LOS ANGELES — This 12 months’s awards season is shaping as much as be not like every other, with the lengthy arm of COVID reaching into Hollywood mainstays just like the Golden Globes and now the Grammys. When the Recording Academy presents the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards Sunday, it’s going to occur with BTS, Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Dua Lipa, and 19 different artists performing stay on the Staples Middle. They’ll simply be doing it with out an viewers.
“It is a Grammys ceremony that’s going to look very comparable in some methods with superstars Beyonce and Taylor Swift competing for the large prizes, and really totally different in different methods given the instances we live in,” stated leisure journalist Sandro Monetti, who has been protecting the Grammys for 20 years. “In distinction to the nearly unwatchable digital awards exhibits we’ve endured lately, I’m assured this one will entertain.”
Ben Winston is producing the present. The co-executive producer of The Late Late Present with James Corden and one of many masterminds behind “Carpool Karaoke,” he “isn’t any stranger to creating memorable TV moments,” Monetti stated.
So what else can we anticipate from this 12 months’s Grammys? Monetti weighs in along with his picks.
Album of the 12 months
Nominees: Chilombo by Jhené Aiko, Black Pumas (Deluxe Version) by Black Pumas, On a regular basis Life by Coldplay, Djesse Vol. 3 by Jacob Collier, Ladies In Music Pt. III by Haim, Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa, Hollywood’s Bleeding by Submit Malone, Folklore by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift will make historical past and develop into the primary feminine artist to have three albums win album of the 12 months on the Grammy Awards. The winner right here will likely be Folklore, which was her very totally different, extra introspective album made and launched throughout the pandemic. Folklore broke the file for the most important opening day on Spotify for an album by a feminine act, however the critics liked it too, not simply the general public. Swift received a few of the greatest evaluations of her profession for this folk-leaning album and confirmed actual advances in her songwriting and actual progress as an artist. She’s nonetheless on the prime, and I believe she’s going to remain there with a win in album of the 12 months.
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Document of the 12 months
Nominees: “Black Parade” by Beyoncé, “Colours” by Black Pumas, “Rockstar” by DaBaby that includes Roddy Ricch, “Say So” by Doja Cat, “All the things I Wished” by Billie Eilish, “Don’t Begin Now” by Dua Lipa, “Circles” by Submit Malone, “Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion that includes Beyoncé
It’s going to go to the dance monitor that I used to be dancing round my kitchen to and so have been tens of millions of others throughout the pandemic. That’s Dua Lipa and her file “Don’t Begin Now.” It was nearly like disco is again. She sampled Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” on this monitor, so she reached again to the previous however in some way created one thing new and really twenty first century. Dua Lipa received greatest new artist on the Grammys final 12 months, and she or he’s actually proven her development. I believe she’ll take file of the 12 months this 12 months.
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Music of the 12 months
Nominees: “Black Parade” by Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk & Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé); “The Field” by Samuel Gloade & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch); “Cardigan” by Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift); “Circles” by Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Submit & Billy Walsh, songwriters (Submit Malone); “Don’t Begin Now” by Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa & Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa); “All the things I Wished” by Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish); “I Can’t Breathe” by Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.); “If The World Was Ending” by Julia Michaels & JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe That includes Julia Michaels)
I can’t see the rest however a win for Beyonce with “Black Parade.” This was not solely a really highly effective and excellent launch, it was a well timed one. It was launched on Juneteenth, and it celebrated Black folks throughout probably the most racially divided interval for a lot of many years. It got here out within the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others. One thing else to admire past the great music and message right here is the proceeds from that file have been donated to over 200 Black-owned companies. With “Black Parade,” Beyonce begins her victory parade. “Black Parade” can also be going to win greatest R&B track fairly actually as properly.
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Finest New Artist
Nominees: Ingrid Andress, Phoebe Bridgers, Chika, Noah Cyrus, D Smoke, Doja Cat, Kaytranada, Megan Thee Stallion
I’m completely sure 100%, and I’ll most likely threat my credibility as a showbiz reporter saying this, however Megan Thee Stallion goes to cap off her excellent breakthrough by successful the very best new artist award. She, in fact, teamed up with Beyonce, one among her idols, on “Savage,” and I believe that may also win greatest rap track.
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Finest Pop Solo
Nominees: “Yummy” by Justin Bieber, “Say So” by Doja Cat, “Don’t Begin Now” by Dua Lipa, “All the things I Wished” by Billie Eilish, “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Kinds, “Cardigan” by Taylor Swift
It is a laborious one to foretell. Harry Kinds may very properly take the win with “Watermelon Sugar,” however I really feel final 12 months’s huge winner on the Grammys, Billie Eilish, will return to the victory circle right here for the one “All the things I Wished.” Being the darling of the Grammys in 2020, I can see her successful no less than one once more this 12 months, and her greatest likelihood is greatest pop solo.
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Finest Rock Efficiency
Nominees: “Shameika” by Fiona Apple, “Not” by Huge Thief, “Kyoto” by Phoebe Bridgers, “The Steps” by Haim, “Keep Excessive” by Brittany Howard, “Daylight” by Grace Potter
It’s actually fascinating and an enormous credit score to the Recording Academy that it’s an all-female lineup. Rock has been seen as such a male-dominated style for thus a few years, however 2020 was lastly the 12 months that girls dominated the rock style. All of the performances listed here are so critically acclaimed, and it’s a tough selection, however my prediction is Fiona Apple for “Shameika.” She has charted in 4 successive many years, and she or he’s been Grammy-nominated 11 instances, however she’s solely ever received as soon as. I believe she makes it two right here and will get her second Grammy. She’s the survivor of rock from Lilith Honest to Los Angeles within the ‘90s to the Grammys stage in 2021. She’s superior, she’s inspiring, and wow, can she rock.
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