For many people, music is an escape, a form of meditation, where they can submerge into the rhythm and lyrics of a composition. Music has the supernatural powers of embracing us in a joyful mood, sympathizing with the listeners, providing encouragement, and lifting people up on their hardest days.
The tumultuous past 10 months demonstrated the need for music in our lives. While recent setbacks prevented many artists from recording and releasing new songs, some were able to explore their creative side. One of the first exciting moments of the New Year will be one of the most prestigious award ceremonies. On January 31st Trevor Noah, a comedian from The Daily Show, will be hosting the 63rd annual Grammy Awards. This year there are a variety of talented nominees for each of the main categories.
Last Year Billie Eilish dominated her first Grammy awards winning in the categories of Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and best new artist for her release of “Bad Guy.” She returns this year with nominations for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance for her release of “Everything I ever Wanted.” She is also nominated for her song No Time to Die for the category of Best Song Written for Visual Media. If she wins Record Of The Year again, she will be the third artist in musical history to win in this category in back-to-back years.
Taylor Swift is one of two female artists who won Album of the Year twice, and in the past year, she dropped two surprise albums: Folklore and Evermore. Although Evermore was released too close to the end of the year to be nominated for the Grammy awards, Folklore is nominated for Album Of The Year and her song Cardigan is nominated for Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performances.
Two years ago Dua Lipa won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist and her song Electricity won the Best Dance Recording. With each album and hit, she releases her popularity steadily increases. This year she has 3 nominations for her song Don’t Start Now in the categories of Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best Pop Solo while her album Future Nostalgia is nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. Regardless if she wins the nominations, this young singer is extremely promising in the years to come.
Since their debut in 2013, BTS has been gaining popularity and received their first Grammy nomination this year. Their song Dynamite is nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, but they have an intense competition under that category. Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s Rain on Me as well as Justin Bieber and Quavo’s Intentions are two of its main competitors. If they win, however, it would be a tremendous achievement and could launch them to new levels of success.
The night will not only reveal the biggest hits of the past year, but it will also be filled with a myriad of performances. The performers, however, have not yet been revealed. It’ll be exciting to see what the night will bring.