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Hey Everyone! We’re happy to be back with the 1st Music Monday of the semester – Today, the obvious thing to talk about is The Grammys! For those of you who live under a rock, the Grammys were last night and the only things you really missed were Miranda Lambert being a badass, Beyoncé slaying it, Obama made an appearance and Sam Smith basically being the Grammy MVP.

Overall The top three performances were:

  • Beyonce – Duh. But honestly she is such a beautiful person and inspiration and she did the song so well and elegantly.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/08/beyonce-grammys-performance_n_6629820.html

  • Sia – BECAUSE KRISTEN WIIG

http://www.today.com/popculture/kristen-wiig-steals-show-grammy-dance-sias-chandelier-2D80482178

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/02/08/kristen_wiig_dances_to_sia_s_chandelier_on_the_grammys_video.html

And last but not least President Obama, who made,  without a doubt, the best speech a US President has ever given at a Pop culture award show EVER – WATCH IT http://www.upworthy.com/president-obama-interrupted-the-grammys-to-make-a-statement-more-remarkable-than-any-award-or-dress

 

In case you really need to know – below are all the major winners in Bold and who Kathleen and I think should have won.

Album of the Year: Beck, Morning Phase

Beck, Morning Phase
Beyoncé, Beyoncé – Because she’s perfect (Duh) http://www.buzzfeed.com/iramadison/who-is-beck-tho#.owkv9rdbR (READ THIS)
Ed Sheeran, x – See above
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Pharrell Williams, Girl
Song of the Year

“Chandelier,” Sia
“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
“Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith
“Take Me to Church,” Hozier – We both agreed that this was the best song of the year. A great tune, and a powerful song. If you haven’t yet Watch the music video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYSVMgRr6pw

 

Best New Artist

Bastille – We vote Bastille, because they have more than one song we know and seem to sum up the year in music more.
Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
Haim
Sam Smith

 

Record of the Year (Record of the year focuses more on production)

“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift – We vote Taylor Swift, because “She’s my girl”
“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor

 

Best Rap Album:

Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Childish Gambino, Because the Internet
Common, Nobody’s Smiling
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP2 ­– Whooo 313
ScHoolboy Q, Oxymoron
Wiz Khalifa, Blacc Hollywood

 

Best Rap Song

“Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj
“Bound 2,” Kanye West & Charlie Wilson
“i,” Kendrick Lamar
“We Dem Boyz,” Wiz Khalifa
“0 to 100/The Catch Up,” Drake

(Don’t really care – Sorry!)

 

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

“Blak Majik,” Common feat. Jhené Aiko
The Monster,” Eminem feat. Rihanna Yay for them!
“Tuesday,” I Love Makonnen feat. Drake
“Studio,” ScHoolboy Q feat. BJ The Chicago Kid
“Bound 2,” Kanye West & Charlie Wilson

 

Best Pop Vocal Album

Coldplay, Ghost Stories – I vote Coldplay because once again they have created a timeless album that you could listen to while studying or dancing around in your bedroom belting at the top of your lungs. Coldplay does a great job creating a unique sound that everyone can love.
Miley Cyrus, Bangerz  – Kath votes Miley, because “her award acceptance speech would have been funny”  Don’t worry folks I’ll be confronting these issues soon.
Ariana Grande, My Everything
Katy Perry, Prism
Ed Sheeran, x
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
“A Sky Full of Stars,” Coldplay
“Say Something,” A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera – “YAY” ~ Jess
“Bang Bang,” Ariana Grande, Jessie J, & Nicki Minaj – Kathleen votes this one because Say Something annoys her”
“Dark Horse,” Katy Perry feat. Juicy J

 

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek ­– Agreed because Tony Bennett can do no wrong
Johnny Mathis, Sending You a Little Christmas
Annie Lennox, Nostalgia
Barbra Streisand, Partners
Barry Manilow, Night Songs

 

Best Country Solo Performance

Eric Church, “Give Me Back My Hometown”
Hunter Hayes, “Invisible”
Miranda Lambert, “Automatic”
Carrie Underwood, “Something in the Water” – This song is incredible and anytime Carrie is up she deserves to win. That being said we would also be okay with Miranda or Eric winning but are SO happy for Carrie.
Keith Urban, “Cop Car”

 

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

The Band Perry, “Gentle on My Mind”
Miranda Lambert With Carrie Underwood, “Somethin’ Bad” – This song was SO good (Kath)
Little Big Town, “Day Drinking”
Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” – This song was the key song of my summer and is so sweet and wonderful. I love every time Tim and Faith collaborate. (Jess)
Keith Urban feat. Eric Church, “Raise ‘Em Up”

 

Best Country Song: Glen Campbell, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”

“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney – Kath’s vote
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell 
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill – Jess’s Vote

Best Country Album

 

Dierks Bentley, Riser
Eric Church, The Outsiders
Lee Ann Womack, The Way I’m Livin’
Brandy Clark, 12 Stories
Miranda Lambert, PlatinumWe LOVE Dierks more than words can describe but our girl Miranda deserved to win.

 

Best Rock Album:

Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
Beck, Morning Phase
The Black Keys, Turn Blue
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye
U2, Songs of Innocence

 

Best Rock Song

“Ain’t It Fun,” Paramore – Yay!
“Blue Moon,” Beck
“Fever,” The Black Keys
“Gimme Something Good,” Ryan Adams
“Lazaretto,” Jack White

 

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

Jhene Aiko, Sail Out
Beyoncé, Beyoncé – We all know Queen B deserved to win.
Chris Brown, X
Mali Music, Mali Is
Pharrell Williams, G I R L

 

Best R&B Performance

“Drunk in Love,” Beyoncé feat. Jay Z YASSSSSS
“New Flame,” Chris Brown feat. Usher & Rick Ross
“It’s Your World,” Jennifer Hudson feat. R. Kelly
“Like This,” Ledisi
“Good Kisser,” Usher

 

Best R&B Song

“Drunk in Love,” Beyoncé feat. Jay Z YASSSSS x2
“Good Kisser,” Usher
“New Flame,” Chris Brown feat. Usher & Rick Ross
“Options (Wolfjames Version),” Luke James feat. Rick Ross
“The Worst,” Jhené Aiko

 

Best Song Written for Visual Media

“Everything Is Awesome!!!”
Track from: The Lego Movie – Everything IS awesome, about this song (Kath)

“I See Fire”
Track from: The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug – How could anything beat Ed? (Jess)

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
Track from: Glen Campbell, I’ll Be Me

“Let It Go”
Track from: Frozen

“The Moon Song”
Track from: Her

 

Best Music Video

“We Exist,” Arcade Fire
“Turn Down for What,” DJ Snake & Lil Jon
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams – I agree but the Sia one was fabulous too.
“The Golden Age,” Woodkid feat. Max Richter

 

Now get geared up for the 2016 Grammys!

Jess Bond

V.P. & Website Manager

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