By Emily Kim
The New Year has felt like an eternity considering all the events that happened in the span of a month.
As everyone should know by now, NBA superstar Kobe Bryant passed away on Jan. 26 from a helicopter crash along with his daughter, Gigi Bryant, and seven other passengers with them.
His death shocked everyone across the globe and tributes to honor his achievements and life were carried out. On the day of the news, players took a 24-second shot clock violation and 8-second backcourt violations as tribute to representing the two numbers Bryant wore during his career. A moment of silence was held at the SuperBowl.
Besides his remarkable career as a basketball player, many people looked up to Bryant for the way he approached life. He loved all four of his daughters and was proud of being a “girl dad”. When others asked him how he felt when he only had daughters, he always responded with delight that he loved having all his daughters. He was a mentor to many players and a role model for kids globally.
We will never be able to see Bryant at his induction into the Hall of Fame or see him at the sideline watching another game with his daughter Gianna. We will never forget Bryant’s legacy.
Moving on to a more uplifting topic, the highlight of this year’s Grammys was Billie Eilish taking home a total of five Grammys: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. This is an incredible feat considering Billie is only 18 years old and only four years into her music career.
Of course a controversy causing people to say that Billie Eilish did not deserve to win all five awards. Many fans, mostly “Arianators” (the fandom name of famous pop singer Ariana Grande), have thrown hate towards Billie saying she did not deserve all the awards. This caused the hashtag “Scammys” to trend on social media platforms.
I understand the outrage to Billie Eilish receiving five Grammys in one night. It’s not a fun award ceremony to watch one artist winning all five of the biggest awards given in an award ceremony. Also, I believe that it is fair that Ariana Grande fans are mad. The Best Pop Vocal Album should have gone to Ariana Grande. Her “Thank U, Next” album was a huge hit and continued to be for most of 2019.
However, I believe Billie Eilish was deserving of all the awards she won that night. She is known for being a groundbreaking artist and is changing the world of pop music. It’s amazing to see young female artists like Billie Eilish completely dominating the charts, and we should be celebrating her achievements instead of bringing her down. Also, the Grammys are known to be biased and racist, so should we even be giving it this much attention and worth? Probably not.
On Sun., Feb. 9, history was made at the Academy Awards. For the first time ever in Oscar’s history, an Asian film won Best Picture. Korean film, Parasite, directed by Bong Joon-Ho took home four Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay. It is amazing to see Asian media break through Hollywood and completely dominate the game. It has taken a long time for this to happen, but it is always better late than never. It gives me pride as a Korean to see a Korean film create history, and I hope this is only the start.