All the Dance Highlights of the 2019 Grammy Awards
GET IT, Janelle. (Getty Images)
Yes, yes, it's a music awards show, but for us, it's *always* all about the dancing. And last night, the Grammy performers—especially the ladies—gave us everything our little dancer hearts desired. Happy early Valentine's Day to us! 😍
4. Camila Cabello performing "Havana"
There are definitely worse ways to open an awards show than with Camila Cabello's chart-topping song. Cabello joined forces with Ricky Martin, J Balvin, jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, her own abuela (!), and a giant crew of dancers for a colorful, cannily choreographed performance that was giving us alllll kinds of West Side Story vibes.
3. Jennifer Lopez's Motown tribute
Lopez may have received some criticism for this performance—skeptics wondered if she was really the right artist for the job—but the dancing in the tribute was indisputably on point. (When Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo are your creative directors, that's pretty much a given.) Also, find someone who looks at you the way A-Rod looks at JLo onstage.
2. Cardi B performing "Money"
OK, yes, everyone's talking about that incredible pianist that opened the set. But let's also talk about Cardi's cadre of catsuit-ed dancers, who helped Cardi create a showgirl-style fantasy (and GIF-able moment after GIF-able moment) on the Grammy stage.
1. Janelle Monae performing "Make Me Feel"
Aka We're Obsessed with Janelle Monae, exhibit #9476. Monae absolutely slayed last night, thanks in no small part to her regiment of fabulous dancers doing Fosse-meets-Janet-meets-fembot choreo. (And yes, those iconic pants from the "PYNK" music video made an appearance.)
Frederic Franklin in Valerie Bettis' A Streetcar Named Desire (1952). Photo courtesy DM Archives
In the June 1974 issue of Dance Magazine, our cover subject was the endlessly charming Frederic Franklin, then 60 years old. After declaring at the age of 4 that he was "going to be in the theater," the Liverpool-born dancer spent a lifetime doing exactly that.