Okay, so it’s that time of year again when AWARDS season strucks us hard.
The countdown now begins.
Tonight 22h00 est, thats ± 08h00am here tomorrow, the nominees will be announced.
From The LA Times:
“When Grammy Award nominations are unveiled on Wednesday, expect to see these four tunes in the race for best record of the year.
“Love the Way You Lie,” Eminem featuring Rihanna
“Empire State of Mind,” Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys
“Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
“Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga
So … what will be nominated in that fifth slot?
Grammy nominations for the top four awards — best record, album, song and new artist of the year — are chosen by a secret committee of music experts who usually like to include representative contenders from major music genres. Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” will represent rap in the race for best record, but I also believe that Jay-Z’s “Empire” could be included too, considering its huge pop success in 2010. Regardless of who represents rap in this top race, the big cliffhanger looming is: Can it win? A rap tune has never claimed the award for best record of the year. Rap is way overdue.
Lady Antebellum will probably edge out Miranda Lambert to represent country in this contest. Lady Gaga can’t be ignored — she will not tolerate it — so that means “Bad Romance” will make the list too even though it seems like it’s 5 years old by now. Months ago “Bad Romance” swept the MTV Music Video Awards and now seems destined for prominence, if not victory, at the Grammys.
Many tunes vie for that fifth slot: “Hey, Soul Sister” (Train), “Airplanes” (B.o.B. featuring Hayley Williams), “Dog Days Are Over” (Florence + the Machine), “California Gurls” (Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg) and “Soldier of Love” (Sade).”
I totally agree with the above statement.
It’s funny, whenever one (especially me) hears popular tunes like the ones listed above, it takes an awards ceremony like the Grammys to help us remember why these songs are so great.
Personally, Florence and the machine are a favorite for me!
However, there is one song that everyone is forgetting about for the ‘song of the year’, for me, that’s Shakira’s: WAKA WAKA.
Watch this space
Best new artist, for me, 100% goes to B.O.B.
From The Envelope:
“1. The underdogs. The popular choice for a surprise is the soulful orchestral pop of Florence + the Machine. Yet after the act wowed audiences at the MTV Video Music Awards, a best new artist nod should be a given rather than something unexpected. Though it shouldn’t have taken a full year, Florence + the Machine no doubt woke stodgy Recording Academy voters to her talents. A bigger surprise, however, would be the Arcade Fire earning an album of the year nod for “The Suburbs.” Sooner or later, Recording Academy voters are going to have to recognize that the industry has changed and independent acts regularly appear on the charts. A general decline in sales has created a level playing field of sorts. Fans are venturing beyond superstars, and it’s time Recording Academy voters did the same.
2. Because it’s Miranda’s time. You can count on at least one country artist scoring an album of the year nod. The safe bet is Lady Antebellum, whose adult contemporary pop has a country twinge and crossover appeal. Yet don’t be surprised if Lambert edges out Lady Antebellum as the Nashville representative. Though she has reality-show roots, having been discovered on “Nashville Star,” Lambert has managed to assume the role of mainstream country’s rock rebel. With a voice that can break hearts as easily as it can rattle spines. Lambert has the support of the Nashville community, having won best album at the recent Country Music Assn. Awards, and is a more likely vote for a rock-heavy voting bloc.
3. Big things should be in store for hip-hop. Eligible rap albums include monster efforts from Eminem and Jay-Z, and a sharp album from the Roots, who are long overdue for some recognition in the album of the year field. Eminem’s “Recovery” should be considered a lock, as it showed off a more serious side of the artist than did his prior effort “Relapse.” Jay-Z, however, has never scored an album of the year nod, and his “The Blueprint 3″ was a commercial success that spawned the forever-to-be-unavoidable “Empire State of Mind.” The Roots? The most deserving, but the biggest longshots.
4. Because one of the year’s best singles can’t even have its name printed in a newspaper. The radio-safe version of the song is known as “Forget You,” and though Cee Lo Green’s hit likely can’t win record or song of the year, the cut took bitterness and turned it into something rather charming. For that alone, Cee Lo deserves a nom.
5. Admit it, ranting about clueless Grammy voters is a time-honored tradition. Think of all the fun angry tweets that will be inspired by something like Train’s “Save Me San Francisco” scoring an album of the year nod. Actually, don’t. “
I say the word looser, this is due to censorship and sensitivity. I’d like to call him other names, but I’ll leave that to other bloggers.
Yes, the MTV VMA’s are controversial and an excuse to go OFF the wall, but hey, have some dignity (if it exists). Kanye West has now taken things to another level.
Was Kanye’s callous act a publicity stunt or sheer stupidity? Only time will tell.
Eminem & Bruno did it with style.
A couple of years ago, Kanye was a martyr & gave his award to Outkast because he felt they deserved the award more than him. However, that shouldn’t justify him being the award show bully. Especially MTV. Come on dude, it’s probably your biggest audience!
The MTV Video Music Awards are always willfully chaotic, keeping alive the myth of pop as the provenance of rebels by placing a bunch of moderately edgy celebrities within a festive environment and fueling the mood with sexy performances, off-color jokes and “incidents” that are often staged, but good for a thousand Twitter tweets. One of these mostly bogus controversies usually goes a bit deeper, hinting at real issues of identity, status, personal power and self-expression — the sticky stuff from which pop music is, in fact, made. When Kanye West jumped up during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for best female video Sunday night, put his hand over her microphone and declared that Beyoncé’s losing “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” clip was “one of the best videos of all time,” he did a stupid thing. He seemed like a bully inexplicably targeting an honors student, and he further damaged his rather unstable reputation without managing to make his point clear.
But let’s consider what might have motivated West’s outburst. Swift was the bestselling artist of 2008, according to Nielsen SoundScan. She’s transcended her base in country music to become a top 40 juggernaut and, arguably, the current face of young female America. Beyoncé is a slightly older superstar who’s also topped plenty of sales lists; like Swift, she makes chart-toppers strongly rooted in a specific genre that appeal to a wider audience. Her home base is R&B, and, through her marriage to Jay-Z and her brilliant singing style, she’s strongly connected to hip-hop.
Perhaps West, who later apologized, felt that Swift’s little love story mirroring the current plot of the new prime-time hit “Glee” genuinely wasn’t as deserving as Beyoncé’s Bob Fosse-inspired volcanic eruption of a dance routine, which has inspired thousands of tributes by fans, including Justin Timberlake and Barack Obama. Maybe he was miffed that this young black pop queen’s heels were being nipped at by a blond Ivory Girl whose fans tend to look quite a bit like her.
Kanye’s backstage meltdown
For all the ups & downs, winners & losers.
Lets all see how well Kanye’s next album does…. (It will probably smash all previous records)
I’m sure his publicist, fans, record label, etc are cringing at his distgusting behaviour.