2018 was an amazing year for music. We saw old favourites return to the music scene and slay us with their talent. We also saw the rise of some fresh talent who are sure to return in 2019 with bangers. With the 61st Grammy Awards airing tonight, the Vinyl Dish team came up with who they think should win and who should have been nominated.
Our Grammy Picks
Record of the Year – This is America
With record of the year being one of the most coveted and sought-after awards of the night, you can bet that nominees in this category have seen their songs hit the top of the charts. With that being said, our pick for this category is the ever so talented Childish Gambino with This is America. Gambino’s political anthem is a song that was needed in 2018, as it covered a plethora of issues that African American’s are currently facing. From his lyrics to the music video, Gambino made jaws drop and people listen; exactly what the record of 2018 should do.
Album of the Year – Black Panther
The pool of nominees for this category varied from debuts to seasoned veterans – one of these veterans being Kendrick Lamar. Black Panther reaching the success that it did was a pivotal moment in film with its talented roster of actors and crew. Rightfully so, the movie’s soundtrack was expected to be stellar. With TDE spearheading the album’s production it was led by Lamar – and is in our eyes, a hip-hop masterpiece. The soundtrack features The Weeknd, Future, fellow TDE artist SZA and 2 Chainz. Songs like X, All the Stars and King’s Dead are sure to be blasting in your headphones through 2019.
Best Dance/Electronic Track – Ultimatum
In this comeback track, Disclosure pairs their classic funky synths, house beats and chilled vibes with Malian artist, Fatoumata Diawara’s strong rhythmic vocals, delivering a sweet summer sound worthy of playing on repeat and worthy of a Grammy.
Best Alternative Album – MASSEDUCTION
Annie Clark, better known professionally as St. Vincent, explored new territories with this album, displaying extreme vulnerability and pushing past her limits. With lyrics full of emotion and strong sentiments expressed unabashedly, this album proved to be the perfect unrestrained, futuristic and experimental alternative album that deserves some serious recognition.
Best Rock Performance – Arctic Monkeys
Nearly 5 years since their last album AM, the Arctic Monkeys returned with their 6th album Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino. Straying away from the iconic sonic sound of their last record and trading it in for a piano and pauses – the British band have proved once again that they are innovative rockers. Hence, why they are our choice for best rock performance for their only single off the album, Four out of Five.
Our Grammy Nominees
Best New Artist – Billie Eilish
We are all about supporting new budding talent here at The Vinyl Dish, and truly love most (if not all) of the nominees in this category. However, we were stunned to see that the insanely talented Billie Eilish was not nominated this year. Eilish has dropped a bunch of tunes this past year, including Lovely which featured Khalid and appeared on the Netflix hit,13 Reasons Why. If that was not enough, her debut single Ocean Eyes has officially reached 194 million streams on Spotify. But no matter, we know Billie will be back next year to collect all of her well-deserved accolades and then some.
Best Alternative Album – Primal Heart by Kimbra
Kimbra moves effortlessly from emotional and profound vocals combined with swirling instruments to high-pitched, synth-based bops in her latest album, Primal Heart. With tracks such as “Version of Me” displaying her most vulnerable side to songs such as “Like They Do On The TV” showcasing disco beats with ethereal vocals, this album was an innovative work and Kimbra proves to be a real versatile artist that deserves way more industry recognition.
With so much talent featured in each category, it can be hard to pick between your favourites. Will you be watching the Grammy’s tonight? And if so, who are you rooting for
Written by Kiran Toor and Sanah Ahsan