61st Grammy Awards disappoint fans and celebrities

The 61st Grammy Awards resulted in the usual--wins for trendy popular artists and no hardware for deserving artists.

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The 61st Grammy Awards resulted in the usual–wins for trendy popular artists and no hardware for deserving artists.

Joey Dunphey, Reviews Editor

On Feb. 11, the 61st Annual Grammy Awards aired on CBS to gift many music artists with the highly acclaimed Grammy Award. The Grammy’s are often criticized for catering to popularity instead of true talent, as they usually praise the songs that you hear on repeat on the radio. This year, the Grammy’s seemed to use the same tactic, apart from allowing many new artists to perform on the show.

Throughout the ceremony, which was hosted by Alicia Keys, there were a large amount of performances from many artists — almost too many performances, as the show lasted for two and a half hours and only a handful awards were announced. The performers were: Post Malone with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shawn Mendes with Miley Cyrus, Chloe X Halle, Jennifer Lopez, Diana Ross, Dan + Shay, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, St. Vincent with Dua Lipa, Travis Scott with James Blake and Earth, Wind, and Fire, Yolanda Adams with Fantasia and Andra Day, Camila Cabello with Arturo Sandoval, Young Thug, Ricky Martin and J Balvin, Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, H.E.R., Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monae, and Kacey Musgraves with Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Maren Morris, Little Big Town and Dolly Parton. Wow, that’s a lot.

Many celebrities actually turned down performing at the Grammy’s this year, including Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, and Drake. While some of the celebrities did not comment on a reason, it may be because of their dislike towards the award show, especially Drake.

One of the most notable moments of the ceremony was when Drake accepted his award for Best Rap Song. They did not show Drake on the show until he accepted the award, and fans were surprised that he showed up, since he publicly expressed his dislike of the award show. In his speech, he explained that everyone there was a winner and basically said that a Grammy doesn’t define an artist’s success or talent.

“If there is people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here, I promise you, you already won,” he said. Drake then took a short pause and the producers of the show turned the mic off and cut to a commercial right when he tried to continue his speech. They claim that they thought he was finished and said they offered him another chance to speak.

Many fans were also disappointed with the results of Best Rap Album, as Cardi B won with her album Invasion of Privacy over Mac Miller’s Swimming, Pusha-T’s Daytona, Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap, and Travis Scott’s Astroworld. In my opinion, all of those albums topped Invasion of Privacy. Fans were also annoyed at the fact that the producers flew Mac Miller’s parents out to the show and told them that they had a tribute video that would play if he won. He ended up losing, and many people were outraged.

Cardi B is now the first solo woman to win Rap Album of the Year. Also, Childish Gambino’s “This is America” is the first rap song to win Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Jay Z received a Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Everything is Love, making him the rapper with the most Grammy’s (22). He was previously tied with Kanye West with 21, but West lost his nomination for Producer of the Year even though he produced five great albums for his G.O.O.D. Music label in the span of a couple months.

While fans were disappointed with some nominations and winners, people are beginning to expect this disappointment. It seems likely that award shows such as the Grammy’s will begin to fall in popularity and credibility. Celebrities have been speaking out about the show on social media as well, predicting the same.


Notable Winners:


Record of the Year

“This Is America” — Childish Gambino


Album of the Year

“Golden Hour” — Kacey Musgraves


Song of the Year

“This Is America” — Donald Glover and Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)


Best New Artist

Dua Lipa


Best Pop Vocal Album

“Sweetener” — Ariana Grande


Best R&B Album

“H.E.R.” — H.E.R.


Best Rap Performance

“King’s Dead” — Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake and

“Bubblin” — Anderson .Paak


Best Rap Song

“God’s Plan” — Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels and Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)


Best Rap Album

“Invasion of Privacy” — Cardi B


Best Country Solo Performance

“Butterflies” — Kacey Musgraves


Best Country Album

“Golden Hour” — Kacey Musgraves


Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Pharrell Williams


Best Music Video

“This Is America” — Childish Gambino


Best Pop Solo Performance

“Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” — Lady Gaga


Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Shallow” — Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper


Best Rock Album

“From the Fires” — Greta Van Fleet


Best Alternative Music Album

“Colors” — Beck