‘WAP,’ Silk Sonic and social justice highlight an amazing Grammy night

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion made a splash with their sex-positive performance of “WAP” at the Grammys on Sunday, but they weren’t the only amazing act. Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak honored the late Little Richard with a cover of “Good Golly, Miss Molly” and performed together for the first time as Silk Sonic. They sang their hit song “Leave the Door Open.”

And while the evening was filled with big acts, from groups like BTS and superstar singers like Billie Eilish, there were also acts that reminded viewers of police brutality and the importance of social justice. Justice advocate Tamika Mallory and activist Killer Mike joined Lil Baby during his powerful performance of “The Bigger Picture.”

H.E.R. took home a Grammy for her song “I Can’t Breathe,” which was written to honor victims of police violence, like George Floyd. During her acceptance speech she reiterated the import

“I didn't imagine that my fear and that my pain would turn into impact,” said H.E.R. “And that it would possibly turn into change. And I think that is what this is about. And that's why I write music.”