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Let’s Go to The Grammys!

Throw on your fanciest shoes, comb your hair, borrow some of the most outstanding jewelry you can find. You have waited for this moment all year and it is time for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. The 1st Annual Grammy Awards were held on May 4, 1959, celebrating the prestigious accomplishments of those involved in the music industry. The Recording Academy and Grammy voters elect who best served their purpose as an entertainer for the entire year prior. During the first official Grammy Awards, many artists were recognized. Artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Felix Slatkin, Henry Mancini and Meredith Willson all received awards. Political comedian Mort Sahl was the emcee and featured a musical sketch titled “How South Was My Pacific”.

Mort Sahl Photo: The New York Times

Year 2000 hit some high notes as winners from all over took the stage to accept their gilded gramophone. Winners as: U2, Santana, Christina Aguilera, Eminem, Foo Fighters, Miles Davis, Clive Davis and Aretha Franklin took up their prestigious awards and thanked the good people around them who helped them succeed in this industry. Santana was awarded the most amount of Grammys that year(8) and took home the coveted “Album of the year” Award. Christina Aguilera, was awarded the “Best New Artist” beating out her peers and competition Brittany Spears, Kid Rock, Macy Gray and Susan Tedeschi.

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When gathered all together, artists converse over drinks. They are able to act “normal” because they are surrounded by likeminded peers who just want a night to themselves. the artists/music icons all mix together this evening as they sit theater style and watch as their comrades achieve greatness through their Grammy Award and acceptance speech. In the key of acceptance speeches, one has really stood out. Mr. Kanye West had a wild and impulsive hair when he decided to proclaim who he thought should have won the award in the year of 2015. Shutting out Becks acceptance speech and throwing him in to confusion as what to say. Kanye returned to his seat without saying anything on stage. But off stage he expressed his opinion that Beck should give up his Grammy to Beyoncé. This is similar to what he did to Taylor Swift back in 2009.

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Let’s liven things up with what we all know and love. The Grammy performances! So many hours of practice really goes into play as artists get glamorized and perform their most popular hits. This year’s performances will be a blast to watch as we will be watching and listening to some pretty big names. Billie Eilish, BTS, Lady Gaga, Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow, Justin Bieber (who received eight nominations), Olivia Rodrigo, Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak. So many names taking the stage to represent how hard they have worked all year long on advancing their music career. We all have our favorite Grammy performances. One performance had us wondering what was going on until the message was clearer as Kristen Wiig Interpretively danced, lip-sinking the words to Sia’s song “chandelier”. Sia singing in the back left corner of the stage in 2015. Another emotionally notable performance was in 2020 when Demi Lovato changed the way the world viewed them with their first performance back following their overdose. The absolutely incredible vocalist belted “Anyone” and even had to restart the song after choking up in the beginning of the heartfelt melody. This was on the same day that we lost basketball legend and his beloved daughter Kobe and Gianna Bryant. The world was in shock that day already but whenever Demi shared their view-changing song, it turned the world on it’s ear.

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The 64th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas tonight, April 3, 2022. Trevor Noah from “The Daily Show” will be hosting. Harvey Mason, Jr CEO of the Recording Academy has released this as a formal statement: “We’re so excited to welcome Trevor back to the GRAMMYs stage and feel fortunate to once again have him hosting what we believe will be an unforgettable evening.” Trevor was the esteemed host for last year and was an absolute professional delight. Silk Sonic, the dynamite, dynamic duo featuring Anderson Paak and Bruno Mars will be opening the ceremony followed with performances by Carrie Underwood, John Legend and many more. Set to present will be Kelsea Ballerini, Avril Lavigne, Jared Leto, Anthony Mackie and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez just to name a few. This is surely going to be a night to remember.

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