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?
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.
A category that is much easier to find potential nominees for, narrowing down Record Of The Year to just 5 songs is much tougher. Last year saw Get Lucky and Blurred Lines miss out on Song Of The Year nominations, despite the former winning the award for Record; success in both categories is often not a sure thing. There have been quite a few big hits in the last 12 months, so a few of them may not even make the cut here.
Jay-Z, Beyoncé, On The Run Tour 2014. It’s something that was bound to happen, it wasn’t a matter of if the biggest couple in music would hit the road together, it was a matter of when. Jay-Z isn’t a stranger to a joint headline tour, heading out alongside R Kelly, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and …
10) Lorde – Royals The most unexpected hit of 2013 finds itself in my top 10 of 2013. A 16 year old girl from New Zealand, Lorde defied all expectations when Royals topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The message is simple, we don’t need all your fancy things to have a …