On February 15, music’s biggest night took place in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. The event was hosted by rapper LL Cool J for the third year in a row, and featured heartwarming tributes to music legends who passed away this year including David Bowie, Glenn Frey of the Eagles, and Lionel Richie. Since 1959, the Grammy Awards have presented awards in music excellence and some of the larger awards are Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.
The big awards of the night went to Taylor Swift’s album 1989 for Album of the Year, and to Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” for Record of the Year. However, not all focus was on awards. As usual, the performances were what really struck a chord with audiences. One performance that earned rave reviews was Kendrick Lamar’s performance of “Alright” and “Blacker the Berry”. With stunning colors and a massive fire burning behind the rapper, Lamar’s performance was one that had everyone talking.
“Kendrick Lamar’s performance at the Grammys has been widely described as ‘fiery’—a nice way to say there were pyrotechnics both of the actual and emotional sort,” said Spencer Kornhaber for The Atlantic.“But there was more than fire, too. The set was obviously political; it was obviously powerful.”
The performers varied in musical style and while Lamar pulled audiences in with his rapping, the dynamic duo Tori Kelly and James Bay performed a powerful acoustic mashup of their ballads “Hollow” and “Let It Go”.
“James Bay and Tori Kelly were amazing!” said sophmore Allie Jones. “I personally loved the diversity of all the performers this year and that Taylor [Swift] won for ‘1989’. It always amazes me how far these artists have come to perform.”
The Grammy’s showcased an exceptional crop of performers and proved once again how much music can bring a society together. Looking past the drama and the bright lights of Hollywood fame, the Grammys remind us each year what it is really all about and this year was no exception.