From Dirty Little Secrets To Prime Time: Values, Metaphors, And Social Change At The 2015 Grammy Awards

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Dr. Catherine A. Dobris
Rachel D. Davidson


This paper seeks to understand values articulated through the themes of social change as a counterpoint to a celebration of popular culture in the 2015 Grammy Awards. In this study, we provide a close reading of metaphors in five performances in order to address how contemporary values are juxtaposed with entertainment in this public context. The five artifacts selected for analysis include: President Obama's public service announcement, anti-domestic violence advocate Brooke Axtell's brief speech on behalf of survivors, pop star Katy Perry's performance of, "By the Grace of God," Australian singer Sia's performance of, "Chandelier," and Common and John Legend’s performance of “Glory,” from the film, Selma. We offer the current analysis as a means for understanding the larger rhetorical issue of how values are utilized to convey or motivate social action in a platform that some argue represent antithetical aims to social change rhetoric.

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