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This past Saturday, UCLA held it’s annual Spring Sing talent show in world famous Pauley Pavilion. This show is a great opportunity for up and coming talented college students to not only showcase their amazing work in front of their fellow Bruins, but also in front of several celebrity judges, alumni, and guests from all over.
The show welcomes all kinds of singing acts, including solo performances, duets, and a cappella. However, while it might seem like it is all about singing, UCLA gives you a great surprise with several dance acts as well.
Last night there were some amazing dance acts that included mash-ups of singing, orbs of light, and even a story line for accompaniment. While there may have only been seventeen acts in total, there were over 100 students participating in the competition.
One special part of Spring Sing that is unique to this great show is the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement. Each year, one person is awarded for the great impact they have left on the world through their music.
Past winners include Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, and many more musical legends.
This year Anthony Kiedis, co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, was honored with this award. Kiedis was not only excited to be awarded this achievement, but gave a big thanks to the Bruins on behalf of himself and his band by performing several hit songs for the audience.
Since their debut album came out in 1984, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have had a huge impact on the world and it truly was a great experience for guests to get a taste of their impact last night in Pauley Pavilion.
Spring Sing is not only a show for the talent of the competitors, but also showcases the amazing talent of
. The Company performs hilarious skits to keep the audience entertained in between acts. They joke about the daily struggles of UCLA students on Bruin Walk, what it’s like to be late to a final, and even, the best part, cracking jokes at UCLA’s rival cross-town rival,
. They keep the audience on their toes and add a flare to Spring Sing that is irreplaceable.
While there is definitely a lot of exciting things happening at Spring Sing, one thing that can most certainly not be forgotten is the talent competition side to this great event. While most of the awards are selected by judges, one of the awards is selected by audience members who send in their votes via text message.
It’s a great way to get the audience involved and give them a say in awarding one of the awards to their favorite talent.
Here are this year’s winners:
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These acts have been practicing for months for this big day and did a phenomenal job last night. Each act truly embodied what it means to be a talented Bruin. Going to a school as big as UCLA, it can be hard to know who has some real talent and Spring Sing takes this talent to a stage to share with thousands of people. There is no doubt that these talented young individuals truly were able to rock Pauley!