Thursday, 18 February 2016

My Thoughts on the 58th Grammy Awards



The 58th Grammy Awards were held on Monday. This broke the tradition from previous years where the ceremony was always held on a Sunday. Once again, I was not able to watch the live telecast, due to timezone differences, but I have scanned through a recording of it to get a feel for what went down.

Kendrick Lamar had the most nominations going into the show, with 11 nominations including Album of the Year for his critically-acclaimed album, To Pimp A Butterfly. He was followed by Taylor Swift and The Weekend with 7 nominations apiece. All three artists were vying for Album of the Year, but it was Taylor Swift that eventually took home the award for her hit album, 1989.

Other notable wins include Skrillex and Diplo for their collaborative effort, Jack Ü. The duo won Best Electronic Album as well as Best Dance/Electronic Recording for my favorite song from 2015, Where Are Ü Now. The Weeknd won Best R&B Performance for his song, Earned It (50 Shades of Grey), as well as Best Urban Contemporary Album for his album, Beauty Behind the Madness.

Kendrick Lamar cleaned out in the Rap categories, eventually winning 5 Grammys, the most by any artist for the evening. He also gave a powerful performance of his songs, The Blacker the Berry and Alright. This was in sharp contrast to Pitbull, who closed the ceremony with one of the weakest closing performances in recent memory.

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  1. I watched part of the show, but I was working on a manuscript so I missed all the telling moments, figures. :)

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    1. Same here, only saw bits here and there. Was hoping to watch the full show this weekend, but we are currently experiencing a city-wide blackout. :(

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  2. Lately I don't tend to watch award shows when I can see what I want online after and avoid commercials! But thanks for your review of the Grammys. Also, just checking in for March's IWSG post! Hope all is well...

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    1. You're welcome, Lisa. And you're right: gone are the days of having to seat through commercial after commercial. :)

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