Grammy awards bring big winners

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R&B artist, The Weeknd, took home two awards for best R&B performance and best urban contemporary album. He has had a successful year with the release of his most recent album, “Beauty Behind the Madness.” This year’s Grammy awards was also held on his birthday.

The Grammy awards are considered to be one of the bigger award shows for artists in the music industry. The 58th annual Grammy awards were held on Mon. Feb. 15th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

The top three most prestigious awards, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year were won by Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and Bruno Mars respectively.

Sophomore Anita Pan said, “I think that the Grammy awards should branch out to other genres such as alternative because there is so much good music in that genre.”

Rapper Kendrick Lamar was nominated for the most awards and ended up taking home five Grammy trophies.

Junior Anais Cabello said, “Lamar is one of my favorite rappers, and I am so glad he has gotten so much recognition at this year’s Grammy awards.”

Lamar won best rap album for “To Pimp a Butterfly” and performed his songs, “Alright” and “The Blacker the Berry.”

The awards ceremony was full of tributes to past artists such as one for David Bowie in which Lady Gaga performed a medley of his most recent songs.

The hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” also performed at the ceremony. The musical also won the award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Cabello said, “Overall I am glad that the Grammys focused on different genres and not just on pop.”

Host LL Cool J kept the ceremony focused on the music rather than politics and gave highlights on past performers.