Did You Hear? The Grammys Are Coming Soon!
By Sasha Aristizabal
The 61st Grammys are coming up soon on Feb. 10, and this is everything you need to know before then. This year, the Grammys will be awarding and honoring the best songs, albums, and artists from Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018. Alicia Keys, who has previously won 15 Grammys, will be hosting the show. The Grammys have a total of 30 fields with 84 categories from which eight songs, albums, and artists are nominated.
The field that everyone is on the lookout for will be from the General Field, also known as the Big 4, which consists of the Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist categories.
Due to previous years being criticized for voting the “right” winner, this year’s Grammys will have more diversity, inclusion, accuracy, and relevance. Instead of the old five slot nominees, there are now eight, which means there are more opportunities to represent those who never seem to be recognized. This is what many people presumed to be true -- at least for the Big 4 categories. However, when looking at the nominees, those nominated for the Big 4 are predictable, just with three more obvious outcomes. The songs nominated for record of the year are: “I Like it,” “The Joke,” “This Is America,” “God's Plan,” “Shallow,” “All The Stars,” “Rockstar,”, and “The Middle.” These eight nominees were all popular during the past year, but not diverse, as most fit into the rap/hip-hop/pop category.
The Grammys show again that rap is the ruling genre and is now becoming more mainstream. Kendrick Lamar is up for eight Grammy nominations, which is the most nominations for one person this year, with Drake following right behind with seven nominations. Pop-culture is leaning toward more diverse communities, as seen through popular music. Music streaming apps such as Apple Music and Spotify always have rap songs flooding their Top 50, with hip-hop and pop coming in second. Billboard also recognizes rap artists who have at least one song or album in the top 10 throughout the year.
With the inclusion of three additional nomination slots, there are some surprises to those who were and were not nominated. There is also controversy discussing artists who did not get as many nominations as they deserved. Two huge stars that were snubbed this year were The Carters, as they were not seen in any of the Big 4 categories. These two A-list celebrities came out with a duo album that was highly praised but only received three Grammy nominations. This is surprising considering their album “Everything Is Love” is highly acclaimed, but was not nominated for Album of the Year.
As seen in years before, the Grammys have favorites that seem to win time and time again, and people question whether certain artists deserve it or not. Taylor Swift is one of the Grammys favorites and has won 10 awards over her career. This year, she has been left out in the cold for the first time, not receiving any nominations for the Big 4 and only one other nomination. Conversely, pop star Ariana Grande has been consistently ignored, with only four nominations and zero wins before the 2019 nominations. This is another year she is being cast aside; her album “Sweetener” was a critical favorite but still is not in the Big 4 categories.
This year, due to the significant amount of people being nominated, it is difficult to say who may win. There may be a full blown surprise awaiting on Feb. 10, or the Grammys might once again be biased and choose another favorite. Based on Billboard’s stats the most likely winner of Song of the Year will be Drake’s “God’s Plan.” Most likely to win Record of the Year is “I Like It” by Cardi B and Bad Bunny. Album of the year will most likely go to Drake for “Scorpion.” Best New Artist will most likely be Dua Lipa as she hit the people by storm with various hit singles. Don’t forget to tune in Feb. 10 at 7:00 p.m on CBS to see your favorite songs and artists get the chance to win a Grammy!