Beyoncé sweeps Grammys

Jamal Saunders, Staff Reporter

The 65th Grammy Awards were held on February 5. Many were anticipating who would win the big awards, such as Album and Artist of the Year. Records were broken and of course, just like at every Grammy Award ceremony, there was controversy as well.

 The Grammy Awards are presented by the Recording Academy of America. They are regarded as the most prestigious and significant award in the music industry. In total, more than 75 awards are presented at the annual ceremony.

Main awards that many focus on are Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year. Differences in album and record being record is a single song while album is the collection of songs put together. Single and record also get confused; record is focusing on the whole song put together and honoring the producers, engineers, and artists that went into the recording, while song deals with composition of the song and the songwriters who wrote the song.  

The award winners consisted of Lizzo winning Record of the Year with her record “About Damn Time,” Song of the Year going to Bonnie Raitt for her song “Just Like That,” Best New Artist going to Samara Joy, and Album of the Year, which is considered the biggest award of them all, going to Harry Styles for his album Harry’s House.

With every Grammy award comes controversy, and this one was no different.  Harry Styles was the cause behind this year’s, after beating out who many thought would finally win her first Album of the Year title, BeyoncéNot only was the win controversial, but the comments made after the win were as well. 

“This is really, really kind. I’m so, so grateful, I’m just so, this doesn’t happen to people like me very often. And this is so, so nice. Thank you very, very much,” Styles said during his acceptance speech.

     The controversial part of the quote was the statement “this doesn’t happen to people like me very often.” Many thought this as a title of privilege and entitlement, but many came to Styles’ defense, saying how far he came from his youth and this is what he meant by the comment.

    Not all was bad though. Beyoncé, despite not winning album of the year, set a new record at this year’s Grammys. After winning with her album in specific genre categories, she set the record for most Grammy wins by any artist with her 32nd award.