What you missed in Columbus for March 15

Meet the city’s new Grammy winner

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
In this video grab provided by CBS and the Recording Academy, Taylor Swift performs a medley at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, March 14, 2021. (CBS/Recording Academy via AP)

Late Sunday night, music producer Angel Lopez texted Alive associate editor Joel Oliphint, writing, “Grammy for Columbus!” 

Lopez, who spent much of his childhood in Hilliard, and whom Alive profiled in November 2019, won as part of the team behind the Kanye West album Jesus Is King, which captured the Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Album. (Lopez is credited with production work on a half-dozen of the record’s 11 tracks.)

The night’s other big winners included Beyonce, who took home four awards, ending the evening as the most-decorated female award winner in Grammy history, and Taylor Swift, whose Folklore won the Grammy for Album of the Year, making her the first woman to take the top prize three times. Click here for a full list of winners.

The telecast was much-improved from past years, with fewer brazenly bizarre artist mash-ups and more musicians given space to perform the songs that actually landed them Grammy honors, including Megan Thee Stallion, who channeled the Roaring ’20s on “Savage,” and Haim, which stomped through a perfectly primal take on “The Steps.”

The in memoriam segment was also loaded with highlights, from Brandi Carlile’s heartfelt tribute to John Prine to a towering take on “You’ll Never Walk Alone” courtesy Brittany Howard, which you can watch in the video below.

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Over the weekend, the Dispatch posted an incredible feature centered on Randall Mayhew, who was reinstated as a Columbus police officer in January after being charged with soliciting prostitution and dereliction of duty in Franklin County Municipal Court. (Mayhew was fired by the city in 2018, reinstated by an arbitrator in 2019, and subsequently suspended until this most recent decision.)

In the article, the Dispatch interviewed multiple former street workers who alleged past experiences with Mayhew.

"This whole thing makes you want to vomit," said Lori Moyer, a former prostitute who told the Dispatch she was among the women impacted by Mayhew's actions. "I want them to make him admit what he did and say, 'I'm sorry.' He needs to humble himself and be honest and he just won't. Now he knows he'll get away with it." 

After reading the article, revisit this January Alive feature, which covers the decades-long history of the union contract between Columbus and the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9.

This contract, a new version of which is currently being negotiated, covers virtually every aspect of city-FOP relations, including discipline. This means that any time you read about a disgraced, once-former officer returning to the job, that decision can generally be traced to this document, which as currently written grants FOP a staggering amount of power. 

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The NCAA tournament released its bracket on Sunday, with the Ohio State Buckeyes landing a No. 2 seed in the field of 64. (The Big Ten was incredibly well represented, turning out a pair of No. 1 seeds in Illinois and Michigan and placing 9 teams in the tourney.) Tournament action tips off on Thursday, March 18, and the Buckeyes open as a 16.5-point favorite against 15th-seeded Oral Roberts on Friday. 

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Movie theaters were shuttered for most of 2020, but the Oscars will still carry on as usual, with the list of nominees having recently been announced. “Mank” leads the field with 10 nods, including Best Picture, where it will compete against "Nomadland," "The Father," "Sound of Metal," "The Trial of the Chicago 7," "Black Messiah," "Minari" and "Promising Young Woman."

See a full list of nominees here.