Grammys

2015’s Kendrick Lamar-Dominated Nominations Prove the Grammys Can Only Handle One Rapping Pop Star at a Time

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’Tis the season for Grammy nominations, and the subsequent kvetching that follows their announcement. This year’s darlings are the odd couple of Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar, who will undoubtedly be performing their hit “Bad Blood” from Swift’s 1989 at this year’s ceremony. Lamar scored a stunning 11 nominations, with a nod in every rap category, plus Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and even Best Dance Recording, for his feature on Flying Lotus’ “Never Catch Me.”
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Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and the Weeknd Lead 58th Annual Grammy Awards Nominees

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The nominations for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards were announced this morning, with Kendrick Lamar getting the (preliminary) awards recognition he deserves — leading with a near-unprecedented 11 nominations — and the Weeknd and Taylor Swift each scoring seven. (There was also some overlap to seemingly award the continued non-flirtation between Lamar and Swift, as both were nominated for their “Bad Blood” collaboration.)
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It’s Not Just About Beck and Beyoncé: Grammy Album of the Year Is a Flawed Award

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By now you may have heard Kanye West’s thoughts regarding last night’s Album of the Year Grammy win for Beck, that Beyoncé was robbed again at the hands of a white music industry that’s “disrespectful to inspiration,” that “smack[s] people in their face after they deliver monumental feats of music.” These are salacious sound bites indeed, and they’re only enhanced by Kim Kardashian’s, “Uh oh, don’t let this be another ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people’ moment” face. And really, Kanye isn’t wrongnot even Beck thinks so.
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It’s On Them: The Grammys Need to Practice What They Preach About Domestic and Sexual Violence

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Following last year’s mass gay marriage, the Grammys got political again during last night’s ceremony. Beyoncé, Common, and John Legend honored Selma and all that the film represents, while Prince shouted out “Black Lives Matter” from the stage. Sam Smith thanked the man who inspired all his love songs, in the process acknowledging his sexual orientation in pop’s most public arena. Most pointedly, Katy Perry, President Obama, and activist Brooke Axtell presented a three-part PSA and performance against domestic violence and sexual assault. It was a touching gesture, but with Chris Brown, R. Kelly, and Eminem all up for (and, in some cases, winning) awards last night, it also felt disingenuous coming from an Academy — and an industry — that continues to support real assailants.
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Grammys 2015: Who Should Win vs. Who Will Win

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From Beyoncé singing Martin Luther King’s favorite gospel song to Kanye, Rihanna, and Paul McCartney teaming up for what is sure to be a performance dripping in denim, this Sunday’s Grammys offer a number of reasons to watch that have little to do with the awards themselves. But most importantly, between inter-generational collaborations that no one asked for, the Recording Academy will give out statues, many of them to the same group of superstars they recognize every year. He, we weigh artistic merit versus the past voting habits of Grammy voters to name who should win — and predict who actually …Read More