Nothing slayed me the way I wanted. No comeback dominated everything – except for Beyonce but that album is not eligible for this years Grammys. Everything else just felt safe.
There were a few highlights. Kendrick had one of the most refreshing rap albums in years, and believe it or not, I thought Bruno did a great job of mixing eras on his album.
Album of the Year is the award that means everything – hence Kanye West’s obsession with winning one.
In an era where more time is focused on the single, rather than the album, this award is even more coveted. It’s a pat on the back that you did the right thing as an artist and created a collective work worth listening too.
The pop category is the shortest, mainly because it’s the hardest to distinguish.
Modern Pop is mixed with so many different influences. It’s hard to look at the songs released during any given year and be able to pick out a song that’s purely pop. Even traditional “pop” artists, lean towards another genre for influence.
The pop categories are traditionally for vocal performances and albums, rather than song recognition like the R&B, Rap, and Country categories.
All of these nominations caused a shaking of my head to occur. Few made sense, some seemed lazy, and I think some were just made for extra entertainment.
I think it’s safe to say that Song of the Year is my favorite category of the show.
Songs are embedded in everything we do. If you’re like me your brain functions only in songs, with lyrics randomly spewing out to express your emotions and lack of words.
Song of the Year has also been the most consistent in deserving winners. It hasn’t failed me before like Album of the Year.
Slowly closing my computer as I watched as the thief of joy and purity rose to accept the award. I slumped back in my dorms sky blue couch as Taylor Swift destroyed the American dream and won Album of the Year for the most basic album in Grammy history. #NothingWasTheSame
But you’ve never let me down, Song of the Year. So let’s keep the momentum going.
One of the biggest confusions about the Grammys has been the difference between Song and Record of the year. The Grammy website explains it best:
The Record Of The Year category recognizes the artist’s performance as well as the overall contributions of the producer(s), recording engineer(s) and/or mixer(s) if other than the artist. The Song Of The Year category recognizes the songwriter(s).
Translation: 97% of today’s singers can only be nominated in this category because they don’t write any of their music.
In recent years there has been a different winner in each category. For example, last year Record of the Year went to ‘Somebody That I Use To Know’ and Song of the Year went to ‘We Are Young’. Both great tracks, but neither was deserving of the other award.
I like when the Grammys spread the love and I think they will this year too.