Twenty-two-time Grammy Award-winners U2 are old pros when it comes to performing at the annual show — and it showed Sunday night, as they treated the audience to a thunderous performance of “Get Out Of Your Own Way,” off their latest release, Songs of Experience, in honor of the Dreamers.
The band performed from a barge in Manhattan along the Hudson River — which they reportedly filmed on Friday evening.
Camila Cabello introduced the performance by saying, “Tonight, in this room full of dreamers, we remember that this country was built by dreamers, for dreamers, chasing the American dream. 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 than theirs. 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.”
She continued, “Tonight, it is my great honor to introduce one of the greatest bands in music history, U2. The band from Ireland first rocked the Grammy boat when they won their first four awards 30 years ago for The Joshua Tree, an album that explored their own powerful connection with the American dream. “46 Grammy nominations and 22 awards later, they extend their stunning Grammy legacy tonight by celebrating New York City and the promise that has drawn generations of immigrants here from around the world. Here they are on the Hudson River performing in front of a beautiful lady who inspired these timeless words by Emma Lazarus.”
U2’s Grammys performance follows both their well-reviewed 2017 LP as well as their stellar Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour last year. Next up, the foursome will kick off the second half of their Innocence + Experience tour. Shows begin May 2 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and stretch through the end of October.