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Artists Make History at the Grammys

By Julia Esposito and Rachel Priest

Whether it was listening to “Watermelon Sugar” in the car on a summer day, or putting in an AirPod to listen to “Cardigan” during a family walk, many people used music as an escape from the chaos of the world. Last March, the Recording Academy held their annual Grammy Awards, a night to reciprocate the love that many had for some of their favorite artists.

On March 14, the Grammy Awards were held at the Los Angeles Convention Center and were hosted by “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah. Some of the performances were live while others were pre-recorded, but the producers intended to make it seem as normal as possible for the viewers at home. All 23 performances created a great variety of music for the viewers as well. From watching Bruno Mars’ debut song to BTS performing “Dynamite” overseas in South Korea, there was material to satisfy most viewers.

Although this diversity entertained many, some were not as pleased while watching Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's performance. People found their performance a bit too provocative to be watching with their parents.

“It was an entertaining performance with bright colors and cool props but it was a little uncomfortable to be watching with my parents and little brother,” said sophomore Alison Leontis.

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Artists release music and albums all year in hopes of winning a Grammy award.

COVID-19 did not prevent celebrities from showing off their personal style as well; many performers represented themselves through their wardrobe. Pop star Dua Lipa was at the top of fans’ “best dressed list” as she impressed audiences with three costumes throughout her performance, in addition to her red carpet dress.

“Dua Lipa’s look was my favorite look of the night! I loved the butterfly design on the front because it was so mesmerizing and really captured people’s attention. It was something I haven’t seen on the red carpet yet,” said sophomore Natalie Bak.

Some ridiculed Harry Styles’s outfit, claiming that the boa he wore seemed out of place. However, others were appreciative of how it was reminiscent of his old vibes.

“I think the outfit was unique. The boa added his own personal style which I loved. It was a fun touch to a plain outfit,” said sophomore Sophia Rodriguez.

“COVID-19 did not prevent celebrities from showing off their personal style as well, for many performers represented themselves through their wardrobe...”

Although 75 awards were presented, the Grammys only announced the most anticipated categories, such as Song and Album of the Year, on air. Harry Styles fans were ecstatic to see him take home his first Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance.

On the other hand, BTS did not win an award, and many were upset about their lack of recognition.

“BTS are very talented artists that express their thoughts, through music, about life and how to deal with a variety of different emotions. Personally, I don’t get too involved in their awards because I usually judge an artist in their message and music, but I think they deserved to win,” said sophomore Priya Persuad.

Another highlight of the night was Taylor Swift’s performance of a medley of three songs from her sister albums, “Folklore” and “Evermore.” These fan favorites led to her win Album of the Year for “Folklore.” This year broke records, since Swift is now the only woman to win the Album of the Year category three times. Beyoncé also surpassed expectations by becoming the most awarded female artist in Grammy Awards history.


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