A Southern rock band teamed with some of the best producers in the industry; a Compton rapper who created one of the most critically-acclaimed albums of the decade; a Nashville songwriter who stunned the country music world with his solo debut; a pop star who had the highest grossing tour in the world this past year; and a Canadian singer who dominated the charts with a soulful voice and drug-induced lyrics. That’s the profile of the five outstanding nominated artists for Album of the Year (AOTY).
Predictions for the mainstream fields have already been covered, but the GRAMMYs have a total of 83 categories and you’d have to be a music genius to known them all. In fact, members are not obliged to vote in all of them. There are, however, some categories where we will find familiar faces, radio-friendly songs, and music videos.
Let’s now take a look at the possible winners in the fields for dance/electronic, Latin music, visual media (music for films/TV, etc..), production, and music video/film.
Now it is turn for the rap field which consists of four categories: rap-only performance, rap and sung collaboration and of course the regular songwriters’ and album’s awards.
Determining eligibility in the rap field is quite easy. Basically if you’re rapper, this is where you fit and that could be why the field has never been called “hip-hop”. Many hip-hop singers end up in R&B.
The Pop field have four categories that award the best in pop music. And not exclusively pop but also crossover hits from artists from other genres such as rock, dance, R&B, alternative and sometimes country.
This year’s race is dominated by Taylor Swift. Taylor received three out of the possible four nominations of the field (as she’s ineligible in traditional pop). Kelly Clarkson and Florence + the Machine gathered three nods each. These three women are also facing each in the Best Pop Vocal Album category.
Let’s take a look now at the odds for each category:
In less than a month the winners of the 58th GRAMMYs will be revealed. It is now time to take a look at the odds for Song of the Year also part of the “big four” categories in the general field.
Song of the Year is the award for the best song and it goes to the songwriter(s) only. There are songwriters’ awards in most of the fields: Rock, R&B, rap, country, American roots, Gospel/Christian music, and visual media (for those made for films, TV, etc…)
It is Christmas Day and there are only five days to go for 2016. And I couldn’t let this year without letting you know which were the songs I considered the best of 2015. (This delayed list was due to travel)
It was a very difficult task to come up with a list of only ten songs. That it’s why I decided to include only those songs that were released as singles in 2015. Regardless of their original release date through an album, EP, music video, etc. As a result, this list has a more commercial and radio-friendly approach than my best albums list. Continue reading “TOP TEN: BEST SONGS OF 2015”→
The winners for the 3rd Annual KuKo’s Choice Awards had been decided (randomly). Winners for each of the Album-categories will compete again for the “ALBUM OF THE YEAR” title through an online web poll, voted by you, the reader until New Year’s Eve.
As a reminder, the KuKo’s Choice Award are my own personal version of the GRAMMY Awards. You can take a look at the nominees here.
As 2015 is wrapping up and we take a break from the GRAMMYs until January (when new predictions come out). It is time to look at what this year gave us in music.
I am not a professional musician nor a music critic. I am just a fan. Therefore, I define a great album as one that captivates you from the very first song and makes you want to listen to it multiple times.
Ranging from synthpop to hip-hop to psychedelic rock. Here are the albums I considered the best of the year:
The speculation is over. We know all of the nominees. And everybody is now talking about who got snubbed and who made a surprise. In reality, there were no major snubs or any jaw-dropping surprises.
Several media outlets talked about Justin Bieber and Luke Bryan getting snubbed, as they were among the top-selling artists of the year. However, commercial success is not a big indicator at the GRAMMYs. And also, neither of them were top contenders in the general field. Bieber, on the other hand, is a favourite to win Best Dance Recording. So, keep calm beliebers.