Snubbed at the Grammys

Olivia Rodrigo wins 3 Grammys for Best New Artist, Pop Vocal, and Pop Solo Performance. She was also nominated for Record, Album, and Song of the Year. (Provided by Getty Images)

Annie Huang

On Sunday, April 3, the 64th Annual Grammy Awards took place in Las Vegas featuring top Billboard artists such as Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, and BTS in the spotlight for the music industry’s biggest night. Not only did the artists work hard to come up with songs and performances that are Grammy-worthy, but loyal fans also voted fervently in hopes that their favorite artists would win. SZA, Halsey, and Lils Nas X (wearing a bold white bodysuit) were the fashion stars of the red carpet. Notably, Taylor Swift skipped the red carpet this year. During the show fans enjoyed performances from Silk Sonic, Lady Gaga, and Justin Bieber.

However, when it was time to hand out the actual Grammy awards, many fans felt like the artists that were most deserving, got snubbed raising skeptics to cry “Scammys” for yet another year. In the past, music icons such as Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, and Ariana Grande were never awarded Album of the Year, despite breaking record sales and winning the hearts of millions of fans. Music fans felt like history repeated itself this year, when Jon Batiste won the coveted Album of the Year award over Taylor Swift’s “Evermore” and Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour.” BTS seemed to be invited again to the Grammys solely to gain more viewers, rather than be awarded for their success in the West. Lil Nas X seemed to be used by the Grammys for the same reason.

Overall, the Grammys Show has a way of enticing and disappointing fans at the same time. Every year, fans tune in to the award show and leave disappointed when their favorite artists are robbed of the top awards. I hope that future Grammy voters will actually award the artists who are the most deserving and have the greatest impact on the community of fans.