2019 Oscars Predictions

BEST ACTRESS This year’s nominees include everyone from newbies to veterans and comediennes to British breakouts. Glenn Close will be contending for her incredible performance in The Wife; this will be her seventh nomination. Glenn is currently the living actor with the most Oscar nominations without a win. Also in contention are first-time nominees Lady…

GRAMMYs Watch: Who’s Taking Home Album of the Year?

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…

GRAMMYs Watch: Who’s Winning In the Rap Categories?

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…

The Top 40 Albums of 2018

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…

2019 Grammys Nominations Predictions: Album of the Year

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…

‘Everything Is Love’ Is One of the Most Important Albums 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…

The 10 Worst Snubs at the 2018 VMAs

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…

Top 15 Albums of 2018 (So Far…)

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…

Movie Review: ‘Black Panther’

WARNING: Slight spoilers ahead. Generally, it is hard to live up to the hype. When an entire subgenre of film and the mainstream representation of young boys and girls rides on living up to the hype, it is easy to crash and burn. Black Panther did the exact opposite; the movie took all of the hype…

You Should Be Hearing These Songs Everywhere This Spring

Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton, “Say Something” As Chris rises slowly and steadily with his own single, “Broken Halos,” “Say Something” will be the song that saves Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods era. The lead single, “Filthy” failed to make an impact, but this country-pop has the potential to conquer pop and country radio and…