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It is safe to say that music is a very big part of our culture and society. It connects people all around the world and can communicate to people across cultural and linguistic boundaries in ways that nothing else can. Some even call it a universal language.

View of Staples Center

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With this importance in mind, a night that highlights the success of artists, recognizes the best recordings and compositions, and emphasizes on the importance of music, The 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on February 12, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. PST on CBS. It will be hosted by multi-talented James Corden at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

The Grammys are a highly regarded awards ceremony where the biggest names in not only the music industry, but the entertainment industry as well attend. Many iconic incidents, performances, and wins have happened at the Grammys, making it one of the television season’s most watched entertainment telecasts. It takes the spot of the second most rated awards show on television, behind only the Oscars.

The nominations are always a hot topic, and this year is no exception. Stars like Adele, Justin Bieber, Drake, and plenty more have been nominated this year for their respective categories. But, like every other year, there of course were some disagreements over said nominations. Some fans were and still are angry that their favorite artist(s) did not get a nomination, but people seem to forget there is a certain time frame that music has to have been released by to be eligible for a nomination. This year albums had to be released between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 20, 2016 to be qualified for a nomination.

Every year, there are a couple of artists that the media says were ‘snubbed’ by the Grammys and deserved better. According to the public, this year the artists who apparently did not get the credit that they deserved include David Bowie, Alessia Cara, Justin Timberlake, and more.

Speaking of artists not getting the recognition that they deserve, one controversy regarding not only the Grammy Awards, but many award shows, is the discrimination against people of different ethnicities other than white people and sometimes even women are believed to be discriminated against in the nominations. The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, received a lot of backlash in 2015 and again in 2016 when the amount of female and/or people of other ethnicities nominated was an alarmingly low amount. The Grammys also has a history of “whitewashing” their nominations but luckily this year the nominations are very diverse resulting in there being little to no complaints regarding the diversity of the nominations.

Winning or even just being nominated is such an accomplishment, because the media has no input on who wins. The winners are chosen by the Recording Academy, which makes it much more of a valid and honorable award since its solely based on professional opinion.

Another reason why the Grammys are viewed by so many people is because of the iconic performances. Artists always prepare unique stages for this specific night, and they always end up being epic or a disaster; either way they are extremely entertaining to watch. The official set list has not been released yet, but there has been evidence pointing towards Beyonce and Adele being included in the lineup. Other predictions are Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, and many more.   

 

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