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June 15, 2019 at 11:27 pm #1202940047
Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars
Gave it a listen and enjoyed it. Might be one of best in the rock field so far. Certainly worthy of a nomination there and perhaps for AOTY. Mostly good reviews with 83 on Metacritic so far (25 reviews).June 10, 2019 at 2:24 am #1202930528
Father Of The Bride has a decent chance if nominated, being a safe choice for Grammy voters. Traditional instruments, no rappers, no explicit tracks, nothing to offend conservative tastes.
There are some weak lyrical moments like this line, “Something’s happening in the country / And the government’s to blame”
Wow, real brave political statement there guys.
Paste Magazine didn’t hold back in their review:
Others liked it enough to give it 82 on Metacritic with over 30 reviews.
Not my favourite Vampire Weekend album, but at least half the tracks are memorable, which puts it ahead of the other one.June 6, 2019 at 7:36 am #1202925641
DAMN. was the #1 album of the year and was more acclaimed than both Melodrama and 24k Magic, yet it lost.
Golden Hour was more acclaimed than arguably all of the nominees last year (maybe Janelle as an exception), was one of the least-selling, and it won.
Morning Phase was more acclaimed than all but one of the nominees, it sold the least, yet it won.
There’s also Raising Sand, The Suburbs, River, etc. Saying acclaim doesn’t matter is naïve – it’s not the only factor, but it is important. Plus, all of those albums you mentioned still have decent reviews. I’m not saying Gaga is not the frontrunner if she gets in, but it’s not a locked win. A young alternative singer-songwriter newcomer and a pop-star with an acclaimed project at the peak of her career both sound very Grammy-baiting to me.
While Morning Phase more acclaimed than many of the nominees that year, that might be saying more about the other albums than anything else. There were also more acclaimed albums that could of and should of made the cut (St Vincent was one).
But you have just made a good case for the safe choice winning. Pick the album(s) with no explicit tracks (perhaps just one might sneak past), no rappers, traditional instruments (remember Daft Punk going retro disco with guitars and other live instrumentation to win) and you’re got the most likely winner(s).
We might have to wait for the nominees to see who that will be, but 24K and Golden Hour were safe choices and going back a bit further there wouldn’t be too many exceptions to this rule.June 4, 2019 at 5:25 am #1202923010
I don’t see it with Billie. She barely even charted last year, now she has 3 top 40 hits. I could, however, see her snubbed in BNA just like Lorde a few years ago.
I can almost see the opposite happening. During the nomination period in 2013, Lorde has just one hit song (‘Team’ would go Top 10 later on), but ‘Royals’ was #1 for most or all of the nomination period and remained in the Top 5 or Top 10 during the final round voting.
Billie might enter the nomination period with multiple hits, but perhaps no #1 and no high charting song during the final round voting. She could easily end up winning BNA and no other wins in the general field.May 28, 2019 at 5:54 am #1202913223
Why would I look at the 00s when we are predicting the 2020 grammys? Let’s compare it with the 80s while we are at it.
Why not look at those years? Grammy voters don’t retire when they reach 30 do they? Most of the Grammy voters from those years will still be alive and voting.May 28, 2019 at 5:08 am #1202913211
What’s up with all this “veteran” bullshit? We only have three cases this decade
Perhaps you should look at the AOTY winners for the previous decade.
2000 – Santana
2001 – Steely Dan
2005 – Ray Charles (posthumous award)
2008 – Herbie Hancock
2009 – Alison Krauss & Robert Plant – Plant never won a Grammy as part of Led Zeppelin when they were at their peak
Edit – was tempted to add U2 (winners in 2006) to the list, but the term “veteran” tends to refer to artists who are “overdue” and have never won before. If Bruce Springsteen releases a decent album before the deadline, I’d say he has a strong chance of nomination in a weak year.May 16, 2019 at 2:26 am #1202895912
I’m glad people are finally recognising Old Town Road as a potential nominee and with each week at #1 it is looking more likely.
Lil Nas X’s anthem, “Old Town Road” is on pace to be the #1 song in the country for the seventh week in a row. This week, Nas’ track will fend off a debut from a power collab, Ed Sheeran f/Justin Bieber’s I Don’t Care.” The week before it was a new Shawn Mendes single, and at the end of April is held its own against the queen of debut releases, Taylor Swift.
The most recent prior example of a song becoming an undeniable cultural movement is 2017’s “Despacito (Remix).”
Per the updated YTD Top 5 songs [link below], “Old Town Road” has now surpassed Ariana Grande’s “7 rings” as the biggest song of 2019 so far.
I’m not sure where the Billy Rae version of the biggest song of 2019 so far will end up. I could see them submitting it to Country, but it might end up in Pop Duo/Group and maybe ROTY. There is also the original version (rap sung?) and the Diplo remix might make it into Best Remixed Recording.
Lil Nas X has been teasing snippets of another song “Panini”, so by the time nominations voting gets under way, he might no longer be a one hit wonder.May 14, 2019 at 5:09 am #1202893121
That makes 6 weeks at #1 for Old Town Road and it looks like it might be strong enough to hold off Ed Sheeran&Justin in the current tracking week. The video is coming on Friday, which suggests it will get 8 weeks minimum, but probably more.
Good to see Lizzo charting with “Truth Hurts”
Would love to see her somehow reach the top 10.May 13, 2019 at 7:43 am #1202891936
You realize not enough critics reviewed it? How do you expect it to have enough points to make that list when only 5 critics reviewed the soundtrack alone? (78/100) Most other critics covered the musical element in the movie review, and gave it 87/100. I’m kinda tired of this nonsensical argument that this movie that won every single musical award in the awards season, an Oscar, and even got Gaga a nod for Best Actress (mainly thanks to INLA performance at the end) somehow lacks acclaim? I mean part of the reason critics gave it 87/100 is because of its music. And the musical awards it won throughout the season is more important than some dumb numerical score on albumoftheyear.org that no one checks aside from people who somehow think it matters. So let’s stop with this nonsense, only 5 critics reviewed the soundtrack separately so don’t expect it to have enough score to make it on that list.
You don’t know how the Critics Year End List Aggregate works do you?
This is not about the review scores from critics during the month of the album release. This is about the end of the year, when most music review site/publications post their list of 10 or more top albums of the year.
There is no requirement that they have made a review of the album during the month of album release.
Albums that are well liked by critics and remembered at the end of the year get included on the list. This includes many popular albums like 1989 and 25. Albums with 2-3 good tracks plus filler might miss out.
You insist that the awards it won were more important, but weren’t a lot those film awards voted on by people who make films? I’m not sure why that means the Grammys have to nominate the album.May 13, 2019 at 6:48 am #1202891781
Everything is relative. Taylor Swift is held to her own standards, and by her standards, Reputation was nothing exceptional. If another artist had Reputation sales they would’ve been nominated. Also keep in the mind that the committee simply doesn’t want her to win a 3rd time regardless of her success 2 years after she already won!
By Gaga standards, ASIB is not just the best selling album of this period so far, but it has critical acclaim (not just some MC score) but it won every single musical award that’s awarded by her peers/critics in every single award show. Her Oscar performance was probably the best in history. Even the Oscar show producer attributed some of the credit for the increased ratings to Gaga’s presence.
While Shallow was praised by some critics, ASIB didn’t make the top 50 in the aggregate critics year end list:
Unlike ‘The Suburbs’ which was #2 in that list in 2010, or 21 which was #7 in 2011, RAM #4 in 2013, Morning Phase #16 in 2014, 1989 #15 in 2014 and 25 which was #18 in 2015.
ASIB could be nominated and win, but it would be more like when Mumford & Sons and Bruno won with albums with little acclaim, but they found support with the conservative tastes of some of the older Grammy voters.May 11, 2019 at 10:22 pm #1202889597
Having a few good/known songs plus filler never stopped people from winning before.
The difficult part might be getting past the committee who could decide that the ASIB soundtrack and Gaga have already won a Grammy for one of those known songs.
If ASIB gets the AOTY nomination, it will probably be the ‘safe’ choice for the Grammy voters. The old rock and country voters will love it. There are traditional instruments, no rappers, no explicit tracks, nothing to offend conservative tastes.
The safe choice usually wins AOTY – just look at most of the winners so far this decade.May 9, 2019 at 5:44 am #1202886197
Well so Justin and Ed are releasing this friday. It seems like is going to be Ed’s single, since Justin has a proyect for next year. It has not any numbers (obviusly) but I think that is impossible to debut at one. OTR is very very strong, and has points from 2 versions combined.
There are three versions of Old Town Road charting in the US iTunes Top 20 right now.
Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) [Remix]
Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus & Diplo – Old Town Road (Diplo Remix)
Lil Nas X – Old Town Road
They’ve probably finished production on the OTR video by now, but just haven’t needed it yet. This week OTR is due to get it’s 6th week at #1 and if they can hold on against Justin and Ed, they’ll probably get a 7th and 8th week.May 8, 2019 at 12:08 am #1202884639
Mark my word.
On April 26, the world will witness the TS7 lead single outsold all of the songs in the music charts such as iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, etc. This could be a frontrunner for ROTY/SOTY if it’s a bop and dominant. She could also be nominated for AOTY given that her next era is already bright.
This is not a spoiler.
This is not a prediction.
This will end Old Town Road and everything that made 2019 in music worse.
It’s a good job this wasn’t a prediction.
In any case, I don’t think we’ll be seeing Me! nominated for the general field (if anywhere). There were no nominations for the #1 “Look What You Made Me Do” and I can’t see this one doing any better.May 7, 2019 at 6:13 am #1202883816
It appears that the Ed Sheeran / Justin Bieber song could be for the upcoming Angry Birds 2 movie soundtrack.
Perhaps not be a serious chart contender or Grammy contender in that case.
Edit: This appears to have been contradicted and the song is most likely not for a movie. Song will be called “I Don’t Care”. Some lyrics posted here, sounds like the usual Ed Sheeran lyrics.