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In 2018, shortly after Bruno Mars took the a few of the top honors at the Grammys, I implored every player to put their pinky call to the moon in event. Now, as the 2021 show marks his go back to the phase for the first time given that, I must switch in flared collars and dark sunnies for pinky rings– a soulful re-emergence is upon is.

” Leave the Door Open,” Mars’s newest collective tune with Anderson.Paak, is a complete throwback to the time of Bobby Womack and Curtis Mayfield. As the supergroup Silk Sonic, the pair have gone full ’70 s soul, and “Door” is characterized by its soft piano and smooth vocals, components they brought to life on the Grammys stage Sunday night (March 14).

By “stage,” I mean a dark set that however sparkled with he clearly ’70 s diamond lights, leisure fits, and collaborated swaying of an unabashed nostalgia journey. It’s a vibe that remembered Mars’s own “Treasure” video and one he’s long felt comfy having fun with. Paak, meanwhile, at the same time led and used backing vox (as did Mars, along with a set of singers in matching clothes). It was a mellifluous trip that belonged on Soul Train

The story of Silk Sonic goes that, after Paak opened for Mars on tour, the set linked up and began making music together. Now we get to hear it– the Grammys performance was their live unveiling.

This year at the Grammys, Paak’s funky protest anthem “Lockdown” picked up a nod for Best Melodic Rap Performance and one for Best Video. Mars, meanwhile, has actually remained largely out of the musical spotlight because cleaning up at the 2018 Grammys, popping up for tunes with Cardi B and Ed Sheeran the following year and working behind the scenes as a songwriter.

An Evening With Silk Sonic is set to drop later this year, marking both Mars’s (presumed) go back to the charts and yet another ’70 s revival– one ushered in by none other than Bootsy Collins. Tonight at the show, they likewise brought down the home with a homage efficiency to none other than Little Richard, who died in May 2020.

See all the 2021 Grammys winners here, and remain tuned.

  • Grammys
  • R&B
  • Music
  • Bruno Mars
  • Anderson.Paak


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