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Due to COVID-19, the 2021 Grammys needed to reimagine how they would celebrate music’s biggest night. With creativity and hard work, the Recording Academy gave artists and audiences a new and exciting award show experience. Here is everything we loved about this year’s Grammys and what we want to see for future ceremonies.
An Intimate Performance Space
Rather than one big stage at the front like in the Staples Center, the ceremony had each performer sing on their own mini-set on various stages. There were no fans or artists in seats dancing along, but artists could perform together in the same space. They could watch each other perform from only a couple of feet away.
This setup allowed fun shots of other artists’ reactions to other performers’ music. One of the nights’ more memorable moments included Billie Eilish and Harry Styles bopping along to each other’s sets.
We’d love to see the Grammys incorporate these intimate inspired performances for next year!
Honoring Independent Music Venues
While the Grammys usually have different musical artists, actors, and sometimes influencers present the awards, it was heartwarming to see staff members from independent music venues get the chance. Music venues are one of the significant locations where artists first begin showcasing and honing their talent. It’s important to honor the places that help talent grow. Hopefully, for next year they’ll continue with this special tradition.
Great to see the #GRAMMYs spotlight independent music venues. They anchor communities, create jobs, support and launch artists, and are the lifeblood of the music industry. Let’s do this every year!
Usually, the Grammys present their awards in one big concert venue. This year, performers sat at tables outside on a rooftop of the Los Angeles Convention Center and would rotate depending on what award was being announced. This allowed more intimate connections among the artists and more focus on the performers and music itself.
It also allowed for some great moments where different artists interacted.
Audiences got to see the sweet interaction between Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé after they won the award of Best Rap Song for “Savage Remix”
We need to see all of these iconic celebrity interactions next year!
What Needs To Be Changed. . . More Transparency
After The Weeknd was snubbed of zero Grammy nominations with his album, After Hours, he made a statement to the New York Times that he would boycott future Grammy Awards. On Twitter, he expressed his frustration with the lack of transparency from the Recording Academy.
The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…
Zayn Malik also spoke out on Twitter regarding the Recording Academy’s need for more inclusion during the whole process.
.@recordingacad are moving in inches and we need to move in miles. I’m keeping the pressure on & fighting for transparency & inclusion. We need to make sure we are honoring and celebrating “creative excellence” of ALL. End the secret committees. Until then … #fuckthegrammys
While the Grammys are making more strides with inclusion and diversity with their nominations, artists and fans believe more work needs to be done. They hope the Grammys can use this experience as a learning tool to make more improvements in the following years.
Award shows will continue to evolve as years go by, and we can’t wait to see how the Grammys will operate next year!
Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence
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About The Author:
Natalie Daniels is a Journalism major at Emerson College in Boston and an intern at AfterBuzz TV. With her love of entertainment news and positive storytelling, she is passionate about all things music, TV/ movies, and pop culture.
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