Surprises and Snubs From the 2018 Grammy Nominations

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The nominees for the 2018 Grammys were nominated, and I was pleasantly surprised by the diverse group of nominees.  At the same time, some work that I thought should have been nominated weren’t. Check out the biggest surprises and snubs of the 2018 Grammy nominees.

Surprise: Jay-Z Nominations in The Big 4

The Big 4 refers to the categories that reach all genres, include Record, Song and Album of The Year and Best New Artist. Of course, Jay could not be nominated for Best New Artist, but 4:44 is nominated for Album of The Year, “4:44” is nominated for Song of The Year, and “The Story of O.J.” is nominated for Record of The Year. While I wasn’t surprised that Jay was nominated in rap categories, and it wasn’t totally unexpected that he was nominated as Album of The Year, the Song and Record of The Year nomination threw me off. Usually these categories don’t have a lot of rap songs, but also, the fact that he was nominated for two different songs is pretty amazing. Usually, the song for the same artist overlaps in the two categories (example this year being “Despacito”). Very exciting that his most confessional and personal work in years was recognized in this matter.

Surprise: 6lack’s Nominations:

6lack is nominated this year in the Best Urban Contemporary Album for Free 6lack and for Best Rap/Sung Performance for “PRBLMS.” No offense at all to 6lack, but he is a highly acclaimed artist that just isn’t Grammy bait. While he doesn’t consider himself to be rapper, that fact that the Grammys also acknowledged this and nominated his album for Urban Contemporary Album instead of a rap album is a major step forward. Last year, Drake was upset for winning Best Rap Song for “Hotline Bling” which isn’t a rap song. These nominations show that the Grammys might be understanding the nuances of urban music and listening to less mainstream artists.

Surprise: Lorde’s Nomination For Album of The Year

It’s not surprising that Lorde is nominated for a Grammy, but its surprising that she is nominated for Album of The Year but no other award.  All other nominees in this category are nominated for something else, so its a bit confusing to celebrate an entire body of work in the highest category but no songs specifically.

Snub: Kehlani not being nominated for SweetSexySavage

I’m biased since this is probably my favorite album of the year, but I thought she would get a nomination for Urban Contemporary Album, especially since her mixtape was nominated two years ago.

Snub: DJ Khaled ft Rhianna and Bryson Tiller’s “Wild Thoughts” not nominated 

This was a pretty huge song from a big album so I’m pretty thrown off that it was not at least nominated for Best R&B Performance.

Snub: Calvin Harris not nominated for Funk Wav Theory Vol. 1 or “Slide”

I thought Funk Wav Theory Vol.1 was Calvin Harris’ best album to date with a lot of hit singles, so I’m surprised it wasn’t nominated in the Dance/Electronic category. Also I thought “Slide” would be nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

Which Grammy nominations surprised you this year? Who do you think was snubbed?

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Ed Sheeran Talks About Girlfriend Cherry Seaborn on Taylor Swift’s End Game

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Ed Sheeran verse on his song with Taylor Swift is about his own “end game,” his girlfriend of two years Cherry Seaborn. Check out the telling lyrics below.

Now well, when I was young, we connected
When we were little bit older, both sprung

Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn first met when they were 11 back in Ireland, but she moved to North Carolina to attend Duke University. They reconnected through a mutual friend who was working on his tour.

After the storm, something was born on the 4th of July

Ed Sheeran has mentioned that Taylor Swift’s 2015 4th of July party is their anniversary.

After professing his undying love on the track, I wonder if a marriage proposal is next.

Xscape’s interview on Watch What Happens Live Is The Most Awkward Thing I’ve Ever Seen And I Love It

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Recently united girl group Xscape came on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live after the second episode of their four part docuseries on the network, and it was so cringeworthy. While Watch What Happens is usually a very light late night show gossiping about Housewives, Andy stepped on some land mines and tender spots while asking questions with the group. Some highlights include:

Kandi calling out Tiny about her and Tip being together

The facial expressions! The lies! Kandi smelled the b.s. and called out it immediately. I’m happy they are back together though, they have a beautiful family and seem to love each other.
Xscape existing without Kandi
When Andy asked if they were making new music together, everyone except Kandi said they were. When Andy followed up with if they are performing that’s when things got even more awkward.  They might need to make a quick legal decision about the name rights.
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So Kandi admits that she slept with Jermaine Durpi, but not his dad.

Tamika talks about being pressured to get an abortion

This is more so sad than awkward. At least they were honest about the past.
And here is the after show with more shade

Overall, I just hope that the tour goes smoothly and that Tiny and Kandi, who have remained good friends over the years, stay that way.

Taylor Swift Announces Tour Dates for ‘reputation’ North American tour

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On the heels of the Friday release of her latest album, ‘reputation,’ Taylor Swift has announced the dates for the tour to support the album. A stadium tour, Taylor will be playing sport arenas around the country.  This explains why we don’t see a date for a major city like, New York City, because NYC does not have a stadium within the city.

Tickets go on sale December 13, Taylor’s birthday. However, the deadline to join the Taylor Swift Tix program, the way to get in line for tickets, is November 28. Join the program here and see the dates below.

International tour dates, such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand will be announced at a later date.

May 8 – Glendale, AZ @ University of Phoenix Stadium
May 12 – Santa Clara, CA @ Levi’s Stadium
May 19 – Pasadena, CA @ Rose Bowl
May 22 – Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field
May 25 – Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field At Mile High
June 2 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
June 30 – Louisville, KY @ Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
July 7 – Columbus, OH @ Ohio Stadium
July 10 – Washington, DC @ FedEx Field
July 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
July 17 – Cleveland, OH @ First Energy Stadium
July 21 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
July 28 – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium
August 4 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
August 7 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field
August 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Mercedes-Benz Stadium
August 14 – Tampa, FL @ Raymond James Stadium
August 18 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
August 25 – Nashville, TN @ Nissan Stadium
August 28 – Detroit, MI @ Ford Field
September 01 – Minneapolis, MN @ U.S. Bank Stadium
September 08 – Kansas City, MO @ Arrowhead Stadium
September 15 – Indianapolis, IN @ Lucas Oil Stadium
September 18 – St. Louis, MO @ The Dome at America’s Center
September 22 – New Orleans, LA @ Mercedes-Benz Superdome
September 29 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium
October 6 – Arlington, TX @ AT&T Stadium

WGCI Announces Big Jam 2017 Line up

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WGCI announced its line up for its annual concert, The Big Jam. Returning to headline again is Chris Brown, who headlined last year. With a new album out with 45 songs and his already extensive catalog, he has a lot of songs to choose from. Other artists on the line up include Rick Ross, Yo Gotti, Playboi Carti, Jacquees and G Herbo.

I’ve seen Yo Gotti live a few times, ad he definitely has club hits that are fun to experience live.  While this line up is good so far, I’m curious about who else will be announced.

You can purchase tickets for the show here.

Where To Listen to Taylor Swift’s “reputation” for free online

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While its a fact that Taylor Swift’s newest album “reputation” will be released tomorrow, there has been no official word if the album will be available on streaming services, and for how long it will be off streaming services if they do decide to first only do a physical release.

However, what we know for sure is that it will be available on the iHeartRadio app for free tomorrow.  They made this announcement on social media, making it the first known place where you can stream “reputation” tomorrow.

Will you be buying “reputation” tomorrow or just waiting for it to stream?

UPDATE:

You can listen to “reputation” radio here.

Shea Serrano Names The Most Important Songs of 2015-2017 in his Reddit AMA

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Shea Serrano, my personal King of Twitter and the leader of the FOH Army, did a Reddit AMA to promote his new book, “Basketball (And Other Things).” A Reddit user asked him if he could add additional years to his book, “The Rap Yearbook,” (it only went up to 2014) what songs he would choose from 2015-2017. His choices were:

2015: Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”
2016: Desiinger’s “Panda” or Migos “Bad and Boujee”
2017: Possibly Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow”

Interesting choices for most important song. I read the book, so I know its essential to have the argument to support the choices, and while I agree with 2015 and don’t have a decision on 2017 yet, I think I would pick Chance The Rapper’s “No Problem” for most important song of 2016. Chance showed that an independent artist can exist and have mainstream opportunities without the backing of a label.  Also, this song and artist did influence the Grammys to change the rules allowing streaming albums to qualify for nominations.

 

 

Before Insecure, Frank Ocean was the soundtrack of a Gossip Girl episode

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Insecure has been dropping Frank Ocean lyrics in every episode of Season 2, but this isn’t the first time that Frank Ocean has been featured on a TV show. Back in 2012, during the finale season of Gossip Girl and after the release of his debut album, Channel Orange, Frank Ocean’s music was featured on the popular show.  This was the first and only time a Gossip Girl episode featured music from only one artist, and the first time Frank Ocean  music was featured on television.

The songs that were featured were “Super Rich Kids,” “Lost,” “Sweet Life,” “Pyramids,”  and “Thinkin ‘Bout You.”

Check out a playlist for this episode below:

What is your favorite Gossip Girl moment? What is your favorite song from Channel Orange.

All The Frank Ocean Lyrics from Insecure Season 2

As I guessed early in the season, Frank Ocean lyrics have been in each episode of Season 2 since Episode 2. Following the same structure as the Drake lyrics from last season, each lyric is subtly apart of each episode. Check out the lyrics for each episode, and click here for the Drake lyrics from last season.

Episode 1

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As I stated in a previous post, Lawrence ask where the Frank Ocean pillow is, and Issa says she spilled something on it.

Episode 2

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“She’s working at the Pyramid tonight.”-Pyramids

Episode 3

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“I’ve got to tell you how much I vibe with you” -Solo

Episode 4

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“My waves wouldn’t dip back then,” -Ivy

“Fuck me good, fuck me long, fuck me numb” -Novacane

Episode 5

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“I’ve been thinking ’bout you,” -Thinkin Bout You

Episode 6

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“Shut the fuck up, I don’t want your conversation” -Nights

Episode 7

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“Lost in the heat of it all”-Lost

Episode 8

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“Too many bottles of this wine we can’t pronounce”-Super Rich Kids

Red Bull SoundSelect announces 30 Days in Chicago concert series

Red Bull SoundSelect is known for its monthly concerts highlighting both new and established artists, but in November it will host a 30 day concert series in Chicago.

I’m beyond excited about this. It like having an extra long music festival in the colder months.

The lineup is incredible too. Check out the lineup here, but some of my favorite include Khalid, Kehlani and Smino.

You need to be a Red Bull SoundSelect member to buy tickets, and according the Chicago Tribune tickets will be around $15 and will be a limit of 2 tickets per member.

Who are you most excited to see? While considering what shows you are buying tickets for, check out the this playlist for 30 Days In Chicago made by Red Bull.