Beyhive is awash with the prospect of Beyoncé having a chance to make Grammy history this year, which should turn into an exciting awards ceremony where Beyoncé faces off against Adele, Kendrick Lamar and Harry Styles.
He will only need four more trophies to become the most awarded artist in the Recording Academy. The odds are in his favor in most of the categories he’s been nominated for, including album of the year and record of the year.
Associated Press Entertainment Writers Jonathan Landrum Jr. and Kristin M. Hall smashing extremely close races for Grammy glory. The 65th annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS and Paramount+ on Sunday.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: “Voyage,” ABBA; “30,” Adele; “Un Verano Sin Ti,” Bad Bunny; “Renaissance,” Beyoncé; “Good Morning Gorgeous” (Deluxe), Mary J. Blige; “In These Quiet Days,” by Brandi Carlile; “Music of the Spheres,” Coldplay; “Mr. morale & the Big Steppers,” Kendrick Lamar; “Private”, Lizzo; “Harry’s House,” by Harry Styles.
LANDRUM: Beyoncé is pursuing the Grammy throne again. With the superstar singer on the verge of becoming the most awarded artist in Grammy history, it’s no coincidence that Queen Bey recently returned to the live show stage for the first time in four years with a stunning, star-studded performance at Dubai’s newest luxury hotel. moon. He even held a two-night “Club Renaissance” event with Amazon Music in Los Angeles last month to celebrate his seventh album “Renaissance,” which was nominated for album of the year. Beyoncé’s leadership game is strong, and both of her outstanding shows feel like a grand lap towards her multiple Grammy coronations. With all due respect to the other highly esteemed candidates in the category, Beyoncé is an easy choice here. This makes sense.
HALL: The last time Adele and Beyoncé were nominated in this category, the British singer-songwriter used her acceptance speech to praise Beyoncé as “the artist of my life.” One of the toughest years in this category, with many deserving albums from the biggest names. It would be great if Bad Bunny took home the award with the incredibly popular “Un Verano Sin Ti,” but I agree Jonathan, all good marks a record-breaking year for Beyoncé.
RECORD OF THE YEAR: “Don’t Turn Me Off” ABBA; Adele “Take it Easy”; “Break My Soul,” Beyoncé; “Good Morning Gorgeous,” Mary J. Blige; Brandi Carlile “You and Me on the Rock” starring Lucius; “Woman,” Doja Cat; “Bad Habit,” Steve Lacy; “Heart Part 5,” Kendrick Lamar; “About Damned Time,” Lizzo; “As Is,” Harry Styles.
HALL: Lots of danceable bops to choose from this year! Lizzo is a powerhouse in delivering positive songs that have a good time with catchy lyrics, and Harry Styles’ pop rock song “As It Was” is undeniably a hit and a fan favourite. While Adele absolutely killed her “Easy on Me” performance, I don’t think she dominated “Hello”, her other record of the year. Two of the best in the category for me are “Breaking My Soul” and “Bad Habit”. Inspired by ’90s house music, “Break My Soul” captures a whole mood and exciting axis for Beyoncé, so she’ll likely add this award to her Grammy wall.
LANDRUM: I definitely joined Beyoncé’s album of the year caravan, but I prefer Harry Styles’ “As It Was” in this category. Thanks to the other nominees from Kendrick Lamar, Steve Lacy and Adele. He also deserves this award. But “As It Was” was huge in a category often dominated by the biggest commercial hits. For me, it’s like hearing its contagious jam whenever I go out. Even my 2-year-old daughter comes alive when she hears the song, sings along and wants to listen to it over and over.
SONG OF THE YEAR (songwriter award): “abcdefu” by Sara Davis, GAYLE and Dave Pittenger; “About Damn Time,” Melissa “Lizzo” Jefferson, Eric Frederic, Blake Slatkin and Theron Makiel Thomas; “All Too Well (10 Minute Version – Short Film),” Liz Rose and Taylor Swift; “As Is,” Tyler Johnson, Kid Harpoon and Harry Styles; “Bad Habit,” Matthew Castellanos, Brittany Fousheé, Diana Gordon, John Carroll Kirby and Steve Lacy; “Break My Soul,” Beyoncé, S. Carter, Terius “The Dream” Gesteelde-Diamant, and Christopher A. Stewart; Adele Adkins and Greg Kurstin “Take It Easy”; “God Made,” Tarik Azzouz, E. Blackmon, Khaled Khaled, F. LeBlanc, Shawn Carter, John Stephens, Dwayne Carter, William Roberts, and Nicholas Warwar; “The Heart Part 5,” Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, Kendrick Lamar and Matt Schaeffer; “That’s right,” Bonnie Raitt.
LANDRUM: I could have chosen Harry Styles to break the record of the year, but Beyoncé’s powerful lyrics on “Break My Soul” appealed to my soul – especially in the category of songwriters who write the lyrics or the melody of a song. Its melody has become a dance floor anthem after the pandemic, thanks to the compelling upbeat melody and well-written lyrics by the terrific writing team made up of Beyoncé, her husband Jay-Z, The-Dream, and Tricky Stewart, who was behind major singles including. Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Mary J. Blige’s “Just Fine”. In this collaboration, the author quartet has created a collection of inspirational lyrics befitting Beyoncé, who takes the famous stick and sings with beautiful authority. In the end, “Break My Soul” should cross the finish line first as song of the year.
HALL: If you’ve heard the TikTok track of Steve Lacy’s dreamy confessional song, do yourself a favor and listen to the whole thing and then the whole album. The song, like Lacy, is experimental and complex, and while its sound is stunningly neutralized, the song becomes something new and distorted. Still, competing against so many crazy talented songwriters, I think it’s a dark horse in this category.
BEST NEW ARTIST: Anitta; Omer Apollon; DOMi & JD Beck; Muni Long; Samara Sevinc; latto; Manekskin; Tobe Nwigwe; Molly Tuttle; Wet Leg.
HALL: Normally I feel like there are one or two heavy hitters in this category driving a huge wave of hits, but this category is open until the end of this year. Bluegrass musician Molly Tuttle and R&B singer-songwriter Muni Long is deeply rooted in their musical field and it would be great if they get the widespread attention they deserve with a win in this category. But I think Anitta has a huge advantage with her multi-platinum global hit “Envolver,” although she may not be all that familiar to American audiences.
LANDRUM: Anitta definitely feels like the lead pick in this packed category. The Brazilian artist had phenomenal success with his trilingual album “Versions of Me”, led by the single “Envolver”. Månekskin, Muni Long and Latto can also claim here. But I go with a black horse category: Tobe Nwigwe. She broke ground with “I Need You To,” a 44-second song that highlights the police murder of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky. It has been reissued by big names like LeBron James, Madonna, and Diddy. However, the Nigerian singer-rapper has posted an original song and video every week on social media for the past few years. He performs with his wife, Fat Nwigwe, and the ballad “Fye Fye” is a legit and smooth hit.
BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE: “Easy on Me,” Adele; “Moscow Mule,” Bad Bunny; “Woman,” Doja Cat; “Bad Habit,” Steve Lacy; “About Damned Time,” Lizzo; “As Is,” Harry Styles.
LANDRUM: That’s a tough question. Every song is a certified hit. Something tells me that in a category filled with strong competitors, Adele or Steve Lacy could win. But my mind, heart and soul are screaming “HARRY STYLES”. I’m going with my last thoughts. “As Is” for me please.
HALL: If voters were more inclined to pick Beyoncé in the top categories, Adele would probably get a win here.
BEST RAP PERFORMANCE: “GOD DID” with Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend, DJ Khaled & Friday; “Vegas,” Doja Cat; “Pushing the P” Gunna Future starring & Young Thug; “FNF (Let’s Go),” Hitkidd & GloRilla; “Heart Episode 5,” Kendrick Lamar
HALL: I have to give all my love to Memphis native GloRilla for her first Grammy nomination for her debut hit “FNF (Let’s Go).” proves he can go as tough as any male rapper.
LANDRUM: Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart Part 5” will win but DJ Khaled’s “GOD DID” must prevail. From where? Because Khaled’s Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Mr. God sure did it, with EGOT bringing John Legend and Rick Ross together on one track!
BEST R&B PERFORMANCE: “VIRGO’S GROOVE,” Beyoncé; “Here With Me” starring Anderson .Paak, Mary J. Blige; “Hrs &hrs,” Muni Long; “Done,” Lucky Daye; Jazmine Sullivan, “Break Me So Good”
LANDRUM: Jazmine Sullivan, who won the same category with “Pick Up Your Feelings” last year, can play again with “Hurt Me So Good”. The sheer appeal of Beyoncé’s “VIRGO’S GROOVE” gives her a strong chance to win, too. There are other valid contenders who have achieved big hits on their own, including Mary J. Blige and Lucky Daye. But if I were a bookie, my money would be in Muni Long’s “Hour”. & Hrs,” a groundbreaking hit for the best new artist contender. After maintaining strong momentum for a year, I believe Muni (pronounced Money) will be ready to make money as the winner of this category.
HALL: Muni Long, “Can I sing to you?” From that panting voice, it’s clear that he’s deftly in control. I hope he gets this win.
BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE: “Heartfirst”, Kelsea Balleri; “Something Orange,” Zach Bryan; “In Your Arms,” Miranda Lambert; “Circles Around This Town,” Maren Morris; “Live Forever” by Willie Nelson
HALL: I think the Recording Academy voters are trying to send a message by nominating “Live Forever” from Willie Nelson, who turns (notably) 90 this year and shows no signs of slowing down. But I think new artist Zach Bryan is gaining momentum this year and has a lot of buzz, so the slow-burning “Something In The Orange” should win.
LANDRUM: I think Zach Bryan is the biggest threat here for Willie Nelson. But with Nelson still performing at the age of 90, his song “Live Forever” is a fitting name for his musical legacy.
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