Before the 2015 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, presenter Prince stood before the microphone and offered a preamble that may become the show's water cooler conversation topic on Monday morning.
"Albums — you remember those?" Prince asked as the standing ovation he'd received died down. "Albums still matter. Like books and black lives, albums still matter." His statement drew applause.
But Prince wasn't the only one at the Grammys making reference to a phrase that captured the fiery reaction across America — and the world — following the deaths last year of black men Michael Brown and Eric Garner during altercations with white police officers.
Singer Pharrell Williams orchestrated a "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" demonstration during his performance of "Happy"; the gesture, as well as the phrase, is related to alleged circumstances surrounding Brown's shooting death.
And while Beyonce performed "Precious Lord Take My Hand," the choir members onstage raised their hands as well.
In addition Williams' dancers wore hoodies, which likely refers to the attire 17-year-old Trayvon Martin wore when he was fatally shot by George Zimmerman during a 2012 community watch altercation.
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