Underdogs Overtake the Grammy Awards
While there was an overabundance of glitz and glamour this year on Music’s Biggest Night — as is seen every year at the Grammy Awards and any other place where celebrities gather for a televised event — many of the winners on Sunday got their trophies for songs that were decidedly against the overindulgence found in typical pop songs. The Grammys this year seemed to be rooting for the underdogs, the new artists singing about how much it sucks not to have any money rather than the established stars singing about how good it is when you do have it.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Daft Punk were the biggest winners on Music’s Biggest Night, with the rap duo netting five awards and Daft Punk scooping up four, including both Record of the Year and Album of the Year. Lorde took home both Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for her hit “Royals,” which examines the phenomenon of young, not-so-rich kids listening to pop music laden with images of “gold teeth, Grey Goose, trippin’ in the bathroom / blood stains, ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room.”
Similarly, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” satirically rips on the materialism of hip-hop culture by chronicling an adventure to the thrift store to pick up piss-stained second hand clothes to wear to the club, where everyone else is clad in Gucci. “Thrift Shop” won Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song, while the duo’s debut album, The Heist, beat out Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar for Best Rap Album. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis also took home the trophy for Best New Artist.