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Story by Aaliyah Johnson / Contributing Writer The 60th annual Grammy Awards was filled to the brim with excitement, diversity and politically charged messages throughout the night. With many different categories ranging from latin to hip-hop to rock, Sunday night provided one of the most diverse Grammy Awards in history. It was also the first …

Story by Sara Snoddy and Jordan Trice Was it just us, or was Monday night’s Grammy Awards a little off? Whether it was the frequent technical glitches — the sound guy might want to steer clear of Adele fans — or the awkwardly arduous tributes to music legends, something about this Grammy’s year just didn’t sound right. Maybe …

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On this week’s edition of Sidelines FM, we played a mix of Grammy winners, Nashville favorites and new releases. We kicked things off with Kendrick Lamar‘s “These Walls,” which took home a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at this year’s ceremony. Lamar, who was nominated 11 times, also took home Best Rap Album, Song and Performance, …

When MTSU alumnus Torrance Esmond, who produces under the name “Street Symphony,” was in the studio producing Lecrae’s “Messengers,” he knew they had made something  big. “We needed a kind of big record that would be a game-changer in Christian music,” Esmond said in a phone interview last week. “The night that we did it, we …

Grammy-winning producer and MTSU alum Luke Laird performs at The Rutledge in Nashville, Tenn. on March 27, 2014. His performance was a part of the 2014 Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. (Cat Murphy / MTSU Sidelines)

By Erin Moore // Contributing Writer Four former MTSU students have received nominations in this year’s Grammy Awards. Luke Laird, who graduated MTSU with a degree in music business in 2001, is a previous Grammy winner from 2014. He won a Grammy for Best Country Album for his work on Kasey Musgraves’ “Same Trailer, Different …

Grammy-winning producer and MTSU alum Luke Laird performs at The Rutledge in Nashville, Tenn. on March 27, 2014. His performance was a part of the 2014 Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. (Cat Murphy / MTSU Sidelines)

Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Luke Laird visited his alma mater Wednesday to share the keys to a successful career in the music industry. Laird, who has written with music heavyweights such as Carrie Underwood, Ne-Yo and Kacey Musgraves, insists that a love for music and a diverse attitude are necessary in the music industry. “I …