Did you see the 2017 edition of the Grammys? The event, which is music’s most established award ceremony, and a showpiece for the who’s who in celebrity land, has come and gone, leaving behind another set of winners, losers, and memorable moments.
And there were quite a few of all three, from Adele’s sweep of the most-coveted golden gramophones to Beyoncé’s bedazzled baby bump. The event was well-received too, despite its usual long broadcast, lasting more than three hours, and string of hiccups along the way.
In case you missed it all, here are a few of the standout moments as reported across the web.
- Adele’s Big Win
It’s hardly surprising that the British songstress snagged all of five awards, including Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year. After all, she did light up the music world with the release of 25 and its leadoff track, “Hello,” just over a year ago. It was her second time pulling off the feat, after big wins in 2012 for her then smash, 21. However, her wins came at the expense of Beyoncé, especially in the Album of the Year category, which Mrs. Jay-Z has yet to win despite her musical dominance. Of note as well is the fact that Adele’s co-writer, Greg Kurstin, also won four awards, which means that 25 brought home a total of nine Grammys.
- Chance The Rapper’s Breakout
If the night belonged to Adele, chances are that Chance The Rapper was not too far behind in claiming it. Not only did he make history for being the first artist to win a Grammy for a streaming-only album, which is called Coloring Book by the way, the gospel-inspired rapper went on to win all of three awards for his first real Grammy outing.
- David Bowie Winning After Death
As pointed out in a Grammy review article on Vox, David Bowie had only won one Grammy, all the way back in 1985, as well as a lifetime achievement award in 2006. In death, however, Bowie was not to be denied, winning awards in all four of the categories he was nominated in, including Best Rock Song and Best Rock performance for “Blackstar.”
- Beyoncé Being Beyoncé
Despite losing out to Adele in the top categories, Beyoncé stilled stamped her class on the 59th Grammys with an almost surreal but symbolic performance. As shown in a GIF-laden, Grammy performances article on the E News online website, Queen B seemingly managed to pull off an illusion with her choice of dress (or undress) before unleashing singles from her Lemonade stand in a performance that roused the audience. Amid the theatrics, she won two Grammys, including for Best Urban Contemporary Album, and gave a moving and empowering acceptance speech to boot. Another moment to smile about came for Bey when little sis, Solange, manage to snag a Grammy of her own in an R&B category.
There are many other notable moments that could be picked out and praised, such as the politically-charged performance of A Tribe Called Quest which ignited the audience. However, the point of the Grammy awards and what it stands for should mean much more to you than its highlights if you have ambitions to get your hands on one in the future.
If it’s more to you than a fleeting collection of moments, you have to start bridging the gap between having dreams and setting goals, especially if you have aspirations to win a Grammy someday. But many songwriters, like other creatives, tend to spend a lot of time dreaming rather than doing. Dreaming is great, but how do you make them into reality? Let’s face it; winning a major award, such as a Grammy, is not easy. However, as many other songwriters have demonstrated, realizing that dream is possible. That dream can come true for you too, but only if you start setting goals and taking action.
Of course, it will take a while to materialize; you might not even see it happening, considering the fact that you haven’t even landed any deals or have any real success with your songs as yet. Still, it’s worth setting small goals on the way to materializing your dreams, from writing and recording more songs, to making more pitches, and getting to know more people within the industry. Also remember that there would be no Grammy Awards without songwriters who created those songs in the first place and took steps to get them out into the public.
In fact, it is those songwriters who set those small goals and find ways to make them happen, who often make it onto the Grammy stage. You might just see the glitz and glamor, but behind all that is usually years and years of hard work.
So, after watching another Grammy Awards with its usual drama, do you see yourself on that stage someday? If so, what goals will you be setting and how will you be going after them?