By Stephanie Pettway
On Sunday, Feb. 12 the 59th Annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Grammy Awards is a ceremony where the best recordings, compositions and artists are recognized.
Top names in the music industry will be in attendance. Appearances range from Rihanna and Ariana Grande, to Twenty One Pilots and The Chainsmokers.
“I’m just excited in general about the Grammys, it is my favorite awards show and I expect great performances,” said sophomore Deanna Scalzo.
The host this year is comedian and “The Late Late Show” host on CBS, James Corden. This will be Corden’s first time hosting the Grammys, though he is no stranger to hosting. Corden has hosted the Tony Awards and England’s BRIT Awards.
Many students believe that Corden will do well and that he will be funny.
“I love James Corden, he’s so funny and will definitely get the crowd laughing. He’s also super talented, so I’m interested to see if he does some type of musical opening,” said sophomore Stephanie Doheny.
Beyoncé is nominated for a total of nine awards, making her the top nominated artist this year. Beyoncé’s album “Lemonade” is nominated for “Album of the Year,” with songs “Hold Up” being nominated for “Best Pop Solo Performance” and “Formation” being nominated for “Song of the Year.”
“Formation” is also nominated for “Record of The Year,” alongside Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out,” Lukas Graham’s “7 Years,” Rihanna’s “Work,” and Adele’s “Hello.”
“I am most excited for the “Record of The Year” category and I think Adele will win” said Scalzo. “‘Hello’ was one of Adele’s first songs back after taking a break after four years and everyone fell in love with it.”
In the rap categories, rapper Kanye West and Drake are each nominated for eight awards. West is nominated twice in the same category for “Best Rap Song” and “Best Rap/Sung Performance.”
“I really am interested in seeing the ‘Best Rap Song’ results. I mean, I want Drake to win, but I feel like Kanye will; he’s nominated twice in that category. It only makes sense for him to win,” said sophomore Julliana Tapia.
In addition to the giving out awards, there will be performances from Carrie Underwood, Chance the Rapper, John Legend, Bruno Mars, and many more.
“I’m so excited to see Bruno Mars perform. He is one of my favorite artists and I love his music. A lot of it is so upbeat and it just makes you want to dance,” said Doheny. “I’m also excited to see Adele perform. Her music is amazing and she is just a beautiful human being.”
With all the performers at this year’s ceremony, students wonder if there will be any acceptance speeches about political issues or any stand-out performances like Kendrick Lamar’s at last year’s Grammy Awards, where there was controversy over his racially charged performance.
“I’m not really sure if anything surprising will happen,” says Scalzo. “But we will have to wait and see.”
The Grammys air live on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.