Mentions in Melody: The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards

Hailey Reyes

On November 20th, the list of nominees for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards was released to music lovers across the nation, resulting in a tangle of both criticism and praise for artists who made breakthroughs in the music industry within the year of 2019. 

The 62nd Annual Grammys, set to premiere on January 26, 2020, on CBS, has already sparked some conversation among followers of the Academy as up and coming artists are making history with their mainstream records. The top nominees for the 2020 award show include artists like Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Ariana Grande, H.E.R., and Finneas. 

“I felt like a proud mom,” said junior Kayla Calas in regard to Eilish’s nominations. “She’s really stayed true to herself. I know when a lot of people blow up, they change who they are, they change their styles and their personalities, and she’s just stayed really true to herself.” 

According to the official Recording Academy Grammy Awards, the two nominee stand outs for the show are Lizzo and Billie Eilish. Both artists have earned themselves a bundle of nominees with Lizzo being nominated in eight different categories and Eilish nominated in six. Not only are they two of top artists of the entire award show, but both have made history within the academy by this year being the first time that two artists are nominated in all four General Field categories which include, Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Aside from her Grammy nominations, Eilish was also named Billboard’s top new artist for 2019 as the 17-year-old is bringing the year to a close-by claiming the Number One Year-End Billboard Top 200 Album with her debut release of “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” Lizzo, who is leading the list of nominees, also had her breakout moment on the charts as Billboard reported that her hit “Truth Hurts” officially became the longest-running Billboard Hot 100 Number one by a solo female rapper. 

“I saw that “Bad Guy” exploded and made her famous and I think that’s what made her get out there. But I think it all goes back to “Ocean Eyes,” mentioned Calas in regards to Elish’s success. 

Despite some of the most streamed artists of the year being nominated, there are a few other talents who were not mentioned by the academy. K-Pop group BTS was nowhere to be found among the list of nominees, igniting heated conversation among the group’s fanbase, as well as some musical colleagues. According to E!News, 25-year-old singer Halsey who is featured on BTS’s hit song, “Boy With Luv,” spoke out on Twitter regarding the group’s lack of acknowledgment. 

In a tweet she wrote, “Deleting and ignoring all negativity. BTS deserved many nominations. I am, however, unsurprised that they weren’t acknowledged. The U.S. is so far behind on the whole movement. The time will come.”

According to Billboard, BTS’s “Boy with Luv” peaked at number eight, making it the group’s highest-ranking song on the Billboard Top 100 alongside other popular hits of theirs including “Mic Drop” peaking at 28 and “DNA” peaking at 67. 

“It really broke my heart because I know that it’s one of their [BTS]  biggest dreams to be able to perform at the Grammys and win an award, said sophomore Liz Trejo who has been following the group since 2016.  “And to work so hard and have a number one selling album in the year, then have it not be nominated for the Grammys, even though they’re now part of the Academy, I think it just goes to show how non-progressive certain nominations like these are.” 

Among the list of other artists “snubs” is pop-singer Taylor Swift, according to USA Today.  The singer earned herself a total of three Grammy nominations, one which includes the nomination of Song of the Year for her recent release “Lover.” Although being acknowledged by the academy for her work on her album “Lover,” Swift, who has a total of 10 Grammy wins under her belt also received a shock from her fanbase. According to Rolling Stone, Swift, who is 29-years-old, has already earned 35 Grammy nominations, which Rolling Stone also claimed was a reason as to why her triple Grammy nomination resulted in outrage. 

Freshman Daniel Gonzalez, who has been a fan of Swift since the end of her “Reputation” era, expressed that he believed Swift’s achievements are worth much more than what the Academy gave her, specifically recalling her album sales. 

“In this streaming era where you just go to Apple Music, Spotify, that’s actually a really big accomplishment,” said Gonzalez. “So that’s a big thing. But this isn’t the first time where other artists haven’t been snubbed for big things like this.” 

Gonzalez also felt as though Swift’s recent album performed much better than other nominated artists such as Lil Nas X who was nominated for Album of the Year. 

“It was crazy how that was nominated for album of the year when Lover, the album, has an actual really deeper meaning to it rather than just being in love,” explained Gonzalez. “I definitely believe that she was snubbed for Album of the Year.” 

Regardless of the controversy surrounding the expectations of multiple artists in the music industry, fans continue to only wish positive fortunes for their idols’ future endeavors. 

“I just hope that they ride their success as much as they can,” mentioned Trejo in regards to BTS.  “That they’re good, they’re healthy, that they’re doing what they love. And I think that’s the most important, especially when you’re an artist as big as them, that you take a break, and especially know how to take care of yourself. At the same time, making sure you don’t push yourself to the limits.”

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