Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (11/29/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (11/29/17)


In this week's episode, I discuss the nominations for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards and deliver my predictions for the Big 4, R&B, and Rap categories. Tune into the episode on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud!


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60th Annual GRAMMY Award Show Nominations & Predictions

Eligibility Period: Oct. 1, 2016 - Sep. 30, 2017

Leading Nominations: Jay-Z (8), Kendrick (7), Bruno Mars (6), SZA (5), Khalid (5), No I.D. (5), Childish Gambino (5)
 

My predictions are denoted in bold.

(Big 4)

Album of the Year (Award to Artist(s) and to Featured Artist(s), Songwriter(s) of new material, Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s), Mixer(s) and Mastering Engineer(s) credited with at least 33% playing time of the album, if other than Artist.)

  • “Awaken, My Love!” - Childish Gambino
  • 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • Melodrama - Lorde
  • 24K Magic - Bruno Mars

Record of the Year (Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist.)

  • “Redbone” - Childish Gambino
  • “Despacito” - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
  • “The Story of O.J.” - Jay-Z
  • “HUMBLE.” - Kendrick Lamar (Mike Will also wins)
  • “24K Magic” - Bruno Mars

Song of the Year (A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • “Despacito” - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
  • “4:44” - Jay-Z (No I.D. also wins)
  • “Issues” - Julia Michaels
  • 1-800-273-8255” - Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid
  • “That’s What I Like” - Bruno Mars (James Fauntleroy also wins)

Best New Artist (An artist will be considered for Best New Artist if their eligibility year release/s achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.)

  • Alessia Cara
  • Khalid
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Julia Michaels
  • SZA

(R&B)

Best R&B Performance

  • “Get You” - Daniel Caesar, Kali Uchis
  • “Distraction” - Kehlani
  • “High” - Ledisi
  • “That’s What I Like” - Bruno Mars
  • “The Weekend” - SZA

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • “Laugh and Move On” - The Baylor Project
  • “Redbone” - Childish Gambino
  • “What I’m Feelin’” - Anthony Hamilton, The Hamiltones
  • “All The Way” - Ledisi
  • “Still” - Mali Music

Best R&B Song (A Songwriter(s) Award)

  • “First Began” - PJ Morton
  • “Location” - Khalid
  • “Redbone” - Childish Gambino
  • “Supermodel” - SZA (Pharrell also wins)
  • “That’s What I Like” - Bruno Mars (James Fauntleroy also wins)

Best Urban Contemporary Album (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B.)

  • Free 6LACK - 6LACK
  • “Awaken, My Love!” - Childish Gambino
  • American Teen - Khalid
  • Ctrl - SZA
  • Starboy - The Weeknd

Best R&B Album

  • Freudian - Daniel Caesar
  • Let Love Rule - Ledisi
  • 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
  • Gumbo - PJ Morton
  • Feel The Real - Musiq Soulchild

(Rap)

Best Rap Performance

  • “Bounce Back” - Big Sean
  • “Bodak Yellow” - Cardi B
  • “4:44” - Jay-Z
  • “HUMBLE.” - Kendrick Lamar
  • “Bad & Boujee” - Migos, Lil Uzi Vert

Best Rap/Sung Performance (For a solo or collaborative performance containing both elements of R&B melodies and Rap.)

  • “PRBLMS” - 6LACK
  • “Crew” - Goldlink, Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
  • “Family Feud” - Jay-Z, Beyoncé
  • “LOYALTY.” - Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna
  • “Love Galore” - SZA, Travis Scott

Best Rap Song

  • “Bodak Yellow” - Cardi B (Kodak also wins)
  • “Chase Me” - Danger Mouse, RTJ & Big Boi
  • “HUMBLE.” - Kendrick Lamar
  • “Sassy” - Rapsody
  • “The Story of O.J.” - Jay-Z (No I.D. also wins)

Best Rap Album

  • 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • Culture - Migos
  • Laila’s Wisdom - Rapsody
  • Flower Boy - Tyler, the Creator

(Misc.)

Best Music Video

  • “Up All Night” - Beck
  • “Makeba” - Jain
  • “The Story of O.J.” - Jay-Z
  • “HUMBLE.” - Kendrick Lamar
  • “1-800-273-8255” - Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid

See you next week!

-AO