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2016 Grammy Awards

The 2016 Grammy Awards have come and gone. Self-described “Music’s Biggest Night” was held on Monday, February 15.

Don’t get me started on how much of an overhaul this supposedly important ceremony needs. Of all the major pop culture award institutions, the Grammys have the lowest batting average the Grammy’s are the most out-of-touch and are the least likely to reward risk and innovation. There are so many uselessly arbitrary rules that reject independent artists despite the Grammys’ insistence that awards go to artists “without regard to album sales or chart position.”

As a music lover, this annually pains and disappoints me, though we must simply deal with the ceremony every year and hope for the best. But this is all a conversation for another time. Let’s take a look at how the night went.

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Turn and face the strange

Change is weird. It can be good or bad. Some people dread it, while others thrive off of it. Everyone has their own special feelings about change, but the one thing that is definite about it is that, no matter what, it’s going to happen. And this isn’t just relevant for seniors who are about to be thrown into the real world; change happens to everyone at random times.

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High School Musical reunion incites nostalgia

Ten years ago, 7.7 million viewers tuned into the Disney Channel to watch what would be the most popular musical of the 21 century. On January 20, 2006, we were introduced to the most musically gifted high school to ever exist in the form of High School Musical.

Troy Bolton, portrayed by Zac Efron, was the most popular guy at East High. While on vacation with his family, he is unwillingly pulled on to the stage and forced to participate in karaoke with a stranger. This stranger happened to be science wiz Gabriella Montez, portrayed by Vanessa Hudgens. To please the crowd, Troy sang the first line of the song and proceeded to leave the stage. To his shock, Gabriella joined in. And that was the beginning of one the greatest musical love stories of all time.

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The Walking Dead returns

Don’t read if you haven’t seen the mid-season premier.

On Sunday, February 14 The Walking Dead made a comeback with a promise to leave the audience happy, sad and shocked all at the same time. But even though the first episode was packed with action, there were some losses that I personally didn’t see coming.

Of course we start off with Daryl, Abraham and Sasha being stopped by Negan’s gang who think that they run the world. But then Daryl blows everyone up to prove that they aren’t a group to be messed with.

Rick’s new love, Jessie, gets bitten by walkers because her son (who I find to be extremely annoying) Sam refuses to keep on walking to get to safety, getting them both killed. But it doesn’t stop there, because Scott Gimple hates everyone.

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Netflix Pick

“No man, no matter how great, can know his destiny.”

So begins BBC’s Merlin, a fantasy-adventure television show based on the King Arthur legends that ran from 2008 to 2012. The show portrays Merlin as a young warlock who meets Prince Arthur in Camelot and becomes his servant. The main conflict of the series is Merlin’s struggle to protect Arthur through his journey to Kingship, all while magic is banned in Camelot at the penalty of death.

Characters such as Guinevere, Lancelot, Morgana, Gwaine and the Knights of the Round Table make their appearance. Great special effects bring the legends to life as magical beasts attack, tournaments are held and both Arthur and Merlin must prove their courage against Camelot’s enemies.

The personalities of the characters are richly portrayed through clear dedication by the actors. In 2013, Colin Morgan (Merlin) won Best Actor in the FSX Awards, UK while Katie McGrath (Morgana) won second place for Best Actress.

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Kanye West's new album is finally here

The first time that I listened to The Life of Pablo was just about an hour after its release on Sunday morning at 3 a.m. It was an altogether surreal experience. Whether from exhaustion or disbelief that the album finally materialized in some sort of final form (and still not officially final for Kanye as of February 16), I wasn’t prepared for the bombastic, tortured masterpiece I heard. Yes, this is the work of an egotistical maniac who seems to openly welcome controversy, but it is also that of a visionary who refuses to compromise the integrity or quality of his work.

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R&B duo release first album

Combining the elements of R&B, electronic and alternative, Toronto duo Majid Jordan crafted a debut album that reached the music scene on February 5. Filled with infectious beats, synthetic progressions and mystical vocals, the album meets the needs of various kinds of music lovers around the world.

Majid Jordan was first recognized as a musical force when they worked alongside fellow Canadian native rapper, Drake, on his third studio album Nothing Was the Same, released back in 2013. Together, the trio spawned the top five hit single “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” The song stayed on top of the charts for weeks after the album’s release and made Majid Jordan a duo worthy of the music spotlight.

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Making a Murderer is one of Netflix's most addicting series yet

Your life is taken away from you for 18 years, and after finally being free, you get put in jail for life. Conspiracy, lies and cover-ups: the story of Steven Avery, or more commonly known as Making a Murderer.

Making a Murderer, a Netflix documentary series, tells the story of Steven Avery, who was wrongfully convicted of first-degree sexual assault, first-degree attempted murder and false imprisonment. He was released after DNA proved that there was no way Avery could have committed the crime.

His case was in the public eye for years, and his exoneration brought more attention to the little county of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Avery and his family were not well-liked, and is stated throughout the beginning of the series that it was the reason behind him being framed.

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Grease: live wows its audience

“It’s got groove, it’s got meaning/ Grease is the time, is the place, is the motion/ Grease is the way we are feeling.”

Viewers took a nostalgic trip hearing this song, among many others, during Grease: Live, a live, televised adaptation of the 1971 musical, Grease, which aired Sunday, January 31 on FOX.

Grease explores the friendships and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s. An Australian exchange student, Sandy Young, and a greaser, Danny Zuko, have a summer romance. Eventually, they realize that they both attend the same school and then try to find ways to rekindle their romance.

Danny is the leader of the T-Birds, a group of black leather jacket-wearing greasers, and Sandy joins in with the Pink Ladies, a group of pink-wearing girls led by Betty Rizzo. When they become re-acquainted, there is debate on whether or not they can be together since each group has different viewpoints on society.

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21 Pilots Album

The first time I heard “Stressed Out” playing on the radio, I screamed so suddenly that my mother drove over a curve. I had never heard Twenty One Pilots play on the radio before, though I knew they had a strong cult following from their Vessel era of people looking to connect and find meaning in the world.

I never could have imagined that Twenty One Pilots, the band for “the few, the proud, the emotional” would end up with a top-10 single and number one album. The Columbus, Ohio-based duo is made up of singer/rapper/bass/ukulele player Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun on the drums.

Their latest and fourth album Blurryface, released on May 13, 2015 was No. 1 in the Billboard Top 200 on June 6. The album bounced back in popularity to the No. 6 and 11 spot, but has made a comeback and currently resides as the fifth most popular album in the country just after Blackstar by David Bowie.

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