Welcome Back To The Bizarre Alternate Universe That Is The Grammys

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H.E.R.The Grammys are weird. We all know this. The Recording Academy has long viewed the world as through cracked glass, capturing a vision of the mainstream that feels true-to-life yet distorted in ways that make me feel like I’m dreaming, or sick, or dead. Are they awarding artistic excellence or commercial dominance? Where did that … More »

Zedd, Disclosure, FISHER and more garner 2019 Grammy nominations

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The biggest night in music for artists and producers alike, the Grammy Awards will air its 61st annual ceremony on February 10. Whereas the 60th edition of the seminal awards event headed east to recognize 2018’s top artists and their productions across a variety of categories from Madison Square Garden in New York, the 61st iteration will return to the West Coast, to air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Recording Academy formally released its nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards on December 7.

A central energizer of hip-hop circles throughout the year, Cardi B collected two nominations for “Album of the year” for Invasion of Privacy, and “Record of the year,” for her celebrated collaboration with Bad Bunny and J. Balvin, “I Like It.” A perennial staple of Grammy nomination lists, Drake also received nods for “Album of the year” for his double-sided offering, Scorpion, and “Record of the year” for his newly diamond certified mega hit, “God’s Plan.”

Zedd is notably the sole electronic artist to secure a nomination outside of the Grammy’s dance focused category, “Best dance recording.” Zedd will face off with Cardi B and Drake for “Record of the year,” thanks to his collaborative effort with Maren Morris and Grey on “The Middle.” Zedd will also compete with Childish Gambino, Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, Kendrick Lamar and SZA, and Post Malone, who also received nominations within the category.

Above & Beyond, Disclosure, FISHER, Silk City & Dua Lipa, and Virtual Self will battle it out in the “Best dance recording” category, for “Northern Soul,” “Ultimatum,” “Losing It,” “Electricity,” and “Ghost Voices,” respectively. Meanwhile, the “Best dance album” feature dives a bit more into the avant-garde side of electronica, with Jon Hopkins’ stunning LP Singularity stealing a nomination, along with edit album Woman Worldwide by Justice, Sofi Tukker‘s Treehouse, TOKiMONSTA‘s Lune Rouge, and SOPHIE’s Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides.

The remix category also had some strong contenders, with Kaskade and his protégé, CID earning individual nominations, along with Cosmic Gate, Mura Masa, and EDX. The complete list of nominations can be seen here.

2019 Grammy Awards Nominations:

Best new artist

  • Chloe X Halle
  • Luke Combs
  • Greta Van Fleet
  • H.E.R.
  • Dua Lipa
  • Margo Price
  • Bebe Rexha
  • Jorja Smith

Album of the year

  • “Invasion of Privacy,” Cardi B
  • “By the Way, I Forgive You,” Brandi Carlile
  • “Scorpion,” Drake
  • “H.E.R.,” H.E.R.
  • “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” Post Malone
  • “Dirty Computer,” Janelle Monae
  • “Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves
  • “Black Panther: The Album,” Featuring Kendrick Lamar

Record of the year

  •  “I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
  • “The Joke,”  Brandi Carlile
  • “This is America,” Childish Gambino
  •  “God’s Plan,” Drake
  • “Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
  • “All The Stars,” Kendrick Lamar and SZA
  • “Rockstar,” Post Malone feat. 21 Savage
  • “The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey

Song of the year

  • “All The Stars,” Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Spears, Al Shuckburgh, Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe
  • “Boo’d Up,” Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai, and Dijon McFarlane
  •  “God’s Plan,” Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron Latour, Matthew Samuels and Noah Shebib.
  • “In My Blood,” Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes and Geoffrey Warburton
  • “The Joke,” Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth
  • “The Middle,” Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha and Anton Zaslavski
  • “Shallow,” Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
  • “This Is America,” Donald Glover and Ludwig Göransson

Best R&B album

  • “Sex & Cigarettes,” Toni Braxton
  • “Good Thing,” Leon Bridges
  •  “Honestly,” Lalah Hathaway
  •  “H.E.R.” H.E.R.
  • “Gumbo Unplugged (Live),” PJ Morton

Best country album

  • “Unapologetically,” Kelsea Ballerini
  • “Port Saint Joe,” Brothers Osborne
  • “Girl Going Nowhere,” Ashley McBryde
  • “Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves
  • “Volume 2,” Chris Stapleton

Best pop solo performance

  • “Colors,” Beck
  • “Havana (Live),” Camila Cabello
  • “God Is A Woman,” Ariana Grande
  • “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?),” Lady Gaga
  • “Better Now,” Post Malone

Best pop vocal album

  • “Camila,” Camila Cabello
  • “Meaning Of Life,” Kelly Clarkson
  • “Sweetener,” Ariana Grande
  • “Shawn Mendes,” Shawn Mendes
  • “Beautiful Trauma,” P!nk
  • “Reputation,” Taylor Swift

Best dance recording

  • “Northern Soul,” Above & Beyond Featuring Richard Bedford
  • “Ultimatum,” Disclosure (Featuring Fatoumata Diawara)
  • “Losing It,” Fisher
  • “Electricity,” Silk City & Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson
  • “Ghost Voices,” Virtual Self

Best dance album 

  • Singularity – Jon Hopkins
  • Woman Worldwide – Justice
  • Treehouse – Sofi Tukker
  • Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides – SOPHIE
  • Lune Rouge – TOKiMONSTA

Best remixed recording

  • “Audio (CID Remix)” — CID, remixer (LSD)
  • “How Long (EDX’s Dubai Skyline Remix)” — Maurizio Colella, remixer (Charlie Puth)
  • “Only Road (Cosmic Gate Remix”) — Stefan Bossems & Claus Terhoeven, remixers (Gabriel & Dresden Featuring Sub Teal)
  • “Stargazing (Kaskade Remix)” — Kaskade, remixer (Kygo Featuring Justin Jesso)
  • “Walking Away (Mura Masa Remix)” — Alex Crossan, remixer (Haim)

Best rock song

  • “Black Smoke Rising,” Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Joshua Michael Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka & Daniel Robert Wagner, songwriters (Greta Van Fleet)
  • “Jumpsuit,” Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
  • “MANTRA,” Jordan Fish, Matthew Kean, Lee Malia, Matthew Nicholls & Oliver Sykes, songwriters (Bring Me The Horizon)
  • “Masseduction,” Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)
  • “Rats,” Tom Dalgety & A Ghoul Writer, songwriters (Ghost)

Best urban contemporary album

  • “Everything Is Love,” The Carters
  • “The Kids Are Alright,” Chloe x Halle
  • “Chris Dave And The Drumhedz,” Chris Dave And The Drumhedz
  • “War & Leisure,” Miguel
  • “Ventriloquism,” Meshell Ndegeocello

Best jazz vocal album

  • “My Mood Is You,” Freddy Cole
  • “The Questions,” Kurt Elling
  • “The Subject Tonight Is Love,” Kate McGarry With Keith Ganz & Gary Versace
  • “If You Really Want,” Raul Midón With The Metropole Orkest Conducted By Vince Mendoza
  • “The Window,” Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best gospel album

  • “One Nation Under God,” Jekalyn Carr
  • “Hiding Place,” Tori Kelly
  • “Make Room,” Jonathan McReynolds
  • “The Other Side,” The Walls Group
  • “A Great Work,” Brian Courtney Wilson

Best Latin pop album

  • “Prometo,” Pablo Alboran
  • “Sincera,” Claudia Brant
  • “Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos), Vol. 2,” Natalia Lafourcade
  • “2:00 AM,” Raquel Sofía
  • “Vives,” Carlos Vives

Best Americana album

  • “By The Way, I Forgive You,” Brandi Carlile
  • “Things Have Changed,” Bettye LaVette
  • “The Tree Of Forgiveness,” John Prine
  • “The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone,” Lee Ann Womack
  • “One Drop Of Truth,” The Wood Brothers

Best comedy album

  • “Annihilation,” Patton Oswalt
  • “Equanimity & The Bird Revelation,” Dave Chappelle
  • “Noble Ape,” Jim Gaffigan
  • “Standup For Drummers,” Fred Armisen
  • “Tamborine,” Chris Rock

Best song written for visual media

  • “All The Stars,” Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Alexander William Shuckburgh, Mark Anthony Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA), Track from: Black Panther
  • “Mystery Of Love,” Sufjan Stevens, songwriter (Sufjan Stevens), Track from: Call Me By Your Name
  • “Remember Me,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Miguel Featuring Natalia Lafourcade), Track from: Coco
  • “Shallow,” Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper), Track from: A Star Is Born
  • “This Is Me,” Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble), Track from: The Greatest Showman

Producer of the year, non-classical:

  • Boi-1da
  • Larry Klein
  • Linda Perry
  • Kanye West
  • Pharrell Williams

H/T: CBS News

Grammy Nominations 2019: See The List

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Cardi BThe Grammys announced their full 2019 nominations this morning. Kendrick Lamar leads the field with eight nominations, followed by Drake with seven. (Notably, Drake didn’t submit his music for consideration last year.) Major snubs include Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift, both of whom were locked out of the major categories. However, women on the whole … More »

Album Of The Year Grammy 2019 Nominees Revealed

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Kacey MusgravesHere are the albums nominated for Album Of The Year at the 2019 Grammys: Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy Brandie Carlile – By the Way, I Forgive You Drake – Scorpion H.E.R. – H.E.R. Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys Various Artists – Black … More »

Grammys Rule Cardi B & Post Malone Ineligible For Best New Artist

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Post Malone & Cardi BCardi B and Post Malone marked major breakthroughs in the last year, but the rap stars won’t compete for best new artist at the 2019 Grammy Awards. More »

The Grammy Awards raise number of nominees in each major category

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In an effort to combat The Grammy Awards’ representation issues, the Recording Academy has announced it will officially expand the number of nominations in each major category from five to eight, beginning immediately.

This means the record, song, album of the year, and best new artist categories will each see a potential for the wider recognition of talent across the categories.

According to Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, the changes provide “more flexibility to our voters when having to make the often challenging decisions about representing excellence and the best in music for the year.”

Previously, the nominations had been limited to five in each of the four General Field categories since the Grammys’ inception in 1959. For now, the other 80 categories at the Grammys will remain capped at five nominations each, though the new implementation dually means that their will also be a large number of entries in the General Field categories.

Among the significant changes from Neil Portnow, who is departing at the end of this year following his comments regarding women needing to “step it up” to win awards, also comes the addition of music supervisors as nominees in the best compilation soundtrack album — presumably an effort to aid in greater transparency of the work behind the art in the industry. Restoration engineers will also be eligible for best historical album for the first time ever.

Via: Billboard

Grammys Expand Nominees For Top Album, Song, Record, & New Artist From 5 To 8

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Bruno MarsIn one of the most sweeping changes since the introduction of the Grammy Awards in 1959, the number of nominations in the Record, Song, and Album Of The Year and Best New Artist categories will expand from five to eight. The change takes effect immediately with the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019. More »

Recording Academy Chief Neil Portnow To Step Down Next Year

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Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the Recording Academy, will step down from his post when his contract expires, sources tell Billboard. Portnow, who has served as the head of the organization that produces the Grammy Awards since 2002, has a deal that runs about another year, the sources said, meaning a new leader should be installed … More »

Grammys Organization Writes Letter Defending Its Representation Of Women

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After a few missteps, The Recording Academy is reassuring its members that it is not lagging behind the music industry when it comes to female representation. In a letter sent to voting and non-voting members Thursday, which was obtained by The Associated Press, the academy offers statistics to show that women had a larger presence … More »

Top Female Execs At Major Record Labels Call Grammys “Woefully Out of Touch”

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A group of powerful female music industry executives have condemned the Grammys in a new, joint letter. The document, sent to the Recording Academy’s board of trustees and obtained by The New York Times, calls the organization “woefully out of touch with today’s music, the music business, and even more significantly, society” and … More »