MITMondays: The Grammys Actually Got It Right

MITMondays: The Grammys Actually Got It Right

In recent years the Grammy's have given us questionable nominees and questionable winners as well. With the upcoming Grammy's, we might see a change in that. For the first time in a while according to many, myself included, the Grammy's got it right. There might have been 1 or 2 names left out but let's be real, nobody's perfect. From album of the year to rap song of the year, I am satisfied with the RIAA's choices this year.

First, let's start with the Best Urban Contemporary Album. Surprisingly, I have listened to every album in this category and I must say they pretty much got it correct. The nominees are as listed:

  • "Awaken, My Love" — Childish Gambino
  • Ctrl — SZA
  • American Teen — Khalid
  • Starboy — The Weeknd
  • FREE 6LACK — 6LACK

All of these albums were solid in my opinion. Personally I believe Starboy wasn't Grammy worthy. Sampha's Process should replace Starboy. Process was a very smooth album that was my introduction to a full Sampha project. Prior to this I've only heard him on features and it was great to see him piece together an album. The two favorites to win this Grammy are "Awaken, My Love" and Ctrl. Childish was solid project that I loved which started my R&B kick. Redbone might have been the song of 2016 as well. Ctrl was my favorite R&B of 2017. I can still listen to this album straight through with no skips today. Go Gina was a gem in my opinion.

Next was the Best Rap Song and the nominees are:

  • Cardi B — "Bodak Yellow
  • Kendrick Lamar — "HUMBLE"
  • JAY-Z — "The Story of O.J."
  • Danger Mouse — "Chase Me ft. Run The Jewels & Big Boi"
  • Rapsody — "Sassy"

It was great to see Rapsody get some love from the RIAA. It was interesting to see the Sassy get the nod instead of Power but I'm still glad to see her get the nod. Another surprise was the Danger Mouse nod. I had to go and do some homework to realize how deserving this song was of the nod. The Story of O.J. was great but it boils down to the HUMBLE and Bodak Yellow. As big of a Kendrick fan I am, I would be wrong to say Bodak Yellow wasn't the song of the year. Honestly if Cardi B doesn't win this award the Grammy's cancelled.

After that we have Best Rap Album and the nominees are:

  • 4:44 — JAY-Z
  • DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
  • Culture — Migos
  • Laila's Wisdom — Rapsody
  • Flower Boy — Tyler, The Creator

As previously mentioned, I'm happy to see Rapsody to get some love. It's only right the Migos got the nod seeing the success and growth they had over the past year. Jay-Z blessed with some gems and dropped some knowledge on how to maneuver life. When Damn dropped it is my Rap album of the year. Kung Fu Kenny bodied that album only giving me one song that I didn't like. Now I firmly believe that Flower Boy is the rap album of the year. Everything from the content, to the beats, to the features and how well put together the album was. If you listen to The Bassline Podcast you would know that I believe that Tyler had the best album of year.

Lastly, Album of the Year and the Nominees are:

  • "Awaken, My Love" — Childish Gambino
  • 4:44 — JAY-Z 
  • DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
  • Melodrama — Lorde
  • 24k Magic — Bruno Mars

In all honesty I haven't heard Lorde's album but it can't be up there with 24K Magic and DAMN. These two projects were the best out of the five and I would not be mad if either of those took home the Grammy. Consquently, I believe that Flower Boy or SZA (preferably Flower Boy) should have been on this list. This is coming as one of the few snubs I have for this year's Grammy's.

At the end of the day, the RIAA did right in my book. I didn't cover the performance section because I honestly don't know what that is. Like what is the criteria to get nominated for this section? There  really aren't any major snubs that would be an outrage to me or anybody with some sort of music knowledge. I must say Q-Tip has a point with what he said about the Tribe album but I just can't see that album taking on the names that are on the list. Cardi B must win song of the year or I really can't rock with the Grammy's anymore. Also, shout out to Goldlink, Shy Glizzy and Brent Faiyaz for the well deserve Grammy nod for Crew. As always...

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