Grammy Awards ceremony… a call to stop the war in Gaza and a historic achievement for Taylor Swift

The 66th Grammy Awards ceremony, held at dawn on Monday, reflected the dominance of the female element in the American music scene, as R&B singer Sza won 3 of those awards, and female trio Boygenius also won 3 awards in the rock music categories, While the list of leading female candidates includes Janelle Monáe, Lana Del Rey and Olivia Rodrigo.

During a concert held at the Crypto Arena in the US state of Los Angeles, Scottish singer Annie Linkous called for a ceasefire, and Western media assumed that Linkous's call (69 years old) was for Gaza to fall victim to a devastating Israeli attack. Has gone. War for 4 months.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Linkous raised his left hand to the sky and said, “Artists for ceasefire and peace in the world.”

a historic achievement

Star Taylor Swift achieved an unprecedented feat in the history of the Grammy Awards by winning Album of the Year for the fourth time, the most prominent of these awards dominated by women this year, while the star announced her new disc.

With this award, which Swift received for her album “Midnights”, which she received from Celine Dion, the 34-year-old star has won the most awards for her albums, ahead of Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon. .

Swift commented, “I have to tell you, this is the best moment of my life, but that's the only way I feel when I finish a song.” He said, “Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to do what I love so much! I'm amazed!”

Taylor Swift attends the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, California, US on February 5, 2023.  Reuters/David Swanson
Superstar Taylor Swift achieved an unprecedented feat in the history of the Grammy Awards by winning Album of the Year for the fourth time (Reuters)

He had previously won the grand prize, Album of the Year, three times for “Fearless,” “1989,” and “Folklore.”

Taylor Swift benefited from this opportunity in terms of marketing, and after receiving another award, Best Pop Album, at the beginning of the festival, took the opportunity to announce the launch of a new album on the following April 19, titled “The Tortured Poets' Department.”

This achievement confirmed her status as a major star in the music world, when Time magazine chose her Person of the Year for 2023, and her global concert tour, “The Eras Tour”, achieved great success, Whose revenue exceeded the limit. That's a billion dollars in 60 concerts over the past year, which is an amount they haven't even examined in the history of music.

Miley Cyrus and Billie Eilish

Regarding the other main categories, Miley Cyrus won the Best Recording of the Year award for her song “Flowers”, which she performed during the festival.

The 31-year-old artist described the award as “very important”.

American singer Miley Cyrus arrives for the 10th annual LACMA Art + Film Festival at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on November 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael Tran/AFP)
Miley Cyrus wins Recording of the Year for her song “Flowers” (French)

Her rival Billie Eilish performed “What Have I Done for You?” Won Song of the Year for. (What Was I Made For?) is the sad theme song from the movie “Barbie”.

The singer shared the award with her brother and artistic partner, Finneas O'Connell, who joined her on stage to receive it.

Eilish said while receiving her award, “Thank you to my brother, my best friend in the world, who made me who I am today.” He added, “Thank you to Greta Gerwig for producing the best movie of the year.”

American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish poses in the press room with her Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Song Written by Visual Media.
Singer-songwriter Billie Eilish has won two Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Song Written for Visual Media (French).

“Barbie”, whose soundtrack included songs by other artists including Dua Lipa and Nicki Minaj, was a strong draw, as it received 11 nominations and won two awards at the preliminary ceremony.

The Best New Artist award went to R&B and pop singer Victoria Monet, whose debut album, “Jaguar II,” achieved major success in 2023.

Jazz musician Jon Batiste, the only person nominated in the major categories, walked away empty-handed, a notable occurrence at a program that has often been criticized for its lack of diversity.

Host Trevor Noah said at the beginning of the evening, “Can we just enjoy for a moment that women have dominated music this year?” “There are 7 women among the nominees for the Album of the Year award,” she recalled to applause.

However, after receiving awards for all of his work, rapper Jay-Z did not hesitate to stir up controversy regarding his wife Beyoncé, who, despite being the most winner in the history of the Grammy Awards, has never received a nomination in the Best Album category. Was not enrolled in. This competition, because he won 32 of them.

As his wife stood next to him he said: “Think about it, the biggest number of Grammy Awards, but not about the title of Album of the Year. There's something about that that doesn't make any sense.”

round of applause for tracy chapman

The first moments of the evening included a long standing ovation for Tracy Chapman, who, in a very rare appearance on stage for a great American artist, performed his famous song “Fast Car” ( 1988) presented. ,

Another artistic highlight of the evening was the notable appearance of Canadian Joni Mitchell, who performed on the Grammy ceremony stage for the first time at the age of eighty. Mitchell performed her song “Both Sides, Now” and was awarded Best Folk Album.

Killer Mike won 3 Grammy Awards, including the award for Best Rap Album for his record “Michael”, during the preliminary ceremony held on Sunday afternoon, with a large number of awards distributed before the main ceremony.

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