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Avery Lloyd, Staff Writer
The world’s biggest night of music celebration has come and gone again. The 2018 Grammy Awards, which aired on Sunday the 28th, brought some interesting wins and losses. Bruno Mars swept the General Field. His chart-topping album 24K Magic won Album of the Year, the title track also won Record of the Year, beating out Despacito. This was unexpected, considering Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Spanish shanty is to date the most viewed video on YouTube with 4.7 billion views as of February 2018. Despacito also lost to Bruno’s That’s What I Like in the Song of the Year category.
Alessia Cara was very pleased with her win as Best New Artist of the Year, however others don’t seem to be. Justin Bieber was interviewed by TMZ and it seems he’s worried about Alessia’s future. Bieber never won Best New Artist, to which he is grateful. Many musicians believe that winning that title is cursed because many of those artists who’ve won in the past are never heard of again.
No surprises came with the Pop Field. Ed Sheeran raked in two wins with his album Divide and clever ditty Shape of You. Sheeran also beat out Despacito in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Maybe Mr. Bieber’s ‘contribution’ to the song brought it down a few points? That’s What I Like had stellar success in the R&B Field, ringing in at Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song, and 24K Magic winning Best R&B Album. I will be quick to mention that the late Carrie Fisher’s book, The Princess Diarist won the Best Spoken Word Album.
Onto my favorite category, the Musical Theater Field! the Tony Award winning Dear Evan Hansen expectedly won Best Musical Theater Album of the year. La La Land conquered both the Best Compilation, and Best Score soundtracks for Visual Media. Let’s all thank the heavens above that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s How Far I’ll Go from Moana beat out Taylor Swift and Zayn’s I Don’t Wanna Live Forever from Fifty Shades Darker in Best Song for Visual Media.
Last but not least, 24K Magic had one final win in the Best Engineered Album, Non Classical. In total, Bruno Mars and his crew took home seven Grammys, leaving every other artist in hysterics. Maybe we can get some more variety next year and not just another Bruno Awards?