By: Audrianna Imka

2019 was a record-breaking year in music, and the Grammy Awards, which took place on January 26th this year, did not fail to represent the incredible music that has been put out into the world over the past year.

The awards show took an unexpected melancholy turn due to the recent passing of basketball star Kobe Bryant, along with his 13 year-old daughter Gianna. Multiple artists made tributes to Kobe on Sunday night, less than 24 hours after his passing.

Billie Eilish made history this year at the Grammys. She was the youngest artist to ever be nominated for the “Big Four” awards (Best New Artist/Record, Song, and Album of the Year) at the same time, and she took home all four. Her brother Finneas also took home the Best Producer award. Billie just turned 18 a few months ago, and has been making history since she recorded her first song, “Ocean Eyes,” at the age of 14.

With each year that passes, diversity at the Grammy Awards increases. This year, Lizzo and Lil Nas X both had a staggering number of nominations. Michelle Obama won Best Spoken Word Album for the audio version of her book “Becoming.”

Demi Lovato made a comeback after being out of the limelight for nearly two years following her near-death experience. She took to the stage to sing a song titled “Anyone,” which she wrote right before being hospitalized. 

I know they say this every year, but I truly believe that 2019 was an incredibly influential year in the music industry, and the legacies that some of these artists have created will carry through decades to come.

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