I will be starting a new section: A weekly top ten countdown of my ten favourite recently discovered tracks. Let me warn you, they will come from both mainstream and independent artists, any genre (though must likely pop/rock and alternative music), and you might find songs in foreign languages. They are not necessarily new released songs during the last week but simply represent a way to share new music I discover.
The 58th GRAMMYs are now history but now it is time to look at the contenders for next year’s edition. Even though it is still too early to make concrete predictions, there are already some candidates. The eligibility period for the 59th Grammy Awards started on October 1st, 2015 meaning we are now into the second quarter. The period ends next September 31st.
It is worth noticing that all of this year’s winners in the general field came from the first quarter of the 2014/15 eligibility period. Could this happen this year? Well, these is what we got so far:
A Southern rock band teamed with some of the best producers in the industry; a Compton rapper who created one of the most critically-acclaimed albums of the decade; a Nashville songwriter who stunned the country music world with his solo debut; a pop star who had the highest grossing tour in the world this past year; and a Canadian singer who dominated the charts with a soulful voice and drug-induced lyrics. That’s the profile of the five outstanding nominated artists for Album of the Year (AOTY).
Predictions for the mainstream fields have already been covered, but the GRAMMYs have a total of 83 categories and you’d have to be a music genius to known them all. In fact, members are not obliged to vote in all of them. There are, however, some categories where we will find familiar faces, radio-friendly songs, and music videos.
Let’s now take a look at the possible winners in the fields for dance/electronic, Latin music, visual media (music for films/TV, etc..), production, and music video/film.
Wrapping up the predictions for the mainstream fields is Country. This field contain four categories: solo performance, group or duo, and the regular songwriters’ and album awards.
Bluegrass, folk, and Americana artists no longer compete here as they know have their own field: “American roots”. The result is a group of nominees that are strictly country, though some of them do have pop, rock, or blues influences.
Chris Stapleton dominates the field with three nods. Ashley Monroe and Little Big Town are in twice. The rest of the nominees only appear once.
I have decided to open a new section titled “Trippy Music Videos”. The name explains it all. It is going to come up whenever I am under the influence and watch a music video that boost a psychedelic trip.
“Freak” by Lana del Rey: California, the 70s, amazing cinematography
Now it is turn for the rap field which consists of four categories: rap-only performance, rap and sung collaboration and of course the regular songwriters’ and album’s awards.
Determining eligibility in the rap field is quite easy. Basically if you’re rapper, this is where you fit and that could be why the field has never been called “hip-hop”. Many hip-hop singers end up in R&B.
Unlike the rest of the mainstream fields, the R&B field have five categories instead of four. Similar to rock, it has a category for best performance, for a sub-genre performance (traditional R&B), songwriters’ award and two other categories for albums (R&B and urban contemporary).
Just like the category for Best Alternative Music Album, the Urban Contemporary Album is also hard to define. The Academy defines it as an award “for artists whose music includes the more contemporary elements of R&B and may incorporate production elements found in urban pop, urban Euro-pop, urban rock, and urban alternative”. In colloquial terms this Continue reading “58th GRAMMYs: Odds for the R&B field”→
The rock and alternative fields in the GRAMMYs tend to go hand-in-hand. Since there are no performance or songwriters’ awards in the alternative fields, most alternative artists have their songs submitted to rock.
Furthermore, it isn’t clear what the Academy considers “alternative”. It is defined as a “non-traditional” genre that exists “outside of the mainstream music consciousness”. In that case Beck who competed in the Alternative Music Album for years, was moved to the rock field last year. Jack White, as a member of the White Stripes, won three times the best alternative album category. His first solo album, however, competed Continue reading “58th GRAMMYs: Odds for the Rock & Alternative fields”→