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Rapper Killer Mike sings into a microphone on a stage. Killer Mike’s wins at the 2024 Grammys were deserved and serve as an example of why artist popularity should not be prioritized over music quality. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Judge artists by quality, not popularity

By James Bennett, Opinion Columnist | March 6, 2024

Looking at the lineup from the 2024 Grammys, Killer Mike's album “Michael” stood out as an outlier in a sea of projects from the biggest names in hip-hop. What made it an outlier was Killer Mike’s lack of popularity compared to other nominees. There...

Taylor Swift holds a Grammy award as she accepts the award for “Album of the Year.” The 66th Grammy awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Taylor Swift makes history at 66th Grammys

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Editor-in-Chief | February 5, 2024

The 66th annual Grammys brought jaw dropping moments, stunning fashion and breathtaking performances.   Dua Lipa opened the award show at 7 p.m. Sunday with her song “Training Season.”  After the opening performance, host Trevor Noah walked...

Artists on stage during the fifty years of hip-hop performance at the Grammy awards show.

A record-breaking night at the Grammys

By Sarah Rose, Assistant Lifestyle Editor | February 7, 2023

The 65th Grammy awards show was a night full of showstopping performances, musical praise and record-breaking. Here’s what went down Sunday night. Performances  Comedian and former host of “The Daily Show” Trevor Noah hosted the Grammys for the...

Gambino returns with pride

By Sam Malone | January 18, 2018

“Awaken, My Love!” by Childish Gambino, nominated for Album of the Year, is an intriguing and compelling collection of songs fit for listeners of any genre, as boundaries are subtly and successfully pushed.The third studio album by rap artist Childish...

Lorde breaks hearts with ‘Melodrama’

By Sam Malone | January 16, 2018

This review is part of a series on nominations for Album of the Year.Somehow combining a schizophrenic and a predictable nature, Lorde’s “Melodrama” may be the most contradictory album nominated for the prestigious Album of the Year award at the...

Kendrick Lamar provokes thought

By Sam Malone | December 11, 2017

Nominated for Album of the Year along with six other categories, “DAMN” by Kendrick Lamar is a clearly motivated and thought-provoking album.Lamar has always displayed different vocal personas in his albums, and “DAMN” is no different as he opens...

Jay-Z redeems love with ‘4:44’

By Sam Malone | December 4, 2017

“Kill Jay Z, they’ll never love you, you’ll never be enough,” Jay-Z raps over a droning beat, welcoming listeners to his Grammy nominated album.“4:44,” Jay-Z’s thirteenth studio album, has earned him a total of eight Grammy nominations,...

Grammy results stun viewers

By Darius Parker | February 16, 2017

The 59th Grammys, which aired Sunday, offered viewers a breathtaking night that was full of surprises and star-studded performances.The Northern Star has followed the Grammy nominations up until the big night, and the results are in along with some highlights...

Grammys incite competition

By Darius Parker | February 9, 2017

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will take place on Feb. 26 and music lovers nationwide are on the edge of their seats to see who will win which titles. The nominees for the awards were released Dec. 6 and included artists such as Beyoncé, Adele, and Kanye...

Zendaya sporting a pearl white dress with frill sleeves by Reem Acra at the Glamour: Women of the Year Awards.

2016: A year for fashion

By Danielle Keys | January 5, 2017

Zendaya sporting a pearl white dress with frill sleeves by Reem Acra at the Glamour: Women of the Year Awards.

Metallic, Macklemore shine at Grammys

By Aymie Telinski | January 27, 2014

The fashion and performers of the Grammy Awards was full of shocking moments and glitter.Metallic was one of the biggest trends of the Grammys’ red carpet. Performers like Rita Ora, Amber Rose and Ciara really took this look to another level. While...

Do we care more about the spectacle than talent?

Do we care more about the spectacle than talent?

By Alyssa Pracz | February 22, 2011

After watching the Grammys and observing Lady Gaga's unique performance last week, I couldn't help but ask myself whether our generation values entertainment or talent more. I am a fan of Lady Gaga, but her performances from her earlier years in comparison...