2016 Grammy Nominations: Our Thoughts and Predictions

  • tom

    Are you FUCKING kidding me! To Pimp a Butterfly is a masterpiece that pushes the entire music genre–not to mention the rap genre– forward in the same way that Godfather and Goodfellas did for mafia movies. It’s catchy, danceable, bitingly political, smart, inventive, eclectic, innovative, and witty. In what fucking universe did taylor Swift’s 1989 come even remotely close to the quality and scope of TPAB? As someone who genuinely appreciates Swift, her craft, and her abilities, 1989 would be ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS. TPAB was critically and publicly celebrated as one of the greatest rap albums of the decade if not one of the greatest albums of the decade period. TPAB completely and utterly stepped away from the “bling ring” era that has dominated the rap scene as of late and turned the page in the rap game toward a more reflective, conscious, and ambitious goal. It wasn’t just politically conscious rap, it wrestled with questions of human nature from sex, to the corruption of money and power, to the value and equality of a single life. On top of that, it spoke to consistent social evils of racism, violence, and lack of opportunity necessary for social mobility, not only between races but within races. Granted, 1989 was a very catchy, fun, polished, and even bold step forward for Taylor, but it didn’t have an industry wide effect. I don’t care what anyone says, commercial success is not synonymous with technical ability. Millions of people buy Twinkies, McDonalds, Taco Bell, Nickleback, and whatever bullshit Trump is saying that week, but that doesn’t mean that it is high quality or worth attention. FUCK COMMERCIAL SUCCESS. Without sounding like a pretentious douche, the average person is stupid and ill-informed and I don’t think anyone who is willing to be critical of society would ever disagree. Again, Swift’s album was good, but it doesn’t deserve to win. I would even put Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color over 1989. 1989 was definitely a big step forward for Swift, but the grammy’s should award achievements that push the entire music industry forward, not just personal developments.

    • Ryan Gibbs

      Hi There! I don’t think you understand what I was going for with this article. It wasn’t what I personally think is the best record out of these choices. Instead, I’m predicting what I think the Recording Academy will select as the winner.

  • @junki_kranky

    The funny thing about this article is that the writer doesn’t know anything about country! He didn’t say anything about girl crush in song of the year, Sam hunt in best new artist and traveller (maybe on of the best country albums in years!) for album of the year.
    This article is very subjective and I’m glad that the writer is not a voter

    • Ryan Gibbs

      You got me there, I am not well versed in country music. That isn’t the point of the article though. Like I said in the last comment (and in the article) I am not stating the songs and album I personally believe will win. Instead, this is what I believe the Recording Academy – which itself has a track record of not giving Song of the Year to a nominated country song: Dixie Chicks won it in 2007, but “Not Ready to Make Nice” was largely ignored by country radio.

  • Shawn

    Ha! “…and I have no idea who the hell Highly Suspect are and how they got here instead of Imagine Dragons.” I wish I had a job as a music critic. I’m going to write an entire article on who I think should win a major music award, but I’m not going to bother to even listen to the music of the nominees. It makes me wonder if food critics even taste the food.

    • Ryan Gibbs

      Oh, I listened to their hit, but I couldn’t for the life of me place them. As a nomination I found them to be a surprise. Also, as I mentioned a few times already, this wasn’t who I thought should win, but who I believed NARAS would select.