Preparing for The Grammys

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Are you planning to watch the Grammys this year? Rather than simply tuning in on February 10th, we here at Canyon Park Blog invite you to take some time the weeks leading up to the awards ceremony to prepare! By following these few simple tips, we’re confident you’ll be ready to be an educated viewer of the year’s most significant music awards ceremony.

Listen

If you’re not familiar with the music being nominated, it’s a good idea to take some time leading up to the Grammys to listen to it! Since there are so many categories, it may seem a bit overwhelming to know where to start. Rather than attempting to listen to everything, we suggest picking three or four major categories and listening to everything nominated within them. If you’re only able to listen to a few categories, make sure to include the most prestigious ones like Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. If you have time to listen to everything more than once, all the better!

Study

On top of merely listening to these albums and songs, it’s important to get a little bit of background information on them. Who is the artist singing them? What is their story? Do they belong to any minority groups? Why is it significant that they specifically are up for a Grammy award? Of course, there will be songs we like at first listen more than others, but with a little context, songs that didn’t stand out before will start to become more meaningful and interesting.

Favorites will always stay favorites, but it’s important to realize that there is more to music and to the Grammys than sound or popularity alone.

Enjoy

Once you’ve done your homework, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the Grammys! When you don’t know half of the music up for a nomination, the awards ceremony isn’t half as exciting; when you have spent time beforehand preparing, you’ll likely have specific artists and songs you’re rooting for, making the whole event much more fun. It’s perfectly normal to be bummed out when one of your favorites doesn’t win, but make sure to celebrate the success of the winners as well. It took a lot for these artists to get where they are, and winning is no small feat!

We hope these tips helped you prepare for your Grammys viewing experience this year in your Puyallup, WA apartment! Thanks for reading.