On Jan. 26, one of the most prestigious music events of the year, the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Show celebrates and recognizes the greatest musical acts of the past year.
In the company of some of music’s biggest names, LL Cool J will be returning for his third consecutive year hosting the show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
For Samantha Banks, sophomore health education major, the Grammys are an exciting event that she looks forward to every year.
“I love awards season,” Banks said. “It gives me the opportunity to look back at some of the best moments of the year. The Grammys are great because they showcase the musical talents of so many popular artists.”
With nine different nominations, Jay Z has the potential to be the most recognized artist of the evening. Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Pharrell Williams follow with seven nominations each.
“Jay Z will (be successful this year) because he had so many nominations and is a powerhouse artist,” said Paizlee Dreyer, freshman communication studies major.
Best New Artist, one of the biggest awards of the night, offers breakthrough artists the opportunity to join a list of history’s most talented artists. Zac Brown Band, fun., Adele and The Beatles are some of the past winners of this award.
“Macklemore will be successful and has really left his mark on the music world this year,” Banks said. “I would also be surprised if Lorde came away from the night empty-handed.”
Agreeing with Banks, Dreyer also predicted Macklemore will win Best New Artist with his multiple chart-topping songs this year.
Record of the Year is awarded to the most successful song of the year. Often becoming timeless classics, these songs are some of the year’s biggest and most memorable hits.
“‘Royals’ would have to be my pick for Record of the Year,” Banks said. “It was popular for so long.”
As anticipated, this year’s Grammys has a list of performers that California Baptist University students said they are excited to see.
“I’m really looking forward to Pink’s performance because she always brings something unique to the table,” Banks said. “She is one of my favorite performers.”
Katy Perry, Daft Punk, Imagine Dragons, Metallica, Blake Shelton, Lorde, Robin Thicke and Taylor Swift are some of the other artists preforming. This year’s performers will offer an exciting show with musical styles from across the board.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards Show airs Sunday at 8/7 p.m. Central Standard Time on CBS.