This year is going to be full of surprises. Every category in the General Field (Best New Artist; Album/Record/Song of the Year) has been expanded from five to eight nominees. In past years, we could rely on traditional voting patterns to make strong predictions. Now, this expansion of the field, coupled with the increased blurring of genre lines, makes accurate predictions infinitely harder. Still worth … Continue reading GRAMMYs Watch: Who’s Taking Home Album of the Year?
Best Rap Performance The nominees: “Be Careful” (Cardi B); “Nice for What” (Drake); “Bubblin’” (Anderson .Paak); “King’s Dead” (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, James Blake); “SICKO MODE” (Travis Scott, Drake, Swae Lee, Big Hawk) As much as I adore Anderson .Paak and his effervescent single, “Bubblin’,” I think it’s safe to say that he will not be taking home a Grammy in this category. With … Continue reading GRAMMYs Watch: Who’s Winning In the Rap Categories?
40. Sex & Cigarettes, Toni Braxton The R&B veteran delivered a strong and succinct album in a year full of bloated, overdrawn releases. Her contralto voice and slinky timbre anchor the most explicit and honest soundscape of her career. From the cathartic climax of the title track to the spunky “Foh” and “Deadwood,” Toni maneuvers through themes of independence, lust, and growth with astonishing ease. Sex & … Continue reading The Top 40 Albums of 2018
This year all of the General Field categories (Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist) have been expanded from five nominees each to eight. Although more nominees means more records and artists being recognized, this also means predicting these categories become much, much harder. I’ll separate these songs into three categories: Locks, Strong Contenders, and Outside Shots. … Continue reading 2019 Grammys Nominations Predictions: Album of the Year
Earlier this summer on June 16, The Carters (Beyoncé and Jay-Z) surprise released their long-rumored joint album at one of their London dates on their “On The Run II” world tour. Admittedly, the album got a more tepid reception than what most people anticipated. All of 6 of Beyoncé’s solo albums have debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200; Jay-Z holds the record for most … Continue reading ‘Everything Is Love’ Is One of the Most Important Albums of the Year
Now that we’ve had about a day or two to digest and dissect the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards nominations, here are the 10 worst snubs this year. 1. Janelle Monáe Janelle Monáe in the “Pynk” (left), “Make Me Feel” (center), and “Django Jane” (right) music videos. Along with releasing the best album of 2018 so far, Janelle Monáe has been dropping incredible music videos. From … Continue reading The 10 Worst Snubs at the 2018 VMAs
15. Swae Lee, Swaecation This “album” is actually one-third of Rae Sremmurd’s massive triple album, SR3MM. The album is composed of Rae Sremmurd’s third album and each member’s debut solo album. Sawecation is the strongest of the three albums. Somewhere in the haze of alternative R&B, pop, trap, and rap, Swae Lee crafted an album that is not only infinitely easy to listen to, but damn good as … Continue reading Top 15 Albums of 2018 (So Far…)