2023 Grammys: A Night to Remember

By: Serenity Holland

The 65th annual Grammy Awards show unfolded in a shocking, but unbothered fashion. Artists like Beyoncé and Kim Petra made history, while artists like Samara Joy and Bonnie Raitt were taken by surprise. The historically controversial award show was a night that left everyone dazzled.

This was comedian Trevor Noah’s third consecutive year hosting the Grammys. While his jokes produce inconsistent laughter, his light-hearted presence keeps him around. 

Pop music icon and former frontwoman of Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé, was up for a number of awards, but only took home four. In doing so, her title, the “Queen Bee,”  earned the accolade of being awarded the most Grammys won in history.

“I was happily surprised to learn that Beyoncé made history at the Grammys this year,” stated super music fan Riley Mathews. “Her 32nd win has made her the most awarded Grammys artist of all time.” 

Lizzo, a singer and pop culture sensation, also made history by becoming the first black woman since Whitney Houston to win record of the year, and Kim Petras became the first transgender person to win a Grammy with her daring duet of Unholy with Sam Smith.

Former boyband member of One Direction Harry Styles took home one of the most esteemed of the night –Album of the Year for his spring-born record Harry’s House.  

There was some disagreement about Beyonce’s Renaissance being more deserving of the title. Mt. Hebron senior Sadie Van Horn felt that the title was wrongfully awarded. 

“Future didn’t win album of the year,” Van Horn stated.  

Stars like Lizzo, Adele, and Cardi B owned the red carpet with looks that earned the best dressed on many lists. 

“Lizzo wore a simple dress under a 3D embellished cape, expressing she can experience texture,” Mathews stated. 

More importantly, the decision the Recording Academy has made has spurred censure and division in the music community. The bigger awards such as Best New Artist and Song of the Year have especially earned the most heat this year. 

“Bonnie Raitt’s win for Song of the Year. Yes, she’s been a huge artist, but now she’s up against the biggest names in the modern music industry and beats them out,” Mathews states. “Then there’s Diana Ross, an icon, but never won a Grammy, aside from Lifetime Achievement towards the end of her career.”

The peer-voted show has justified underground artists and overlooked the mainstream ones. However, the show causes an uproar of emotion every time.

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