The Grammys weren’t nearly as political as some viewers might have expected last night, but there were still a few moments.
Cuban-Mexican singer Camila Cabello delivered an emotional message about DACA and the Dreamers before introducing U2 for a pre-taped performance from a barge in front of the Statue of Liberty. And of course, the Irish rock band took the opportunity to comment on American immigration policy.
The performance began with Cabello reciting words from a poem by Emma Lazarus before U2 launched into “Get Out Of Your Own Way,” which has its own political undertones.
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore,” Cabello read. “Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Bono followed through with the message by addressing Donald Trump’s reported unflattering comments about several African nations a few weeks back.
“Blessed are the sh*thole countries, for they gave us the American Dream,” Bono began. “Blessed are the arrogant, those in the kingdom of their own company. Blessed are the bullies, for one day they will have to stand up to themselves.”
— U2 (@U2) January 29, 2018
The U2 frontman’s comments were censored so viewers back home might have missed them. However, U2 posted the message on social media to make sure their message was heard.