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10 min readFeb 7, 2024

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Sunday night’s 66th Annual Grammy Awards lived up to its reputation as “music’s biggest night.” Before we delve into this week’s newsletter, let’s take a moment to recap the ceremony.

Miley Cyrus clinched her very first Grammy with the Record of the Year award for her track Flowers, while Billie Eilish and Finneas took home the Song of the Year honor for their ballad What Was I Made For? Taylor Swift further solidified her place in the pantheon of music legends by snagging Album of the Year for Midnights, marking her fourth win in this category and etching her name in the annals of Grammy history.

SZA led the nominations with an impressive nine nods, walking away with three well-deserved wins, while Phoebe Bridgers stole the spotlight with four victories.

The rap category saw Killer Mike emerge as a dominant force, sweeping all three categories. However, his triumphs were overshadowed when he was abruptly handcuffed and escorted out of the venue by LAPD following his wins.

The evening was graced by a rare appearance from Tracy Chapman, who captivated audiences with a moving duet of her iconic 1988 hit Fast Car alongside Luke Combs. Billy Joel also made a noteworthy return, captivating audiences with his first new single in 17 years.

In a triumphant return to the stage after battling a brain aneurysm in 2015, Joni Mitchell not only won a Grammy but also made her Grammys performance debut with a rendition of Both Sides Now, a timeless classic that earned her first Grammy award 54 years ago.

And in a moment oddly reminiscent of Kanye’s infamous MTV VMA stunt, JAY-Z used his lifetime achievement-type speech to criticize the Recording Academy for its failure to recognize his wife Beyoncé with an Album of the Year award.

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