Grammy Nominations

Today is a big day in music with the announcement of the Grammy nominations. Jay-Z leads the pack (for that album?!?), with Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino and Khalid following closely behind. That’s all well and good, but where are the nominations for BTS???

Seriously though, I’m not feeling the nominations this year. Jay-Z is canceling tour dates because nobody wants to see his show (regardless of the reason he gives, that’s whats going on). How can the album he’s touring be nominated for 8 Grammy’s when even his most loyal fans aren’t bumping it?

Kendrick had a solid album and I love Bruno Mars, so I’m ok with them getting some noms. Childish Gambino is the trendy pick this year. While I liked his album, I wouldn’t say it’s groundbreaking and worthy of all these nominations. It’s throwback and almost a character piece. Gambino is a rapper, but Redbone contains zero rapping. Cool and fun, but the best of the best? hmmmm

Ed Sheeran had a huge year, but was only nominated twice for a hugely successful album.

It seems like those choosing the nominations are so out of touch but trying to be cool and with it. 4:44 isn’t the album Jay should win awards for.

Check out the complete list of nominations and let me know your thoughts below:

Album of the year:

  • “Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino
  • “4:44” — Jay-Z
  • “Damn.” — Kendrick Lamar
  • “Melodrama” — Lorde
  • “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Record of the year:

  • “Redbone” — Childish Gambino
  • “Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
  • “The Story of O.J.” — Jay-Z
  • “Humble.” — Kendrick Lamar
  • ”24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Song of the year

  • “Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)
  • “4:44” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)
  • “Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)
  • “1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)
  • “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

New artist

  • Alessia Cara
  • Khalid
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Julia Michaels
  • SZA

Pop solo performance

  • “Love So Soft” — Kelly Clarkson
  • “Praying” — Kesha
  • “Million Reasons” — Lady Gaga
  • “What About Us” — P!nk
  • “Shape of You” — Ed Sheeran

Pop duo/group performance

  • “Something Just Like This” — The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
  • “Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
  • “Thunder” — Imagine Dragons
  • “Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man
  • “Stay” — Zedd & Alessia Cara

Traditional pop vocal album

  • “Nobody But Me (Deluxe Version)” — Michael Bublé
  • “Triplicate” — Bob Dylan
  • “In Full Swing” — Seth MacFarlane
  • “Wonderland” — Sarah McLachlan
  • “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” — (Various Artists)

Pop vocal album

  • “Kaleidoscope EP” — Coldplay
  • “Lust for Life” — Lana Del Rey
  • “Evolve” — Imagine Dragons
  • “Rainbow” — Kesha
  • “Joanne” — Lady Gaga
  • “÷ (Divide)” — Ed Sheeran

Dance recording

  • “Bambro Koyo Ganda” — Bonobo featuring Innov Gnawa
  • “Cola” — Camelphat & Elderbrook
  • “Andromeda” — Gorillaz featuring Dram
  • “Tonite” — LCD Soundsystem
  • “Line of Sight” — Odesza featuring Wynne & Mansionair

Dance/electronic album

  • “Migration” — Bonobo
  • “3-D the Catalogue” — Kraftwerk
  • “Mura Masa” — Mura Masa
  • “A Moment Apart” — Odesza
  • “What Now” — Sylvan Esso

Contemporary instrumental album

  • “What If” — the Jerry Douglas Band
  • “Spirit” — Alex Han
  • “Mount Royal” — Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
  • “Prototype” — Jeff Lorber Fusion
  • “Bad Hombre” — Antonio Sanchez

Rock performance

  • “You Want It Darker” — Leonard Cohen
  • “The Promise” — Chris Cornell
  • “Run” — Foo Fighters
  • “No Good” — Kaleo
  • “Go to War” — Nothing More

Metal performance

  • “Invisible Enemy” — August Burns Red
  • “Black Hoodie” — Body Count
  • “Forever” — Code Orange
  • “Sultan’s Curse” — Mastodon
  • “Clockworks” — Meshuggah

Rock song

  • “Atlas, Rise!” — James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica)
  • “Blood in the Cut” — JT Daly & Kristine Flaherty, songwriters (K.Flay)
  • “Go to War” — Ben Anderson, Jonny Hawkins, Will Hoffman, Daniel Oliver, David Pramik & Mark Vollelunga, songwriters (Nothing More)
  • “Run” — Foo Fighters, songwriters (Foo Fighters)
  • “The Stage” — Zachary Baker, Brian Haner, Matthew Sanders, Jonathan Seward & Brooks Wackerman, songwriters (Avenged Sevenfold)

Rock album

  • “Emperor of Sand” — Mastodon
  • “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct” — Metallica
  • “The Stories We Tell Ourselves” — Nothing More
  • “Villains” — Queens of the Stone Age
  • “A Deeper Understanding” — the War on Drugs

R&B performance

  • “Get You” — Daniel Caesar featuring Kali Uchis
  • “Distraction” — Kehlani
  • “High” — Ledisi
  • “That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars
  • “The Weekend” — SZA

Traditional R&B performance

  • “Laugh and Move On” — the Baylor Project
  • “Redbone” — Childish Gambino
  • “What I’m Feelin'” — Anthony Hamilton teaturing the Hamiltones
  • “All the Way” — Ledisi
  • “Still” — Mali Music

R&B song

  • “First Began” — PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton)
  • “Location” — Alfredo Gonzalez, Olatunji Ige, Samuel David Jiminez, Christopher McClenney, Khalid Robinson & Joshua Scruggs, songwriters (Khalid)
  • “Redbone” — Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)
  • “Supermodel” — Tyran Donaldson, Terrence Henderson, Greg Landfair Jr., Solana Rowe & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (SZA)
  • “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Urban contemporary album

  • “Free 6lack” — 6lack
  • “Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino
  • “American Teen” — Khalid
  • “Ctrl” — SZA
  • “Starboy” — the Weeknd

R&B album

  • “Freudian” — Daniel Caesar
  • “Let Love Rule” — Ledisi
  • “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars
  • “Gumbo” — PJ Morton
  • “Feel the Real’ — Musiq Soulchild

Rap performance

  • “Bounce Back” — Big Sean
  • “Bodak Yellow” — Cardi B
  • “4:44” — Jay-Z
  • “Humble.” — Kendrick Lamar
  • “Bad and Boujee” — Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

Rap/sung performance

  • “Prblms” — 6lack
  • “Crew” — Goldlink featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
  • “Family Feud” — Jay-Z featuring Beyoncé
  • “Loyalty.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna
  • “Love Galore” — SZA featuring Travis Scott

Rap song

  • “Bodak Yellow” — Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters (Cardi B)
  • “Chase Me” — Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer, songwriters (Danger Mouse featuring Run the Jewels & Big Boi)
  • “Humble.” — K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
  • “Sassy” — E. Gabouer & M. Evans, songwriters (Rapsody)
  • “The Story of O.J.” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)

Rap album

  • “4:44” — Jay-Z
  • “Damn.” — Kendrick Lamar
  • “Culture” — Migos
  • “Laila’s Wisdom” — Rapsody
  • “Flower Boy” — Tyler, the Creator

Country solo performance

  • “Body Like a Back Road” — Sam Hunt
  • “Losing You” — Alison Krauss
  • “Tin Man” — Miranda Lambert
  • “I Could Use a Love Song” — Maren Morris
  • “Either Way” — Chris Stapleton

Country duo/group performance

  • “It Ain’t My Fault” — Brothers Osborne
  • “My Old Man” — Zac Brown Band
  • “You Look Good” — Lady Antebellum
  • “Better Man” — Little Big Town
  • “Drinkin’ Problem” — Midland

Country song

  • “Better Man” — Taylor Swift, songwriter (Little Big Town)
  • “Body Like a Back Road” — Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Sam Hunt)
  • “Broken Halos” — Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)
  • “Drinkin’ Problem” — Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach, songwriters (Midland)
  • “Tin Man” — Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

Country album

  • “Cosmic Hallelujah” — Kenny Chesney
  • “Heart Break” — Lady Antebellum
  • “The Breaker” — Little Big Town
  • “Life Changes” — Thomas Rhett
  • “From a Room: Volume 1” — Chris Stapleton

New Age album

  • “Reflection” — Brian Eno
  • “SongVersation: Medicine” — India.Arie
  • “Dancing on Water” — Peter Kater
  • “Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai, Volume 5” — Kitaro
  • “Spiral Revelation” — Steve Roach

Improvised jazz solo

  • “Can’t Remember Why” — Sara Caswell, soloist
  • “Dance of Shiva” — Billy Childs, soloist
  • “Whisper Not” — Fred Hersch, soloist
  • “Miles Beyond” — John McLaughlin, soloist
  • “Ilimba” — Chris Potter, soloist

Jazz vocal album

  • “The Journey” — The Baylor Project
  • “A Social Call” — Jazzmeia Horn
  • “Bad Ass and Blind” — Raul Midón
  • “Porter Plays Porter” — Randy Porter Trio With Nancy King
  • “Dreams and Daggers” — Cécile McLorin Salvant

Jazz instrumental album

  • “Uptown, Downtown” — Bill Charlap Trio
  • “Rebirth” — Billy Childs
  • “Project Freedom” — Joey DeFrancesco & the People
  • “Open Book” — Fred Hersch
  • “The Dreamer Is the Dream” — Chris Potter

Large jazz ensemble album

  • “MONK’estra Vol. 2” — John Beasley
  • “Jigsaw” — Alan Ferber Big Band
  • “Bringin’ It” — Christian McBride Big Band
  • “Homecoming” — Vince Mendoza & WDR Big Band Cologne
  • “Whispers on the Wind” — Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge

Latin jazz album

  • “Hybrido — From Rio to Wayne Shorter” — Antonio Adolfo
  • “Oddara” — Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
  • “Outra Coisa — The Music of Moacir Santos” — Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves
  • “Típico” — Miguel Zenón
  • “Jazz Tango” — Pablo Ziegler Trio

Gospel performance/song

  • “Too Hard Not To” — Tina Campbell
  • “You Deserve It” — JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise featuring Bishop Cortez Vaughn
  • “Better Days” — Le’Andria
  • “My Life” — the Walls Group
  • “Never Have to Be Alone” — CeCe Winans

Contemporary Christian music performance/song

  • “Oh My Soul” — Casting Crowns
  • “Clean” — Natalie Grant
  • “What a Beautiful Name” — Hillsong Worship
  • “Even If” — MercyMe
  • “Hills and Valleys” — Tauren Wells

Gospel album

  • “Crossover: Live From Music City” — Travis Greene
  • “Bigger Than Me” — Le’Andria
  • “Close” — Marvin Sapp
  • “Sunday Song” — Anita Wilson
  • “Let Them Fall in Love” — CeCe Winans

Contemporary Christian music album

  • “Rise” — Danny Gokey
  • “Echoes (Deluxe Edition) — Matt Maher
  • “Lifer” — MercyMe
  • “Hills and Valleys” — Tauren Wells
  • “Chain Breaker” — Zach Williams

Roots gospel album

  • “The Best of the Collingsworth Family — Volume 1” — the Collingsworth Family
  • “Give Me Jesus” — Larry Cordle
  • “Resurrection” — Joseph Habedank
  • “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” — Reba McEntire
  • “Hope for All Nations” — Karen Peck & New River

Latin pop album

  • “Lo Único Constante” — Alex Cuba
  • “Mis Planes Son Amarte” — Juanes
  • “Amar y Vivir en Vivo Desde la Ciudad de México, 2017” — La Santa Cecilia
  • “Musas (Un Homenaje al Folclore Latinoamericano en Manos de los Macorinos)” — Natalia Lafourcade
  • “El Dorado” — Shakira

Latin rock, urban or alternative album

  • “Ayo” — Bomba Estéreo
  • “Pa’ Fuera” — C4 Trío & Desorden Público
  • “Salvavidas de Hielo” — Jorge Drexler
  • “El Paradise” — Los Amigos Invisibles
  • “Residente” — Residente

Regional Mexican music album (including Tejano)

  • “Ni Diablo Ni Santo” — Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda
  • “Ayer y Hoy” — Banda el Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga
  • “Momentos” — Alex Campos
  • “Arriero Somos Versiones Acústicas” — Aida Cuevas
  • “Zapateando en el Norte” — Humberto Novoa, producer (Various Artists)

Tropical Latin album

  • “Albita” — Albita
  • “Art of the Arrangement” — Doug Beavers
  • “Salsa Big Band” — Rubén Blades con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta
  • “Gente Valiente” — Silvestre Dangond
  • “Indestructible” — Diego el Cigala

American roots performance

  • “Killer Diller Blues” — Alabama Shakes
  • “Let My Mother Live” — Blind Boys of Alabama
  • “Arkansas Farmboy” — Glen Campbell
  • “Steer Your Way” — Leonard Cohen
  • “I Never Cared for You” — Alison Krauss

American roots song

  • “Cumberland Gap” — David Rawlings
  • “I Wish You Well” — the Mavericks
  • “If We Were Vampires” — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
  • “It Ain’t Over Yet” — Rodney Crowell featuring Rosanne Cash & John Paul White
  • “My Only True Friend” — Gregg Allman

Americana album

  • “Southern Blood” — Gregg Allman
  • “Shine on Rainy Day” — Brent Cobb
  • “Beast Epic” — Iron & Wine
  • “The Nashville Sound” — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
  • “Brand New Day” — the Mavericks

Bluegrass album

  • “Fiddler’s Dream” — Michael Cleveland
  • “Laws of Gravity” — the Infamous Stringdusters
  • “Original” — Bobby Osborne
  • “Universal Favorite” — Noam Pikelny
  • “All the Rage – In Concert Volume One [Live]” — Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

Traditional blues album

  • “Migration Blues” — Eric Bibb
  • “Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio” — Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio
  • “Roll and Tumble” — R.L. Boyce
  • “Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train” — Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi
  • “Blue & Lonesome” — the Rolling Stones

Contemporary blues album

  • “Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm” — Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm
  • “Recorded Live in Lafayette” — Sonny Landreth
  • “TajMo” — Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’
  • “Got Soul” — Robert Randolph & the Family Band
  • “Live From the Fox Oakland” — Tedeschi Trucks Band

Folk album

  • “Mental Illness” — Aimee Mann
  • “Semper Femina” — Laura Marling
  • “The Queen of Hearts” — Offa Rex
  • “You Don’t Own Me Anymore” — the Secret Sisters
  • “The Laughing Apple” — Yusuf / Cat Stevens

Regional roots music album

  • “Top of the Mountain” — Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
  • “Ho’okena 3.0” — Ho’okena
  • “Kalenda” — Lost Bayou Ramblers
  • “Miyo Kekisepa, Make a Stand [Live]” — Northern Cree
  • “Pua Kiele” — Josh Tatofi

Reggae album

  • “Chronology” — Chronixx
  • “Lost in Paradise” — Common Kings
  • “Wash House Ting” — J Boog
  • “Stony Hill” — Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
  • “Avrakedabra” — Morgan Heritage

World music album

  • “Memoria de los Sentidos” — Vicente Amigo
  • “Para Mi” — Buika
  • “Rosa Dos Ventos” — Anat Cohen & Trio Brasileiro
  • “Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration” — Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • “Elwan” — Tinariwen

Children’s album

  • “Brighter Side” — Gustafer Yellowgold
  • “Feel What U Feel” — Lisa Loeb
  • “Lemonade” — Justin Roberts
  • “Rise Shine #Woke” — Alphabet Rockers
  • “Songs of Peace & Love for Kids & Parents Around the World” — Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Spoken word album (includes poetry, audiobooks & storytelling)

  • “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” — Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • “Born to Run” — Bruce Springsteen
  • “Confessions of a Serial Songwriter” — Shelly Peiken
  • “Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In (Bernie Sanders) — Bernie Sanders and Mark Ruffalo
  • “The Princess Diarist” — Carrie Fisher

Comedy album

  • “The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas” — Dave Chappelle
  • “Cinco” — Jim Gaffigan
  • “Jerry Before Seinfeld” — Jerry Seinfeld
  • “A Speck of Dust” — Sarah Silverman
  • “What Now?” — Kevin Hart

Musical theater album

  • “Come From Away” — Ian Eisendrath, August Eriksmoen, David Hein, David Lai & Irene Sankoff, producers; David Hein & Irene Sankoff, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  • “Dear Evan Hansen” — Ben Platt, principal soloist; Alex Lacamoire, Stacey Mindich, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, producers; Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  • “Hello, Dolly!” — Bette Midler, principal soloist; Steven Epstein, producer (Jerry Herman, composer & lyricist) (New Broadway Cast Recording)

Compilation soundtrack for visual media

  • “Baby Driver” (Various Artists)
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2” (Various Artists)
  • “Hidden Figures: The Album” (Various Artists)
  • “La La Land” (Various Artists)
  • “Moana: The Songs” (Various Artists)

Score soundtrack for visual media

  • “Arrival” — Jóhann Jóhannsson, composer
  • “Dunkirk” — Hans Zimmer, composer
  • “Game of Thrones: Season 7” — Ramin Djawadi, composer
  • “Hidden Figures” — Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams & Hans Zimmer, composers
  • “La La Land” — Justin Hurwitz, composer

Song written for visual media

  • “City of Stars” — Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone)
  • “How Far I’ll Go” — Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Auli’i Cravalho)
  • “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” — Jack Antonoff, Sam Dew & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Zayn & Taylor Swift)
  • “Never Give Up” — Sia Furler & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Sia)
  • “Stand Up for Something” — Common & Diane Warren, songwriters (Andra Day featuring Common)

Instrumental composition

  • “Alkaline” — Pascal Le Boeuf, composer (Le Boeuf Brothers & JACK Quartet)
  • “Choros #3” — Vince Mendoza, composer (Vince Mendoza & WDR Big Band Cologne)
  • “Home Free (For Peter Joe)” — Nate Smith, composer (Nate Smith)
  • “Three Revolutions” — Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill & Chucho Valdés)
  • “Warped Cowboy” — Chuck Owen, composer (Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge)

Arrangement, anstrumental or a cappella

  • “All Hat, No Saddle” — Chuck Owen, arranger (Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge)
  • “Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra From Catch Me If You Can” — John Williams, arranger (John Williams)
  • “Home Free (For Peter Joe)” — Nate Smith, arranger (Nate Smith)
  • “Ugly Beauty/Pannonica” — John Beasley, arranger (John Beasley)
  • “White Christmas” — Chris Walden, arranger (Herb Alpert)

Arrangement, instruments and vocals

  • “Another Day of Sun” — Justin Hurwitz, arranger (La La Land Cast)
  • “Every Time We Say Goodbye” — Jorge Calandrelli, arranger (Clint Holmes featuring Jane Monheit)
  • “I Like Myself” — Joel McNeely, arranger (Seth MacFarlane)
  • “I Loves You Porgy/There’s a Boat That’s Leavin’ Soon for New York” — Shelly Berg, Gregg Field, Gordon Goodwin & Clint Holmes, arrangers (Clint Holmes featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Count Basie Orchestra)
  • “Putin” — Randy Newman, arranger (Randy Newman)

Recording package

  • “El Orisha de la Rosa” — Claudio Roncoli & Cactus Taller, art directors (Magín Díaz)
  • “Mura Masa” — Alex Crossan & Matt De Jong, art directors (Mura Masa)
  • “Pure Comedy (Deluxe Edition)” — Sasha Barr, Ed Steed & Josh Tillman, art directors (Father John Misty)
  • “Sleep Well Beast” — Elyanna Blaser-Gould, Luke Hayman & Andrea Trabucco-Campos, art directors (The National)
  • “Solid State” — Gail Marowitz, art director (Jonathan Coulton) Gail Marowitz, art director (Jonathan Coulton)

Boxed or special limited edition package

  • “Bobo Yeye: Belle Epoque in Upper Volta” — Tim Breen, art director (Various Artists)
  • “Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (1984- 2014)” — Tom Hingston, art director (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)
  • “May 1977: Get Shown the Light” – Masaki Koike, art director (Grateful Dead)
  • “The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition” — Lawrence Azerrad, Timothy Daly & David Pescovitz, art directors (Various Artists)
  • “Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares” — Tim Breen, Benjamin Marra & Ken Shipley, art directors (Various Artists)

Album notes

  • “Arthur Q. Smith: The Trouble With the Truth” — Wayne Bledsoe & Bradley Reeves, album notes writers (Various Artists)
  • “Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition” — Ted Olson, album notes writer (Various Artists)
  • “The Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin” — Bryan S. Wright, album notes writer (Richard Dowling)
  • “Edouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, Inventor of Sound Recording: A Bicentennial Tribute” — David Giovannoni, album notes writer (Various Artists)
  • “Live at the Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings” — Lynell George, album notes writer (Otis Redding)
  • “Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams” — Michael Corcoran, album notes writer (Washington Phillips)

Historical album

  • “Bobo Yeye: Belle Epoque in Upper Volta” — Jon Kirby, Florent Mazzoleni, Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton & Maria Rice, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
  • “The Goldberg Variations — the Complete Unreleased Recording Sessions June 1955” — Robert Russ, compilation producer; Matthias Erb, Martin Kistner & Andreas K. Meyer, mastering engineers (Glenn Gould)
  • “Leonard Bernstein — the Composer” — Robert Russ, compilation producer; Martin Kistner & Andreas K. Meyer, mastering engineers (Leonard Bernstein)
  • “Sweet as Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From the Horn of Africa” — Nicolas Sheikholeslami & Vik Sohonie, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
  • “Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams” — Michael Corcoran, April G. Ledbetter & Steven Lance Ledbetter, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Washington Phillips)

Engineered album, non-classical

  • “Every Where Is Some Where” — Brent Arrowood, Miles Comaskey, JT Daly, Tommy English, Kristine Flaherty, Adam Hawkins, Chad Howat & Tony Maserati, engineers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer (K.Flay)
  • “Is This the Life We Really Want?” — Nigel Godrich, Sam Petts-Davies & Darrell Thorp, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Roger Waters)
  • “Natural Conclusion” — Ryan Freeland, engineer; Joao Carvalho, mastering engineer (Rose Cousins)
  • “No Shape” — Shawn Everett & Joseph Lorge, engineers; Patricia Sullivan, mastering engineer (Perfume Genius)
  • “24K Magic” — Serban Ghenea, John Hanes & Charles Moniz, engineers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer (Bruno Mars)

Producer of the year, non-classical

  • Calvin Harris
  • Greg Kurstin
  • Blake Mills
  • No I.D.
  • The Stereotypes

Remixed recording

  • “Can’t Let You Go (Louie Vega Roots Mix)” — Louie Vega, remixer (Loleatta Holloway)
  • “Funk O’ De Funk (SMLE Remix)” — SMLE, remixers (Bobby Rush)
  • “Undercover (Adventure Club Remix)” — Leighton James & Christian Srigley, remixers (Kehlani)
  • “A Violent Noise (Four Tet Remix)” — Four Tet, remixer (The xx)
  • “You Move (Latroit Remix)” — Dennis White, remixer (Depeche Mode)

Surround sound album

  • “Early Americans” — Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Jim Anderson & Jane Ira Bloom, surround producers (Jane Ira Bloom)
  • “Kleiberg: Mass for Modern Man” — Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Eivind Gullberg Jensen & Trondheim Symphony Orchestra And Choir)
  • “So Is My Love” — Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Nina T. Karlsen & Ensemble 96)
  • “3-D the Catalogue” — Fritz Hilpert, surround mix engineer; Tom Ammermann, surround mastering engineer; Fritz Hilpert, surround producer (Kraftwerk)
  • “Tyberg: Masses” — Jesse Brayman, surround mix engineer; Jesse Brayman, surround mastering engineer; Blanton Alspaugh, surround producer (Brian A. Schmidt, Christopher Jacobson & South Dakota Chorale)

Engineered album, classical

  • “Danielpour: Songs of Solitude & War Songs” — Gary Call, engineer (Thomas Hampson, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)
  • “Kleiberg: Mass for Modern Man” — Morten Lindberg, engineer (Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Trondheim Vokalensemble & Trondheim Symphony Orchestra)
  • “Schoenberg, Adam: American Symphony; Finding Rothko; Picture Studies” — Keith O. Johnson & Sean Royce Martin, engineers (Michael Stern & Kansas City Symphony)
  • “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio” — Mark Donahue, engineer (Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
  • “Tyberg: Masses” — John Newton, engineer; Jesse Brayman, mastering engineer (Brian A. Schmidt, Christopher Jacobson & South Dakota Chorale)

Producer of the year, classical

  • Blanton Alspaugh
  • Manfred Eicher
  • David Frost
  • Morten Lindberg
  • Judith Sherman

Orchestral performance

  • “Concertos for Orchestra” — Louis Langrée, conductor (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)
  • “Copland: Symphony No. 3; Three Latin American Sketches” — Leonard Slatkin, conductor (Detroit Symphony Orchestra)
  • “Debussy: Images; Jeux & aa Plus Que Lente” — Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)
  • “Mahler: Symphony No. 5” — Osmo Vänskä, conductor (Minnesota Orchestra)
  • “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio” — Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

Opera recording

  • “Berg: Lulu” — Lothar Koenigs, conductor; Daniel Brenna, Marlis Petersen & Johan Reuter; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra)
  • “Berg: Wozzeck” — Hans Graf, conductor; Anne Schwanewilms & Roman Trekel; Hans Graf, producer (Houston Symphony; Chorus of Students and Alumni, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University & Houston Grand Opera Children’s Chorus)
  • “Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles” — Gianandrea Noseda, conductor; Diana Damrau, Mariusz Kwiecień, Matthew Polenzani & Nicolas Testé; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
  • “Handel: Ottone” — George Petrou, conductor; Max Emanuel Cencic & Lauren Snouffer; Jacob Händel, producer (Il Pomo D’Oro)
  • “Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel” — Valery Gergiev, conductor; Vladimir Feliauer, Aida Garifullina & Kira Loginova; Ilya Petrov, producer (Mariinsky Orchestra; Mariinsky Chorus)

Choral Performance

  • “Bryars: The Fifth Century” — Donald Nally, conductor (PRISM Quartet; The Crossing)
  • “Handel: Messiah” — Andrew Davis, conductor; Noel Edison, chorus master (Elizabeth DeShong, John Relyea, Andrew Staples & Erin Wall; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir)
  • “Mansurian: Requiem” — Alexander Liebreich, conductor; Florian Helgath, chorus master (Anja Petersen & Andrew Redmond; Münchener Kammerorchester; RIAS Kammerchor)
  • “Music of the Spheres” — Nigel Short, conductor (Tenebrae)
  • “Tyberg: Masses” — Brian A. Schmidt, conductor (Christopher Jacobson; South Dakota Chorale)

Chamber music/small ensemble performance

  • “Buxtehude: Trio Sonatas, Op. 1” — Arcangelo
  • “Death & the Maiden” — Patricia Kopatchinskaja & the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • “Divine Theatre — Sacred Motets by Giaches De Wert” — Stile Antico
  • “Franck, Kurtág, Previn & Schumann” — Joyce Yang & Augustin Hadelich
  • “Martha Argerich & Friends — Live From Lugano 2016” — Martha Argerich & Various Artists

Classical instrumental solo

  • “Bach: The French Suites” — Murray Perahia
  • “Haydn: Cello Concertos” — Steven Isserlis; Florian Donderer, conductor (The Deutsch Kammerphilharmonie Bremen)
  • “Levina: The Piano Concertos” — Maria Lettberg; Ariane Matiakh, conductor (Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin)
  • “Shostakovich: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2” — Frank Peter Zimmermann; Alan Gilbert, conductor (NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester)
  • “Transcendental” – Daniil Trifonov

Classical solo vocal album

  • “Bach & Telemann: Sacred Cantatas” — Philippe Jaroussky; Petra Müllejans, conductor (Ann-Kathrin Brüggemann & Juan de la Rubia; Freiburger Barockorchester)
  • “Crazy Girl Crazy — Music by Gershwin, Berg & Berio” — Barbara Hannigan (Orchestra Ludwig)
  • “Gods & Monsters” — Nicholas Phan; Myra Huang, accompanist
  • “In War & Peace — Harmony Through Music” — Joyce DiDonato; Maxim Emelyanychev, conductor (Il Pomo D’Oro)
  • “Sviridov: Russia Cast Adrift” — Dmitri Hvorostovsky; Constantine Orbelian, conductor (St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra & Style of Five Ensemble)

Classical compendium

  • “Barbara” — Alexandre Tharaud; Cécile Lenoir, producer
  • “Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto & Oboe Concerto” — Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer
  • “Kurtág: Complete Works for Ensemble & Choir” — Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor; Guido Tichelman, producer
  • “Les Routes de l’Esclavage” — Jordi Savall, conductor; Benjamin Bleton, producer
  • “Mademoiselle: Première Audience — Unknown Music of Nadia Boulanger” — Lucy Mauro; Lucy Mauro, producer

Contemporary classical composition

  • “Danielpour: Songs of Solitude” — Richard Danielpour, composer (Thomas Hampson, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)
  • “Higdon: Viola Concerto” — Jennifer Higdon, composer (Roberto Díaz, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)
  • “Mansurian: Requiem” — Tigran Mansurian, composer (Alexander Liebreich, Florian Helgath, RIAS Kammerchor & Münchener Kammerorchester)
  • “Schoenberg, Adam: Picture Studies” — Adam Schoenberg, composer (Michael Stern & Kansas City Symphony)
  • “Zhou Tian: Concerto for Orchestra” — Zhou Tian, composer (Louis Langrée & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)

Music video

  • ” Up All Night” — (Beck) Canada, video director; Laura Serra Estorch & Oscar Romagosa, video producers
  • “Makeba” — (Jain) Lionel Hirle & Gregory Ohrel, video directors; Yodelice, video producer
  • “The Story of O.J.” — (Jay-Z) Shawn Carter & Mark Romanek, video directors; Daniel Midgley, video producer
  • “Humble.” — (Kendrick Lamar) The Little Homies & Dave Meyers, video directors; Jason Baum, Dave Free, Jamie Rabineau, Nathan K. Scherrer & Anthony Tiffith, video producers
  • “1-800-273-8255” — (Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid) Andy Hines, video director; Andrew Lerios, video producer

Music film

  • “One More Time With Feeling” (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds) Andrew Dominik, video director; Dulcie Kellett & James Wilson, video producers
  • “Long Strange Trip” (The Grateful Dead) Amir Bar-Lev, video director; Alex Blavatnik, Ken Dornstein, Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff & Justin Kreutzmann, video producers
  • “The Defiant Ones” (Various Artists) Allen Hughes, video director; Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams, video producers
  • “Soundbreaking” (Various Artists) Maro Chermayeff & Jeff Dupre, video directors; Joshua Bennett, Julia Marchesi, Sam Pollard, Sally Rosenthal, Amy Schewel & Warren Zanes, video producers

Gwyneth Paltrow is engaged

Gwyneth Paltrow is engaged to Brad Falchuk, her boyfriend of three years. The pair met in 2014 on the set of Glee, which was co-created and executive produced by Falchuk. Fans of the show will remember Paltrow as substitute teacher Holly Holliday.

Paltrow and Chris Martin famously ‘consciously uncoupled’ in 2014 and her relationship with Falchuk became public in 2015. Paltrow and Martin are friendly exes who co-parent their daughter Apple, 13, and son Moses, 11.

As for her new fiance, Brad was previously married to TV producer Suzanne Falchuk. They share two children, Isabella and Brody.

I think Brad’s a downgrade from Chris Martin, what do you think?


Song of the Day


How could it be anything else? Fresh off seeing BTS perform at the American Music Awards, I now get what all the craze is about! I don’t know what they’re singing about, and I don’t care. I love the song, their look, and the choreography. Warning – this will stay in your head all day and you may become obsessed. For my Twitter friends (@poppykulture) wondering, I’ve decided RM (Rap Monster) and Jungkook are my favorite members.

AMA’s Performance

Happy Anniversary Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary today! 70 YEARS!

The Queen gave Philip an interesting gift to celebrate the occasion. The Buckingham Palace announced that Philip, 96, was given the Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) — a particular honor given by the monarch to recognize distinguished personal service to her.

The Queen has described her husband as her “strength and stay” throughout her reign and in their marriage. With so many marriage scandals in the Royal palace, it’s nice to see these two weather the storms and stick it out.



Victorias Secret model takes hard fall at fashion show

Ming Xi took a hard fall during the Victoria’s Secret fashion show on Sunday night. Her fellow angel Gizele Oliveira helped her up and encouraged her to keep going.

Could this show be more of a wreck?! First, big models like GiGi Hadid were banned. Then, the musical act, Katy Perry was banned. Now, an Angel eats it and takes a long time to get up.

The show will air on television November 28th at 10pm est. I’m guessing they’ll edit this out??

American Music Awards – Performance Highs and Lows

Did you watch the AMA’s last night? There were a few amazing performances and some truly disappointing efforts.



The Korean sensation performed last night to a lot of fanfare. (The girls in the crowd were screaming and crying like all good boy band fans do). I’m not sure their vocals were live, but these guys can dance! Such a fun, energetic performance. Now I need to figure out who my favorite member is.


Pink outsung Kelly Clarkson in their opening number and knocked it out of the park during her daring performance of Beautiful Trauma. Pink is a legit aerial performer! She was hanging from a building performing choreography at 90 degrees and singing live. Amazing!

Imagine Dragons and Khalid

These acts were made for a collaboration alternating between Thunder and Young, Dumb and Broke. Their energy was off the charts!

Kelly Clarkson

Clarkson started with Miss Independent and went into Love So Soft. She sounded great and those were the right songs to sing.

Macklemore and Skylar Grey

Click here to check out the performance.

Glorious is such an uplifting track and Macklemore and Grey brought it last night. They both sounded flawless and it reminded me of why Macklemore is a star.


Selena Gomez

You all know I love Selena but this performance was bad. The production was awkward with Gomez apparently waking up in the forest after a car accident? The witches/bad spirits were just confusing and her heavy lip sync was disappointing. It doesn’t help that the song is bad.

Kelly Clarkson and Pink

Everybody Hurts was an awkward choice for an opening number. Pink sounded great, but Clarkson tried to do too much and it didn’t work. The REM song is so beautiful and powerful on it’s own, all they had to do was sing the melody and let the moment take care of itself.

Christina Aguilera’s Whitney Houston Tribute

Ugh. It started strong, but quickly went downhill. I am Whitney’s biggest fan and I used to stan for Christina, but her vocals are not the same as they used to be. She was flat, sharp and at times seemed to be impersonating Cher. She also looked awful.




American Music Awards – Best and Worst Dressed

I watched every second of the American Music Awards last night. It started strong, got really boring, then BTS arrived. (FYI – I now understand what the hype is about.)

The fashion was as inconsistent as the live performers. Some surprisingly great looks and the usual trainwrecks we’ve come to expect from a music awards show.

Best Dressed

Selena Gomez

I’m dead. The new blonde hair and leather dress are PERFECT for Selena and the AMA’s. Getting back with Justin looks good on her!

Jenna Dewan-Tatum 

This dress shows off Jena’s killer body while the hair and makeup is natural and glam. Jena usually looks nice, but this look knocked it out of the park.

Nick Jonas

Nick looks put together, but fun and appropriate for the AMAs.

Skylar Grey

Skylar flew into LA on Sunday after performing on Saturday Night Live with Eminem just hours before. She performed with Macklemore on last night and looked surprisingly put together. The dress, hair and makeup work with Grey’s cool vibe.

Caleb McLaughlin

Although I could do without the matching shoes, Caleb’s outfit is young, fresh and fun. Exactly what you’d expect from the Stranger Things star.

Nicole Kidman

The boots don’t photograph well, but Nicole looked simply beautiful last night. She always dresses well and a little understated at these music events, allowing her husband to have the spotlight. I love the black velvet dress, simple hair and makeup.

Worst Dressed

Kelly Clarkson

The dress is bad but it’s the hair and makeup that put it over the edge! She looks like a Disney villain.


Pink needs to stop with layered tulle dresses! They look like they’re going to the prom not the AMA’s red carpet.

Julia Michaels

This dress is a disaster. The layered tulle isn’t working and that odd cutout design is just confusing. Her hair and makeup don’t work with the dress, but then again, what would? (Michaels tattoos are really distracting as well.)

Machine Gun Kelly

MGK isn’t afraid to take fashion risks, but this one didn’t work. I don’t hate the print, but the proportions are wrong. He looks like a deranged art school dropout.

Yara Shahidi

She looks like a schoolgirl trying to dress like Pharrell Williams. Some may dig it, but for those hideous shorts alone, it’s on my worst dressed list.

Diana Ross

What in the hell is this supposed to be? It looks like a black garbage bag and tulle threw up. And those shoes?! It was a big night for Ross, but her red carpet look is a no.

Do you agree with me? Sound off in the comments.



SOng of the day

All I Ask – Bruno Mars / Adele

All I Ask is technically an Adele song, but I’m in love with Bruno Mars version. Mars co-wrote the song with Adele and it should have been a bigger hit for her. After a disastrous performance at the Grammys, her team decided not to release it as a single. It’s one of the best break up songs ever about sharing one more night together. Mars version is a little bit more upbeat, but the message is still there:

Adele’s version

Justice League Premiere

The Hollywood premiere for the Justice League was held last night at the Dolby Theater. The League members were all in attendance to build anticipation for Friday’s release.

The Cast

Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Henry Cavill (Superman), Ezra Miller (The Flash), Gal Godot (Wonder Woman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Ben Affleck (Batman)

Amber Heard

Ben Affleck

Connie Nielsen

Diane Lane

Gal Gadot

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa and wife, Lisa Bonet

Jason Moama and Ben Affleck

Gal Gadot looked stunning. Diane Lane looks awful. Amber Heards hair is weird. Lisa Bonet looks like she’s about to be eaten by Kahl Drogo.

Are you geeking out for Justice League???

Jordan Sparks is married and expecting a baby

Surprise! American Idol winner Jordan Sparks, 27, is married with a baby on the way. The singer secretly wed Dana Isaiah, 25, in mid-July.

Sparks and the model started dating earlier this year after meeting in Houston, TX where Sparks was in town for the Super Bowl. Isaiah moved to LA a month later to pursue modeling and they’ve been together ever since. Their baby is due sometime in the spring.

I’m happy for Jordan! I always felt like Jason Derulo treated her like crap. Hopefully Isaiah is a standup guy and they’ll go the distance.