Shammys…Er, Grammys

from Issue 11

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On Sunday evening, 26 January, the 62nd annual Grammys took place. A far cry from the first Grammys, which took place in the middle of the summer of 1959, this ceremony featured the rise of urban music over more natural and less conventional forms of music, and many of the winners were ones that people expected. Billie Eilish won all four general categories: Record of the Year for “Bad Guy,” Album of the Year for When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go (which also won Best Pop Vocal Album), Song of the Year for “Bad Guy,” and Best New Artist, making her the first woman and youngest artist to do so. Lizzo won Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Jerome,” Best Urban Contemporary Album for Cuz I Love You (Deluxe), and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Truth Hurts.” Of course, “Old Town Road” (whose is-it-country controversy may have been greater than that of Jethro Tull’s Grammy win of 1989) won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance but was not the recipient of any country Grammys. However, it was heartwarming that Willie Nelson, three months shy of his eighty-seventh birthday, won the Best Country Solo Performance for “Ride Me Back Home.” Overall, the Grammys were scattered, from old souls such as Chick Corea to the young brood of Billie Eilish’s like taking home gold gramophones.