Saturday, February 13, 2016

Music: Grammy Nominations: Record of the Year

In anticipation for the Grammys on Monday Night, I refreshed my Best Album post from December with time to listen to each of the contenders. Chris Stapleton's Traveller impressed me a lot of the last two cold months but Alabama Shakes's album also grew on me a hell of a lot too. 

The topic at hand is Record of the Year. Five amazing tracks have received nominations and I will go through them to make a decision on who I would like to win.

Taylor Swift got nominated for her song "Blank Space". It's one of my favorite songs off of the album. Swift sings of her inability to find a good guy, not a new topic but the song sounds different and doesn't tread familiar tunes while being surprisingly catchy. This has a chance if Swift has a lot of momentum tonight but I think the nominations were enough recognition for this album and record.

Ed Sheeran's romantic crooning got a nomination for "Thinking Out Loud". The song has Sheeran professing love for a woman long into his elder years. It's a nice romantic song to slow dance to with your loved one and I enjoy it a lot. The album didn't get nominated so I would be surprised if the Record takes it this year.

The Weeknd's pop tune "Can't Feel My Face" was nominated for its ridiculously catchy hook. I dare anyone to listen to this song just once and not find themselves humming it later. I loved this album, my pick for the winner and I would like to see him take home this award as well. The only reason I could think of this song not winning is to spread the love as The Weeknd will win in both R&B and Best Album categories. Also the song has strong ties to heavy use of cocaine so that might count against it. 

"Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars is the likely pick. It was a smash as the super bowl and has been playing throughout the year. Even hearing it now, it is hard not to get up and dance. The song is catchy, fun, and sounds great in many settings. It is exactly what a Record of the Year should sound like and combined with Ronson's pedigree this is a strong choice to win.
If you like this song, I would recommend new songs by Roberto Horns called "Working Out" and "Fake Smiles". It is the future of music.

D'Angelo and the Vanguard are nominated for "Really Love". Honestly, this is the song that I am least familiar with and a long shot in my opinion. It has not enjoyed the popularity of all the other songs on this list. The track starts out slow and melodic with southwestern guitar and Spanish. The songs take a while to get going hence not a lot of radio play. It mixes blues with the guitar plucks and is not heavy on the lyrics. 

These are the five songs competing for Record of the Year and whichever one wins will be deserving of the recognition. I would recommend any fan of good music check out all of these songs before the Grammys Monday night!

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