It’s the biggest award of the night and often becomes the most memorable moment of any Grammys telecast. Moments like Arcade Fire taking a surprise win here, or Adele’s reluctance to even accept the award over Beyonce last year have been some of the most memorable times for me. This year is one of the strongest sets of albums in recent memory, with not a single dud in sight. Could it be one of the tightest Album of the Year races in Grammy history? Let’s take a look at the nominees and then see just how deserving each of these albums are in depth.
It was always typical of the Grammy Awards that when considering the Record of the Year and Song of the Year contenders to draw similar conclusions between the near identical lists for the track categories. Every few years though we see two very different lists of songs in each category, ideally proving the difference between a big hit and a well written song. This year sees just one song appear in both categories, with two other artists submitted different tracks for Record than they did here. Only one can win on the night, will it be the same as I predicted for Record?
2018 is one of the few year’s in recent memory when Best New Artist has been a pretty obvious collection of acts. Everyone here has garnered a nomination in at least one other category this year and with so much crossover between acts it’s a very difficult one to predict.
I made a promise to myself this year that I would finally return to an in depth look at the nominees of the big 4 categories, weighing up the chances that each nominee has and sharing more of my personal opinions on how deserving each would be of the trophy on the night. First up is Record of the Year which for the first time in nearly 4 decades sees no female act nominated.
In a year that saw some of my all time favourite acts make big comebacks, I take a look at the albums that made my year. 2017’s best albums features the likes of Jay-Z, Kelly Clarkson, Laura Marling and The xx.
2017 was a fantastic year for singles. For every surprise #1 hit there were countless underrated songs that pushed an artist to the limit. I pick my favourites from familiar faces like Calvin Harris, Kendrick Lamar and Lorde, while newer acts like Dua Lipa and Stormzy make a huge impact.
Concrete and Gold – Foo Fighters DAMN – Kendrick Lamar Evolve – Imagine Dragons The Weight of these Wings – Miranda Lambert ÷ – Ed Sheeran Alternatives: 24k Magic – Bruno Mars, American Dream – LCD Soundsystem, We Got It From Here… Thank You For Your Service – A Tribe Called Quest The 2018 Grammy Awards …