58th Annual GRAMMY Predictions

The 58th Annual GRAMMY Award nominations have been announced and Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with 11 nominations, the most since Michael Jackson was nominated 12 times in 1984 (MJ won 8 that night). Hopefully, it's redemption night for Kendrick and his amazing album—To Pimp A Butterfly—wins big, but you never know with The GRAMMYs. Check out my predictions of some important categories and some notable snubs below.

(My predictions of who WILL win are in bold, My thoughts on who SHOULD win are italicized.)

Album of the Year

  • Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes
  • To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
  • Traveller – Chris Stapleton
  • 1989 – Taylor Swift
  • Beauty Behind the Madness – The Weeknd

Record of the Year

  • "Really Love" – D'Angelo and the Vanguard
  • "Uptown Funk" – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
  • "Thinking Out Loud" – Ed Sheeran
  • "Blank Space" – Taylor Swift
  • "Can't Feel My Face" – The Weeknd

Song of the Year

  • "Alright"- Kendrick Lamar
  • "Blank Space"- Taylor Swift
  • "Girl Crush"- Little Big Town
  • "See You Again"- Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
  • "Thinking Out Loud"- Ed Sheehan

Best R&B Performance

  • "If I Don't Have You" – Tamar Braxton
  • "Rise Up" – Andra Day
  • "Breathing Underwater" – Hiatus Kaiyote
  • "Planes" – Jeremih feat. J. Cole
  • "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" – The Weeknd

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • "He Is" – Faith Evans
  • "Little Ghetto Boy" – Lalah Hathaway
  • "Let It Burn" – Jazmine Sullivan
  • "Shame" – Tyrese
  • "My Favorite Part of You" – Charlie Wilson

Best R&B Song

  • "Coffee"- Miguel
  • "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)"- The Weeknd
  • "Let It Burn"- Jazmine Sullivan
  • "Really Love"- D'Angelo & The Vanguard
  • "Shame"- Tyrese

Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • Ego Death – The Internet
  • You Should Be Here – Kehlani
  • Blood – Lianne La Havas
  • Wildheart – Miguel
  • Beauty Behind the Madness – The Weeknd

Best R&B Album

  • Coming Home – Leon Bridges
  • Black Messiah – D'Angelo and The Vanguard
  • Cheers to the Fall – Andra Day
  • Reality Show – Jazmine Sullivan
  • Forever Charlie – Charlie Wilson

Best Rap Performance

  • "Apparently" – J. Cole
  • "Back to Back" – Drake
  • "Trap Queen" – Fetty Wap
  • "Alright" – Kendrick Lamar
  • "Truffle Butter" – Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne
  • "All Day" – Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

  • "One Man Can Change The World" – Big Sean featuring Kanye West & John Legend
  • "Glory" – Common & John Legend
  • "Classic Man" – Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur
  • "These Walls" – Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat
  • "Only" – Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

Best Rap Song

  • "All Day"- Kanye West
  • "Alright"- Kendrick Lamar
  • "Energy"- Drake
  • "Glory"- Common & John Legend
  • "Trap Queen"- Fetty Wap

Best Rap Album

  • 2014 Forest Hills Drive – J. Cole
  • Compton – Dr. Dre
  • If You're Reading This It's Too Late – Drake
  • To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
  • The Pinkprint – Nicki Minaj

Best Music Video

  • "LSD" – ASAP Rocky
  • "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)" – The Dead Weather
  • "Alright" – Kendrick Lamar
  • "Bad Blood" – Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • "Freedom" – Pharrell Williams

SNUBS:

Best New Artist:
Fetty Wap

Song Of The Year:
"Hotline Bling"- Drake (apparently the submission form never got to Cash Money)

Best Rap Album:
Tetsuo & Youth- Lupe Fiasco
Dark Sky Paradise- Big Sean
RTJ2- Run The Jewels
Wale- The Album About Nothing

The GRAMMYs will air on CBS at 8/7c on February 15, 2016. Head here for the full list of nominees.

-AO

 

 

 

 

 

Kanye West Has Made Quite A Comeback

It was almost six years ago when Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards, a move that affected his career in a major way. He interrupted Swift after she won the Video of the Year Award, an award 'Ye thought Beyoncé deserved and he made sure Swift and the entire world knew it. Kanye was shunned by Swift supporters and praised by many others; the backlash from his actions seemingly forced him to take a break from the spotlight for almost a year and it is definitely one of the defining moments of his career, for better or worse.

Fast forward six years later and West has released two critically acclaimed albums, a monster collaborative album with Jay Z, a G.O.O.D. Music compilation album, and has another album on the way. And now at this year's MTV VMAs, he will receive the highest honors the event has to offer: the "Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award." This award is a lifetime achievement award honoring an artist's body of work and their effect on the MTV culture. This award is a huge deal and it's an even bigger deal that Kanye has been able to come back from this blemish on his career to shine brighter than he ever has. He hasn't become any less opinionated or any quieter, but he's begun to use his platform to inform and 'keep it real' on more pressing issues that affect him rather than bring down any one individual.

Call it a comeback; Kanye West is this year's recipient of the "Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award" and I hope he does some dope 10 minute performance like many of the recipients have in the past. I'll be watching.

-AO

Jay Z Has Made A SERIOUS Business Move

Jay Z recently acquired Swedish tech company Aspiro for $56 million dollars, making him the owner of Tidal, a high-tech music streaming service. I thought nothing of this acquisition when I heard of it earlier this month, but now I am truly beginning to understand just how serious this was. Many artists are on record stating they're not big fans of Spotify and how the money barely trickles down to them at all (Spotify would be one of Tidal's biggest competitors). Taylor Swift entered into headlines as one of these artists when she pulled her entire catalog from Spotify. Well, guess where you can find Taylor Swift's entire catalog? That's right, on Tidal. This could mark big things for the music industry. Think about it: Jay Z and Beyoncé alone are known to do some interesting things as far as album releases (i.e. Magna Carta Holy Grail's Samsung release and BEYONCÉ's surprise release). Imagine if they release new albums and stream them exclusively on Tidal. Game changer. Tidal HiFi is $19.99/month with Tidal Premium running at $9.99/month compared to Spotify's cheapest price point of $5/month so Tidal doesn't hold a complete advantage over Spotify. But, the potential of artists possibly having more control over the system of music streaming is a big deal. Tidal officially launches tomorrow afternoon. If you stand with Tidal, take Kanye's advice below. Enjoy.

-AO