63rd Annual Grammy’s present new ideas about race, American culture

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Lil Baby and his son before the Grammy’s.

Sunday, Mar. 14, marked one of the biggest days in music for the year, the Grammys. The best musicians in the world are nominated for awards throughout the night. 

Sometimes the host can be quite annoying and be very drawn-out, but Trevor Noah did not do this.”

— Aarnav Tare

Trevor Noah hosted the festivities and did a fantastic job. It’s not easy to go out in front of that many people and be calm and relaxed and straight to the point. Sophomore Aarnav Tare agrees. “Sometimes the host can be quite annoying and be very drawn-out, but Trevor Noah did not do this. He kept his composure fit in a few jokes and overall did a very nice job. It was a really nice change from previous hosts in events like this,” Tare said.

This Grammys was also quite different from past years due to Covid-19 restrictions. To begin the night, Megan Thee Stallion won Best New Artist, the first female rapper since Lauryn Hill in 1999. Also in the rap category, Lil Baby won a Grammy for his song “The Bigger Picture.” This song discusses the racial inequality in America and police brutality. His song was number one on the United States Billboard charts when it was released. Sophomore Alex Neguissie loves Lil Baby, “He is one of my favorite rappers, and he killed that song. I really hope he continues to drop songs about race problems in America, it was very inspiring,” Neguissie said.

Taylor Swift won Best Album with Folklore. This is her 11th grammy, which is an incredible accomplishment. Sophomore Shelby Parsons is a huge Taylor Swift fan. “She is one of my favorite artists because of how versatile she is,” Parsons said. “She has been making different music for about 10 years and it is consistently great. I also think that she is an inspiration to young girls out there who want to become singers or songwriters.”

 Beyonce won four awards, making her career total 28 Grammys. This is the most out of any woman in the history of music, with Alison Krauss in second place with 27. Beyonce also has 79 nominations, the most ever for a woman. Beyonce’s clearly one of the most influential women in the world, based on her lifestyle, image, and music.

In summary, this was a marvelous Grammys. Given all that has happened in the past year, we were lucky to even witness the 63rd annual Grammys this year.