Monday, February 13, 2017

Music: Grammys 2017 Winners

The Grammys are a time to look back on the year and music and to look ahead at what is to come as artists are awarded for their work the year before and introducing their new hits that will be earworms in the year ahead. There were some political statements and stunning performances, upsets and deserved recognition. The Grammys are declining in credibility and importance as music is changing. They are adapting slowly but perhaps not fast enough. 

Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year
Adele, 25, Hello
In a year of strange winners, Adele sweeps the awards despite the strong performance from Beyonce on her album Lemonade and her song Formation. The Recording Academy decided to not spread the wealth and gave every award to Adele. This decision makes the Grammys seem out of touch with current listeners and underappreciative of the true talent that Beyonce clearly is. They have decided to become predictable and somewhat boring with their decision and decrease their relevance in the process. Adele did have a passionate tribute to George Michael during the show in which she messed up and had to start over making her seem relatable. Even she in accepting the award said that she thought Beyonce truly deserved the award. It was a bad decision by voters who are afraid to take risks. There is no doubt that Hello is a smash hit song, catchy and moving, but 25 is not that impressive of an album in its entirety. 

Best New Artist
Chance the Rapper
Chance has been everywhere this year and this award was probably the easiest to predict. He also picked up the Best Hip-Hop Album for his streaming only album. He's a bit over religious for my taste but it is impossible not to acknowledge his musical talents and clever wordplay. Chance was the shining star of the show and thanked God multiple times after receiving his multiple awards. He also helped write some of the songs on Kanye's album The Life of Pablo and released a free album the year before. Chance the Rapper is an interesting new future path that rap is taking that I look forward to listening to in the future. 

When all said and done, I have some new music that I'm listening to like Best Rock Album Tell Me I'm Pretty by Cage the Elephant.
Also excited to listen to Best Dance/Electronica Album Skin by Flume.
Sturgill Simpson's A Sailor's Guide to Earth won Best County Album and I enjoyed that a lot too. I'm looking forward to another year of music and hopefully, the Grammys will become more conscience of the current trends.  

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