Saturday 22 September 2018

WATCH: U2's rousing 'Get Out of Your Own Way' Grammys performance

U2 perform Get Out Of Your Own Way at the Grammys. PIC: U2/Twitter
U2 perform Get Out Of Your Own Way at the Grammys. PIC: U2/Twitter
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

They may not have bagged any gongs, but U2 proved their status as rock legends with their rousing performance of Get Out of Your Own Way at the Grammys.

They opened the show with Kendrick Lamar, but their solo performance was particularly powerful, with Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty visible in the background of the New York set.

The Edge, left, and Bono, right, of U2, perform with Kendrick Lamar, second left, at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
The Edge, left, and Bono, right, of U2, perform with Kendrick Lamar, second left, at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

The Dublin band was introduced by Camilla Cabello who made an emotional speech about immigrants fighting to stay in the US in the wake of Trump's rescinding of Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

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She said their stories are no different to hers.

"Today, in this room full of music's dreamers, we remember that this country was built by dreamers, for dreamers, chasing the American dream," Cabello said.

She had just joined Kesha, Janelle Monae and other women on the Grammy stage to perform a powerful rendition of "Praying." "I'm here on this stage tonight because, just like the DREAMers, my parents brought me to this country with nothing in their pockets but hope. They showed me what it means to work twice as hard and never give up. And honestly no part of my journey is any different from theirs."

She concluded, "I'm a proud Cuban-Mexican immigrant, born in Eastern Havana, standing in front of you on the Grammy stage in New York City, and all I know is, just like dreams, these kids can't be forgotten and are worth fighting for."

Then U2 took to the stage for an emotionally charged performance.

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