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Re: The 2019 Grammys

Postby Franz Ferdinand » Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:11 pm

Alicia Keys will be the first female Grammy host in quite some time.

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Re: The 2019 Grammys

Postby Franz Ferdinand » Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:37 pm

A critical overview of the nominees can be found here.

The expansion of the main categories results in good and bad, as is to be expected. Much as I chafe against seeing mediocre streaming giants like Drake and Post Malone so well represented, I can't fault the Grammys for recognizing what the mainstream wants (ugh).

Album
For once I am rooting against Kendrick winning AOTY, because to win for the Black Panther soundtrack after his previous masterpieces lost would be...just wrong. Cardi B has proven to be more durable that we might have expected, and her album is a solid affair, but we would look back and say "really...?". Give this award to either Janelle Monae or Kacey Musgraves - both are among the actual best works of the year, though Kacey's album is slightly better (if only because Monae has done better in the past).

Record
I miss the monoculture. None of these songs are Great: "This Is America" is really not much without its incendiary video; "The Shallow" is made by the unshackling scream, but I can't recall a single moment outside of it; screw Drake and Post Malone and double-screw Zedd's EDM garbage; "All the Stars" is hardly Kendrick's best moment in a career of absurd greatness. I guess this could go to Cardi B's "stealing this song back" moment, or Brandi Carlile if only because I have not heard her song.

Song
Yuck. Pass.

Best New Artist
YUCK. Double pass. I will say that if Greta Van Fleet wins here, you can officially (after 20-something years), FINALLY, say that rock n' roll is truly dead. Fuck Greta Van Fleet. Also, look at the actual Rock categories and try not to vomit uncontrollably.

- After a long year of "poop scooping" and MAGA-ing, Kanye West gets a sole nod for Producer of the Year - Non-Classical. Gotta say, after his whirlwind Wyoming summer that birthed at least one fantastic album (Pusha T's DAYTONA, he deserves at least this much.
- T. Swift's long reign of terror appears to be over after she released YET another mediocrity.
- Curiously missing is U2, a Grammy mainstay whose latest mediocre work begged to be nominated.
- Ariana Grande's Sweetener was one of the biggest critical mainstream hits of the year, and she has generally been heavy in the pop culture conversation - where is she?
- Pretty happy to see the Electronic Album category recognize SOPHIE and Jon Hopkins, and to see a Metal nomination for Deafheaven.
- Best Alternative Album (usually one of my favorite categories because it corresponds to what I listen to) is mired in stasis and looks like it's out of the late 90's: a knee-jerk nod for Beck's so-so yacht-rock album? Bjork's latest (only mildly deserving)? Some rote nominations for Arctic Monkeys and St. Vincent? Has this scene really stagnated so much?

Overall, underwhelmed by the Grammys as usual. Any place that sees fit to nominate utter dreck like Post Malone and Greta Van Fleet can kindly toss off.

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The 2019 Grammys

Postby anonymous1980 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:34 am

The nominees for those of you who are interested.

I've forgotten they expanded the Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist to EIGHT nominees.


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