The 2013 Grammys: A Showcase of New Faces
By Erika Lopez and Alisha Memon
When we are not studying for tests, balancing extracurricular activities, and trying to get some sleep, Technites love listening to music.
“Music gives me a chance to escape from all the downs of my life,” says Jessan Jishu ’15.
It’s no surprise that many Technites are looking forward to the 2013 Grammys, an award ceremony to acknowledge artists and producers who have made outstanding contributions to the music industry.
This year the Grammy celebration kicked off at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live, hosted by Taylor Swift and LL Cool J. Although this awards ceremony always recognizes new artists, this year’s Grammy Awards has especially highlighted new talent in categories normally set aside for more established artists.
New artist Carly Rae Jepsen, who was on the cover of Cosmopolitan’s January issue, was the big talk of last summer. Her single, “Call Me Maybe,” became an instant hit and a favorite of many music fans. The single spent seven weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as a result of Justin Bieber’s endorsement and, of course, its catchy tune.
Yet, is it truly worthy of Grammy nomination? Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” was nominated for both Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year.
Tamanna Haque ’15 believes that “she was a summer sensation who definitely deserved to be nominated. She is really talented and I expect more good things from her.”
However, others would say that she still needs time to prove that she is mature enough for such honors. After all, many artists work for years, hoping to receive a nomination.
Another new artist nominated for this year’s Grammy Awards is the British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. Many consider Sheeran to be a lyrical genius who isn’t afraid to be emotional in his music, which is why his songs are said to be relatable.
Already a winner of many awards in his native country of England, Sheeran was nominated for Song of the Year for “The A Team.” Other artists in this category include Jepsen, Kelly Clarkson, and Fun.
“I am torn [between] Ed Sheeran and Kelly Clarkson because both are inspiring and moving artists,” comments Haque ’15.
Frank Ocean is yet another breakout artist, garnering six nominations this year. Prior to 2011, Frank Ocean was merely a name, working as a ghostwriter for artists like Brandy, Beyoncé, and Justin Bieber. However, he has become well-known since he released his single “Thinkin Bout You,” which is nominated for Record of the Year.
Samuel Cantillo ’15 is a fan of this song and is especially impressed with “all the high notes” that Ocean hits.
This past summer, Ocean released his first studio album, Channel Orange, which is a blend of R&B, pop, soul, and jazz-funk. Ocean has sold close to 400,000 copies and his success continues to grow.
A last noteworthy act to watch in this year’s Grammys is Fun., an indie-rock band that gained popularity in 2012 with the release of their hit single “We Are Young,” and later their album Some Nights.
However, like Carly Rae Jepsen, some are skeptical about Fun.’s six Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year.
Shadae Boakye-Yiadom ‘14 thinks that “Fun. is just starting out and [they] may need a couple years more of experience to perfect their songs.”
This group of up-and-coming artist will make for a great contest.
Safraz Hamid ‘13 says, “I am looking forward to the Grammy’s…[and] when it is on, I will definitely watch it.”
Make sure you do too. Don’t miss the 55th Grammy Awards on February 10th, hosted by L.L. Cool J.