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The 66th Annual Grammy Awards

The Grammys, revered as a cornerstone among the quartet of famous award ceremonies alongside the Tony Awards, Emmys, and Oscars, unfolded while befitting its status as the top event in the global music industry. The show is presented by the Recording Academy of The United States. This celebration of musical ingenuity and excellence stands as a high artistic achievement.

Like all years, this year's award show, the 66th Annual Grammy Awards, included numerous unexpected moments, a handful of drama with lots of twists and turns.

The 66th Annual Grammy Awards celebrated the best recordings, artists, and compositions from October 1st, 2022, to September 15th, 2023, chosen by members of The Recording Academy. Taking place on February 4th, 2024, the ceremony was broadcasted on CBS and also offered for streaming on Paramount+. Trevor Noah, the acclaimed South African comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host, returned as the emcee for the fourth successive time. Renowned for his tenure on "The Daily Show" and other satirical programs on Comedy Central, the nominations for the awards were announced on November 10th, 2023, with SZA, the American singer-songwriter, leading the pack with nine nominations.

Following closely were Victoria Monet and Phoebe Bridgers, both American musicians, each securing seven nods, alongside Serban Ghenea, the Canadian audio engineer. Notably, Victoria Monet's two-year-old daughter, Hazel, made history as the youngest nominee in Grammy Awards history, featured on her mother's song "Hollywood," nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance.

While Monet and her daughter briefly took center stage, Phoebe Bridgers emerged as the standout of the night, claiming four awards—one more than SZA and Monet combined. Additionally, three new categories were introduced: Best African Music Performance, Best Alternative Jazz Album, and Best Pop Recording, bringing the total number of categories to 94.

Apart from the awards themselves, the 66th Annual Grammys’ fashion did not disappoint the critiques. The influence of recent Fashion Week trends was inevitable, with both events setting the tone for fashion in 2024. From shimmering metallic gowns to elegant sheer dresses, the ceremony showcased fashion sophistication. Every outfit was carefully critiqued by professionals and influencers. Several garnered more attention than others. Some examples were those worn by the night's winners, Taylor Swift and Victoria Monet, who both opted for “chic monochrome” styles. Swift stunned in a Schiaparelli gown featuring a white slit-leg, while Monet turned heads in a bronze, figure-hugging silhouette by Versace.

Dua Lipa embraced the metallic theme dressed with glamour and elegance. Lana Del Rey and Taylor Swift made a statement with their matching outfits, with Lana donning an all-black ensemble and Swift opting for all-white attire. It's been speculated that they aimed to create a Yin-Yang effect with the striking contrast in colors, adding a touch to their red carpet appearance.

Picking a favorite outfit from the night proved to be a challenging task, although, for me, Tyla stole the spotlight. As a South African singer-songwriter soared to international fame with her hit single "Water" in 2023, Tyla made a memorable appearance at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards. Despite being nominated only for Best African Music Performance with "Water," she managed to clinch the award, triumphing over Burna Boy and Davido, sparking friendly rivalry between South Africa and Nigeria.

In my view, the newcomer stunned everyone. The artist's custom Versace attire exuded confidence and sophistication, truly capturing all the attention. Each element of her outfit complemented each other flawlessly, from the head to the toe. Her choice of footwear, the white Rene Caovilla sandal with netted Swarovski crystals, perfectly balanced with the pistachio-colored dress, protecting her from an exaggerated appearance.

The strategic placement of everything added a touch of glamour without overshadowing the overall look. The off-the-shoulder design of the pistachio-colored dress accentuated her figure beautifully as it also had sheer at some places. Last but not least, her hair and makeup were top-notch. Harmonizing between sophistication and risk, while the dress exuded a bold statement, her restrained hairstyle and makeup ensured that it remained the focal point without overdoing the job. Overall she was flawless at the ceremony, and even though she didn't walk on the red carpet, some reporters stated that she still managed to be the true showstopper of the night.

In the very end, while the Grammys serve as a celebration of musical success and innovation, they are also a reflection of the changing landscape of culture and creativity. As opinions and perspectives abound, it is the collective appreciation of talent and artistry that ultimately defines the essence of the awards.

In general, I am content with the results of this year's ceremony despite the fact that I disliked a handful of outfits while disagreeing with some of the decisions made, but after all, these are simply opinions.

In addition, three new categories were added that are Best African Music Performance, Best Alternative Jazz Album and Best Pop Recording which equals to 94 categories in total.

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Wikipedi, Annual Grammy Awards, Accessed 7 Feb. 2024

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Britannica, Grammy Award, Accessed 7 Feb. 2024

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Lifestyle Asia, Themes of 2024, Accessed 8 Feb. 2024

BBC News, World - Africa, Accessed 8 Feb. 2024

Grammy, Tyla, Accessed 8 Feb. 2024

Cosmopolitan, Tyla Grammys 2024 Best Dressed, Accessed 8 Feb. 2024

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