One of the most noteworthy moments at Sunday night’s gala at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City was a performance from Lorde, who received the inaugural Global Icon Award. It was a clear reference to one of her songs — which in this case was a tribute to the brand, Coldplay, of the very same evening.
Lorde accepted her award from curator Louise Bourgeois, whom she credited “with being a father figure, not only to my music but to my art.” She also appreciated “everyone who has shared your dreams and given you the inspiration to dream big.”
It was a fitting (if slightly overwrought) finish to a night where celebrities got down to reggae. The first artist, for example, was Big Sean (who is so busy that his mom didn’t get the news of his Golden Globe nomination for “A Quiet Place”); Alicia Keys led the group in several numbers and sang Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.” The crowd enthusiastically sang along to just about every song. Notably, though, there was no dancing — or dancing at all.
But who does dance at such a formal affair? Oddly enough, among the celebrity attendees at the evening were our own Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eddie Redmayne, Camilla Belle, Shenae Grimes, Domhnall Gleeson, Alex Karpovsky, Marques Houston, Tracee Ellis Ross, Vivica A. Fox, Monica Potter, Sean Astin, and Michael Rady.