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66th Grammy Awards breaks records and warm hearts

Keely Menyhart

The 66th Grammy Awards commenced Feb. 4 with powerful performances from the industry’s most popular musicians and record-breaking wins for Taylor Swift. 

On a red-lit stage, Dua Lipa opened the ceremony while leaning on scaffolding. She performed “Training Season,” a new song releasing Feb. 15, and her single “Houdini.” Her performance set the tone for the evening, engaging her fellow artists and audience members.  

Other notable performances from the evening were from Billie Eilish, SZA and Tracy Chapman, who performed alongside Luke Combs for the song “Fast Car,” Chapman’s first performance in about 15 years.

Pop chameleon, Miley Cyrus, who has been working in the music industry since her teen years finally took home her first and second Grammy award for her addicting song “Flowers.” She won both, “Record of the Year” and “Best Pop Solo Performance.” Cyrus was highly deserving of both awards considering the popularity of the song and the strong production value of the track. 

For the third year in a row, music producer Jack Antonoff took home the “Producer of the Year” award for his work on Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” and Lana Del Rey’s “Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd.” He is the first producer to take home the award three consecutive years since Babyface in 1998. 

Victoria Monét won “Best New Artist,” which some felt was a controversial decision considering her competition in the category. Popular folk-pop artist, Noah Kahan was nominated for his first Grammy award in the category, and his dedicated supporters felt he was snubbed of the award. Despite Monét’s unforgettable talent, it’s impossible to deny Kahan’s remarkable popularity and success this past year, making it feel like he truly was snubbed of the award.  

Fan-favorite group, Boygenius, was nominated for six awards and took home three that evening including, “Best Alternative Music Album,” for their album, “The Record,” “Best Rock Song” and “Best Rock Performance” for their song, “Not Strong Enough.” 

Taylor Swift accepted her 13th Grammy award when she won “Best Pop Vocal Album” with her record-breaking “Midnights” album. During her acceptance speech, she shocked her fans by announcing her 11th studio album titled, “The Tortured Poets Department.” The album is set to be released April 19.

“I want to say thank you to the members of the Recording Academy for voting this way, but I know that the way that the Recording Academy voted is a direct reflection of the passion of the fans.,” said Swift in her speech. 

The “Anti-Hero” singer went on to win the coveted, “Album of the Year” award with “Midnights,” making her the most-awarded “Album of the Year” winner in the history of The Recording Academy. The only other artists to come close to this record were Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon, who all have three. 

Swift was up against tough competition in the “Album of the Year” category. Other nominees included: Boygenius, Jon Baptiste, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, Janelle Monáe, Olivia Rodrigo and SZA, who was most anticipated to win the award. 

SZA was the most nominated artist of the evening with nine nominations. She ended up winning three of the nominations, of which she was highly deserving of considering her smash hit album, “SOS.”

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Brooklyn Leighton, Opinion Editor | she/her
Brooklyn is a junior English major with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in journalism from Falmouth, Massachusetts. When she isn’t writing poetry and prose, she is listening to Taylor Swift, watching Marvel movies, or reading. She loves cats, baking, history and spending time with her friends. After graduation, she plans on becoming an author and literary agent. 
Keely Menyhart, Arts & Entertainment Editor | she/her

Keely is a junior from Merritt Island, Florida. She is majoring in journalism with a print/web concentration and a minor in advertising. When she is not writing for the Journal, you can find her walking through museums, listening to music or rewatching her favorite shows. You can also find her exploring record stores and obsessing over new music. Keely plans on continuing her work from the Journal after graduating by covering music and entertainment for news publications.

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    Susan ProvencherFeb 15, 2024 at 1:56 pm

    Well done Brooklyn; very proud of you!