In honor of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards this weekend, we thought it would be fun to celebrate some of the great popular songs and albums that have been inspired by The Bard! Let’s have our own Shakespeare Grammy Awards!
Since phonographs (the device that the Grammy trophy design is based on) were not invented for another few hundred years after Shakespeare’s death, let’s name the award after a popular instrument from Shakespeare’s day…
The Golden Lute (or Luteys, for short), will honor songs across different genres that were influenced by Shakespeare’s plays, themes, and characters! here are the winners for 2015!
BEST POP SONG
This song references Shakespeare with the lyrics “Romeo and Juliet, they never felt this way I bet,” and it is just too catchy to not love!
BEST RAP SONG
Hey There Ophelia- MC Lars (Featuring Gabe Saporta And Brett Anderson)
A rap retelling of Hamlet, with a focus on Ophelia. (Shakespeare and hip hop combined, what a great concept!)
BEST ROCK SONG
Titus Andronicus Forever- Titus Andronicus
This song is deserving simply because they named the song AND their band after a Shakespeare play! The Bard’s influence is always with the band!
BEST COUNTRY SONG
Love Story- Taylor Swift
We can only hope that the couple in this song does not meet the same demise as the original Romeo and Juliet!
BEST SONG FROM A MOVIE
Double Trouble- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
It is no secret that most of the SIA team loves everything to do with Harry Potter, but you must admit, one of the most famous spells of all time does fit perfectly with a movie about a school of magic!
The King Must Die- Elton John
“The King Must Die” is about a person falling out of power, and we all know that Shakespeare’s plays are full of characters that face similar situations, and for that reason, takes the top song award!
As You Like It- Barenaked Ladies
The Barenaked Ladies recorded an entire album inspired by As You Like It for the Stratford Festival 2005 season, which is a double Canadian win in our books!
That’s it for the 2015 Luteys. Congratulations to all of the winners! We shall end the show with one of Shakespeare’s most famous (and true) quotes about music:
If music be the food of love, play on.
Do you agree with the winners? What are some of your favorite Shakespeare inspired songs? Leave a comment and let us know!