Beyoncé, Chance the Rapper Make Grammy’s History

Logo courtesy of official Grammy website.

Logo courtesy of official Grammy website.

Stefani Zeiger, Online Editor-in-Chief

The 59th annual Grammy’s is set to take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12. Highlighted performances for the night include nominees Adele and Beyoncé.

“I’m excited for Beyoncé because she hasn’t really made a performance in a while,” said Senior Brittany Villanueva.

Beyoncé’s previous performances of 2016 include the Super Bowl, BET Awards, MTV Music Video Awards and the Country Music Association Awards.

Beyoncé has already stolen this year’s show by being the first artist nominated under four different genre categories in the same year: Best Solo Pop Performance, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Rock Performance, and Best Urban Contemporary Album. She is also the most nominated woman in Grammy history. She also has five other nominations, nine total, making her the leader of the pack in terms of nominations. Right behind her is Drake, Kanye West and Rihanna with eight nominations apiece, along with Chance the Rapper who has seven.

“I’m excited for Chance [the Rapper] because no one really knew him in the beginning, and out of nowhere he became [like] a popstar; he gained so many followers at once,” said Senior Stephanie Villagomez.

Chance the Rapper is another artist making Grammy history this year for his streaming-only album “Coloring Book”, which is the first of its kind to be nominated. Chance has gotten where he is without the help of a major label, and he has the only streaming-only album to rank the Billboard charts.

Big names aside, the competition is amped up for major categories such as Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Adele and Beyoncé are two artists nominated in all three of these categories.

Bella Canela, junior, is enthusiastic to see who wins Song of the Year.
“I would be most excited to see Adele win [Song of the Year] because of all of her successes in the past year,” said Canela.

Throughout 2016 and into 2017, Adele has embarked on her first tour since 2011; she performed in Europe and North America and will conclude her world tour this year.

Overall, this year’s Grammy’s is chocked full of talent. Besides the musical performers, this year’s host, James Corden, is sure to dazzle viewers. Corden is known for writing for and performing in the “Late Late Show with James Corden” and “Gavin & Stacey”.

Said Canela, “He is hilarious, and I know he won’t disappoint when it comes to entertaining.”