Rhonda Ross Meme Captures Everyone's Grammys Mood – The Daily Dot


After all the social media buzz about Grammy nominees and snubs, not to mention all the drama that led up to awards night, the 2019 Grammy Awards turned out to be uneventful and stale. And we’re sorry to say we saw this coming, especially after Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and Drake all bailed on performing at the show this year.

But there was one good meme.

Both winners and performances failed to stick on social media, and not even Korean boyband BTS—which made history as the first K-pop band to be nominated for a Grammy and to be invited to present an award—was able to save the show. 

However, CBS cameras caught a brief clip of Rhonda Ross on the phone during a performance. The daughter of Motown founder Berry Gordy and legend Diana Rossand mom of Raif-Henok, the cute little boy who won the internet over when he introduced his grandma before her Grammy birthday performancesat beside her father, distracted.

The internet lost no time turning the moment into a meme.

#RhondaRoss wins best meme #Grammys https://t.co/6zHMqwY9ae

— MiniMudds (@Muddsfawaz) February 11, 2019

Even GIF generator Giphy was quick to capture the moment.

“Yeah, I can talk!” #GRAMMYs @RecordingAcad pic.twitter.com/bGqvKy16ro

— GIPHY (@GIPHY) February 11, 2019

Rhonda captured everyone’s mood about the Grammys, basically.

Rhonda Ross on the phone is a whole mood!!! 😂😂😂 #grammys pic.twitter.com/XCAJQXOQAk

— Emile Ennis Jr. (@EmileEnnisJr) February 11, 2019

Rhonda Ross fully taking a phone call during the #GRAMMYs is a mood.

— Kevin Surma (@KevinSurma) February 11, 2019

“Rhonda Ross is all of us,” @Fly_Sistah tweeted.

Rhonda Ross is all of us. She was probably telling her BFF yeah, it’s as bad as I expected pic.twitter.com/liCIj1M9xs

— KD (@Fly_Sistah) February 11, 2019

People saw themselves in Rhonda, like @TaylourSaid_: “Tag yourself in the Grammys: I’m Rhonda Ross on the phone in the front row mid show.”

Tag yourself in the Grammys: I’m Rhonda Ross on the phone in the front row mid show.

— Y’all Won. (@TaylourSaid_) February 11, 2019

Even CBS, which broadcasted the awards show, was quick to use it as a meme to talk about Grammys host Alicia Keys’ performance with another Motown pioneer, Smokey Robinson (what everyone around Rhonda was applauding):

I’ll need to call you back, @aliciakeys and @smokeyrobinson are singing together and it’s 🔥#GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/jVQ0Lr5k3v

— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 11, 2019

People wondered who Rhonda could be speaking to and about what, so they posted their own theories. One of them is how it could be a reaction to one of the night’s more remarkable performances: that of her own mom, Diana, to mark her 75th birthday… even if her birthday isn’t until March. At one point onstage, Diana exclaimed, “Happy birthday to me!” Twitter user @bttmshelfbitch supposed Rhonda could be saying, “Hold up, she tryin’ to make this all about her again.”

“Hold up, she tryin’ to make this all about her again”#DianaRoss #Grammys #RhondaRoss #HappyBirthdayToMe pic.twitter.com/zIEwrTf3uZ

— The Bottom Shelf Bitch (@BttmShelfBitch) February 11, 2019

Mostly, people speculated she was trolling the Motown tribute that strangely featured Jennifer Lopez in one of the most contemptuous moments of the Grammys. As the Daily Dot noted on Sunday, “February is Black History Month and … genre pioneers Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and Robinson are still very much alive.”

“Girl you should see this bullshit, they got JLo doing a damn Motown tribute”#GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/99u0r2SxAQ

— Mr.Hide&GoSeek (@LiveLoveHustle) February 11, 2019

“Girl, yes… this show is still going. They really put J Lo on this stage talking about some Motown. She’s making my feet hurt.” #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/PBje6wCluO

— The Root (@TheRoot) February 11, 2019

“Hello, Grammys? Why is JLo doing a MoTown tribute?“ pic.twitter.com/S6z2t6oetQ

— Ginella Massa (@Ginella_M) February 11, 2019

“Hello, 911…I would like to report a fraudulent Motown Tribute at the #Grammys…” pic.twitter.com/6dOyzdAjrN

— Global Grind (@GlobalGrind) February 11, 2019

“Girl they out doing the salsa during this Motown tribute” #grammys pic.twitter.com/MPe4nuXaaa

— BLACK BONNIE (@Taexri) February 11, 2019

“Yeah, girl the #Grammys done booked @JLo for this Motown tribute, she better not fuck it up. I’ll call you back.” pic.twitter.com/Ab6Us5oCGn

— Jerome Trammel (@MrJeromeTrammel) February 11, 2019

“Girl why they got J. Lo up here doing the Motown tribute” #Grammys pic.twitter.com/tsp5GmlOuD

— Dragon Fly Jones (@_muziq_) February 11, 2019

“Yes girl they got JLo doing Motown!“ #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/9lLwCpM9sI

— Joshua Dontae (@_that1boyJosh) February 11, 2019

#blacktwitter calling the @RecordingAcad to ask who invited @JLo to do the Motown tribute 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/4e0hHGmV1m

— julian_bates_8907 (@8907Bates) February 11, 2019

Girl I cant make this up they got J Lo singing Motown songs pic.twitter.com/BpRUt9Kxcp

— Flow (@ITSDJFLOW) February 11, 2019

Rhonda Ross was calling the police on JLo’s Motown tribute pic.twitter.com/OHNe66WwBa

— Brian Sullivan (@nashvillescoop) February 11, 2019

“Girl, they got Jennifer Lopez up here doing a tribute for Motown…. and she salsa dancin.” #grammys #RhondaRoss #Gordy #Phone pic.twitter.com/6NaZ8xX7LS

— Whorfery (@Whorfery) February 11, 2019

You know Rhonda Ross was contacting Command of B613 on that Motown performance pic.twitter.com/y9gqokh0ta

— Child of Hazel and Smoke (@wondermann5) February 11, 2019

Check out Rhonda Ross (daughter of Barry Gordy and Diana Ross) on the phone while JLo preformed! I can imagine her convo: “I can’t believe they’re disrespecting my parents w/this bullsh•t!”😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/OJG8AVkcJ1

— Twin & her Hubby! (@CLE_SHONUFF) February 11, 2019

The meme also captures what Nicki Minaj stans could be doing after their idol’s rival Cardi B won best rap album—the first woman to win the award and ahead of Minaj to boot.

Nicki fans: Girl Cardi B just won best rap album #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/ERaHv8uGGF

— pia (@shalarey_) February 11, 2019

User @sayyestochurros thought it best captured the reaction to best new artist winner Dua Lipa’s acceptance speech, in which she took a dig at Recording Academy President Neil Portnow for saying female artists had to “step up” at last year’s ceremony. “I guess this year we really stepped up,” she said.

Me during Dua Lipa’s speech #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/NQAVYJFDff

— Bonnie B. (@SayYesToChurros) February 11, 2019

Besides the Motown tribute, some also found the Rhonda meme to be the perfect “unimpressed” reaction to Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour emerging as album of the year winner:

#GRAMMYs Album of the year: *stares in unimpressed Rhonda Ross on Apple iOS* pic.twitter.com/uK3ZP3g3GV

— A Tribe Called Wakanda (@mixedcapital) February 11, 2019

I’m calling the police on the #Grammys for this Album of the Year robbery pic.twitter.com/ncHQBZ3Pm7

— Tris B (@mstrilliviapope) February 11, 2019

I don’t even know who this girl is who won album of the year #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/iubMVzHlbr

— Jeremiah🥰👑 (@JeremiahCordei1) February 11, 2019

If you were likewise unimpressed by the Grammys, this meme could be you: “Rhonda Ross on the phone sums up this entire show,” tweets user @7eacebewithyou.

rhonda ross on the phone sums up this entire show

— BΔΚ (@7eacebewithyou) February 11, 2019

At best, @kay_suigeneris thinks it’s “the best part of the Grammys.”

Rhonda Ross being on the phone as the best part of the #Grammys

— Freddie Brooks (@kay_suigeneris) February 11, 2019

Meanwhile, some found the Rhonda meme applicable to other life moments, too, like when MTV tweeted, “Calling in help after accidentally liking a pic while 48 weeks deep in the feed.”

Calling in help after accidentally liking a pic while 48 weeks deep in the feed. #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/XVMUKJnTGa

— MTV (@MTV) February 11, 2019

rhonda ross is me calling my mom to get me when i’m somewhere i can’t stand to be

— EDEN (@_______eden) February 11, 2019

If a GIF featuring the phone-using daughter of a Motown legend is the most entertaining part of a music awards show, perhaps the Grammys deserved the spinoff meme. You can view the full list of winners here.


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