61st Grammy awards picks and notable snubs

The Grammy's have gone mainstream for 2019.

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61st Grammy awards picks and notable snubs

Jake Donadee, Senior Contributor

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The 61st Grammy Awards are early next year, but the nominations have recently been released. Many people criticized nominations last year, and this year is the same. Snubs are alive this year, especially in the rap category. Due to my lack of expertise in other categories, I will analyze the Rap and Overall Categories.

With the Album of the Year Nominees, a lot of questions popped into my head, like why Scorpion by Drake was even considered to be in the running. Any longtime Drake fan knows that Scorpion is probably his weakest performance since the start of his career. Beerbong’s and Bentley’s by Post Malone was a good follow up effort to Stoney, his last album, but it is far from deserving the best album of the year. Cardi B is a new name in the music industry, and had a great 2018. Her debut album Invasion of Privacy is also a nominee, but not for good reason. It is a super repetitive rap album that was controversial because most of the content was not written by her. Out of the nominees, I would probably have to pick the Black Panther Album or Dirty Computer, which are two albums that are filled with good content. Personally, I would have to pick Black Panther, but I can see the appeal to Dirty Computer by Janelle Monae.

Song of the year is another popular category, and features songs from many of the albums above. God’s Plan by Drake is up for the award, and it sure is a catchy song, but does not feature much depth at all. The other songs are mostly basic rap or pop songs. My choice for song of the year would be This is America by Childish Gambino, as it is a relevant song that features Donald Glover talking about America in its current state, especially within the African American community.

Rap Album of the Year snubbed two up and coming artists to appeal to the mainstream, which is almost non arguable. Scorpion and Invasion of Privacy are enjoyable projects as said before, but they are not worthy to be mentioned in the same breath as Kanye’s line of albums this year. Kids See Ghost, a collab album with Kanye and Kid Cudi, was arguably one of the best overall albums this year, pulling influences from all sorts of different pieces of music. Daytona by Pusha T is another great album, which is rightfully nominated, as it is beautifully produced by Kanye with slick and meaningful vocals from Pusha. Denzel Curry, an up and comer in the rap scene, released his debut album TA13OO in July, and it received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. In my personal opinion, I would give rap album of the year to Kids See Ghost, with Daytona and TA13OO as close runner ups. For rap song of the year, I would venture back and chose This is America again, for similar reasons as before. Sicko Mode would probably come in as a close second here, but there are multiple songs released this year that rival both these songs that were not nominated for the award.

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