Anderson .Paak & A Tribe Called Quest Slay With 'Award Tour' At Grammys

U.S. singer Madonna is big on female empowerment

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As is expected of an award show in the Donald Trump era, Sunday night's Grammys were chock full of political commentary.

A Tribe Called Quest kicked down a literal wall in a powerful anti-Trump protest at the 59th Grammy Awards.

A parade of diverse individuals, including women wearing Muslim hijabs, joined the performers on stage.

Later, he exuberantly performed his songs "How Great" - featuring the chorus of Christian artist Chris Tomlin's "How Great Is Our God" - and "All We Got" with Kirk Franklin, Tamela Mann and a white-robed gospel choir.

Busta Rhymes denounced Trump as "Agent Orange" - conflating his somewhat tanned appearance with the Vietnam War-era herbicide. "Having people of color Muslim and Mexican come on stage, are you that stupid and cannot see that where all the drugs are coming from the southern borders or all the Radical Islamic that promote death to America?"

The show had started with host James Corden performing a rap which included the lines: "Live it all up because this is the best, and with President Trump we don't know what comes next".

The song ended with Q-Tip chanting "Resist!". "I want to thank president agent orange for your unsuccessful attempt at the Muslim ban. Resist! Resist!" - a word that has become a rallying cry for those who stand against many of Trump's policies, including the recent temporary travel ban that seeks to keep refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States.

The last political moment of the night was also the boldest and most direct.

Katy Perry went farther, taking the stage to perform "Chained to the Rhythm" with "We the people" written behind her and an armband that read "persist".

Later, "Orange is the New Black" star and presenter Laverne Cox (the first transgender actress to earn an Emmy nomination for acting) told the audience to "please Google Gavin Grimm. This is something I want for every child of every race", she said, referring to the message of her album Lemonade.

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