Performances, Nominations, Surprises And Snubs: The 2019 Grammy Awards
The Recording Academy announced the nominees and guest performers at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Let me cut to the chase. I have a love-hate relationship for awards shows in my old age (self proclaimed Grinch of the Grammys). It often feels like a bunch of rich and talented people getting in a room together to congratulate one another for being rich and famous. Meanwhile, there’s a struggling artist in the back row who released legitimately groundbreaking music, but because their Instagram follower count is 25K they’re not taken seriously. Awards don’t equal artistic integrity.
On the other hand, awards and fame can highlight legitimately great music that does in fact happen to come from a rich and famous person. Take for instance Lady Gaga receiving five nominations this year(!!!). Her and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born duet, “Shallow,” is up for four awards, including the major categories, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year, as well as Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written For Visual Media. It’s worth mentioning the ballad version of Gaga’s album title track, “Joanne,” will compete against Ariana Grande’s “God Is A Woman,” Camila Cabello’s “Havana” and Post Malone’s “Better Now” for Best Pop Solo Performance.
I’d also like to point out that A Star Is Born could still storm the 2020 Grammys. Because the soundtrack wasn’t released within the eligibility window, there’s still a chance for other songs to get submitted for consideration in a year. Expect “I’ll Never Love Again” to receive a lot of love.
Congratulations are in order for Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato. “Fall In Line” received a nod in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category. Xtina was also nominated In the Best Rap/Sung Performance category for her Goldlink-assisted song, “Like I Do.”
Curiously, Taylor Swift only receives one nomination for Reputation in the Best Pop Vocal Album category (up against Camila Cabello, Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes and Pink). Reputation was one of the most influential albums of the year in pop music. Like I mentioned, sales don’t equal good music, but she had both. Something’s not right here.
I’m indifferent about Nicki Minaj getting snubbed, though (zero nominations). Queen is one of my favorite albums of hers, and as a lyricist she’s never been better, but her antics drew a line in the sand. Should the Recording Academy have the ability to separate the artist from their work? Absolutely. Did they? I’m not convinced.
Ariana Grande receives a nomination in the Best Pop Solo Performance category for “God Is A Woman” and Sweetener lands in the Best Pop Vocal Album category.
Hip-Hop takes center stage at the 2019 Grammys. Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with eight nominations, including a nod for Album of the Year for his work on Black Panther soundtrack, as well as Song and Record of the Year for “All the Stars” featuring SZA (justice for SZAAA).
It’s also worth mentioning Drake went from having zero nominations in 2018 to nabbing seven in 2019.
A couple of other surprises? The Backstreet Boys received a nomination in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category (yay), but the RA didn’t show much love for Mac Miller – he received one nomination for “Swimming” in the Best Rap Song category.
Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, and Kacey Musgraves will perform. J Balvin, Young Thug, Ricky Martin and Arturo Sandoval will join Camila Cabello on stage to open the show.
Katy Perry, Little Big Town’, Maren Morris and Kacey Musgraves are performing a tribute for Dolly Parton.
Other recently announced performers include Miley Cyrus, Brandi Carlile, and Red Hot Chilli Peppers with Post Malone (that… should… be… interesting…), Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson, Dua Lipa, St. Vincent, Chloe x Halle, Travis Scott and Andra Day.
The Grammys take place on February 10 in Los Angeles. Alicia Keys will host.
Check out a few of the main categories below. The full list of nominees is available here.
Album of the Year
H.E.R. – H.E.R. Brandi Carlile – By the Way, I Forgive You Drake – Scorpion Various Artists – Black Panther: The Album Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer
Record of the Year
Cardi B – I Like It Brandi Carlile – The Joke Childish Gambino – This Is America Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow Drake – God’s Plan Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars Post Malone & 21 Savage – Rockstar Zedd & Maren Morris – The Middle
Song of the Year
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars Ella Mai – Boo’d Up Drake – God’s Plan Shawn Mendes – In My Blood Brandi Carlile – The Joke Zedd & Maren Morris – The Middle Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow Childish Gambino – This Is America
Best New Artist
Chloe x Halle Luke Combs Greta Van Fleet H.E.R. Dua Lipa Margo Price Bebe Rexha Jorja Smith
Best Pop Solo Performance
Beck – Colors Camila Cabello – Havana (Live) Ariana Grande – God Is a Woman Lady Gaga – Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?) Post Malone – Better Now
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Christina Aguilera ft. Demi Lovato – Fall In Line Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – Shallow Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – Girls Like You Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton – Say Something Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey – The Middle
Best Pop Vocal Album
Camila Cabello – Camila Kelly Clarkson – Meaning of Life Ariana Grande – Sweetener Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes Pink – Beautiful Trauma Taylor Swift – Reputation
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett & Diana Krall – Love Is Here to Stay Willie Nelson – My Way Gregory Porter – Nat “King” Cole & Me Seal – Standards (Deluxe) Barbra Streisand – The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic!
Best Rap Performance
Cardi B – Be Careful Drake – Nice for What Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake – King’s Dead Anderson .Paak – Bubblin Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, & Swae Lee – Sicko Mode
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Christina Aguilera ft. Goldlink – Like I Do 6LACK ft. J. Cole – Pretty Little Fears Childish Gambino – This Is America Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – Rockstar
Best Rap Song
Drake – God’s Plan Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake – King’s Dead Eminem – Lucky You Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, & Swae Lee – Sicko Mode Jay Rock ft. Kendrick Lamar – Win
Best Rap Album
Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy Mac Miller- Swimming Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap Pusha-T – Daytona Travis Scott – Astroworld
Best Rock Performance
Arctic Monkeys – Four Out of Five Chris Cornell – When Bad Does Good THE FEVER 333 – Made An America Greta Van Fleet – Highway Tune Halestorm – Uncomfortable
Best Metal Performance
Between the Buried and Me – Condemned to the Gallows Deafheaven – Honeycomb High on Fire – Electric Messiah Trivium – Betrayer Underoath – On My Teeth
Best Rock Song
Greta Van Fleet – Black Smoke Rising Twenty One Pilots – Jumpsuit Bring Me the Horizon – MANTRA St. Vincent – Masseduction Ghost – Rats
Best Rock Album
Alice in Chains – Rainier Fog Fall Out Boy – M A N I A Ghost – Prequelle Greta Van Fleet – From the Fires Weezer – Pacific Daydream
Best Alternative Music Album
Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino Beck – Colors Björk – Utopia David Byrne – American Utopia St. Vincent – Masseduction
Best R&B Performance Toni Braxton – Long As I Live The Carters – Summer Lalah Hathaway – Y O Y H.E.R. – Best Part [ft. Daniel Caesar] PJ Morton – First Began
Best Traditional R&B Performance Leon Bridges – Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand Betty LaVette – Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight MAJOR. – Honest PJ Morton – How Deep Is Your Love [ft. Yebba] Charlie Wilson – Made for Love [ft. Lalah Hathaway]
Best R&B Song Ella Mai – Boo’d Up Miguel – Come Through and Chill [ft. J. Cole and Salaam Remi] Childish Gambino – Feels Like Summer H.E.R. – Focus Toni Braxton – Long As I Live
Best Urban Contemporary Album The Carters – Everything Is Love Chloe x Halle – The Kids Are Alright Chris Dave and the Drumhedz – Chris Dave and the Drumhedz Miguel – War & Leisure Meshell Ndegeocello – Ventriloquism
Best R&B Album Toni Braxton – Sex & Cigarettes Leon Bridges – Good Thing Lalah Hathaway – Honestly H.E.R. – H.E.R. PJ Morton – Gumbo Unplugged (Live)
Best Dance Recording Above & Beyond – Northern Soul [ft. Richard Bedford] Disclosure – Ultimatum [ft. Fatoumata Diawara] Fisher – Losing It Silk City & Dua Lipa – Electricity [ft. Diplo and Mark Ronson] Virtual Self – Ghost Voices
Best Dance/Electronic Album Jon Hopkins – Singularity Justice – Woman Sofi Tukker – Treehouse SOPHIE – Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides TOKiMONSTA – Lune Rouge
Best Comedy Album Patton Oswalt – Annihilation Dave Chappelle – Equanimity & the Bird Revelation Jim Gaffigan – Noble Ape Fred Armisen – Standup for Drummers Chris Rock – Tamborine
Best Remixed Recording Labrinth, Sia & Diplo present LSD – Audio (CID Remix Official Dance Remix) Charlie Puth – How Long (EDX’s Dubai Skyline Remix) Gabriel & Dresden feat. Sub Teal – Only Road (Cosmic Gate Remix) Kygo, Justin Jesso – Stargazing [ft. Justin Jesso] (Kaskade Remix) HAIM – Walking Away (Mura Masa remix)
Music for Visual Media
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Call Me by Your Name Deadpool 2 The Greatest Showman Lady Bird Stranger Things
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Ludwig Göransson – Black Panther Benjamin Wallfisch & Hans Zimmer – Blade Runner 2049 Michael Giacchino – Coco Alexandre Desplat – The Shape of Water John Williams – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Best Song Written for Visual Media Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars Sufjan Stevens – Mystery of Love Miguel – Remember Me [ft. Natalia Lafourcade] Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow Keala Settle & the Greatest Showman Ensemble – This Is Me
Best Recording Package Mitski – Be the Cowboy BTS – Love Yourself: Tear St. Vincent – Masseduction The Chairman – The Offering Foxhole – Well Kept Thing
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction (Locked N’ Loaded) The Decemberists – I’ll Be Your Girl Grateful Dead – Pacific Northwest ’73-74′: The Complete Recordings “Weird” Al Yankovic – Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic Sarah Dodds and Shauna Dodds – Too Many Bad Habits
Best Album Notes Various Artists – Alpine Dreaming: The Helvetia Records Story, 1920-1924 (James P. Leary) Charles A. Asbury – 4 Banjo Songs, 1891-1897: Foundational Recordings Of America’s Iconic Instrument (Richard Martin & Ted Olson) Sonny Clark Trio – The 1960 Time Sessions (Ben Ratliff) Various Artists – The Product Of Our Souls: The Sound And Sway Of James Reese Europe’s Society Orchestra (David Gilbert) Bob Dylan – Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 (Deluxe Edition) (Amanda Petrusich) Various Artists – Voices Of Mississippi: Artists And Musicians Documented By William Ferris (David Evans)
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Boi-1da Larry Klein Linda Perry Kanye West Pharrell Williams
Best Music Video The Carters – Apes*** Childish Gambino – This Is America Joyner Lucas – I’m Not Racist Janelle Monáe – PYNK Tierra Whack – MUMBO JUMBO
Best Music Film Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars Whitney Quincy Itzhak Elvis Presley: The King
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