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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

Five of the best moments from the Grammy Awards 2018

From Hillary Clinton's cameo to Blue Ivy's star moment

Hillary Clinton appears on screen reading an excerpt from the book Fire and Fury during a skit at the 60th annual Grammy Awards. Matt Sayles / AP
Hillary Clinton appears on screen reading an excerpt from the book Fire and Fury during a skit at the 60th annual Grammy Awards. Matt Sayles / AP

The 2018 Grammy Awards were on Sunday night (US time), and while there were standout performances and winners (Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar definitely won the night), there were less official moments that also definitely deserve a mention.

From Hillary Clinton's cameo to Blue Ivy's star moment, here are five of the best moments from the 60th Grammy Awards:

1. Hillary Clinton's cameo

In a pre-recorded segment shown on the night Cardi B, Snoop Dogg, Cher, DJ Khalid, John Legend and most notably Hillary Clinton were seen reading aloud from Michael Wolff's account of the Trump White House, Fire and Fury, in a mock attempt to win the Best Spoken Word Grammy (which is often given to an audio book).

"The Grammy's in the bag?" Clinton asks Corden jokingly at the end of the segment.

Last night, the Best Spoken Word Album Grammy actually went to Carrie Fisher posthumously for The Princess Diarist. Leonard Cohen also won a Grammy posthumously for Best Rock Performance.

2. White roses

While black dresses were the symbol of the #MeToo movement at the Golden Globes, it was white roses that made a statement about the #TimesUp initiative at the Grammy Awards. Andrew Kelly / Reuters
While black dresses were the symbol of the #MeToo movement at the Golden Globes, it was white roses that made a statement about the #TimesUp initiative at the Grammy Awards. Andrew Kelly / Reuters

Did you notice how many artists walked down the red carpet with a white rose corsage? Or, in Miley Cyrus' case, with a white rose clenched between her teeth?

READ MORE: See the best-dressed stars on the 2018 Grammy Awards red carpet here

Well, stars were encouraged to wield a white rose on the night by the organisation Voices in Entertainment. The activism group sent a statement out about how the flower has "historically stood for hope, peace, sympathy and resistance".

Those that were seen with a white rose included Lady Gaga, DJ Khalid, Sam Smith, Pink and Sarah Silverman.

3. Blue Ivy's appearance

Beyoncé skipped the red carpet at the event, but such is her and her family's star power that the many tweets showing Jay Z, six-year-old daughter Blue Ivy and Beyoncé in their seats got more attention than every red carpet moment combined.

We expect many memes to be born from this footage that shows Blue Ivy seemingly gesturing for her parents to dial down their clapping mid-ceremony:

4. Camila Cabello's shout out to the dreamers

Camila Cabello is having a moment - her solo album recently hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and she used her time on the Grammy Awards stage to highlight the plight of 'dreamers' whose permanent residency is being brought into question in Trump's America: "I'm here on this stage tonight because, just like the 'dreamers', my parents brought me to this country with nothing in their pockets but hope. They showed me what it means to work twice as hard and never give up. And honestly no part of my journey is any different from theirs."

"I'm a proud Cuban-Mexican immigrant born in Eastern Havana standing in front of you on the Grammys stage in New York City, and all I know is that just like dreams, these kids can't be forgotten and are worth fighting for."

5. Kendrick nominating Jay-Z for president

Jay-Z was 2018's most nominated artist, with eight nominations on the night. However, he walked way completely empty handed, winning none of the categories he was up for, with Kendrick Lamar taking home most of those (Lamar won five Grammy Awards on Sunday night).

And while the Golden Globes was all about Oprah Winfrey 2020, Lamar suggested Shawn "Jay Z" Carter was presidential, shouting "Jay for President" at the end of one of his (many) acceptance speeches. Watch this space?

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