My 2018 Grammy Awards Review

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The Grammys: arguably one of the most exciting and memorable events of every music fanatic’s new-year. It’s everything from the red carpet fashion, gossip and drama and the well-deserved (and sometimes not-so-well-deserved) wins and tragic losses. The Grammy’s allow a healthy extra dose of adrenaline and emotion into the everyday music-loving human’s life.

I don’t possess any qualification or high and all-mighty opinion, in fact, I’m just as regular as the man or women beside to me. But with my own personalised platform, a love for music and an unnecessary need to chuck in my two cents where it’s not needed, I felt that writing my own review of the 2018 Grammy’s could be a way to show others a different opinion… well that and I just need to vent about it. We have a LOT to catch up on. Get comfortable, this may take a while.

 

 

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Record of the Year

 

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Bruno Mars at The Grammy’s (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS)

 

Redbone” — Childish Gambino

Despacito” — Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber

The Story Of O.J.” — Jay-Z

HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar

WINNER: “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

 

My Opinion:

Everyone who knows me personally knows that I am a 110% obsessed with Bruno Mars. He has always been and always will be my favourite artist and human in the entire world. I’m going to try and be completely unbiased with it comes to Bruno, but keep in mind that this will be extremely difficult.

In terms of “Record of The Year”, I think it was a close call between “24K Magic” and “Humble”. They were both, arguably, the two songs that made everyone go crazy in 2017. However, if we are talking more of a general consensus, I think Humble was more of the 2017’s major anthem. If this came on at a house party, everyone would lose their DAMN. minds (see what I did there). Not saying that 24K Magic didn’t make people go off either because it totally did, but I think in terms of 2017 anthems, Humble was it.

 

Album of the Year

 

 

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“24K Magic” Album Cover by Bruno Mars

 

 

“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino

4:44 — Jay-Z

DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar

Melodrama — Lorde

WINNER: 24K Magic — Bruno Mars

 

My Opinion:

This one was such a tough call for me. All albums were so worthy (haven’t heard Jay-Z’s though, can’t judge on that one) and the competition was so tight. I do believe, however, that Lorde deserved to win this one. As Bruno’s die-hard fan, hear me out…

Lorde’s “Melodrama” was pure art and my absolute favourite album of 2017. Bruno and Lorde’s most recent albums are two of my favourite releases of ALL TIME (I feel like I’m having a “Yo, imma let you finish” moment here). Lorde’s album, however, actually came out in 2017, whereas Bruno’s was released in late 2016. I wonder how his album was still eligible to be in the running? Forgive me if I’m wrong, but isn’t it the best music of the previous year? I get that Bruno’s was released in the latter of the previous year and we couldn’t get a proper taste of the album in the span of two or three months, but comparing that to an album that came out in mid-2017 is strange.

Don’t get me wrong, Bruno completely deserved the award and I am so damn proud of him… but he won an additional 5 awards on top of “Best Album”. Lorde should have got this one I think, or at least something.

 

Song of The Year

 

 

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“That’s What I Like” Music Video by Bruno Mars

 

 

Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi, and Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber)

4:44” — Shawn Carter and Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)

Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels, and Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)

1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury, and Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic feat. Alessia Cara and Khalid)

WINNER: “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus, and Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

 

My Opinion:

 

(What’s the difference between song and record when all the artist’s from the “Song of The Year” are signed to Record Labels? Isn’t a song a record? Someone fill me in, I’m lost.)

 

As far as the song of the year goes, I feel like Despacito was a track that MADE 2017 what it was. It may be infamously annoying now, but when it first came out, the world went absolutely crazy for it. Everyone suddenly thought they could speak fluent Spanish because they could say about four words from the song (don’t act like this wasn’t you). But when you think about it, the Despacito that went viral wasn’t an original song, it was a remix. Justin Bieber was never on the original track with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, but added later in a newer release. The original song also got absolutely none of the recognition that it’s newer release got (obviously because Justin Bieber was on the second track singing in Spanish, aka every pre-teens wildest dream). On that note, I believe that Bruno deserved this win, purely on the fact that the song went viral from it’s initial release and didn’t need the support of a teen pop superstar to get it to the top of the charts.

Also shoutout to Logic and his track ““1-800-273-8255” for making the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline the title of an extremely successful track. It absolutely deserved so much more recognition than it received on Grammy’s night. Just think about it for a second… he made a song about suicide in a positive light and encouraged others to reach out for help, all while absolutely killing it on charts and making the song and message a pop culture, rap and general music icon. It is such a pure song with a much-needed message and I have such mad respect for that man.

 

Best New Artist

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Alessia Cara at The Grammy’s (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS)

 

WINNER: Alessia Cara

Khalid

Lil Uzi Vert

Julia Michaels

SZA

 

My Opinion:

This was, without a doubt, the hardest category for me to watch. Alessia Cara, Khalid and SZA all deserved this award just as much as each other and it pained me watching 2/3 not receive it as well.

Alessia started out singing covers on Youtube (if I remember correctly), so that would be a massive honour for Youtube and online content creators everywhere. She’s done such incredible things since her online days (Moana for one!) and has made a huge name for herself in the industry, which is obviously massively commendable, but SZA and Khalid have both changed the R’n’B game forever (Khalid is literally 19 and one of the most known names in the industry right now… insane).

Alessia did deserve it, but I wish Khalid and SZA could have been recognised too.

 

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Photo Collage by Rolling Stone Magazine (Invision/AP/REX Shutterstock, Victoria Will/Invision/AP, George Pimentel/Getty Images)

 

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

 

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Portugal. The Man at the Grammy’s (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

 

Something Just Like This” — The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

Despacito” — Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber

Thunder” — Imagine Dragons

WINNER: “Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man

Stay” — Zedd & Alessia Cara

 

My Opinion:

A very well-deserved win in my opinion. The song is fresh and unlike anything else in the music biz right now. In fact, I knew it was the winning track even before they won it. The group created their name off this banger of a track and I couldn’t be happier that they won their section. Stoked!

 

Best Pop Vocal Album

 

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Ed Sheeran (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

 

Kaleidoscope EP — Coldplay

Lust For Life — Lana Del Rey

Evolve — Imagine Dragons

Rainbow — Kesha

Joanne — Lady Gaga

WINNER: ÷ (Divide) — Ed Sheeran

 

My Opinion:

As much as I love Ed Sheeran, I think the award should have been Kesha’s. 2017 was her comeback and her single “Praying” was the start of a powerful sexual assault movement in the music industry. That’s just me though. Plus Ed couldn’t even be there to accept the award.

 

Best R&B Performance

 

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Bruno Mars performing at the Grammy’s (Photo by Rex Shutterstock)

 

Get You” — Daniel Caesar feat. Kali Uchis

Distraction” — Kehlani

High” — Ledisi

WINNER: “That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars

The Weekend” — SZA

 

My Opinion:

Sorry guys, but it was kinda obvious that Bruno would grab this award with both hands. As for performance, Bruno absolutely takes the cake compared to other R’n’B artists. He is a professional entertainer and absolutely excels at what he does. He never fails to blow any audience away with his superb vocals, high-energy dance moves, enthusiastic backing band and vocals, and of course, insane momenteum that he brings to the stage. He can get you up and dancing before the music even starts… and that’s saying something. If you live under a rock and have never seen a Bruno Mars performance, feel free to watch my all-time favourite performance down below.

 

Best Traditional R&B Performance

 

 

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Donald Glover a.k.a Childish Gambino at The Grammy’s (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

 

 

Laugh And Move On” — The Baylor Project

WINNER: “Redbone” — Childish Gambino

What I’m Feelin’” — Anthony Hamilton feat. the Hamiltones

All The Way” — Ledisi

Still” — Mali Music

 

My Opinion:

Look I have absolutely no idea who anyone in this category is except for Childish Gambino… so naturally, I’m over the moon that Donald won.

 

Best R&B Song

 

 

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Bruno Mars at the Grammy’s (Getty Images)

 

 

First Began” — PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton)

Location” — Alfredo Gonzalez, Olatunji Ige, Samuel David Jiminez, Christopher McClenney, Khalid Robinson, and Joshua Scruggs, songwriters (Khalid)

Redbone” — Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

Supermodel” — Tyran Donaldson, Terrence Henderson, Greg Landfair Jr., Solana Rowe, and Pharrell Williams, songwriters (SZA)

WINNER: “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus, and Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

 

My Opinion:

This one is hard because the songs in this category were all different types of “R’n’B”. If we’re being technical, Bruno’s was probably the most traditional version of the genre, whereas the others were in complete other sub-genres. I don’t know what to say really because I love all of the artists in here so much (except for Pj Morton, who the hell is that?). I did say earlier that SZA and Khalid deserved more recognition at The Grammy’s this year, so perhaps this would have been a good spot for “Location” or “Supermodel” to take the win.

 

Best Urban Contemporary Album

 

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The Weeknd (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

 

Free 6LACK — 6LACK

“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino

American Teen — Khalid

Ctrl — SZA

WINNER: Starboy — The Weeknd

 

My Opinion:

Another super hard section, but I think The Weeknd deserved this one. Starboy is one of his most recognised and iconic albums to date, plus the singles on it were straight fire. Big love to Abel! (even though he couldn’t physically be at the awards show this year).

 

Best R&B Album

 

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Bruno Mars and crew at The Grammy’s (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS)

 

Freudian — Daniel Caesar

Let Love Rule — Ledisi

WINNER: 24K Magic — Bruno Mars

Gumbo — PJ Morton

Feel The Real — Musiq Soulchild

 

My Opinion:

To be honest, the competition wasn’t too big in this section. Maybe because I only know 2/5 of the nominations. As much as I adore Daniel Caesar, I think Bruno is just a bit too big for him. However, I really hoped that Daniel would have been recognised at the show.

 

Best Rap Performance

 

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Kendrick Lamar at the Grammy’s (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invasion/AP/Rex/Shut)

 

Bounce Back” — Big Sean

Bodak Yellow” — Cardi B

4:44” — Jay-Z

WINNER: “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar

Bad And Boujee” — Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert

 

My Opinion:

I’m actually quite surprised that Cardi B didn’t get this one. Although I think that Kendrick definitely has a better stage presence, Cardi B’s “flavour of the month” phase has turned her into a pop culture sensation and I was so sure she would take this one home. Oh well, still super happy that Kendrick got it.

 

Best Rap Song

 

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Kendrick Lamar performing at The Grammy’s (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)

 

Bodak Yellow” — Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin, and J White, songwriters (Cardi B)

Chase Me” — Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins, and Jon Spencer, songwriters (Danger Mouse feat. Run the Jewels and Big Boi)

WINNER: “HUMBLE.” — Duckworth, Asheton Hogan, and M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

Sassy” — Gabouer and M. Evans, songwriters (Rapsody)

The Story Of O.J.” — Shawn Carter and Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)

 

My Opinion:

Could honestly just copy and paste my last opinion right into here too. Refer to the opinion above.

 

Best Rap Album

 

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Kendrick Lamar performing at The Grammy’s (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS)

 

4:44 — Jay-Z

WINNER: DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar

Culture — Migos

Laila’s Wisdom — Rapsody

Flower Boy — Tyler, The Creator

 

My Opinion:

In terms of an album, I think Kendrick did deserve this win. However, I do wish Tyler, The Creator got some more recognition for Flower Boy. That too was a fantastic album.

 

Best Pop Solo Performance

 

 

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Ed Sheeran (Getty images)

 

 

Love So Soft” — Kelly Clarkson

Praying” — Kesha

Million Reasons” — Lady Gaga

What About Us” — P!nk

WINNER: “Shape Of You” — Ed Sheeran

 

My Opinion:

Kesha and P!nk were robbed. Enough said.

 

Best Rap/Sung Performance

 

 

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Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar at The Grammy’s (Getty Images)

 

 

PRBLMS” — 6LACK

Crew” — Goldlink feat. Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy

Family Feud” — Jay-Z feat. Beyoncé

WINNER: “LOYALTY.” — Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna

Love Galore” — SZA feat. Travis Scott

 

My Opinion:

Yet another super touch section. Was kinda hoping SZA and Travis Scott or Goldlink would get this one if I’m honest, but of course, a good Kendrick & Rih Rih collab can do no wrong.

 

Let me know what your Grammy’s thought were! I’d love to hear them. See you guys same time next year!

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