Grammys provide a memorable night


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The 65th Grammy Awards, recognizing the best in music, aired Sunday night on CBS.

Carson Chapel, Sports Editor

The 65th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday provided a memorable night that featured many diverse artists and fans. 

Bad Bunny stunned the audience with one of the best performances of the night, a song performed entirely in Spanish. His album, Un Verano Sin Ti, is the first Spanish-language album to be nominated for Album of the Year.

From the beginning of the night, viewers could notice the effort to include everyone. The big feature of the night was the fan segment, which included one superfan from all 10 artists nominated for Album of the year. 

This was a great opportunity for the audience to see the diversity across gender, race, and age of music fans. But like other aspects of the show, it dragged at times because some fans were just not as interesting as others. 

It also was a record-breaking night. Beyonce should finally be in GOAT talks, because along with winning four awards last night, she became the all-time Grammys leader. Although Beyonce arrived fashionably late, she is still so valued in the music industry as she is strong and independent. 

Another great award, for best pop duo performance, was given to Sam Smith and Kim Petras for the song “Unholy.” The speech from Petras was moving for viewers as she announced she had become the first transgender woman to win this category. She then told her story, which featured a remembrance of her late friend Sophie, who always inspires her music.  

Another great aspect of last night’s ceremony was recognizing hip hop, as it turns 50 this year. Dr. Dre specifically was honored, along with dozens of others such as Lil Uzi Vert, GloRilla, Run-DMC, and more. 

A great way to end the night was to let DJ Khalid perform. Jay Z shined, as Lil Wayne, Giveon, John Legend and more were featured. Of course the man was going to take the opportunity to make his final remarks motivational somehow. 

“They ain’t believe in us, but God did. So we did an eight-minute show on the Grammys – salute to the Academy,” Khalid said. 

Trevor Noah hosted his third consecutive Grammy Awards. His jokes were terrible but that is besides the point. He was a great talker, and he has the passion to be a host. All Noah has to do is upgrade his repertoire of jokes. 

Bonnie Raitt won song of the year for her song “Just Like That.” Given that the other nominees in this category included Harry Styles, Kendrick Lamar, and Lizzo, there was bound to be disagreement on this one. The artist who got snubbed for song of the year has to be Steve Lacy’s “Bad Habits” a popular song among high school students. 

Overall the 2023 Grammy Awards was a memorable one. Harry Styles, who took home the most valued award, Album of the Year, reminded listeners that there is no such thing as “the best” in music.

The Grammys was and will always be a memorable night solely for the fact that celebrities have the stage to themselves and can get their message across through speeches or performances.