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The Irish rockers, aboard a barge on the Hudson River, performed with the Statue of Liberty looming over them in the background. Following a reading of Emma Lazarus’ famous poem “The New Colossus,” which is inscribed on the base of the statue, U2 launched into their performance in heavy coats and scarves, braving the elements of late January in New York City.
The band was introduced by Camila Cabello, who was born in Cuba, as she made an impassioned plea for immigration and DACA “dreamers” during her introduction on the Grammy stage at Madison Square Garden.
Earlier in the night, U2 joined rapper Kendrick Lamar in a politically charged opening performance.
Though the band was not nominated at Sunday’s awards, they do boast 22 Grammy wins over their 40-plus-year career.
Shortly after their performance, U2 tweeted, “Blessed are the Shithole Countries, for they gave us the American Dream,” referencing President Donald Trump’s recent remarks regarding immigration.
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