If you thought Hollywood award shows couldn’t get much more political than when Meryl Streep delivered an anti-Trump speech while accepting her lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes, gird yourself because the Grammys red carpet got even more serious about the movement. But for this particular celeb-studded affair, instead of pointed remarks and eloquent speeches focused on the President and his policies, stars were letting their red carpet outfits make the political statement for them, ranging from Katy Perry‘s very blunt armband to Blue Ivy‘s more subtle statement purse.
Katy Perry's new single "Chained to the Rhythm" enjoyed its live debut at the Grammys on Sunday. It's a groove-heavy song with blatant nods to downtown 1980s New York – the title echoes Grace Jones' 1985 classic "Slave to the Rhythm" – and the disco era from a few years before.
The pop star released a new song, "Rise," at 11 p.m. ET Thursday. The track, which is available to download on iTunes and to stream on Apple Music, will be used as an anthem leading up to and throughout the 2016 Rio Olympics. "When, when the fire's at my feet again / And the vultures all start circling," she sings. "They're whispering, 'You're out of time' / But still I rise."
Whoever said music can tear artists apart may just want to rethink that argument. While Taylor Swift and Katy Perry haven't seen eye-to-eye on every issue, both talented artists have signed a petition calling for a reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. According to Billboard, the petition organized by music manager Irving Azoff contends that YouTube and other tech companies have provided a safe harbor for copyright infringement under the current writing of the DMCA.
They came as robots and gladiators, light-up princesses and high-haired goddesses shimmering in green, copper and silver. As predicted, the annual parade of fashion and star power at the Met Gala on Monday night included an array of interpretations on the evening’s vibe: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.”