Michael Boland, DePaul University
After a series of delays and controversial nominations, ‘music’s biggest night’ went on, with big wins for industry staples and newcomers alike.
Kieran Benson, Luther College
The American singer-songwriter’s honest and intimate music is exactly what indie-folk rock needs, even if the Grammys failed to recognize this.
Sarah Esquivel, University of Texas at San Antonio
The release of the 2021 Grammy Awards nominees sparked an outcry of fans and artists demanding transparency and equality from the selection committee.
Caleb Dukes, Rice University
The event was overshadowed by the death of Kobe Bryant and looming allegations about the Recording Academy.
Did your favorites make the cut?
As the eligibility period comes to a close, Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish look to dominate.
Gabrielle Sheehan, Montclair State University
The award show’s cryptic methodology has led to widespread criticism in recent years.
Maya Ramani, University of Virginia
The four major categories will now have eight nominations instead of the usual five.
Katie Lommen, Saint Louis University
The 60th Annual Grammy Awards fell flat this year in addressing the issues of gender inequality and sexual violence that are plaguing the nation.
Sarah Marchan, University of Texas at San Antonio
Despite efforts to show support for women in the recent #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the Grammys instead sparked a new hashtag: #GrammysSoMale.
Dominique Bander, Loyola University Maryland
Just like black ensembles at the Golden Globes, celebrities donned white roses at the 2018 Grammys to show that the music industry was confronting its demons.
Alex Johnson, New York University
Though Kendrick Lamar, Donald Glover and Bruno Mars took home a slew of high honors, critics claim that the Grammys snubbed female artists.
Camelia Juarez, Texas State University
The Grammy performances are sure to bring some heat to the stage on Jan. 28.
Jack Brandon, University of Michigan
The Recording Academy has announced the nominations for the 2018 Grammys, and if they snub Kendrick a third time, that’s on them.
Bethany Knickerbocker, Emerson College
Don’t miss out on these Grammy nominated tracks from the past year.
Quintara Hatten, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Guess you don’t have to ‘sell it to snatch the Grammy’ after all.
After a decade behind the scenes of many chart-topping pop hits, the singer-songwriter has debuted her own solo studio album.
The new AppleTV documentary follows the pop star through her rapid ascent to stardom as she prepares her debut album.
The American singer-songwriter’s latest song is both nostalgic and fresh, reminding listeners of the musical ingenuity that she has always had.
Karen Lu, Yale University
The K-pop group presents an image that breaks away from traditional gender norms and propels us into a new era of self-love and acceptance.
The Australian singer-songwriter exemplifies the evolution of the pop genre while taking note from pop stars of the past.
Benjamin Chen, Columbia University
The 2020 Taylor Swift documentary expertly highlights the impact that stardom has had on the singer, while also showing the value of the little moments.
Isabelle Juan, Truman State University
In the multifaceted artist’s new song, ‘Don’t Judge Me,’ she transforms her knowledge of oppression into something truly restorative for all audiences.
More than two months after being snubbed by the Grammys, the Canadian recording artist gave a high-energy halftime performance of his massive collection of hits.
The electro-pop trailblazer, who died at the age of 34 on Jan. 30, redefined her industry by challenging traditional concepts of gender, identity and sound.
With plenty of highly anticipated releases and online concerts slated for this year, here are the female artists to keep an ear out for.
Arianna Taylor, University of Rochester
Concert and other music documentaries give us access to the lives behind the public faces of artists such as Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift and more.
Tanisha Bhat, Boston University
If we want the genre to continue to make an impact and have a stable future, we cannot depend on music that is made to go viral on the video-sharing app.
Haven Worley, University of Rochester
The effects of COVID-19 can be heard in the somber themes of Taylor Swift’s newest album.
Eva McCarthy Mínguez, Stony Brook University
More than 40 years after the song’s release, it has climbed up the top 100 once again. The reason? A heartwarming TikTok.
The backlash to Cardi B and Meg Thee Stallion’s hit song is incredibly hypocritical, and ignores the track’s empowering message.
Sarah Gudenau, Oakland University
The 2015 hip-hop concept album has a renewed importance because of its social and political commentary on racial inequality, institutional discrimination and African American culture.
Emma Tavangari, UC Berkeley
The Barcelona singer spent her childhood learning music long associated with revolution. Now, Rosalía is revolutionizing the music industry herself.
Renee Cantor, University of Pittsburgh
Sibling acts like the Jackson 5, the Jonas Brothers, HAIM and the Bee Gees need to make room because there’s a new and ferocious sister duo that’s here to stay.
Tess McGrinder, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The musical superstar has opened up about his own struggles with his body, and sparked a dialogue about a topic that’s often overlooked.
Aubrey Doerr, Chapman University
You know who Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley are, so now it’s time to learn about the artists behind some of their greatest hits, Charles Singleton and Rose Marie McCoy.
If you’re into electronic dance music, you know artists like Calvin Harris and Flume. But do you know the names of the vocalists featured in their songs?
Jackie Sizing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
With Election Day only being a few months away, Kanye West is extremely late in announcing his intentions to be a part of the 2020 presidential race.
Farah Javed, CUNY Baruch College
Ryan Tedder’s band has been releasing versatile hits for nearly two decades, but they still remain under the radar.
Yasmeen Ludy, University of Michigan
Whether it’s with their happy music or their inspiring lyrics, these songs will help keep you afloat through all of life’s stresses.
Eva Halvax, University of Arizona
Imani Benberry, Columbia University
The white singer’s racially coded complaints about the success of several black female artists perpetuate a harmful dichotomy between white femininity and black female aggression.
Bradford Smith, Louisiana State University
Whether he’s playing drums in Dead Weather or fronting his own White Stripes, the storied musician retains his own undeniable sound.
Alyssa Alexander, SUNY Buffalo State
Pole dancing is becoming widely accepted for parties and fitness, but stripping remains vilified. So, what’s the difference?
Emerson Holmes, Lindenwood University
Representation is important. That’s why it’s crucial that we see transgender faces in the mainstream.
Michelle Young, Simon Fraser University
On their latest album, the K-pop superstars blend genres as they explore growing pains and the dark side of high ambitions.
Lauren Buchko, Michigan State University
After a year off, the indie rock band will once again headline their own fest in their hometown of Cincinnati.
You won’t see too many black creators advertised on the video-sharing site, so here’s something to help get you started.
Kali Johnson, Gustavus Adolphus College
It’s easy to romanticize Taylor Swift’s extremely successful life. What many of us fail to remember is that it can be hard to be famous.
Lisa Lilianstrom, Northern Illinois University
The Academy is obviously lacking when it comes to diversity, and that includes actors with disabilities.
The outspoken critic of the country music industry has returned with an experimental tour de force of an album.
Kayla Johnson, Bradley University
The death of Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle leaves the city of LA quiet.
The musician’s latest album is brilliantly and beautifully manic.
Cynthia Vasquez, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
After falling a little behind the times, its smooth sounds are back to capture the ears and hearts of listeners.
Rickea Bell, Saint Peter’s University
The announcement has many excited, but still courts some controversy.
Released just moments after her Sweetener World Tour ended, this recording perfectly captures the intensity and skill of the musician’s live performances.
Gabriel Egbert, University of Louisville
The multi-talented musician and ‘Hamilton’ cast member is one of the most innovative artists working today.
Brendan Bell, Towson University
What caused the No. 1 channel for music to become just another reality show network?
Kristin Auld, St John’s University
The pop star’s presence was inescapable.
Abby Webb, Rice University
They used to be reserved for dimming stars, but now it’s hosting the brightest and regaining its reputation.
The singer changed the game for Latinx artists and now this upcoming biopic will give fans an even closer look at her infamous life.
Jake Mauriello, SUNY New Paltz
The newest ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member Bowen Yang has a podcast with his friend Matt Rogers, and it’s time to get listening.
The success of the rapper’s second annual festival proves Astroworld 2020 will not be one to miss.
Vaishnavi Kalyana, College of DuPage
The artist speaks out on some controversies in this new release.
The album is full of legends, from Chaka Khan to Donna Summer.
The catchy tunes and Latin influence of this music sensation have everyone listening, dancing and wondering about this genre’s burst into the mainstream.
Dylan Kazanova, University of Texas at San Antonio
The Big Easy is known for jazz, but is it what everyone’s listening to? It’s time to explore the multifaceted music scene that includes rock, rap and funk.
Rebecca McKinley Parsons, Wake Forest University
I don’t know who hurt him, but they better watch their back.
Brandon Suss, University of South Carolina
XXL posts an annual list of top new artists. Which year produced the ones with the most staying power?
The new Travis Scott documentary has some fun moments, but avoids deeper insights into the rapper’s life.
This album is the comeback of R&B no one knew we needed.
Just when you thought he couldn’t be more successful, he drops ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding.’
Kathryn Milschewski, Carthage College
This indelible voice is going to rediscovered by a new generation.
Lauren Do, Davidson College
The more important question … are we ready for it?
Maddy Ipema, Columbia College Chicago
Hip-hop culture needs to make female representation and diversity a priority.
Is it really all sunshine and rainbows?
Sydney Hawkins, Alabama A&M University
Here are 10 motivational tunes that will get you through the upcoming school year.
Aliza Pelto, Pratt Institute
This oft-forgotten category should be on more people’s minds.
The bop brings R&B vibes and creative sounds.
Taylor Sprinkle, University of Texas at Austin
The musician’s latest release reframes our issues as an opportunity for self-improvement, rather than an excuse for self-pity.
The corresponding Beyoncé album mirrors past Disney music projects, like Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Black Panther: The Album.’
Christopher Duggan, Boise State University
The Chicago MC’s debut album is a 22 track love letter to God, marriage and his wife that’s heavy on enthusiasm and light on most everything else.
Rocco Romano, University of Iowa
Classical music isn’t dead, it’s just evolved into something greater.
Giddy up boys, Spacey Kacey is the new sheriff in town.
The annual awards ceremony aims to showcase the best of black performers, and the 2019 Awards did just that, with established legends and fresh faces alike.
Long pushed out of the spotlight in favor of performers, songwriters are finally getting to be the center of attention.
What’s next for these two artists?
Hannah Jumer, Converse College
A recently released album, a coinciding tour and the promise for brand-new music in 2020 – emo kids’ favorite goth rock band is coming back.
Cameron Rapata, Columbia College Chicago
It’s refreshing to have men like this to look up to.
Layan Sasa, University of Texas at San Antonio
Through thick and thin, the band has focused on what’s most important… creating content that sends a powerful message to the world.
Deepak Chopra’s seminal work is, and always will be, a masterpiece of humanist philosophy.
Michael Wu, Case Western Reserve University
The song’s narcotic catchiness is no accident.
She might be an award-winning musician, but country fans are hesitant to embrace the left-leaning songwriter.
Indigo Holmes, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
He’s 16 and ‘Ready’ to Ruel the world.
Kelsey Rogers, Susquehanna University
The Grammy-nominated artist known for ‘Take Me To Church’ has suddenly released a work of pure art.
Megan Mehta, University of Illinois at Chicago
Grown-up issues packaged in child-friendly animation.
Meagan Bess, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Whether you like Christian music or not, Franklin’s is worth a listen.
Grace John, Rutgers University
Each member of the girl group, without exception, has already begun to find solo success
Anna Sutherland, American University
Each song in the 12-track project offers a new perspective on feminism.
Sarah Diggins, Ithaca College
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