"Nobody pray for me... even a day for me..." This year of music rivaled the prior year in a beastly manner that brought to light political and social viewpoints as well as progressions in individual genre stylings. The tumultuous nature of 2016 and 2017 encouraged artists to speak up through their craft. Fans saw many standing for a cause or merely adding to their catalog of music in new and interesting ways. From Kendrick Lamar's first line of "HUMBLE." to Logic, Alessia Cara, and Khalid's thoughtful "1-800-273-8255," artists everywhere made statements.
This was not an easy feat after last year's Grammys featured the likes of Beyoncé's Lemonade and her sister Solange's A Seat at the Table. The 59th Grammys also revived powerhouse vocalist Adele with 25. However, 2017's artistry did not disappoint amongst its fierce and recent competitors. Bruno Mars brought the entire country to its feet for 24K Magic, an album that sounded more like a groovy, '80s R&B record than a contemporary album. Kendrick Lamar hovered between pop and hip-hop for DAMN., an album that shows off his raw talent as much as his storytelling abilities. JAY-Z resurfaced for a reflective 4:44, shedding the toughest of his skins to reveal remorse, maturity, and the importance of family in a post-Lemonade era.
Then there were new bouts of talent on the rise. Khalid released American Teen that handles the usual topics of love, heartbreak, and growing pains but in a unique vocal tone that cast him in the up-and-coming spotlight. However, the most satisfying New Artist nominee goes to SZA: the first female R&B artist under Top Dawg Entertainment. For hip-hop fans, this label sticks out due to its connections with Dr. Dre, Eminem, and more major hip-hop sharks throughout the decades. SZA's debut album CTRL is a raw, unapologetic look into the life of a twentysomething. This includes a tumultuous love life and complicated relationship with self-love and self-worth.
The 60th Grammys will take place on Sunday, January 28th. Here are the 60th Grammys Nomination highlights:
Record Of The Year:
“Redbone” — Childish Gambino
“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
“The Story Of O.J.” — Jay-Z
“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars
Album Of The Year:
“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino
4:44 — Jay-Z
DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama — Lorde
24K Magic — Bruno Mars
Song Of The Year:
“Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)
“4:44” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)
“Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)
“1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)
“That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
Best New Artist:
Lil Uzi Vert
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Written by Jenna
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