The Grammys, new artists, and how music has changed


Music is a major factor in many lives today and influences the world in countless ways. Photo Cred: Unsplash

Ansley Tanner

Every year, the Grammy Award Show is a televised event that many families tune into. There is a variety of music from rock and alternative to pop and country. This year it was hosted by Alicia Keys, who is an icon in the American music industry and an advocate for women’s empowerment. She gave a beautiful musical tribute with the group Boyz II Men in memory of Kobe Bryant after his death earlier that day. To read more about his death, click here. She also sang a parody about all of the current top artists and how important music is in our lives. Her main point throughout the whole show was that music is the factor that ties people together, no matter what language they speak or what they believe. The show was very emotional this year, considering the tragedy of NBA star Kobe Bryant’s death. All of the winners gave sentimental speeches that touched audience members’ hearts. 

Aside from the well-known celebrities that were in attendance, there were many rising or newer stars present. For example, first-time Grammy winners included Billie Eilish, Lizzo, and Tyler The Creator. These artists all had major hit songs in 2019 and did well at the awards. For example, Eilish won five awards, the most out of any performer that night. She was “…the first artist to do so since Christopher Cross in 1981” (USA Today). She won Record of the Year and Song of the Year for her song “Bad Guy,” as well as Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album of the Year for her album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” She will also be featured in Vogue magazine in March. There were also many smaller influencers who were in attendance at the Grammys. Some of these people include Youtuber Hannah Meloche, K-pop group BTS, and others. Social media has become a major factor in today’s society and is starting to mix in with annual major events.