Brandon Clack, Staff Writer
The 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards went live on Sunday, February 4th, 2024, at 8pm EST, to announce the winners of this year’s GRAMMYs. The award show that has gone on since 1959, has annually highlighted the academy voted “best” for the previous year’s music. This year’s GRAMMYS was hosted by Trevor Noah, which was his 4th time doing it now. The award show started off with none other than the red carpet, as the celebrities began to make their way inside the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, where this year’s awards were hosted. If you’ve missed this year’s award show, here’s an easy rundown of what went on.
The award show commenced with Miley Cyrus winning her first GRAMMY award for “Best Pop Solo Performance” for her song Flowers. Following that, Tracy Chaplin and Luke Combs performed Fast Car together. After that, Christina Aguilera and Maluma presented the award for “Best Musica Urbana Album” to Karol G for her Manana Sera Bonita album, marking her first-ever GRAMMY win.
Following that, a performance from SZA, who is the most nominated artist at the GRAMMYS for her SOS album. She performed her song, Snooze, and she also performed Kill Bill. Immediately after that, Billie Eilish performs her hit song from the 2023 motion picture “Barbie”, What Was I Made For? Eilish wore an outfit resembling the 1965 “Poodle Parade” Barbie doll, which was on-brand with the marketing for the movie. Then, Miley Cyrus performed Flowers, and comedically making outbursts during her performance to the audience.
Later, Kacey Musgraves presents the award for “Best Country Album” to Lainey Wilson for her album, Bell Bottom Country. After this, Lizzo presents the award for “Best R&B Song” to SZA for Snooze. Then, Olivia Rodrigo performs her 2023 song, Vampire, before Taylor Swift wins the award for “Best Pop Visual Album” for her album Midnights. During her acceptance speech, she announced her new album The Tortured Poets Department, set to be released on April 19th. The post got two million likes in the first five minutes of being posted on Instagram.
After all these awards, several artists paid tribute to various artists that have passed in 2023. First to kick off the tribute was Stevie Wonder who performed the late Tony Bennett’s song, For Once in My Life. Following this, Annie Lennox performed the late Sinead O’Connor’s song, Nothing Compares 2 U. Later, Oprah makes a heartfelt speech about the late Tina Turner and her legacy, before announcing Fantasia Barrino, who performs Turner’s popular energetic dance and upbeat song, Proud Mary. She even paid homage to the iconic outfit from the late performer’s original performance.
Eventually, JAY-Z received the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award, going up to get it with his daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, the youngest GRAMMY-winning artist in history. Then, Lionel Richie presents the award for Song of the Year to Billie Eilish for her song, What Was I Made For?
Towards the end of the awards, Miley Cyrus wins the award of Record of the Year for her song Flowers. Then, Victoria Monet wins the award for Best New Artist. After that, Billy Joel performs his first song in over 30 years, Turn the Lights Back On. Then the most anticipated award of the year, the award for Album of the Year to Taylor Swift for her Midnights album. Despite the awards show being over, there were many other awards given out. These awards can be found on the Grammys website.