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This past Sunday, U2's performance of "Get Out of Your Own Way" (that was prerecorded live on January 26 on a barge along the Hudson River), was broadcasted on the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York City.
Rolling Stone Magazine praised the performance in which they quoted:
The proximity of the Statue of Liberty helped drive home the call-to-arms nature of "Get Out of Your Own Way," which includes dire warnings about the state of democracy. "The face of liberty's starting to crack," Bono sang. "She had a plan up until she got smacked in the mouth." Adam Clayton's chugging bass line was the engine pushing the song forward, while the Edge played his usual uplifting riffs on guitar and Larry Mullen Jr. added emphatic punctuation on his cymbals. At the end of the performance, Bono picked up a megaphone to announce, "blessed are the bullies, for one day they will have to stand up to themselves." The performance ended with the singer raising his megaphone in the air, striking a pose that mimicked the Statue behind him.
In addition to that appearance, Bono and the Edge appeared live on stage during Kendrick Lamar's opening medley.
The Los Angeles Times summed it up:
Ripping through a medley centering on his song "XXX" with help from U2's Bono and the Edge, not to mention Dave Chappelle, Kendrick Lamar opened the Grammys on Sunday with the type of live-wire intensity he's well known for -- but which rarely makes it onto network television.
Finally at the end of the show, Bono and the Edge presented the Album of the Year award to Bruno Mars for his album 24K Magic.
Though the band was not up for any nominations at this year's show, U2 are the only band in history to have won the most Grammy awards, winning 22 total awards (out of 47 nominations).
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