Bad Bunny opened The 65th Annual Grammy Awards, on a high note with a spicy performance of Después de la Playa surrounded by cabezudos (giant characters) representing Puerto Rican legends. Cameras caught Taylor Swift dancing along, which was not that surprising, she was grooving all night. She also was dancing along to her ex, Harry. Harry Styles performed his smash hit, As It Was, from the Album of the Year Grammy winning album, Harry’s House, with technical difficulties. When the stage opened up, the rotating disk he and his dancers were performing from, allegedly, started spinning the opposite way, causing the dancers having to dance the opposite way on live TV, different from what they perfectly rehearsed, a very professional team. Obviously shaken up and thrown off his game, Harry still pulled through, delivering strong vocals and precise dancing wearing a silver fringe Gucci onesie.
Appearing out of smoke, Wearing a black satin minidress with puffed sleeves, with crystal corset detailing, Lizzo performed the Record of the Year winning song, About Damn Time and a powerful performance of Special, helped out by an all black choir. Kim Petras and Sam Smith brought the heat, literally, with their satanic and fiery performance of Unholy. Locked in a cage, Transgender superstar, Kim Petras belts out the chorus and verses surrounded by two Drag stars, from RuPauls Drag Race, Violet Chachki and GotMik, keeping her hostage. While Sam Smith, dressed in all red with a top hat and devil horns performed surrounded by backup dancers on a pentagram in red lights and red smoke. Steve Lacy performed his smash viral hit, Bad Habit, accompanied by Thundercat on bass. Luke Combs and Bradni Carlile also performed at the Grammys. Mary J Blige performed Good Morning Gorgeous from her Grammy nominated Album of the Year of the same name. Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, 2 of Motown's biggest artists perform a tribute to the genre, with the help of country star, Chris Stapleton. Quavo tributes Takeoff, his bandmate and nephew, with a performance of “Without You.” With tributes in the air, A melody containing over 24 of hip hop's biggest hits, curated by Questlove of the Roots, honors hip hops 50 year anniversary. Narrated by his bandmate Black Thought, Queen Latifah, and LLCoolJ, the first of 3 segments focused on 1970s-1980s hiphop with appearances from, Run-DMC, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Salt-N-Pepa, Rakim and Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Flava Flav. Salt-N-Pepa, Jazzy Jeff, and Will Smith were some of the first nominees in the first hip hop categories, unfortunately Will Smith declined the opportunity to be a part of the show. The second segment was curated by early gangster rap and 21st-century pop crossovers. Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, and others performed their biggest hits. The high energy third act focused on some of the current rap stars such as, Nelly, Lil Baby, Too Short, Lil Uzi Vert, and Glorilla. And then, DJ Khaled, Jay-Z, John Legend, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Fridayy closed out the show with their performance of God Did.