Written by Katherine Cordero
Elegantly displayed food, performers keeping the crowd entertained between awards, and an audience dressed to impress is what was seen at the University of West Florida’s Conference Center at the “Night at the Grammy’s” themed awards ceremony for Student Organizations on April 17.
The night started off with the nominees walking the red carpet that was placed outside the doors of the Conference Center. As each “celebrity” strode down the red carpet, they had the opportunity to have pictures of them taken. An elegant display of hors d’oeuvres filled the lounge of the Conference Center where everyone grabbed a plate and filled it with different fruit, various pot-stickers, and about three different types of meatballs, all catered by UWF’s own Chartwell’s.
The ceremony started with a bang thanks to the host of the evening, Tricia Hartley. Her energetic spirit kept the crowd going throughout the night. Awards such as “Member of the Year” and “Officer of the Year” were given out to clubs, but the big win was from the Filipino Student Association who won the Outstanding Multicultural Award.
Emily Ward, 20, a sophomore psychology major was the first performer of the night. Wearing a sequined silver dress and pink cowboy boots, Emily said her influence is Taylor Swift, and like the famous songstress, Emily blew the crowd away with her original song “Different Colored Daisies.”
The second performer of the night was a student known for his many musical talents, Mr. Avery Greene. He amazed the crowd with his incredible beat-boxing talents and earned a standing ovation when he perfectly executed a back flip off the stage.
Another highlight of the night was when the Fashion Police crashed the party for the “Best Dressed Contest.” Some of the best-dressed members of the audience came up on stage and strutted their stuff while wearing everything from stylish cocktail dresses to new twists on the classic bowtie.
Last, but certainly not least, the night came to a close with a performance by our very own Jerico Magallanes. With nothing but his guitar and impressive vocals, it was no trouble for Jerico to get the audience to sing along to a medley of songs which included Ben E. King’s original “Stand by Me,” Akon’s “Nobody Wanna See Us Together,” Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” and even Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls.” His performance was so enjoyed, some audience members even got out of their seats and danced along.
“Night at the Grammy’s” was truly a success that UWF hopes to continue and we here at UWF Student Media hope to cover again.