Music’s Biggest Night

Marquese Garrett, Social Media Editor

January 28, 2018 was the day of the 60th annual Grammy Awards, also known as “Music’s Biggest Night.” It began in 1959 to honor music artist who at that time had little way of receiving recognition. This year, the Grammys took place in New York City’s Madison Square Garden, marking the first Grammy telecast in New York City since 2003. In the past, Music’s Biggest Night was broadcasted from Staples Center in Los Angeles for the past 14 years.

New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, and his team worked endlessly for the Grammys’ telecast return to Madison Square Garden, according to CNN. The event is estimated to bring about $200 million in economic benefit to the city. With the success of bringing it back to New York City, it has caused a lot of hype, which made this years’ Grammys better than any other.

This year the competition throughout the categories made it difficult to guess who would win. The first category was “Record Of The Year” the nominees were: Childish Gambino with his song “Redbone”; Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, for “Despacito”; JAY-Z’s “The Story Of O.J.”; Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.”; and  Bruno Mars with his chart topping song “24K Magic”. Bruno Mars ended up winning that category with “24k Magic.”

The next category was “Album Of The Year”. The nominees were: Childish Gambino with “Awaken, My Love!”,  Jay-Z with “4:44”, Kendrick Lamar with “DAMN.” and Lorde with the album “Melodrama” and once again last but definitely not least Bruno Mars with “24K Magic”.  Bruno Mars walked away with another Grammy!

The next category was “Song Of The Year” with the songs: “Despacito” by Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber); “4:44” Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z); “Issues”, Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels); “1-800-273-8255” Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid); and “That’s What I Like” songwriter (Bruno Mars). Bruno Mars walked away with that grammy too!

The next category was “Best New Artist” with nominees: SZA, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels, and Alessia Cara, who won the category. She also joined the stage with rapper Logic, who was also nominated for his suicide prevention song, “1-800-273-8255”. They performing the song on stage that night, which tripled calls to national suicide prevention line. According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Director John Draper, the Lifeline had the “second-highest call volume in the history of our service,” after that performance. The Lifeline is open 24/7 and provides “free and confidential emotional support and crisis counseling to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress” across the United States, according to the organization.

Another category that brought a lot of controversy was the “Best Rap Album”. The nominees were: Jay-Z with “4:44”, Kendrick Lamar with “DAMN.”, Migos with “Culture”, Rapsody with “Laila’s Wisdom”, and Tyler, The Creator, with “Flower Boy”. Kendrick Lamar would end up winning this category with his album “DAMN.”

Overall, the 60th annual Grammys was a success. Bruno Mars walked away with Album of the Year and Record of the Year for 24K Magic. He also took home Song of the Year for the album’s title track and song for “That’s What I Like”. He’s only the tenth artist to win that trio of awards in the same night. Only four other artists in that genre have been awarded that honor in the awards show 60-year history. In total, Bruno Mars walked away with 6 Grammys that night, which means he was just two awards away from tying Michael Jackson and Santana for most Grammys won in one night. Jackson won eight in 1984, while Santana tied that record in 2000 with Supernatural.