Saturday, February 16

Taylor Swift’s album “reputation” was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at The Grammys. Her sixth studio album was the fastest album to hit number one on iTunes after its release, and her stadium tour that grossed $345 million.
(Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Second Take: Are 2019′s Grammy nominations wrongful snubs or fair judgments?

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards show features many controversial nominations. Daily Bruin staffers predicted who would take home some of the main awards (see graphics) and columnist Eli Countryman discussed the rumored snubs. Read more...

Photo: Taylor Swift’s album “reputation” was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at The Grammys. Her sixth studio album was the fastest album to hit number one on iTunes after its release, and her stadium tour that grossed $345 million. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Taylor Swift’s album “reputation” was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at The Grammys. Her sixth studio album was the fastest album to hit number one on iTunes after its release, and her stadium tour that grossed $345 million.
(Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

UCLA alumnus Rickey Minor is a member of the Recording Academy. He has previously served as bandleader on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and musical director for international tours by Whitney Houston.
(Courtesy of Rickey Minor)

Alumnus Rickey Minor discusses his experience working backstage for Grammys

For 61 years, the Grammy Awards has provided viewers with often unforgettable performances from some of the biggest stars in the music industry. For many of these iconic Grammy moments, Rickey Minor, a UCLA alumnus and member of the Recording Academy, sat backstage helping to produce what viewers saw on television. Read more...

Photo: UCLA alumnus Rickey Minor is a member of the Recording Academy. He has previously served as bandleader on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and musical director for international tours by Whitney Houston. (Courtesy of Rickey Minor)

UCLA alumnus Rickey Minor is a member of the Recording Academy. He has previously served as bandleader on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and musical director for international tours by Whitney Houston.
(Courtesy of Rickey Minor)

Rabbi Ruth H. Sohn will give a talk Sunday before "Bible Women: The Concert – Voices of our Mothers." The concert will take the traditionally male-dominated narrative of the Torah and reinterpret it with a feminist spin. (Courtesy of Marvin Steindler)

Collaborative concert to reinterpret, give voice to female figures in Torah

Old books can learn new tricks. At least that’s what Rabbi Ruth H. Sohn is trying to prove as she draws messages of gender equality from the Torah. Read more...

Photo: Rabbi Ruth H. Sohn will give a talk Sunday before "Bible Women: The Concert – Voices of our Mothers." The concert will take the traditionally male-dominated narrative of the Torah and reinterpret it with a feminist spin. (Courtesy of Marvin Steindler)

Rabbi Ruth H. Sohn will give a talk Sunday before "Bible Women: The Concert – Voices of our Mothers." The concert will take the traditionally male-dominated narrative of the Torah and reinterpret it with a feminist spin. (Courtesy of Marvin Steindler)

"Vandy Taal," an a capella group from Vanderbilt University, competed in Sahana, a South Asian singing competition that was hosted by UCLA group Naya Zamaana. The teams competed to win first place and a $1,000. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

UCLA South Asian a cappella group Naya Zamaana hosts interstate competition

A cappella teams from all over the country dueled on stage, performing a fusion of Western and traditional South Asian songs. Sahana, a South Asian singing competition, welcomed groups from various states to the Ackerman Grand Ballroom on Saturday. Read more...

Photo: "Vandy Taal," an a capella group from Vanderbilt University, competed in Sahana, a South Asian singing competition that was hosted by UCLA group Naya Zamaana. The teams competed to win first place and a $1,000. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

"Vandy Taal," an a capella group from Vanderbilt University, competed in Sahana, a South Asian singing competition that was hosted by UCLA group Naya Zamaana. The teams competed to win first place and a $1,000. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

Hippo Campus lead vocalist Jake Luppen sang songs from the band's newest album, "Bambi," as well as older tracks from their discography, which includes two other EPs and another full-length album. (Kanishka Mehra/Daily Bruin)

Concert review: Hippo Campus gets crowd on its feet with upbeat setlist, impressive vocals

This post was updated Feb. 3 at 2:25 p.m. Energy levels at the Bambi Tour were as high as the lead vocalist’s falsetto. Indie rock band Hippo Campus released their second full-length album, “Bambi,” in September of last year and are currently on a six-month tour around the world. Read more...

Photo: Hippo Campus lead vocalist Jake Luppen sang songs from the band's newest album, "Bambi," as well as older tracks from their discography, which includes two other EPs and another full-length album. (Kanishka Mehra/Daily Bruin)

Hippo Campus lead vocalist Jake Luppen sang songs from the band's newest album, "Bambi," as well as older tracks from their discography, which includes two other EPs and another full-length album. (Kanishka Mehra/Daily Bruin)

Third-year psychology student Belicia Tang founded the Bruin Burlesque club at the beginning of this quarter, hoping to instill confidence in students through the dance form. The club meets weekly for workshops in the Hedrick Movement Studio, where students of all skill levels are welcome to attend. (Kanishka Mehra/Daily Bruin)

Student channels her self-confidence through burlesque in her new club

Belicia Tang traded in colorful ribbons for glamorous high heels. A serious knee injury at the age of 15 took a toll on the third-year psychology student’s self-esteem, forcing her to quit rhythmic gymnastics and turn to other forms of self-expression. Read more...

Photo: Third-year psychology student Belicia Tang founded the Bruin Burlesque club at the beginning of this quarter, hoping to instill confidence in students through the dance form. The club meets weekly for workshops in the Hedrick Movement Studio, where students of all skill levels are welcome to attend. (Kanishka Mehra/Daily Bruin)

Third-year psychology student Belicia Tang founded the Bruin Burlesque club at the beginning of this quarter, hoping to instill confidence in students through the dance form. The club meets weekly for workshops in the Hedrick Movement Studio, where students of all skill levels are welcome to attend. (Kanishka Mehra/Daily Bruin)

The Latino Greek Council organized the first annual Noche de Ritmo, which featured mariachi music, traditional dancing and a tamales sale. Members of Grupo Folklórico de UCLA presented traditional dances hailing from different regions of Mexico. (MacKenzie Coffman/Assistant Photo editor)

Student groups unite to celebrate Latino culture at first Noche de Ritmo

The first annual Noche de Ritmo brought together mariachi music, traditional dancing and chicken and cheese tamales. Organized by the Latino Greek Council, the event was held Tuesday night in Bruin Plaza. Read more...

Photo: The Latino Greek Council organized the first annual Noche de Ritmo, which featured mariachi music, traditional dancing and a tamales sale. Members of Grupo Folklórico de UCLA presented traditional dances hailing from different regions of Mexico. (MacKenzie Coffman/Assistant Photo editor)

The Latino Greek Council organized the first annual Noche de Ritmo, which featured mariachi music, traditional dancing and a tamales sale. Members of Grupo Folklórico de UCLA presented traditional dances hailing from different regions of Mexico. (MacKenzie Coffman/Assistant Photo editor)