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Opinion: 2023 Grammy’s Sparks Controversy and Conversations

Last updated on February 15, 2023

By: Keturah Tobias

The 65th Annual Grammy Awards took place on Feb. 5, sparking a lot of discussion on the internet about winners for certain categories. 

The Grammy’s is an annual awards ceremony presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). 

Winners are selected from up to 25 genres of music such as rap and pop. There are also categories such as “Album of the Year” and “Song of the Year,” which sparked controversy on the internet this year.  

The winner of “Song of the Year” was “Just Like That” by Bonnie Raitt. This song seemed unfamiliar to a lot of people and began discussions around how the winners are chosen by members of NARAS.  

The winner of “Album of the Year” was Harry Styles’ “Harry’s House,” and not only did the internet did not like the NARAS’s final decision on this award, but even Styles’ acceptance speech was viewed negatively.  

Many viewers of the award show believed other nominations were more deserving of the Grammy such as Beyonce’s “RENAISSANCE,” or Bad Bunny’s “Un Verano Sin Ti.”  

Personally, I am not a huge fan of Harry Styles, but I do know a couple of his songs. If I had to choose another winner for “Album of the Year,” it would be Bad Bunny, only because his music is very popular, and it has reached people in many different cultures. His music was very popular and more talked about than “Harry’s House.” 

“Not to take away from Harry Styles win or anything, but in my opinion the winner of the Grammy award for “Album of the Year” should’ve been Bad Bunny,” said Nivia Alvarez Herrera, current student at Volunteer State Community College. “Both artists had great success with their albums, along with great concert tours. They were head in head throughout the launches of their music with really close streaming and purchase numbers. However, speaking on their international success, I feel that Bad Bunny caters more to all kinds of public, both English and Spanish speakers.” 

Beyoncé broke a record by being the artist with the most Grammy wins ever, and even though she did not win one for “Album of the Year,” she was able to go against all odds. 

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