Grammys/Oscars Review

By Tara Adamczyk, Advertising Manager

 Music and movies dominate the month of February with the Grammys and the Oscars. The 57th Grammy Awards, which took place on Feb. 8, were hosted by LL Cool J and were a real snooze fest, whereas Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Oscars, on Feb. 22, with a breeze.

After we found out which dresses the celebrities were wearing, the stars took their seats and the lights went up. This is nothing for musicians across the world who take the stage each night and sing their hearts out. However, the 2015 Grammys were not fun to watch and it was easy to lose interest.

For the most part the Grammys usually have a far mix of up-beat fun songs and slow, heart-wrenching songs. This year, though, it was all slow songs and honestly it was just boring to watch. Even Ariana Grande, who is known for her high notes and catchy lyrics, sang a song showing just how much of a voice she has; honestly, I couldn’t care less. While yes, she can sing and she proved that she does have the talent to be at the Grammys, when you hear the name Ariana Grande, you expect to hear music that you hate but have to listen to because it is so damn catchy.

After that, Sam Smith won nearly everything, and Kanye West almost reenacted what he did to Taylor Swift at the VMA’s to Beck. Also, after watching whatever Madonna was trying to do (the world may never know what that performance was), Beyonce took the stage and proved that she is still the Queen B. After I wasted about three hours of my life, Beyonce reminded me that there is faith in the music industry. Beyonce single-handedly saved the Grammys.

Overall, the Grammys this year sucked and were not fun to watch at all. It was a bigger let down than Red Velvet Oreos. Thankfully, the Oscars were not too far away and reminded me why I like watching award shows. The Oscars this year was quite entertaining, I only predicted three out of 24 categories and Neil Patrick Harris tried to be funny with half-assed jokes.

Just as the show was beginning to get a little boring, Tegan and Sarah, featuring The Lonely Island, took the Oscar stage and gave an energy-filled performance. Now I’ve never done acid but I imagine that is what it would probably be like. I mean, the back-up dancers even gave Oprah an Oscar made out of Legos (seriously, Google the face she made).

John Legend not only managed to snag the award for best original song, he also managed to make everyone cry with his performance of “Glory” from “Selma.” Following that, Lady Gaga proved that she is more than weird outfits by singing a medley of songs from “The Sound of Music” in honor of its 50th anniversary. This performance received a standing ovation, and Julie Andrews came out and personally thanked Lady Gaga for her performance.

Best Actor was given to Eddie Redmayne for his role as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” This was one of my predictions for the Oscars; I thought he was phenomenal in this role and did Stephen Hawking some justice with his portrayal of him.

Best Actress went to Julianne Moore for “Still Alice.” Moore is an extremely talented actress and does an amazing job with every role she has played. The win is well deserved.

Finally, the moment we all have been waiting for… best feature goes to…….. “BIRDMAN (or Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).” This movie is about an actor who was famous for playing a superhero early in his career and now he is trying to make a different name for himself after his leading role faded away.

Overall, the award season this year was like all award seasons: fun, entertaining and stressful at moments. We can all take a break for a year with our predictions, sit back and enjoy the music and movies that 2015 has to offer.