By: Suzanne Silver (Correspondent)
The Grammys are awards given to musicians for exceptional recordings, albums, performances, and other aspects of the music industry. These awards are given by the Recording Academy, an organization made up of musical professionals, who vote on the winners.
Some of the many categories include Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Many of the nominees of these categories were popular artists like Cardi B, Drake, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Post Malone, Ariana Grande, and Camila Cabello.
Freshman Erin Schustek said that most often she will listen to the nominated music in the car or during volleyball practice. “I’ll listen to [these songs] in the car because the car is a great time to listen to pop music,” Schustek said.
Ms. Gibbas, a performing arts teacher at Sharon High School, agreed that car rides are good for listening to music. “I listen to most of the records that are nominated on the radio when I’m in the car, as I usually listen to a mix of pop, country, and alternative stations,” she stated.
Both Schustek and Gibbas made predictions for the Record of the Year and Album of the Year awards before finding out that Childish Gambino’s “This is America” and Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour won the respective awards.
Although Schustek anticipated that the songs “God’s Plan” and “The Middle” had a good chance of winning the award for Record of the Year, she considered it more probable that the song “I Like It” would win. “I do think that ‘I Like It’ is probably my number one just because it’s a good song,” said Schustek.
Gibbas had a similar prediction. “I like several of the songs that are nominated, but I hope that ‘I Like It’ wins. It’s my favorite probably because it’s catchy and upbeat,” added Gibbas.
For the category Album of the Year, Schustek speculated that either the song “In My Blood” or “Shallow,” a song from the soundtrack of A Star is Born, would win even though she has not seen the movie.
Ms. Gibbas also had not seen the movie, but had differing predictions. “‘Shallow’ has a good chance of winning Best Pop Duo, but I kind of hope it doesn’t. I just wasn’t as impressed with that song as much as others seemed to be. Maybe if I saw the movie I’d feel differently, but on its own, I feel like it’s just okay. I’d probably prefer either ‘Girls Like You’ or ‘The Middle,’” Gibbas added.
Individuals may have differing opinions of the Grammys’ results depending on the music that they listen to most often; nevertheless, the winners are decided by the Recording Academy.
Other winners chosen by the Academy were Childish Gambino’s “This is America” for Song of the Year, Dua Lipa for Best New Artist, Lady Gaga’s Joanne for Best Pop Solo Performance, and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.