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Everything you need to know about the GRAMMYs!

The GRAMMYs are fast approaching, read to get the run down before the big day.
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This years advertisement for the 66th GRAMMYs.

This Sunday, February 4, music lovers from all over will tune in to watch the 66th GRAMMY Award show. Streaming on CBS and Paramount+, this award show will take place at 8:00 PM, Live Eastern time. Fans, Artists and Producers will wait with anticipation and excitement to see who will walk home with a golden GRAMMY trophy.

The GRAMMY’s have been an award show event since 1959, first awarding 28 prizes. Now the award show has grown, allowing many different artists to be nominated in 94 different categories in the general field, not including the special awards. This year, three new categories will debut which are Best African Music Performance, Best Alternative Jazz Album and Best Pop Dance Recording. The CEO of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason Jr. shares that by adding these three new categories were created to make the GRAMMY Award ordeal “more fair, transparent and accurate.”

This year the GRAMMY’s will be hosted by Trevor Noah. This isn’t his first rodeo, Noah has hosted for the past four years. With all of these awards, there will be special performances by Billie Eilish, Billy Joel, Burna Boy, Dua Lipa, Joni Mitchell, Luke Combs, Olivia Rodrigo, SZA, Travis Scott and U2.

There is high anticipation from many fans on which celebrities will show up. Many fans are looking forward to seeing artists like Miley Cyrus, Noah Kahan, SZA, Taylor Swift and so many more talented artists. Joni Mitchell has won nine GRAMMYs in the past and won a lifetime achievement award in 2002. However, this will be Mitchell’s first time performing at the Grammys.

While there is anticipation for who will make an appearance, the red carpet looks also have people excited to see who and what these musicians are wearing. The red carpet looks always have and always will be highly anticipated. Many Swifties are highly anticipating her outfit, hoping it will be an easter egg for a new re-recorded (Taylor’s Version) album.

With the release of the movie Barbie, there were many songs that came from that movie. In the category, Best Song Written For Visual Media , songs played in Barbie received four out of the five nominations. The following songs were nominated; “Barbie World” [From “Barbie The Album”], “Dance The Night” [From “Barbie The Album”], “I’m Just Ken” [From “Barbie The Album”] and “What Was I Made For?” [From “Barbie The Album”].

The top five awards for the general field are listed below. They are the Best Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist, and Producer Of The Year. To view more nominations click the link here. 

1) Best Record Of The Year

This award is awarded to the Artist of the song as well as the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s), Mastering Engineer(s), and Mixer(s) involved with the making of the song.

Worship: Jon Batiste
Jon Batiste, Jon Bellion, Pete Nappi & Tenroc, producers; John Arbuckle, Bryce Bordone, Serban Ghenea & Pete Nappi, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer

Not Strong Enough: boygenius
boygenius & Catherine Marks, producers; Owen Lantz, Catherine Marks, Mike Mogis, Bobby Mota, Kaushlesh “Garry” Purohit & Sarah Tudzin, engineers/mixers; Pat Sullivan, mastering engineer

Flowers: Miley Cyrus
Kid Harpoon & Tyler Johnson, producers; Michael Pollack, Brian Rajaratnam & Mark “Spike” Stent, engineers/mixers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer

What Was I Made For? [From The Motion Picture “Barbie”]: Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish & FINNEAS, producers; Billie Eilish, Rob Kinelski & FINNEAS, engineers/mixers; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer

On My Mama: Victoria Monét
Deputy, Dernst Emile II, Jeff Gitelman & Victoria Monét, producers; Patrizio Pigliapoco, Victoria Monét & Todd Robinson, engineers/mixers; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer

Vampire: Olivia Rodrigo
Dan Nigro, producer; Bryce Bordone, Serban Ghenea, Michael Harris, Chris Kasych, Daniel Nigro & Dan Viafore, engineers/mixers; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer

Anti-Hero: Taylor Swift
Jack Antonoff & Taylor Swift, producers; Jack Antonoff, Bryce Bordone, Serban Ghenea, Laura Sisk & Lorenzo Wolff, engineers/mixers; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer

Kill Bill: SZA
Rob Bisel & Carter Lang, producers; Rob Bisel, engineer/mixer; Dale Becker, mastering engineer

2) Album Of The Year:

This award is awarded to any artist(s), including featured artist(s), on the tack as well as songwriter(s), Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s), Master Engineer(s), Mixer(s) who are credited to have at least 20% or more playing time on the album.

World Music Radio: Jon Batiste
Jon Batiste, Jon Bellion, Nick Cooper, Pete Nappi & Tenroc, producers; Jon Batiste, Pete Nappi, Kaleb Rollins, Laura Sisk & Marc Whitmore, engineers/mixers; Jon Batiste, Jon Bellion, Jason Cornet & Pete Nappi, songwriters; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer

the record: boygenius
boygenius & Catherine Marks, producers; Owen Lantz, Will Maclellan, Catherine Marks, Mike Mogis, Bobby Mota, Kaushlesh “Garry” Purohit & Sarah Tudzin, engineers/mixers; Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers & Lucy Dacus, songwriters; Pat Sullivan, mastering engineer

Endless Summer Vacation: Miley Cyrus
Kid Harpoon, Tyler Johnson & Mike Will Made-It, producers; Pièce Eatah, Craig Frank, Paul David Hager, Stacy Jones, Brian Rajaratnam & Mark “Spike” Stent, engineers/mixers; Miley Cyrus, Gregory Aldae Hein, Thomas Hull, Tyler Johnson, Michael Len Williams II & Michael Pollack, songwriters; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer

Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd: Lana Del Rey
Jack Antonoff, Zach Dawes, Lana Del Rey & Drew Erickson, producers; Jack Antonoff, Michael Harris, Dean Reid & Laura Sisk, engineers/mixers; Jack Antonoff, Lana Del Rey & Mike Hermosa, songwriters; Ruairi O’Flaherty, mastering engineer

The Age Of Pleasure: Janelle Monáe
Sensei Bueno, Nate “Rocket” Wonder & Nana Kwabena, producers; Mick Guzauski, Nate “Rocket” Wonder, Jayda Love, Janelle Monáe & Yáng Tan, engineers/mixers; Jarrett Goodly, Nathaniel Irvin III, Janelle Monáe Robinson & Nana Kwabena Tuffuor, songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer

GUTS: Olivia Rodrigo
Daniel Nigro, producer; Bryce Bordone, Serban Ghenea, Chris Kasych, Sterling Laws, Ryan Linvill, Mitch McCarthy, Daniel Nigro, Dave Schiffman, Mark “Spike” Stent, Sam Stewart & Dan Viafore, engineers/mixers; Daniel Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo, songwriters; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer

Midnights: Taylor Swift
Jack Antonoff & Taylor Swift, producers; Jack Antonoff, Zem Audu, Bryce Bordone, Serban Ghenea, David Hart, Mikey Freedom Hart, Sean Hutchinson, Ken Lewis, Michael Riddleberger, Laura Sisk & Evan Smith, engineers/mixers; Jack Antonoff & Taylor Swift, songwriters; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer

SOS: SZA
Rob Bisel, ThankGod4Cody & Carter Lang, producers; Rob Bisel, engineer/mixer; Rob Bisel, Cody Fayne, Carter Lang & Solána Rowe, songwriters; Dale Becker, mastering engineer

3) Song Of The Year:

A song is eligible to be awarded if it was first released OR first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. This can be Singles or Tracks only. This award is awarded to any Songwriter(s).

A&W: Jack Antonoff, Lana Del Rey & Sam Dew, songwriters (Lana Del Rey)

Anti-Hero: Jack Antonoff & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

Butterfly: Jon Batiste & Dan Wilson, songwriters (Jon Batiste)

Dance The Night (From Barbie The Album): Caroline Ailin, Dua Lipa, Mark Ronson & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Dua Lipa)

Flowers: Miley Cyrus, Gregory Aldae Hein & Michael Pollack, songwriters (Miley Cyrus)

Kill Bill: Rob Bisel, Carter Lang & Solána Rowe, songwriters (SZA)

Vampire: Daniel Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo, songwriters (Olivia Rodrigo)

What Was I Made For? [From The Motion Picture “Barbie”]: Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

4) Best New Artist

This category is set to recognize an artist whose release(s) in the eligibility-year were able to achieve a breakthrough into the public and have an impact on the world of music.

Gracie Abrams
Fred again..
Ice Spice
Jelly Roll
Coco Jones
Noah Kahan
Victoria Monét
The War And Treaty

5) Producer Of The Year; Non-Classical

This is awarded to producers who helped alongside different artists to produce music.

Jack Antonoff

  • Being Funny In A Foreign Language (The 1975) (A)
  • Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd (Lana Del Rey) (A)
  • Midnights (Taylor Swift) (A)

Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II

  • JAGUAR II (Victoria Monét) (A)

Hit-Boy

  • Bus Stop (Don Toliver Featuring Brent Faiyaz) (T)
  • Just Face It (Dreamville With Blxst) (T)
  • Kings Disease III (Nas) (A)
  • Magic 3 (Nas) (A)
  • Magic 2 (Nas) (A)
  • Slipping Into Darkness (Hit-Boy & The Alchemist) (S)
  • Surf Or Drown Vol. 1 (Hit-Boy) (A)
  • Surf Or Drown Vol. 2 (Hit-Boy) (A)
  • Victims & Villains (Musiq Soulchild & Hit-Boy) (A)
  • Metro Boomin
  • Am I Dreaming (Metro Boomin Featuring Roisee & A$AP Rocky) (S)
  • Calling (Metro Boomin Featuring NAV, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & Swae Lee) (S)
  • Creepin’ (Metro Boomin Featuring 21 Savage & The Weeknd) (S)
  • More M’s (Drake & 21 Savage) (S)
  • Oh U Went (Young Thug Featuring Drake) (S)
  • Superhero (Heroes & Villains) (Metro Boomin, Future & Chris Brown) (S)
  • Til Further Notice (Travis Scott Featuring James Blake & 21 Savage) (S)
  • Trance (Metro Boomin Featuring Travis Scott & Young Thug) (S)
  • War Bout It (Lil Durk Featuring 21 Savage) (S)
  • Daniel Nigro
  • Casual (Chappell Roan) (S)
  • Divide (Dermot Kennedy) (S)
  • Guts (Olivia Rodrigo) (A)
  • Hot To Go! (Chappell Roan) (S)
  • Kaleidoscope (Chappell Roan) (S)
  • Red Wine Supernova (Chappell Roan) (S)
  • Welcome To My Island (Caroline Polachek) (S)

If you are interested in wanting any live updates of the event click the link. The 66th GRAMMYs are just around the corner; with that comes a well deserved congratulations to all the amazing artists we not only will walk out of a GRAMMY but having the honor to be nominated as well. Who do you think will walk home with a GRAMMY?

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(she/her) Lucy Prescott is a senior at West High. This is her first year on the Wahawk Insider staff. This is her second year apart of the Wahawk yearbook, serving as  the  photography editor this year. Outside of involvement with West, you can find her looking up new concerts to attend, listening to Harry Styles, or taking pictures.
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