The Grammys and The Oscars

Emma Schell

The famous award shows, the Grammys and the Oscars were presented last month and they have been monumental for artists’ and actors’ careers. Many uprising artists were recognized and were awarded some of these awards. For example, Olivia Rodrigo, writer of “Sour”. It’s a great way to recognize artists and actors for all that they have done.

The Oscars started when an Academy Awards librarian, Margaret Herrick, saw the golden figures they used as awards and she said they reminded her of her Uncle Oscar. The awards were first presented in 1929 at a private dinner, and that would be known as the 1st Academy Awards. The Grammys, however, was presented by NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) in 1959 and awarded many famous artists you may know, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and the Kingston Trio. For the Academy Awards as a whole, they were first presented on May 16, 1929.

Many memorable moments happened during these award shows. Examples, Chris Rock getting slapped by Will Smith, Olivia Rodrigo dropping one of her Grammys and breaking it, Amy Schumer’s standup act, and many more. This is a very memorable time of the year for celebrities and everyone else as well.

Did you know that Walt Disney won the most Oscars in history? He won 26 Oscars during his lifetime for his animation works. Georg Solti won the most Grammys in history for his works in opera and choral arrangements from the 1960s to the late 1990s.

Have you ever thought about how the winners are voted for and nominated? The celebrities who are nominated for the Oscars are nominated by The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The members of this company are unknown to humankind. The members can only vote within their category. This doesn’t apply to the “Best Picture” award- everyone can vote for this award. But, the voting must be at least 50% towards one film to be able to win. For the Grammys, it is the same process with the same company that nominates all the winners.

Fun Fact about the Oscars: Did you know that the youngest winner was only 10 years old? “Paper Moon”’s Tatum O’Neal won Best Supporting Actress in 1974. LeAnn Rimes won two Grammys at the age of 14 for Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

These Academy Awards are a big part of American culture as we know it today, and it will never be forgotten.