Grammys

Grammy Week: Wrap-Up

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Time for the majah breakdown.

After a week of filling you guys with Grammy knowledge and predictions, it’s time to look back at the actual show.

It’s also time to stock up my predictions with the actual winners and see how well I did.

Spoiler alert: NOT WELL!

We’ll also acknowledge the (few) good moments of the show.

Taylor thinking she won was one of them. Especially the guys behind her.

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More below:

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Grammy Week: Album of the Year

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This year had a lot of bogus albums.

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.

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Grammy Week: Rap Categories

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The last few years have brought a renaissance for Rap with the Grammy voters.

Rappers are now crossing into the major categories, and have been for the last few years . 2014 was a big year for Rap, especially since two rap albums are nominated for album of the year.

At the end of the day, if you’re into underground rap and the mixtapes, you’ll hate the Grammys. The Grammys only look at popular rap, so go into the show with that mindset.

I’m not ashamed to like popular rap and I actually prefer it.

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My predictions below:

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Grammy Week: Pop Categories

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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.

#GetThoseRatings

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Grammy Week: R&B Categories

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It would take me weeks to extensively write about each category the way that I have for the big four. Considering that most of the categories aren’t televised, I wanted to focus the most on those.

The truth of the matter is that the Grammys have 30 fields with 82 categories in each.

I don’t check for each category, but there are a few I  like predict.

R&B, otherwise know as Rhythm & Blues or MY LIFE, has always been my genre. It’s the music I get the most excited for, which means its the category I feel the most passionate about.

The winners are announced before the show and are posted before also. This translates into me opening my computer and screaming because all of my musical angels have lost.

With that, lets predicts this years winners with the goal of seeing how mad I’m going to be 8:00 Sunday night.

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Grammy Week: Song of the Year

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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.

–Flashback–

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.

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Grammy Week: Record of the Year

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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.

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Grammy Week: Best New Artist

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Sunday night will host the 74th Grammys, which means there are going to be a whole bunch of pressed people going into Monday morning.

The Grammys are the biggest night in music. Whether or not they mean anything during this new age of music is neither here nor there. The history of the award is enough to make any artist want one.

If you’ve ever entered any online music forum, you’ll know that stans use Grammys as bullets.

Example:

Team_Breezy_Rox: Nice try Usher, Chris did it first #Yeahx3 #UsherFlop #Deuces

UsherWyfe33: Sorry, he 2 busy counting his 8 grammys #UMad #1GrammyChris #RihannaNavy

You see? It means something!

The Big 4 – Best Album, Best Song, Best Record, and Best New Artist – have always been the most coveted awards. With 4 days left until the big show, why not take a category to predict each day.

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