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The 2024 Grammys: a night of drama, surprises, and snubs
The Grammys is an award ceremony for the music industry run by the Recording Academy. Credit:

It’s no secret that the 2024 Grammys was an event for the books. From drama to surprises, and even to record-setters, this action-packed affair recognized some of the most outstanding achievements in the music industry. 

One of the highlights of the evening was undoubtedly the red carpet extravaganza, where stars dazzled and fashion critiques abounded. 

“I saw Taylor Swift and I can’t say I was obsessed with her outfit. It was kind of weird.” said senior Sylvia Beaver, a passionate Swiftie. 

“Someone said she was trying to be Serena Van Der Woodsen, from the show Gossip Girl, but instead, she just looked like she was dressing up as Serena for Halloween. The braid was also not my favorite.” 

Her opinions seem to ring true, even for lifelong Swifties across the country. While Taylor made a remarkable achievement in breaking the record for most wins in the album category with Midnights, it seems as though she was difficult to stand behind between the outfit and the hair. Many other controversies brewed amidst Taylor’s album win. 

“SZA was snubbed… There were plenty of right answers for album of the year, and none of them were chosen,” said senior Jackson Cropper, referring to her nominated album SOS

Others felt that Lana Del Rey’s Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd was an album more deserving of the most prestigious award of the night. 

While many of our Wildcats seemed to feel that certain artists were overlooked in favor of mainstream favorites, there were still tender moments amidst the controversy and celebration. Paramore’s two Grammys for Best Rock Album and Best Alternative Music Performance were undoubtedly well-deserved. Paramore, the rock band led by frontwoman Haley Williams, released their sixth album This is Why after band members took a six year hiatus to focus on other projects.

“I wish Paramore was there to accept their Grammys,” said senior Sophia Cunningham. “That would have been a great moment for them, as their record deal with Atlantic Records is ending and that was their last album with them.” 

Many students strongly felt that artists certainly deserved their awards. 

“Killer Mike deserved that album. Making a comeback from being in the 90s is way better than Utopia.” said senior Phillips Moore, referring to Atlanta native Killer Mike’s album Michael winning Best Rap Album. The album was up against big names topping the charts such as Drake, 21 Savage, and Travis Scott, but the masterful lyricism and production from André 3000 trumped the rest. Killer Mike, known for his collaborations with Outkast and his work with Run the Jewels, made headlines not only for his win but for getting arrested shortly after the ceremony. The rapper alleges it was an altercation between him and an “overzealous” security guard, promising that he and his team will work to clear his name of charges of battery. 

Overall, the 2024 Grammys proved to be a night filled with highs and lows, where talent was celebrated, controversies stirred, and new memories were formed in the world of music history. As the industry continues to evolve and redefine itself, one thing remains certain: the Grammys are a reflection of the dynamic landscape of music and its cultural impact, snubs and all.

Edited by Evvie Morgan

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