The 60th Grammy Awards show recap

Written by: Jacob Knoop

The Grammy Awards are music’s biggest night, but recently they have become a dry, boring event, with artists plugging their other works on the red carpet interviews, and hammering their political views into our minds. On Jan. 28 CBS hosted the 60th annual Grammy awards, music’s biggest night. James Corden hosted again, with dry jokes and cheesy bits to entertain the audience in between performances, bringing nothing original to his role. Throughout the night there were snubs, upsets and riveting performances.


The most successful artist of the night was Bruno Mars. Coming home with five Grammys: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song. I personally thought he should have only won two of those awards, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song. There is no way he should have won Best Album, or Best Song of the Year.


“I don’t think Bruno Mars should have won Best Album or Best Song of the Year. There were other albums that were better, and 24K Magic didn’t rally compare to them.” NPHS junior Anna Spellman said, “ I think D**N by Kendrick Lamar was a good album, and so was Awaken My Love by Childish Gambino. Kendrick always comes out with something that’s shocking and hard hitting and shocking to hear. It’s a good album to feed off of, and 24K Magic was just a fun, pop album.


“I think Bruno Mars won so many awards because the people who choose the awards want to go the easy way. Choosing Bruno Mars as a winner is going the easy route. His lyrics are meaningless, and it was just a fun pop album. I am angry at the people in charge of choosing the winners for not choosing Kendrick Lamar that deserve these awards. I don’t like Bruno Mars, I don’t think he should have won.”


One of the most disappointing upsets of the night was Logics’ “1-800-273-8255” losing Best Song of the Year to Bruno Mars’ pop hit That’s What I like. Logics’ 1-800, named after the suicide hotline, went triple platinum and increased the calls to the hotline by 50 percent. This made it especially infuriating that “That’s What I Like” won Best Song of the Year, as it was a fairly simple and an unimportant song.


“For best Song of the Year ‘1-800’ by Logic should have won. Not only was it hard-hitting, it was an important song, with a really, really good message. In hindsight it probably saved a lot more lives than any of Bruno Mars’ did.” Spellman said.


Another win that I think was a bad choice was Alessia Cara beating out Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert and SZA for Best New Artist. Sure Alessia Cara had four good songs this past year (two of which she didn’t write), but Best New Artist? Khalid would have been much better options as his album defined teen life in 2017. With hits like “Young, Dumb and Broke”, “Location”, “Saved”, “8TEEN” and “Another Sad Love Song” his album pleased both critics and casual listeners.


“The man had three big singles that were being played on the radio: ‘Young, Dumb & Broke’, ‘Location’, and ‘8TEEN’. You couldn’t listen to the radio without at least hearing him once. The whole album was great, he was on ‘1-800’, which should have won Song of the Year. I just think he got absolutely robbed,” Alex Cotterman, a junior at NPHS said.

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