Grammys 2017: My picks

People have mixed feelings about the Grammys, especially when it comes to hip-hop and thinking that the voters are out of touch with the genre. Regardless, it is a big music award show, and per usual I have my picks. You can check them out and a playlist below.

Album of the year:

“25” — Adele

“Lemonade” — Beyoncé

“Purpose” — Justin Bieber

“Views” — Drake

“A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” — Sturgill Simpson

I have a hard time between Adele and Beyonce. “25” was great and record breaking, but “Lemonade” was a cultural phenomena. But the vocals and song writing were stronger on “25.”

Record of the year:

“Hello” — Adele

“Formation” — Beyoncé

“7 Years” — Lukas Graham

“Work” — Rihanna featuring Drake

“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

Keep in mind record of the year considers both performance and production. I feel like “Formation” was a better record out of all of these.

Song of the year:

“Formation” — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)

“Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)

“I Took a Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)

“Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)

“7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

The songwriters award, I would go with “Hello.”  “Love Yourself” and “7 Years” are definitely contenders to me as well.

Best new artist:

Kelsea Ballerini

The Chainsmokers

Chance the Rapper

Maren Morris

Anderson .Paak

Chance is probably not going to win this because he’s not obscure or commercial enough. But his previous work, “Coloring Book,” and his song writing for “The Life Of Pablo” I think he’s a good choice.

Best pop vocal album:

“25” — Adele

“Purpose” — Justin Bieber

“Dangerous Woman” — Ariana Grande

“Confident” — Demi Lovato

“This Is Acting” — Sia

Vocally Adele is the strongest. No further debate about it.

Best dance/electronic album:

“Skin” — Flume

“Electronica 1: The Time Machine” — Jean-Michel Jarre

“Epoch” — Tycho

“Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future” — Underworld

“Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII” — Louie Vega

I was familiar with Flume’s songs because I knew “Never Be Like You,” but I became for familiar with him after Lollapalooza. I’ve listen to the whole “Skin” album and think its great dance album with awesome collaborations.

Best urban contemporary album:

“Lemonade” — Beyoncé

“Ology” — Gallant

“We Are King” — King

“Malibu” — Anderson .Paak

“Anti” — Rihanna

At first I actually chose “Lemonade” and I hated myself for doing that. While I think its a great album, I feel like there are some more interesting choices in this category. I feel like “Malibu” is the most underrated album of the year and includes so many cool elements, with Anderson’s vocals, the instruments and the song writing. “Anti” is also a good choice.

Best rap performance:

“No Problem” — Chance the Rapper featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

“Panda” — Desiigner”Pop Style” — Drake Featuring the Throne
“All the Way Up” — Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared
“That Part” — Schoolboy Q featuring Kanye West

 

You know I love Chance, but I think the delivery on “THat Part” by both performers was better.

Best song written for visual media:

“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” — Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar). Track from: “Trolls”

“Heathens” — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots). Track from: “Suicide Squad”

“Just Like Fire” — Oscar Holter, Max Martin, P!nk & Shellback, songwriters (P!nk). Track from: “Alice Through the Looking Glass”

“Purple Lamborghini” — Shamann Cooke, Sonny Moore & William Roberts, songwriters (Skrillex & Rick Ross). Track from: “Suicide Squad”

“Try Everything” — Mikkel S. Eriksen, Sia Furler & Tor Erik Hermansen, songwriters (Shakira). Track from: “Zootopia”

“The Veil” — Peter Gabriel, songwriter (Peter Gabriel). Track from: “Snowden”

I feel like what makes a song written for visual media great is when it can stand on its own and integrate within the visual media it is for. I feel like “Heathens” did the perfectly.

Best music video:

“Formation” — Beyoncé

“River” — Leon Bridges

“Up & Up” — Coldplay

“Gosh” — Jamie XX

“Upside Down & Inside Out” — OK Go

It was a visually appealing song that was a great prelude to what the “Lemonade” movie would eventually be.

Producer of the year, non-classical:

Benny Blanco

Greg Kurstin

Max Martin

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Ricky Reed

A neat way for dvsn to be honored, but I know Max Martin will win.

Best pop duo/group performance

“Closer” — The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey

“7 Years” — Lukas Graham

“Work” — Rihanna featuring Drake

“Cheap Thrills” — Sia Featuring Sean Paul

“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

“Culcha Vulcha” — Snarky Puppy

“Closer” might win since its always been high on the charts, but I think “Work” is a better choice. I wouldn’t be mad at “7 Years” winning either.

Best R&B performance

“Turnin’ Me Up” — BJ the Chicago Kid

“Permission” — Ro James

“I Do” — Musiq Soulchild

“Needed Me” — Rihanna

“Cranes In the Sky” — Solange

 I wouldn’t be mad if any of these win, but I feel like Rihanna showed off her vocals more on “Anti” and that this song was a good representation of that.

Best R&B song

“Come See Me” — J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor featuring Drake)

“Exchange” — Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller)

“Kiss It Better” — Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna)

“Lake by the Ocean” — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)

“Luv” — Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez)

This category is for the songwriters of the song, and I feel like lyrically “Exchange” is one of my favorite R&B song, and over song, of the year.
Best rap/sung performance

“Freedom” — Beyoncé featuring Kendrick Lamar

“Hotline Bling” — Drake

“Broccoli” — D.R.A.M. featuring Lil Yachty

“Ultralight Beam” — Kanye West featuring Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & the-Dream

“Famous” — Kanye West featuring Rihanna

A great cohesive mix of rap and sung parts.

Best rap song

“All the Way Up” — Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie & Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared)

“Famous” — Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West featuring Rihanna)

“Hotline Bling” — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)

“No Problem” — Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance the Rapper featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)

“Ultralight Beam” — Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico “Donnie Trumpet” Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West featuring Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & the-Dream)

This reward is for the songwriters. I would definitely pick “Ultralight Beam,” which I view as the best song of any type of the year.  The writing and emotion is amazing.

Best rap album

“Coloring Book” — Chance the Rapper

“And the Anonymous Nobody” — De La Soul

“Major Key” — DJ Khaled

“Views” — Drake

“Blank Face LP” — Schoolboy Q

“The Life of Pablo” — Kanye West

I doubt he will win because for some odd reason “Views” is popular, but “Coloring Book” was a great “debut” of Chance to the masses.

Chance The Rapper 2016 TV Performances

In anticipation of Chance The Rapper closing out SNL for the year again, here is a look back on all of Chance The Rapper’s TV performances this year.

What are you hoping he performs on SNL?

February
“Ultralight Beam”


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July
ESPYs

August
Good Morning America
“Summer Friends”

September
Ellen
“No Problem”

October
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
“Blessings (Reprise)”

November
BBC Radio 1
“Feel No Ways (Drake Cover)”

“All We Got”

JoJo, Alessia Cara and JinJoo from DNCE perform an acoustic version of “I Can Only” In the Bathroom

JoJo and Alessia Cara perform their song “I Can Only” from JoJo’s album “Mad Love.” acoustically with JinJoo from DNCE. I actually think the song sounds way better acoustically. It shows off their vocals, and I think it sends the message of the song even better.

Watch them perform this song in the bathroom, with Alessia wearing the Beyonce “Sleigh All Day” holiday set.

Chance The Rapper’s Bath Time Playlist (Spotify Version)

Chance The Rapper released a playlist of his favorite songs to listen to while taking a bath, a luxury he doesn’t get to indulge in all the time.

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He treated his followers with a video of him singing Frank Ocean’s “Self Control” in the bath tub. He also showed off his mega speakers that he uses during bath tub.

While I’m more likely to listen though my iPhone speakers or bluetooth speakers, it will be nice to take some time out to take a bath with a bath bomb and this playlist.

Do you have a favorite bathroom time song? I like to listen to “Strawberry Bubblegum” by Justin Timberlake while brushing my teeth.

Jeremih calls out PARTYNEXTDOOR at Dallas Summer’s Over tour stop

Dude, WTF. So another chapter in the Jeremih & PARTYNEXTDOOR beef. Which has to be one of the lamest beef ever…because they are R&B singers, and literally on a tour together. Anyway, I find this to be hilarious.

So as I previously discussed, Jeremih only performed three songs at his hometown, Chicago, tour stop. He then tweeted alluding to issues backstage. He then allegedly had a body double perform for him in Houston…a body double…performing for him…yeah. I can’t make this stuff up, nor can I confirm it.

Anyway, he then goes out in Houston and calls out PARTY. Some highlights include

“PARTYNEXTDOOR and his crew are some bitch ass niggas. Now tell me that. Tell me what I said now?”

“Pepper spray me now. This ni**a been trying to stop me since this tour started. He can’t stop me!”

 

He then plays “oui,” the perfect song to end any threat with.

I like Jeremih a lot.  I also like PARTY. But man, this is all so messy. And hilarious. But also annoying because we came to see you both perform.

All the Drake lyrics that were said during season 1 of Insecure

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The pilot episode of HBO features Daniel saying “every black girl that went to college likes Drake” with Issa says “he just really gets us!”  The Insecure writers must have thought that Drake really got the show as well, since his lyrics are featured in dialogue in each episode. Check out below for each Drake quote from Episode 2-8.

Episode 2

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“Nails done, hair done, everything did” – “Fancy”

Episode 3

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“Very important and very pretentious” -“Back 2 Back”

Episode 4

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“Watch you do work while I’ll sit back” -“Faithful”

Episode 5

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“Now you tryna to make me feel a way on purpose”  -“Feel No Ways”

Episode 6

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“I’m searching for these words to say to you” -“Redemption”

Episode 7

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“…and really I think I like who I’m becoming” -“Crew Love”

Episode 8

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“Turn my birthday into a lifestyle” -“Pop Style”

PARTYNEXTDOOR and Jeremih’s Summer’s Over Tour Chicago stop becomes awkward with Jeremih’s performance being cut short

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I was really excited to go to the Summer’s Over Chicago tour stop with headliners Jeremih and PARTYNEXTDOOR. I like both of their music a lot, I think they are a great match and I was hoping they would perform some new songs together because Jeremih had mentioned they were working on an album together.

So I went to this concert to see two headliners and only saw one. I didn’t come late. Allegedly Jeremih did. I heard rumblings among the crowd that Jeremih wasn’t even here at about 8:30, and his set time was at 7:50. When PARTY came on at 9 and I heard the show was suppose to end at 10, I assumed Jeremih wasn’t going to come out at all.  A pretty sticky situation for people that have been waiting hours and paid for two acts, but PARTYNEXTDOOR show was amazing.

I didn’t know what to expect from PND’s set. It’s not like he dances or anything, and his music is a bit moody so I wasn’t sure how it was going to transition on stage. What was presented was actually this really intricate laser show that lit up the entire stage. I was impressed, not only because it was visually appealing, but also because although he was surrounded  by these lasers, he had the stage presence to stand out among the theatrics.  Also, the images on the screen in the backdrop (women, dripping moons) it seemed like we were transported in the mind space PARTY wanted us to be in.

The show is going great; PARTY is performing songs from all three albums, including my favorite “Break From Toronto” from the first “PARTYNEXTDOOR.” The concert seems to be coming to an end and then…Jeremih comes out! And its awkward, mostly because its confusing. He comes out saying that it was only right for him to come out, you don’t know what goes on backstage. Only right for you to come out..you are a headliner. Literally it is only right for you to come out because that is what was promised. This is your hometown show. After performing “Planez” they cut out his sound and turn off the lights. He kept talking and then he performed “Don’t Tell ‘Em”  after they turned back on the lights and sound.  In between songs he talked about not letting people control your destiny and how they hate that he his performing right now. After performing “oui” he tried to go into “Body” but then his sound was cut out again. He screams that “they are some haters, fuck y’all” throws his mic and leaves.  So. Awkward. PARTYNEXTDOOR then comes out and performs “Come and See Me” and then that’s the end of the show.

People were angry, obviously. Some were confused. It was weird and not explained at all.

Jeremih then touched on it by on Twitter:

According to tweets, Jeremih didn’t show up for the Detroit show and the South Carolina tour stop was canceled early in November.

Whatever is going on, lets hope everything is resolved for the rest of the tour.

See pictures from PARTYNEXTDOOR’s set below.

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