Snubs and Surprises

Abbey Bowling, Sports Editor

Let’s cut straight to the chase. If you’ve been living under a rock, the Grammy’s were last Sunday, and this article is all about the snubs and surprises they so neatly packed into the three-hour show. Keep in mind, these are just opinions, but they seem to be the general consensus of everyone in America ever, so here we go.


Song of the Year. More like, Snub of the Year. We all know Ed Sheeran deserved that award more than anyone. The British singer/songwriter—who performed a wicked duet of his song “The A Team” with music legend Sir Elton John—came from nothing to being nominated for a Grammy.  Sheeran wrote “The A Team” after living on the streets and feeling inspired by real events and a real girl—the girl, by the way, ended up dying. And Fun. wins because they want to set the world on fire? Well, congratulations, now I’m going to set the world on freaking fire.


(P.S. In an online, fan voted poll, Sheeran won the Song of the Year category with 47% of the vote. Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” came in second, with “We are Young,” “Stronger,” and “Adorn” following in respective order. The fans obviously know the truth and the truth will set you free).


Best New Artist. Again, Fun. wins. But I think we can unanimously agree that country crooner Hunter Hayes deserved this one. Hunter, only 21 years old, played every instrument on his debut album (I did some research, it’s over 30), sang every vocal including backup, wrote every song and co-produced the entire album. If that doesn’t scream “Best New Artist” to you, then I don’t know what will. To make matters worse, Hunter performed his hit single “Wanted” during the Grammy’s as well—for about 30 seconds. And he wasn’t even on the stage, he was in a corner, and he was just the intro for Carrie Underwood.


The biggest surprises of the night? One, there was a dress code, and both Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna—notoriously known for flaunting their bodies—covered up in modest yet stunning dresses. Two, Album of the Year—the biggest award of the night—went home with Mumford and Sons for their album “Babel.” To me, this was a pleasant surprise, and it almost makes up for the many snubs of the night. Three, the Levon Helm tribute near the end of the show was a real weird mash up of people—Zac Brown, Mumford and Sons, Mavis Staples, Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes, Elton John and music producer T Bone Burnett—but somehow their unique styles came together to pay homage to the late drummer. Four, Justin Timberlake performed not once, but twice—and hot dang did he look and sound good.


I also feel like I should mention that I was creeped out by Fun.’s continuous comments about how old they are—did you think you actually looked young and wanted to clarify that you weren’t? Makes it seem ironic that their song “We are Young” won. But really, music is made for the ears, not the eyes. As Sheeran himself said, “I’m not a typical teen idol who girls fall in love with, but I’d rather be the one behind the speakers rather than on the wall to be honest.”


That’s my argument. Your points are invalid.