Opinion - Grammy Award Nominations


The nominations for the 60th GRAMMY Awards were announced this week. We asked Steve Taylor-Bryant to pick a few favourites. This may not have been a good idea...

Do I want to give my thoughts and predictions for this years Grammy awards, I was asked. No, I replied. Billy Joel hasn’t released an album since 1993 so I don’t bother with the event anymore, an explanation that drew a blank look on the face opposite me in the office (by the way, when a sentence starts with “let me rephrase this” it is not going to end well for anyone.) So here I am, sat at my desk with all the Grammy nominated artists spread out in front of me and very few of the names are familiar. I haven’t ever been ‘down wit da yoof’, and if I was it would have been in around 1987, so you’ll have to forgive me if I don’t mention every category [Thank goodness, there's 84! - Ed] but my soul is already dying trying to work out what the difference between New Age Jazz Ensemble and Contemporary Bluegrass Jazz duo is [they aren’t the category names, I knew you’d fallen asleep - Ed]. So I’ll mention categories that I recognise words in, I’ll pick winners from these categories but I warn you they will be artists I’ve actually heard of so don’t use my predictions down the bookies as they will be wrong, and once I can’t be bothered to type out more categories then I’ll just list some worthy folk.


Best New Artist

Alessia Cara
Khalid
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels
SZA


I’ve got to go for Khalid here. Not because I’ve heard of any of the artists but because the name reminds me of The Great Khali, a WWE wrestler.



Record of the Year

Redbone - Childish Gambino
Despacito - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Whatshisface [Bieber. Now who is being childish - Ed]
Humble - Kendrick Lamar
The Story of O.J. - Jay Z
24k Magic - Bruno Mars

I’ve actually heard of some of these folk! Jay Z is the rap dude that was in Linkin Park for a while or something, but I’m selecting Childish Gambino for the win because Nate McKenzie has heard of him and he’s the coolest guy I know [you need more/better friends - Ed]



Album of the Year

Awaken My Love - Childish Gambino
4:44 - Jay Z
Damn - Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama - Lorde
24k Magic - Bruno Mars

I’ll actually take this segment seriously as I know this is the big prize. I also think my choice to win has a good chance. Lorde.



Rock Performance

You Want it Darker - Leonard Cohen
The Promise - Chris Cornell
Run - Foo Fighters
No Good - Kaleo
Go To War - Nothing More

This is a tough one. Foo Fighters are the hot young thing I’m led to understand, Chris Cornell’s sad passing affected lots of us and should probably get it on that note, but I can’t see a list with Leonard Cohen on it and not vote for him.



Rock Album

Emperor of Sand - Mastodon
Hardwired... To Self Destruct - Metallica
The Stories We Tell Ourselves - Nothing More
Villains - Queens of the Stone Age
A Deeper Understanding - The War On Drugs

What, no Bon Jovi? That sucks. Although Queens of the Stone Age are incredibly awesome so let’s go for them.



Rap Album

4:44 - Jay Z
Damn. - Kendrick Lamar
Culture - Migos
Laila’s Wisdom - Rapsody
Flower Boy - Tyler, The Creator

I suppose we have to let Jay Z win one of these hadn’t we? Poor guy needs the recognition.



Spoken Word Album

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Confessions of a Serial Songwriter - Shelly Peiken
Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In - Bernie Sanders and Mark Ruffalo
The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher

This is my favourite of all the awards this year, with the exception of Shelly Peiken’s album which I’m sure is wonderful, I have actually listened to all the others. Winning hands down because everything she did was magnificent is Carrie Fisher.



Other mentionable things...

Comedy Album - go for Sarah Silverman here.

Compilation Soundteack - GotG will win but Baby Driver is my nod.

Score Soundtrack - has to be Hans Zimmer. Has to be Dunkirk.

Boxed or Limited Edition - Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (1984 - 2014)

For the Complete list of nominees in ALL 84 categories (yes, eighty four) please visit the Grammy's website

Images - Recording Academy/Amazon