The 64th Grammy Awards have come to an end after a star-studded night of performances, tributes, and thank you speeches
Silk Sonic, with Bruno Mars and Anderson Pak, opened the Grammys and later took home the award for both ‘Song of the year’ and ‘Record of their year’ for their hit debut single ‘Leave the Door Open’.
In what was Olivia Rodrigo’s first appearance at the Grammys, the star managed to snag three golden gramophones for Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Pop Vocal Album. The 19 yr old gave a theatrical performance of her song ‘driver’s license’ in a white dress with a matching vintage Mercedes Benz.
Among the night’s other iconic wins, was Doja Cat rushing to the stage to accept her award for Best Pop Duo alongside SZA after taking an ill-timed bathroom break. After catching her breath, Doja gave an emotional acceptance speech wherein she broke down and said she usually downplays a lot of things, but this award was a big deal.
Music’s biggest night was packed with performances full of cheer and dancing. BTS’s performance of the song ‘Butter’ had seemingly new choreography from the K-pop group that got the audience out of their seats and dancing.
Lil Nas X also performed a medley of his songs. In between one of his outfit changes, a montage of the controversy surrounding his hit single ‘Montero (Call Me by Your Name)’ played. The montage included tweets and articles including those from Fox News.
Grammys’s ‘In-Memoriam’ segment was kickstarted with an emotional tribute to the late Foo Fighters drummer, Taylor Hawkins. Billie Eilish also honored Hawkins through her performance of the song ‘Happier than ever’ while wearing a T-shirt with his name and face.
The in-memoriam segment also paid a tribute to DMX, Meat Loaf, Ronnie Spector, Virgil Abloh, and Biz Markie.
In one of the more surprising moments of the night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a pre-taped speech to the grammy audience.
“What is more opposite of music? The silence of ruined cities and killed people,” Zelenskyy said, asking the musicians to fill the silence caused by Russian bombs with their music.
The speech was followed by John Legend’s performance of his new song ‘Free’ alongside Ukrainian musicians Mika Newton and Suzanna Iglidan. Ukrainian poet, Lyuba Yakimchuk who flew to the country recently also delivered a poem.
The night ended with Jon Batiste winning Album of the Year for ‘We Are’. This makes for a memorable win as not only did Batiste win 5 out of his 11 nominations, but he also became the first Black artist to win Album of The Year since 2008.
Rijul Baath contributed to this report
Hollywood set for transformation with new WGA contract
We know what our words are worth at Netflix on 9/20. Photo: J.W. Hendricks
A recently ratified Writers Guild of America (WGA) contract is poised to revolutionise the landscape of Hollywood.
This monumental agreement brings forth fundamental alterations in the way the entertainment industry operates. In a nutshell, the contract redefines compensation structures, solidifying fair pay for writers and creators across various platforms.
One notable change is the integration of more equitable profit-sharing mechanisms, guaranteeing writers a more significant slice of the proverbial pie. Additionally, the contract underscores the importance of proper crediting and recognition for writers, ensuring their vital contributions are acknowledged and duly compensated.
Artificial intelligence was of course another major point of discussion with agreements outlined below stating:
“We have established regulations for the use of artificial intelligence (“AI”) on MBA-covered projects in the following ways:
- AI can’t write or rewrite literary material, and AI-generated material will not be considered source material under the MBA, meaning that AI-generated material can’t be used to undermine a writer’s credit or separated rights.
- A writer can choose to use AI when performing writing services, if the company consents and provided that the writer follows applicable company policies, but the company can’t require the writer to use AI software (e.g., ChatGPT) when performing writing services.
- The Company must disclose to the writer if any materials given to the writer have been generated by AI or incorporate AI-generated material.
- The WGA reserves the right to assert that exploitation of writers’ material to train AI is prohibited by MBA or other law.”
The WGA contract also takes steps to address issues of diversity and inclusion within the industry, fostering an environment that welcomes voices from all backgrounds and experiences. This shift towards a more inclusive landscape is seen as a crucial step towards rectifying historical disparities within the entertainment realm.
See a summary of the entire campaign here
Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood
Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media
Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?
Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.
These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.
They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.
Prince Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic’ car chase
Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death
Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.
The incident took place after they left the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honoured for her work.
“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” said Prince Harry’s spokesperson.
The chase involved paparazzi driving on the sidewalk, running red lights and driving while taking pictures.
“I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.
Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death.
Princess Diana was killed when her limousine crashed as it sped away from chasing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.
Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, partly over what they described as intense media harassment.
Harry is currently involved in numerous court cases in London where he has accused papers of using unlawful methods to target him and his family.
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