When it comes to music awards, there’s nothing more mind-blowing and grand as the annual Grammy Awards. One of the highest recognition for a musician to receive. Recently, the nominations for the 60TH GRAMMY Awards newest edition was announced. Let’s check if your favourite nominee is in for an award!
Album of the Year
The top award of the night representing modern pop’s range.
First up, Bruno Mars for his 24K Magic album. The “Uptown Funk” singer/songwriter had his work cut out for him for this album as he comes out with a sultry music of soul and funk as well as capturing R&B sound that was very popular in the 90’s, described by the singer as the reason he fell in love with music in the first place. This is Mars’ second nomination for Album Of The Year, and one of his six for this year; which include Record Of The Year and Best R&B Album for 24K Magic; Song Of The Year, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “That’s What I Like.”
Second, you have the multi-talented actor, singer, and rapper, Childish Gambino. Shifting from the heavy hip-hop to heavy sounds, he reinvented with his new album Awaken, My Love! that represents a whole lot of soul-funk experiment. His musical pivot was both refreshing and magnetic, yielding five GRAMMY Award nominations this year, including Record Of The Year for the album’s centrepiece single, “Redbone.” He is also known for his acting in the highly acclaimed Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Comedy Series, Atlanta and goes by the name of Donald Glover.
The third nomination goes to the superstar rapper and international business mogul himself, Jay-Z with his 13th studio album, 4:44. Jay-Z tops this year’s award’s tally with a staggering eight GRAMMY nominations, including Record Of The Year for “The Story Of O.J.,” and Best Rap Album. The album received widespread acclaim from critics, who praised its emotional and personal content. In a recent interview, this album was more of a healing for him to overcome family issues and his emotions.
Damn. That is the word to describe Kendrick Lamar’s album. With two of his albums, good kid, m.A.A.d. city and To Pimp A Butterfly, previously receiving nominations for Album Of The Year, Kendrick Lamar is surely hoping the third time’s a charm. Kendrick further solidifies his status in the top music ranks as the leader of hip-hop’s next generation with his whole heart poured out on the lyrics and discussing issues that concern most people. Rolling Stone calls “the greatest rapper alive” found the stiffest competition to be his own ego. On the album’s first single and biggest hit, “HUMBLE.” Lamar set the tone for his most personal work to date.
The only girl in this nomination. Being at only 21 years old, Lorde and her album, Melodrama has earned her sit on the throne of the musical industry. Her nomination marks Lorde’s first for Album of the Year and proves her 2013 smash single “Royals” – which won the GRAMMY Awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 56th GRAMMY Awards – was only the beginning. Her album is going towards the alternative style and her voice is what makes her outstanding.
Other top nominations concludes;
Record of the Year – Childish Gambino’s soul-inflected “Redbone”; Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber’s crossover smash, “Despacito”; and Bruno Mars’ golden hit, “24K Magic.”
Song of the Year – Despacito, 4:44, Issues, 1800-273-8255, and That’s What I Like.
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