55th Grammy awards

Carl J. Bachus

Students weigh in on musics biggest night

Any avid pop culture geek knows that every February two things are reliably constant: terrible romance movies and award season, the only time of year when people celebrate music that’s been overplayed and movies that no one’s ever heard of. Kicking off the 2013 season is the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, airing at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.
Nominees include Taylor Swift, The Black Keys, Fun., Frank Ocean, Gotye and Kelly Clarkson; all of whom are vying for the coveted Record of the Year award. Ocean and Fun. are also nominated in the Best New Artist category.grammygrammy
“I am excited for the Grammys,” said Micah Black, junior in political science and French. “I don’t always get time to watch it, but I’m going to try to this year so I can see all the performances and find out if the bands I like win their awards.”
Black says that she is “really happy” with the nominees this year and that she’s looking forward to some of the performances, like the duet with Ed Sheeran and Elton John.
“I’m excited to see Mumford and Sons play, and Elton John and Ed Sheeran is a really interesting pairing for a performance, that should be really good,” Black said.
Other performers include Jack White of The White Stripes, The Lumineers, and the musical return of Justin Timberlake. The broadcast will also feature a duet between Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys and a group performance featuring Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Sting.
Sophomore Denise Southard says that she never plans to watch the Grammys, but the show is usually entertaining when she’s able to catch it.
“I am excited about Hunter Hayes being nominated because I really like his music, especially since he is close to my age,” said Southard, early childhood education major. “I am interested in seeing Carrie Underwood and also Taylor Swift perform because I am a country music fan.”
Some students are less than enthusiastic about Sunday’s celebration, like John Duling, one-fourth of Pittsburg’s own Shane Duling Band.
“I hardly watch any TV,” said Duling, freshman in communication. “I really didn’t even know they were this weekend.”
Duling says that he’s a fan of The Black Keys and an avid listener of other alternative music and that he’d be interested in seeing Jack White perform. He also says he’s pulling for Gotye to win Record of the Year for the song, “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
“Record of the year should go to Gotye,” Duling said. “It was a really brave move with such an odd-sounding song.”
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences is also honoring Bruce Springsteen with the MusiCares Person of the Year humanitarian award and several artists, including Carole King and The Temptations, are receiving Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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