Off the Beat: The 2013 Grammy Awards

imagesBy Molly Denstedt ’16
EE Staff Writer

On February 10th, the 55th Grammy’s were hosted by LL Cool J. On this special evening, various artists gathered together in their tuxedos and ball gowns and waited in suspense for each award to be announced. Both artists and viewers witnessed several enjoyable performances and heartwarming speeches.

One of the most popular awards, Song of the Year, was presented to the fun.’s “We Are Young.” Many people expected “The A Team” by Ed Sheeran to win, but were surprised once “We Are Young” won.

“I think ‘The A Team’ by Ed Sheeran should have won Song of the Year because ‘We Are Young’ is repetitive and annoying after you hear it so many times,” said Kyri Marinos, a Trumbull High School freshman.

Mumford and Son’s album, Babel, won Album of the Year and people were pleased that Mumford and Son’s won.

“I am happy Mumford and Son’s won Album of the Year. I really like their music and I really like how different their voices and beats are compared to the artists played on the radios today,” said Jen Becker, a Trumbull High School freshman.

Numerous performances were carried out. Artists such as Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, and Taylor Swift sang. In addition, outstanding duets were performed. Alicia Keys and Adam Levine, Maroon 5’s lead singer, did a duet of Alicia’s hit, “Girl on Fire.” In the duet, Alicia shocked the audience with her ability to play the drums. Her distinctive voice and ability to play the drums combined with Adam’s striking vocal sound created a breathtaking duet.

Justin Timberlake made a comeback with an unforgettable 1950s themed performance. His voice was still as extraordinary as it was five years ago. The world also watched as Justin and rapper, Jay-Z, performed their new hit single “Suit & Tie.” Justin did not fail to leave a memorable act with his charming looks and enchanting voice.

America’s sweetheart, Taylor Swift, performed early that night. However, many viewers were not pleased with her act. Taylor Swift, a country singer known for singing about all her past relationships, sang about her ex-boyfriend, Harry Styles from One Direction. During one part in the song, Taylor mocked her ex-boyfriend in a British accent begging for her back. Jen Becker said “I think it was really immature of her because he did nothing to hurt her as far as we know. She should not display her problems out in the public and get social media involved.” People were disappointed that a 23-year-old could still act so immature.

McKenna Mase, a Saint Joseph’s freshman, said, “I thought the Grammy’s went very well. They entertained me and overall summed up the past years music.” This year the awards not only left the audience, but the nominees in suspense because all of the artists had astounding musical talent.

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