Tea & Tears: A Pop Culture Review, Issue 3

Written by Myla Baouna and Adrian Gonzalez

Grammy Awards
On January 28, the 60th annual Grammy Awards, music’s most honored award show, were held
at Madison Square Garden in New York City with late night talk show personality James Corden
hosting. Many singers were nominated for several categories with SZA obtaining five
nominations, the most for a woman this year. Jay-Z was the most nominated with eight
nominations but failed to obtain any awards, while Bruno Mars became the most awarded of the
night with six awards. Also, despite many believing he had been cheated of several
nominations, Ed Sheeran was still awarded both of the Grammys he was nominated for.
Performers from several different genres sang at the award show with some of the most notable
including Kesha, Kendrick Lamar, Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee, Miley Cyrus with Elton John,
Bruno Mars with Cardi B, and Logic with Alessia Cara and Khalid. Kesha sang her hit song
Praying along with several other high profile female singers who supported her on stage and
expressed an image of strength and support for all women who have gone through what Kesha
herself has. Kendrick Lamar delivered his performance with the same amount of passion as he
always does and his night ended with five Grammys in his hands. Luis Fonsi emphasized the
domination that Latin music had in the world of music in 2017 by performing Despacito. Bruno
Mars and Cardi B lifted the spirits of the award show after several slower performances with the
remix of Mars’ song Finesse. Finally, Logic, Alessia Cara (winner of the Grammy for Best New
Artist), and Khalid performed 1-800- 273-8255. The song came with a powerful message of hope
and determination from Logic that resonated with many who watched and listened to his words.

New Music
In terms of popular music, the weekend of January 26 was rather calm. Justin Timberlake
released a song with Chris Stapleton called Say Something. Migos released their Culture II
album and the EDM legend Zedd released a new song titled The Middle featuring DJs Grey and
singer Maren Morris. Other than that, music releases since the beginning of 2018 have been
rather slow.

New Movies
Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the final installment in the the Maze Runner trilogy, was
released on January 26 and obtained about $24 million in the United States its opening
weekend. It dethroned Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle as the top spot at the box office.
Globally, The Death Cure is projected to attain over $100 million in the box office. Jumanji:
Welcome to the Jungle had been at the top spot for three weeks after being in theaters for six; it
has made over $400 million globally since its release.