Best Performance: Tribute to Bob Marley


The Grammy’s are one of my favorite award shows of the year mainly because of my deep love for music, but also because of the great performances that they usually include.  This year had a few misses in terms of performances, but there were definitely some good ones throughout the night.  I particularly liked Miguel and Wiz Khalifa’s mini performance, as well as, Rihanna’s very touching performance of “Stay.”  Jack White, Ll Cool J, and Kelly Clarkson among others had some pretty good performances, too, but hands down my favorite performance of the night goes to the Bob Marley tribute.  First off, I love Bruno Mars, so you can’t go wrong with him, especially considering how much reggae has influenced his albums.  Then, you add Sting into the mix, a truly amazing musician who appreciates Bob Marley, and you get a good show.  To make the tribute even better, Carribean native Rihanna joins the two on stage along with Marley’s sons, Ziggy and Damian (Jr Gong, who I absolutely adore), and you get a perfect tribute to a legendary man.  Unlike most tributes, this performance was everything Bob Marley embodied.  It was full of light, positive energy, artistry, and pure love.  Big ups to whoever came up with this unforgettable collaboration.


About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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