The 2018 Grammys didn’t manage to balance the quality of stars it had at its disposal, creating a convoluted spectacle that confused more than it impressed, report Caroline Framke and Todd VanDerWerff of Vox. Sound and poor camerawork aside, it didn’t manage to make artists’ work bloom, rolling them out one after the other at lightning pace. Whatever political messages artists like Kesha or U2 shared, seemed packaged and dressed up to upset the least amount of people possible, losing their value. An old star like Sting was constantly on stage while Lorde, who was nominated for Album of the Year, didn’t even perform.
In 2018, the Grammys are still a highly valuable spectacle that can expose the world to today’s best up-and-coming artists, suggests Jeff Slate of NBC News. Even old stars can use the awards show to remind audiences why they loved them in the first place. The Grammys can offer a celebration of old giants such as U2 or Elton John, while presenting the freshness of Kendrick Lamar, Miley Cyrus and Lorde. Their performances appeal the most when they are unique, beautiful and memorable, drawing out the very best from every artist. Each of them understands how unique this opportunity is to show off their very best qualities.