Cheers to the Shortest Month of the Year

February may only have 28 days but a lot of things sure went down.

February may only have 28 days but a lot of things sure went down. In case you missed anything, we have you covered.

65th Annual Grammy Awards

On Sunday, February 5, the 65th Annual Grammy Awards were held to recognize the best recordings, compositions, and artists in the music industry. History was made during the evening when Beyoncé passed Hungarian-British conductor Georg Solti for the record of most Grammy Awards (32). Not only did Beyoncé make history, but she was also the most-awarded artist of the evening with four Grammys. Winners of the big four categories included “About Damn Time” by Lizzo for Record of the Year, Harry’s House by Harry Styles for Album of the Year, “Just Like That” by Bonnie Raitt for Song of the Year, and Samara Joy winning Best New Artist. Click here to see a list of all the winners from music’s biggest night.

Phoenix Suns Trade

On February 9, the Phoenix Suns—under the new ownership of Mat Ishbia—acquired Kevin Durant and T.J Warren from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Mikal Brides, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder, and four unprotected future first-round picks. Talks about Kevin Durant coming to the Suns had been ongoing since last summer after he expressed interest in wanting to play for Phoenix. Since the deal was made, many media outlets are saying we should expect to see the Suns play in the NBA Finals. 

The Big Game LVII

The massive sporting event (whose name we can’t use due to trademark protections) took place on Sunday, February 13, in Glendale, AZ, at State Farm Stadium, home of the Cardinals. The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 38-35. The game became the second most-watched program in American television history with an average of 113 million viewers.

The Return of Rihanna

After a seven-year absence, Rihanna made her triumphant return to music to perform as this year’s headliner for the Big Game halftime show. During those seven years, the superstar has dabbled in other business ventures by successfully launching a makeup line, Fenty Beauty, and more recently a lingerie line, Savage X Fenty. Prior to Rihanna’s performance, it was rumored that she would tease new music during the show. Instead, she announced that she was pregnant with her second child! Rihanna’s performance drew over 118.7 million viewers—which was five million more than those who merely tuned into the game—and she performed as many hits as she could within those thirteen minutes. Following the performance, Billboard reported that her catalog received a 140% increase across all on-demand streaming services in the US. 

Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania 

Marvel’s latest film serves as a sequel to Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp and is the first film in Phase Five of the MCU. The film follows Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne being transported to the Quantum Realm and coming face-to-face with Kang the Conquerer. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania received mixed reviews from critics, but topped the box office during the holiday weekend, grossing over $120 million domestically and $250 million worldwide.

Time Marches On

Let the madness begin as we approach March! Stay tuned for next month’s blog as we share the latest news across the country and in pop culture.