Be Humble @Bruno Mars
Hello. What happened to the Grammy Awards? The whole night was filled with snubs.
First off, Kesha’s song “Praying” was nominated for Pop Solo Performance but in the end, she didn’t win. She lost to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.” So do you see the problem here? Kesha’s powerful song about confronting her abuser, surviving, and moving forward lost to a song about objectifying a woman’s body and its shape. I hope you are upset as I am, but wait—there’s more.
Now we move on to Song of the Year, an award for songwriters. In this category, we have Jay-Z’s self-reflecting song “4:44,” the international hit “Despacito,” “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars, and Logic’s “1-800-273-8255.” Who won? Bruno Mars' song about having “sex by the fire.” How did Logic’s song about suicide prevention lose to Bruno Mars singing about sex? I don’t know either.
Finally, the biggest snub of all was the coveted Album of the Year. This is the biggest award of the night, with Jay Z’s 4:44, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., Childish Gambino’s Awaken, My Love!, Lorde’s Melodrama, and Bruno Mar’s 24K Magic all nominated. I believed that every single album nominated (minus Bruno Mars') deserved to win. Melodrama is an incredible, sonically cohesive, beautiful album that has great storytelling elements. Also, keep in mind that Lorde was the only female nominated in this category. Fun fact: during the whole awards show, only one woman— ONE woman— was given a Grammy. The rest were men. But back to Album of the Year. Both Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar had albums that were incredibly socially relevant and discussed important topics in today’s society.
Both were groundbreaking in my opinion. I thought the battle of the night was going to be between Jay-Z and Kendrick. I was hoping for Kendrick to win because he is an incredible lyricist and this album did not disappoint. I wanted him to win because he deserved it. He got snubbed in Album of the Year before, most notably by Taylor Swift’s 1989. I stan the legend Taylor Swift so I was happy that she won in 2015, but I felt bad because I thought Kendrick’s album deserved it more. So now, I put all my hope in DAMN. to win. But in the end, a man I despise won.
How did Bruno Mars undeservingly win this award? Once again, I don’t know. During his acceptance speech, guilt ate him up (because he knew he didn’t deserve it) and in order to justify his win, he talked about how the album was about “joy and dancing.” Okay, cool. Both Kendrick and Jay-Z’s album discussed social issues and they lost to a collection of mainstream party songs. Imagine if DAMN. or 4:44 won. Imagine the impact and how it would move society forward into a better place. But instead we have the soulless 24K Magic.
The thing that irks me about Bruno is his cockiness and arrogance. I guess this award will amplify those terrible qualities even more. He wouldn’t even take his sunglasses off during his acceptance speech. This is the most important award of the night, and he has the audacity to keep his shades on, in front of Jay-Z and Kendrick. I just don’t think it was fair to have him win. Kendrick deserved this award more than anything. It was supposed to be his year.
He was supposed to be the artist that swept all the awards, and not Bruno. But alas, what can you do? Perhaps next year the Grammys will finally get it right. Congratulations to Bruno for the numerous awards he did not deserve, but won anyway. But remember @Bruno, “be humble.”
More about the author: Kyle Ngyuen is a sophomore business marketing student at the University of Virginia. Growing up near a cultural hub, Washington D.C., Nguyen has always been inspired by the city's creative energy. In his free time, he can be seen jamming to Taylor Swift's Reputation or editing an artsy video.