66th Annual Grammys Recap

16.4 million Americans tuned in to this year’s Grammys ceremony. Whether it was from those who actually cared about the awards or those wanting to catch a glimpse of their favorite A-listers, this year’s viewership marked an increase from last year. In fact, the 2024 Grammys achieved the highest audience number since 2020.

            Women overall dominated the night, walking away with wins in several of the major categories. Taylor Swift won her 13th Grammy award and during her acceptance speech announced her new album: The Tortured Poets Department. She went on to win another for Album of the Year, simultaneously breaking the record for most wins in that category. Later on, Jay-Z called out the Academy for constantly depriving Beyoncé of Album of the Year.  Miley Cyrus won big for “Flowers”, earning Best Pop Solo performance and Record of the Year. She performed the track and yelled out: “Why are y’all acting like y’all don’t know this song? … I just won my first Grammy!”. Karol G earned her second Grammy with Mañana Será Bonito, winning Best Música Urbana Album. Many would say SZA walked away the biggest winner of the night, some might even say she deserved to win Album of the Year too. She won a third of her nominations and performed her award winning song “Kill Bill”. Billie Eilish won Song of the Year yet again with “What Was I Made For?”. There were a few snubs throughout the night. Lana Del Rey and Olivia Rodrigo left with no wins in any categories.

            There were many star-studded performances throughout the night, with rare appearances from singer-songwriters Tracy Chapman and Joni Mitchell. During “In Memoriam”, icons like Tony Bennett, Tina Turner, Clarence Avant, and Sinead O’Connor were honored. Annie Lennox closed the segment with a performance of the late O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U”, where Lennox finished with: “Artists for cease-fire…Peace in the world”.

Elena Fry-Hernandez Music Editor

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