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Published: Tue, February 14, 2017
Entertainment | By Alexander Flowers

A Tribe Called Quest Brings the 2017 Grammys' Most Political Performance

A Tribe Called Quest Brings the 2017 Grammys' Most Political Performance

Hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest joined emerging experimental rapper Anderson.Paak and the more commercially successful Busta Rhymes in the strongest political statement of the evening.

It was a powerful political statement from a group that has only played a handful of shows after they split almost 20 years ago, before regrouping for their new album last year. At one point, the group pushed their fists into the air in a Black Power salute; as their performance ended, Q-Tip shouted "Resist!". "Thank you, President Agent Orange for perpetuating all the evil that you're perpetuating throughout the United States".

Adele swept best album, record and song at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on February 12, while Beyoncé, A Tribe Called Quest and Chance the Rapper were among some of the night's most talked about performances.

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

From the depiction of the divine mother in Beyonce's imagery to Busta Rhymes's jab at President Trump's "Muslim ban", religion took center stage at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

This, of course, transitioned into a performance of "We the People,", a protest anthem off of the Tribe's latest album that includes lyrics like "All you Mexicans, you must go".

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Q-Tip then closed the performance with a simple, but potent message: "Resist!".

The similar theme, mimicking the words on the Declaration of Independence, was present in Katy Perry's performance during the star-studded event as she danced in front of a white picket fence.

Bey's speech was arguably the most articulate and passionate of the night, and though she kept overt politics to a minimum, her message was clear as she discussed her artistic intentions in Lemonade.

"We all experience pain and loss and often we become inaudible".

"Please Google Gavin Grimm". Verses of the Constitution flashed behind the duo as they sung "So comfortable, we're living in a bubble; so comfortable, we can not see the trouble" and "Up in your high place, liars; time is ticking for the empire". "This is something I want for every child and every race".

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