Arts and Culture

THE GRAMMY WHAMMY

SAMANTHA CUE

STAFF WRITER

Legendary artists, songwriters, and producers surround me on the red carpet upon entry into the glamorous tent. Flashing lights, cries of desperation from fans, and the buzz of chaotic interviews fill the auditorium, and the audience members take their seats in
eager anticipation.

I take my seat about 20 rows from the main stage with a few of my idols in sight. I catch Twenty One Pilots and Katy Perry in casual conversation with their friends and family, and I am shocked to see the hype around these artists replaced by their raw, real selves.

With James Corden eating dirt as he descends the stairway leading to the stage, the Grammys are off and running.

The “Carpool Karaoke” host immediately sends a roar of laughter over the crowd and introduces none other than Adele for a preliminary performance.

Adele begins the show by belting her hit “Hello” which skyrocketed up the charts upon its release. Her voice resonates throughout the stadium, and I am blown away by her soulful, husky sound.

She has one of the deepest, most passionate voices I’ve ever heard. Later, she makes a beautiful tribute to George Michael with the single “Fast Love”, a melodic, graceful piece. The first time she sings it, she pauses in the middle of the song, apologizing profusely for being off-key.

Adele off-key? I’m at a loss for words, and she is too, apparently. After a brief pause, she composes herself and repeats the performance, flawlessly this time. Her second attempt felt heartfelt and emotional, and I appreciated her dedication to execute the best tribute possible.

She later goes on to win Best Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year.

The Weeknd, one of my favorite singers, takes the stage next. He performs “I Feel It Coming” from his new album with Daft Punk. Although The Weeknd’s performance is excellent, the reception is mild at best. The crowd shows no energy, as it is nearing the middle of the event and The Weeknd’s album is not well-known by the public. Next, Chance the Rapper wins Best New Artist and later wins Best Rap Album, besting renowned rappers like Kanye West and Drake.

At the end of the night, he performs an incredible mashup of “How Great” and “All We Got” from his most recent album, “Coloring Book”, complemented by a choir with soulful gospel. I find myself dancing and singing along to his electrifying performance.

Although Bruno Mars does not win any awards, he later sings his smooth single, “That’s What I Like” and pays tribute to Prince with one of his greatest hits, “Let’s Go Crazy”.

I’m puzzled with the lack of attention Beyoncé receives, as she does not win any major awards like everybody was wishing, but rather leaves with Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Music Video. “Lemonade”, a work of musical genius in my opinion, deserves more praise from the Academy.

However, Queen Bey never disappoints; she made her presence known with a live performance of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles”.

The Grammys finally end around three hours later, and the results pleasantly surprise me. I enjoyed every performance and celebrity I saw, and it was refreshing to see all artists share in each others’ successes.

The event completely measured up to the hype, as it felt less like a competition between artists like I assumed it might be and instead was a celebration of
music.

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