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Grammys Deliver on Promise of a Politically Charged Show

The show included numerous politically charged performances, such as Tribe Called Quest introducing their new anthem "We the People"

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    The Declaration of Independence. Make America Great Again. Transgender rights. Even the Dakota Access Pipeline. It must be Grammy time.

    Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich promised a politically charged telecast Sunday night, and the featured performers and presenters certainly made good, delivering veiled and definitely unveiled criticisms of President Donald Trump, sprinkled with a little support.

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    It began even before the telecast got under way, when actor and singer Joy Villa showed up on the red carpet wearing a blue gown emblazoned with Trump's name and campaign slogan. The show then kicked off with host James Corden rapping: "President Trump we don't know what comes next. We can survive by sticking together." The show continued with numerous politically charged performances, including Tribe Called Quest introducing their new anthem "We the People."

    Before the last dress rehearsal Sunday, Ehrlich told NBC News he had no problem with performers using the ceremony as a political platform.