The 11 Best Moments Of The 2019 Grammy Awards

The 11 Best Moments Of The 2019 Grammy Awards

Music's biggest night was filled with some very special moments.

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It's finally awards season! This year, the Grammy Awards was filled with twists, turns, and many guest appearances. There was an abundance of new winners, many of whom made history, as well as performances that were unlike any others from the past. To relive one of music's biggest nights, here are Sunday night's best and most memorable moments.

1. Camila Cabello's opening performance.

Camila Cabello

The Cuban-American singer kicked off the night with a fresh performance of her hit song "Havana." Surrounded by colorful set pieces and an array of diverse dancers, Camila was joined onstage by Young Thug, Ricky Martin, and J Balvin. A newspaper that read "Build Bridges Not Walls" was held up by J Balvin before he began singing "Mi Gente," making a political statement only a few moments into the show.

2. Alicia Keyes' Girl Squad included Michelle Obama.

Alicia Keyes

Four powerful women entered the stage as Alicia Keyes' right-hand ladies, including Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett-Smith, J-Lo, and surprise: Michelle Obama! The audience went crazy when they saw her enter the stage, and her speech about how music helps people connect and share their stories was beautiful and true.

3. Miley Cyrus joins Shawn Mendes onstage.

Shawn Mendes and Miley Cyrus

Grammy rehearsals have sparked a new friendship from these two and I am here for it. Shawn began his first ever Grammy performance behind a piano, turning his Rock and Roll hit "In My Blood" into a beautiful ballad.

Halfway through the song, he grabbed his guitar and met a special guest onstage: Miley Cyrus! Viewers' hearts melted as the pair belted out the final note so perfectly. Collaboration in the future, perhaps? Let's hope so!

4. John Mayer's super sweet gesture to Alicia Keyes in 2004.

John Mayer and Alicia Keyes

Alicia Keyes revealed that when John Mayer won the Grammy for Song of the Year over her 15 years ago, he broke the award in half and gave the second piece to her. He believed she deserved to win as well, so the two now share joint custody of the Grammy. How sweet!

5. Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus' "Jolene" duet.

Dolly Parton Tribute

Miley's rendition of the Dolly Parton hit was my anthem back in 2012. Hearing her sing it again, but this time with the legend that the song belongs to, was something so special. It was definitely a duet to be remembered.

6. Alicia Keyes' mash-up.

Alicia Keyes Grammy Performance

Alicia showed off her pipes by singing a mashup of all the different songs that she wished she had written herself. Her performance was done by not one, but two pianos. Her talent is too much to handle.

7. Dan and Shay show off their talent.

Dan and Shay Grammys

"Tequila" should win all the Grammys. This country duo proves time and time again just how insanely talented they are. Their acoustic version of their hit song was ended with the most beautiful and insanely long high note that will go down in Grammy history.

8. Drake's inspiring message to the music industry.

Drake Grammys

Drake took home the Grammy for Best Rap Song and his speech was one that no viewer will forget. He suggested that musicians don't need a Grammy to feel like they're successful and revealed that the music industry is just opinion based.

"You've already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word if you are a hero in your hometown. If there are people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don't need this right here. I promise you, you already won."

You tell 'em!

9. The Music Educator Award.

Music Educator Winner

Every year, the Grammys recognizes an educator that has made a significant contribution to the field of musical education. This year's winner was Jeffrey Redding, a high school teacher in Orlando, Florida. This award is a beautiful way of recognizing how important teachers of the arts are to our education programs.

10. Cardi B makes history.

Cardi B Grammy win

Cardi B won Best Rap Album and became the first solo female artist to win the award. Cardi was the only woman nominated in her category, making her an icon to women in music everywhere. She was filled with nerves when giving her acceptance speech, which proved just how grateful she was.

11. A tribute to Aretha Franklin.

Aretha Franklin tribute

After the passing of the Queen of Soul this year, the Grammys put together a tribute for her featuring an array of talented artists. Aretha has left behind a legacy that no one will ever be able to forget about.

The rest of the awards season awaits! Oscars, Tonys, and Emmys: here we come.

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14 Stages Of Buying Jonas Brothers Concert Tickets As A 20-Something In 2019

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In case you missed it, the Jonas Brothers are back together and, let me tell you, they're giving us some major jams. For those of us who were there when it all began back in 2007 with their first album, It's About Time, this has been one of the most important events of the year. But nothing, and I mean nothing can rival the excitement every twenty-something felt as the Jonas Brothers announced their Happiness Begins tour. I, for one, put my name in for ticket presale, have been following every single social media site related to the tour/group, and, of course, listening to the Jonas Brothers on repeat. And if you did manage to snag tickets, then you know that this is how your brain has been ever since they announced the tour.

1. Finding out that they're going on tour

2. Hopefully entering your name into the lottery to get presale tickets

3. Finding out that you actually get to buy presale tickets

4. Impatiently waiting for your presale tickets by listening to their songs on repeat

5. And remembering how obsessed you used to be (definitely still are) with them

6. Trying to coordinate the squad to go to the concert with you

7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

8. ...And feeling super frantic/frustrated because there are about 2000 people in line in front of you

9. Actually getting into the site to buy the tickets

10. Frantically trying to find seats you can actually pay for because, let's be real, you're twenty-something and poor

11. Managing to actually get the seats you want

12. Joyfully letting your squad know that you've done it

13. Crying a little because all of the dreams you've had since 2007 are coming true

14. Listening to every single Jonas Brothers song on repeat (again)

If you, like me, have finally fulfilled one of your dreams since childhood, then congrats, my friend! We've made it! Honestly, of all the things I've done in my adult life, this might be the one that child me is the most proud of.

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10 Life Lessons I Learned from 'How I Met Your Mother'

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In defense of one of my absolute favorite shows of all time, I took quite a bit of good advice away from the incredible cast of characters and wanted to share it. Though it's hard to narrow it down, here's my list of the top ten things I learned from 'How I Met Your Mother':

1. Never settle for less than you deserve

Ted spent a long time searching for his soulmate (9 seasons worth of time, to be exact), and ultimately wasn't willing to settle for less than he deserved. (News flash, neither should you!)

Sure, no one is absolutely perfect and we should not, by any means, search for the perfect complement to ourselves, however in partners and in life in general we should have enough love for ourselves not to accept anything other than what we deserve.

You're incredible, so don't settle on someone or something that isn't as lovely as you!

2. Take a deep breath and slow down

Season 1 Ted and Season 2 Ted are seemingly completely different people (now that's what we call character development!). That's because he goes from overly zealous about fulfilling his idea of the perfect life within his set timeline to realizing that the best way to live is to stop, smell the roses, and content ourselves with the knowledge that we can't force life to happen - sometimes it has to happen in its own time.

Lily nailed it when she said; "You can't design your life like a building. It doesn't work that way. You just have to live it . . . and it'll design itself."

3. Let that sh*t go 

Ted's great advice once was; "You may think your only choices are to swallow your anger or throw it in someone's face, but there's a third option: You can just let it go, and only when you do that is it really gone and you can move forward."

It is so easy to harbor exhausting feelings of anger, vengefulness, and frustration over certain situations and it ends up draining the absolute life out of you when you allow it to take over your thoughts and feelings. When we learn how to let go of that anger, we can start to live our lives more fully by focusing our energy on better things.

4. It's okay to feel lost sometimes

Barney came to a point in the show where he felt like he was in a hedge maze of confusion and frustration over not knowing what he wanted out of life, and if I've learned anything from this, it's that sometimes it can be nice to be lost. Sure, it may seem scary and daunting, but ultimately we have to buckle up and keep searching for our path. It can be fun trying to discover yourself and what you want out of life, taking time to take risks and experiment with yourself until you find what you're looking for. Don't sweat it if you don't have it all figured out.

5. Change isn't as scary as it sounds

As human beings, I think most of us love the feeling of familiarity, which is why when life arounds us begins to change, we start to feel a little overwhelmed and uncomfortable. Robin was a major conveyor of the necessity of being fearless in the face of the change that comes with the passing of time; sometimes change is for the best whether we recognize that fact or not, and we shouldn't let the fear of unfamiliarity scare us into running away from it.

6. Mistakes are scary; make them anyway

Lily so often made decisions that made many of us want to cover our eyes and scream at her, but if she hadn't made some of those decisions, she never would have known whether or not they were mistakes at all. That's how we have to look at our own lives: if we allow ourselves to be scared out of doing certain things for fear that they will be mistakes, how are we to know whether we would regret it? Wouldn't you regret more not knowing how it would have turned out at all? After all, mistakes are just life lessons. So educate yourself and make them!

7. Finding your people Is pure magic

Perhaps one of the most iconic pieces of HIMYM is the incredible friend group that the show focuses around; they go through so much together in the 9 seasons the show ran for, and it makes you realize how special it can be when you find people that help make your life exciting, fulfilled, and beautiful like these beloved characters made each other's lives. Sometimes it can take a while, but if we have patience, are true to ourselves, and remain open to what life throws at us, our people will find us and when they do, they'll make us so much better.

8. The ripple effect is real af

It can be hard to see how small actions and choices we make have a large scale effect on our lives, but after watching HIMYM, it becomes sort of hard not to at least think about how possible it is for the butterfly effect to be real. I made the decision to study abroad in London instead of the other 3 places I was considering this semester, and because of that small decision, I ended up making some of the best friends I could have asked for along the way. If I hadn't made that decision, these people never would have been in my life today. Our decisions now have the power to change our lives later on, which is both terrifying and thrilling all at once.

9. Love is hard work, but so worth the effort

Relationships are anything but easy. They take compromise, communication, honesty, and empathy to make them work, and that's only a few of the requirements. But if HIMYM has taught me anything, it's that when you find the right person, all of that effort is completely worth it. It's not always rainbows and butterflies, but the rainy skies are worthwhile to see all those pretty colors at the end of it all.

10. Nothing good happens after 2 am 

Perhaps one of the most major life lessons HIMYM taught me was that no good decisions happen at such a late hour. If you're thinking about sending that risky text, meeting someone after a late night invite, being out that early in the morning, or whatever the case may be, maybe you should reconsider. Sure, we're promoting making mistakes for the sake of the learning experience, but sometimes you have to pick your battles and know these kinds of mistakes might not be worth the risk.

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