Last night, the Grammys brought the best artists of the year together for some unforgettable performances: Here’s looking at Lady Gaga, the cast of “Hamilton” and the Carrie Underwood/Sam Hunt mash up. But it was truly Meghan Trainor and Taylor Swift who stole the show.
While Swift opened the show with her newest single, “Out of the Woods,” she had quite the night celebrating three wins: Best Music Video for “Bad Blood (featuring Kendrick Lamar),” Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year, both for “1989.” Long past the days when Swift seemed so shocked every time she won an award, she humbly took the stage to speak about larger matters.
“I want to say to all the young women out there—there are going to be people along the way who are going to try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,” Swift said as she accepted the Album of the Year award. “But if you just focus on the work, and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around, and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be greatest feeling in the world.”
While it could be completely unconnected, these words came just days after Kanye West released “Famous,” in which he rapped about Swift. “I made that bitch famous,” West raps in his new song, which references his notorious interruption of Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards back in 2009.
Many were upset that Swift took home the coveted Album of the Year award and took to Twitter shortly after to voice their anger that she beat out the likes of Alabama Shakes, Lamar, Chris Stapleton and The Weeknd.
“I’m actually really upset @taylorswift13 won album of the year,” Twitter user @hailstorm208 said. “Really?! Pulling a Kanye here and saying @kendricklamar all the way!!”
“Not sure how Kendrick Lamar’s album loses to Taylor Swift’s for album of the year when one is pure art and the other is literal trash,” added @siekres.
But, in defense of the winner, “1989” was Swift’s official—and seamless—transition from country to pop. Few artists are able to achieve successfully transitioning from genre to genre, especially while still writing all of their own songs. With this album, and being the only woman to win this award twice, Swift proved that she is a musical force to be reckoned with.
Music fans also took to Twitter to show their disdain for Trainor winning Best New Artist against Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Hunt and Tori Kelly. This award has set the path for many iconic careers as names like The Beatles, Cyndi Lauper, Maroon 5 and Adele took home the prize at their start.
“Meghan Trainor really won a grammy for her 60s whites only diner jukebox music?” questioned @alcohorace.
Twitter user @sarahfunkmaster also said, “Meghan Trainor beating Courtney Barnett as Best New Artist is bewildering.”
But, like Swift, Trainor deserved this award without a doubt. Before “All About That Bass” became her breakout single, Trainor pitched it to many record executives hoping that the likes of Beyoncé or Adele might record it. However, producer L.A. Reid saw Trainor’s talent and made her record the song herself.
Since the release of that song, Trainor has released a number of other hits, including the John Legend duet “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.” Holding her own against an artist of Legend’s caliber is not an easy task. Trainor was also featured alongside Boca Raton native Ariana Grande on Who Is Fancy’s song, “Boys Like You,” at the tail end of 2015.
Even while releasing her debut album, Trainor has continued to be a respected songwriter in the industry. She helped write three songs on Miami-based girl group Fifth Harmony’s debut album, one of which she provided guest vocals for, and penned lyrics for songs recorded by Sabrina Carpenter and Rascal Flatts. Winning Best New Artist confirmed that Trainor is not just a vocalist, but also a multi-talented musician.
Both Swift and Trainor, who have proved their talents with shows in Miami over the past two years, are talented women who can expect to be putting several more Grammys on their shelves for years to come. And while some people may be hating on them, the artists are clearly going to shake them off.
This article was published on Boca Magazine on Feb. 16, 2016 and can be found here.