Grammys 2019: Performances Ranked Worst To Best

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2019 might be some kind of cosmic turning point in the history of the Grammys: The first show where the conversation was more about who didn’t perform than who did. Ariana Grande’s fuck-this-shit refusal to play ball with the notorious Grammy-production dumbfucks revealed just how completely this was a show in … More »

Grammys 2019: Janelle Monáe Performs “Make Me Feel”

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Janelle Monáe was nominated for the Album Of The Year award at the Grammys this year for Dirty Computer and she performed as well, bringing out the album’s “Make Me Feel” with a performance that highlighted her characteristically neo-futurist flare. It featured a cadre of dancers, some wearing the pants that were in … More »

Predicting The 2019 Grammy Winners

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Post MaloneIt’s that time of year again: the time when we as a culture must reckon with the insane/mundane prestige-populist fever dream that is Grammy logic. More »

The Post-Fifth Harmony Power Rankings

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Fifth HarmonyFifth Harmony were the reigning girl group of their era. Although they never came close to the success of their closest predecessors, Destiny’s Child, the group accumulated a rabid fan base of Harmonizers and contributed some sterling songs to the mainstream pop canon, among them “BO$$,” “Sledgehammer,” “Messy,” and their one top 10 hit, the … More »

The Year Of Subverted Archetypes, From Be The Cowboy To “God Is A Woman”

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For the past six years, men have dominated the Grammys to a depressing degree. Earlier this year, a study found that from 2012 to 2017 out of the 899 people nominated, only 9.3% were women — not even double digits! The surge of enlightenment and optimism ushered in with #MeToo and Time’s Up … More »

The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2018

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The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2018Y’all wanna hear something crazy? I’ve been writing this weekly pop column for five whole years now. It seems like just yesterday that I published the inaugural installment explaining why The Week In Pop would be a good addition to the Stereogum portfolio. As we approach the precipice of 2019, I’m fairly certain … More »

The Number Ones: The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back”

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The-Jackson-5-I-Want-You-BackIn The Number Ones, I’m reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart’s beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. More »

Stereogum’s 90 Favorite Songs Of 2018

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Each December, in an effort to celebrate outstanding achievements and commemorate The Year That Was, the pop culture media industrial complex foists lots of lists upon the world. We here at Stereogum are party to that deluge; we shared our collective conclusions about 2018’s best albums a week ago and have been More »

Janelle Monáe Joins Julianne Moore In Gloria Steinem Biopic

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Janelle Monáe is joining Julianne Moore in Gloria Steinem biopic The Glorias: A Life On The Road. Moore and Alicia Vikander will star as the activist at various points in her career as a journalist and activist, crusading for women’s rights. Monáe will be playing Dorothy Pitman Hughes, the women’s and civil rights activist that … More »

Janelle Monáe – “High Tide Or Low Tide” (Bob Marley & The Wailers Cover)

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Janelle MonaeJanelle Monáe released her great new album Dirty Computer back in April, and she finally wrapped her tour in support of it at the end of last month with a performance on Colbert and a set at New Orleans’ Voodoo festival. But that doesn’t mean she’s done promoting the LP. More »