MITMondays: Grammy's Recap
As we all know the Grammy's took place on this past Sunday. As usual there was an outcry regarding snubs but honestly this year I really couldn't complain about the results this year. Yea there was categories in which I thought someone else should've won but in most of those cases I could see how who ended winning was deserving as well. Since I agree with most of the winners I am only going to touch on the categories that made me raise an eyebrow so let's get into it.
Best Urban Contemporary Album
6LACK – Free 6LACK
Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!
Khalid – American Teen
SZA – Ctrl
The Weeknd – Starboy – WINNER
First things first, I am going to say I have no idea what exactly an urban contemporary album is. I've listen to all of the albums above and they sound like R&B albums to me. With that being said, based on the content of the albums Starboy definitely doesn't deserve to win this category. In all honesty, it is possible that Starboy is the worst album in this category. Maybe because I was holding The Weeknd to the standard of his previous but this one did not do it for me, maybe I'm just longing for The Weeknd of old. I personally would have liked to see Childish Gambino or SZA walk away with this Grammy. Both albums were borderline perfect and exceeded expectations that I had for them going in. 6LACK (pronounced Black) and Khalid also gave us solid debuts as well but not enough to be out Gambino and SZA.
Best Rap/Song Performance
6LACK – “Prblms”
Goldlink f/ Brent Faiyaz, Shy Glizzy – “Crew”
Jay Z f/ Beyoncé – “Family Feud”
Kendrick Lamar f/ Rihanna – “Loyalty” – WINNER
SZA f/ Travis Scott – “Love Galore”
I know a lot of you are shocked to see me disagree with this category but yes I don't think Kendrick had the best rap performance. Not to sound like a homer but seeing crew live was a way better experience than seeing Loyalty live. I actually saw Crew live at GoldLink's show in October where he brought out Brent and Shy Glizzy. The moment where he brought out Shy Glizzy was crazy and I am very hard pressed to find a better performance than that.
Best New Artist
Alessia Cara – WINNER
Lil Uzi Vert
Alessia Cara is a dope artist but I feel like I can't call her a new artist. Her only EP came out in 2015 two grammy cycles ago. I can only assume that this is based off a few singles she had this past cycle and the feature on Logic's 1-800-273-8255. Honestly outside of Khalid, none of these artists are new. I did learn that the RIAA considers an artist new based on when there first album drop so I can guess we can technically call them new artists. I was really pulling for SZA to bring this home with the success of her music as of late but you can't win them all. As Always...