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When the clock struck 9 p.m., students gathered as the prom king and queen were announced: Jacob Moreo and Beth Siersma!
The end of an era: Prom 2024
Olivia Cooks, Staff Writer • May 21, 2024

LOS ALAMITOS, CA -- Los Alamitos High School hosted its 2024 junior and senior prom at the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center...

 Its time for the class of 2024 to enter their adulthood and close the chapter to their high school career.  Seniors are finishing up their end of the year strong with all of their favorite activities and spending time with their friends.
Seniors' thoughts on the end of the school year
Layla Martinez, Staff Writer • May 21, 2024

LOS ALAMITOS CA -- As the school year of 2024 wraps up, seniors are having mixed feelings about whether or not they are looking forward to graduation...

A group of graduates throw their cap in the air, celebrating the completion of an important milestone.
How to be photo-ready for graduation
Nandi Smith, Editor • May 20, 2024

LOS ALAMITOS, CA – Graduation for the Los Alamitos High School class of 2024 is fast-approaching. The special event is Tuesday, June 4 at Dignity...

The 66th Annual Grammy Awards

Viewers worldwide tuned into the Grammys to get their scoop of music and watch some of their favorite artists perform live
The Recording Academy presents the 66th Annual Grammys. Numerous people tuned in around the world to watch the night of live performances that also shines light on artists’ success.

LOS ALAMITOS CA — Households around the world this past weekend turned on their televisions to tune into the 66th Annual Grammy Awards. Viewers were looking forward to seeing the artists they love get recognized for their music, their performances, and the messages they delivered to their fans. And of course, the “Swifties” were especially excited to see Taylor Swift’s face show up on another screen that wasn’t during the football game. 

Artists highlighted throughout the night

From Billie Eilish to Billy Joel, multiple artists were acknowledged, and their fans have never been more proud. Starting off with Sza, one of the most nominated artists of the night took home the award for Best R&B Song. Sza performed her two hits “Snooze” and “Kill Bill” off of her album “SOS.” Her performance highlighted female empowerment, a theme showcased throughout the night. 

“Seven of eight album nominations are women,” announced Grammy host Trevor Noah.

Singer and songwriter Billie Eilish, another female artist who is known for her success at the Grammys, took home an award this year once again. Eilish and her brother Finneas accepted Song of the Year for their hit “What Was I Made For” which was shown in the movie everyone knows and loves, “Barbie.” Music has the power to make listeners feel something, whatever that feeling may be, and the live performance of this song caught the attention of many audience members. 

Numerous people in today’s society have been wanting to become their own independent selves, especially when it comes to breaking away from a relationship. Pop artist Miley Cyrus expresses this feeling with her song “Flowers,” which won Best Pop Solo Performance and Record of the Year. Cyrus’ energy throughout the night truly embodied the spirit of a strong, liberated person, and her anthem backing it up made for a perfect combination.  

The woman who broke a record of winning Album of the Year four times in a row was Taylor Swift. Swift doesn’t need an introduction. She is adored by all of her fans and came into the Grammys this year with a positive demeanor. Thankfully, this year her speech was not interrupted.

“I feel this happy when I finish a song. For me the award is the work, and I want to keep doing this,” Swift said during her acceptance speech.

Even though this year at the Grammys there wasn’t another big scandal that made the cut, Jay Z did still share his opinion and make a controversial comment. Jay Z won the Dr. Dre’s Global Impact Award, and while he was on stage claiming his award alongside his daughter, he expressed his viewpoints on the Grammys while his wife, Beyonce, was in the audience.

“Some of you are going to go home tonight and feel like you got robbed, some of you may get robbed, some of you don’t belong in a category. When I get nervous I tell the truth,” Jay Z said.

The Grammys is a night for all of the music lovers out there and shines a spotlight on multiple genres, including all different types of artists. People tune in every year, and this event is gaining more diversity, which can excite viewers for future awards.

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Layla Martinez
Layla Martinez, Staff Writer
Layla Martinez is a senior at Los Alamitos High School and is a staff writer for the Griffin Gazette. Layla enjoys going to record stores and thrifting in her free time. Layla is passionate about writing reviews and covering different pop culture topics and hopes to challenge her writing abilities this year.  

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    David HaberFeb 8, 2024 at 6:48 pm

    Very well done Layla. I am very proud of you and really enjoy seeing your writing skills develop. Keep working and doing wonderful things!

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    Owen SilvermanFeb 8, 2024 at 9:56 am

    Great article, Layla! I really enjoyed reading it, and it flowed really well.

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    Katie ArnoultFeb 7, 2024 at 8:31 pm

    I love this review! Also, I like how you said Taylor Swift doesn’t need an introduction, because it’s true! hahaha

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    Bella KimFeb 7, 2024 at 2:24 pm

    Congrats Layla! This is your best article so far. Quotes are great and the writing is really strong. Keep up the great work!