relatively quiet when it came to political issues but was ever present on the campaign trail stumping for Clinton at rallies and concerts throughout the election, as reported by AOL.
To close out the performance, Perry stood hand-in-hand with featured artist Skip Marley as a projection from the United States Constitution was layered over them. The words “We the people” were especially visible.
“No hate!” Perry shouted as the crowd got on its feet.
On the red carpet before the Grammys, Perry said that her upcoming album, for which “Chained To The Rhythm” is a lead single, would be “an era of purposeful thought.”
Both of these performances completed an all-time powerful political statement at the 2017 Grammys.
Zachary Levi hosted the show, with winners including Sandra Bullock, Nick Cannon and Elisabeth Moss.
The MTV Movie & TV Awards were handed out Saturday night at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, and viewers were able to see all the action from that show when it aired Monday night.
Zachary Levi hosted the show, where TV series and movies were honored in categories ranging from best hero to best fight to best kiss.
Dwayne Johnson was honored with the Generation Award, while Jada Pinkett Smith accepted the Trailblazer Award.
Among the presenters taking MTV Movie & TV Awards stage were Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, Aubrey Plaza, Dave Bautista, David Spade and Kumail Nanjiani.
Rapper Lizzo and DJ-producer Martin Garrix, alongside Macklemore and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, were tapped to perform. Singer, songwriter and producer Bazzi will was in attendance to perform his hit song “Paradise.”
To see what the stars wore at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, click here, and click here to see whom The Hollywood Reporter’s deputy style editor Ingrid Schmidt chose as the night’s best dressed. For more from the red carpet, click here, and catch up on all the highlights from the night here.
A full list of MTV Movie & TV Awards winners follows.
R. Kelly faces a new, even more serious slate of sexual assault charges after Cook County prosecutors charged him with 11 additional felony counts on Thursday.
Some of the charges could carry sentences of up to 30 years in prison.
The new charges against the R&B singer stem from an alleged incident from 2010, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The victim’s name was not released, but reportedly shares initials with a victim from Kelly’s previous round of sex assault charges in Cook County.
Kelly’s new charges include two counts of criminal sexual assault by force, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against a victim ages 13 to 16 and four additional counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault.
Kelly has a court date set for June 6 to address this new round of charges. He is currently free on $1-million bond following his February indictment on sexual abuse charges involving four victims, three of whom were underage at the time.
Those 10 counts in the February cases carry charges that could result in seven-year sentences. The new round of charges, classified as Class X felonies, could result in a sentence of up to 30 years if Kelly is convicted.
Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, told the Sun-Times that “We’ll see what the charges are, and we’ll proceed accordingly.”
“I know this much: it’s old,” Greenberg added. “They’re allegations from years ago.”
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