Under Macklemore’s melody of equality, 33 couples were married live, on stage, at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.
FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2008 file photo, a Grammy Award statue is photographed. A coalition of musicians that has protested the Recording Academy's decision to drop 31 categories from the Grammy Awards is stepping up the pressure, calling for a boycott of the Grammys' telecast partner, CBS, and hiring a lawyer to explore legal action. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
The historic moment saw a mix of heterosexual and homosexual couples wed in a single ceremony; however, a number of high school students in Moose Jaw weren’t tuned into music’s biggest night.
Brodie Chrichton was one of about 10 per cent of a sample of Peacock Collegiate students the Times-Herald spoke with on Monday who actually watched the Grammy’s.
His favourite moment was the aforementioned wedding and performance by Macklemore, saying it was “really original.”
Paige Dell concurred with Chrichton.
“It was really cool to see all the gay marriages,” she said.
Other highlights from the annual awards show, as noted by Peacock students who actually watched the Grammy’s, included Pink’ s acrobatic performance and the stage works associated with Kendrick Lamar’s performance.
“Beyoncé was amazing,” said Sulia Moses.
She was the only student to make mention of Beyoncé and according to those interviewed that’s mostly because they were busy studying. At least that was the predominant response the Times-Herald received.
Exam week is underway in Moose Jaw high schools, so it was no surprise many of the students were tuned in to their books as opposed to their televisions.
Its something Central Collegiate Principal Scott Williamson said is encouraging and a sign that students are focusing on attaining high exam marks.
“The manner in which we deliver instruction and do exams in this day in the age is extremely different than it used to be. Even 12 to 15 years ago the final exam was like this big surprise,” Williamson said. “We were going to trick the kids with these hard questions. Students today should know everything that's going to be on that exam before they walk in.
“The final exam is not this big mystery it once was.”
He added that the conversation buzz in Central on Monday didn’t focus on the Grammy’s, but said it depended on the type of student.
“Some students don't care about the Grammy's at all,” he said. “The the youth of today are incredible at multi-tasking. Some kids would be right there studying and watching at the same time.”
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