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Can we Talk? 2017 Grammy Nominations

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Well. It’s been one hell of the year  in music and life and it ain’t over yet!!!  Adele, Beyonce and Kanye West lead the 2017 Grammy parade of hits. So, get your stuff I’m going to grab a fresh cup of lemonade and a few other pop culture goodies for the ride. Alright, let’s get into it! Last I add to the blog all was almost right in Gotham City. A black man had been elected as the president of these United State’s, Prince was alive and funky as ever and Right was indeed right, wrong was always undoubtedly wrong. 2016 will most defiantly be going out with a bang that we will all remember for a long time. But, enough of my views of this year’s biggest moment, I’ll save that for my year in review (note to self). OK, so. Let’s get into it.

For the “Record of the Year”, I honestly don’t know which song should get this award. Adele is the best vocalist period. As far as ballad diva are concerned she is all by herself. Nobody can touch her in that respect.  but, I listen to Hello once, twice , three times then I’m done with this song. Until it comes on in the car, airport, Starbucks. Beyonce’s Formation was the anthem of summer sixteen. It was the only project I played consistently the entire year, I made sure I got my Formation Tour ticket and I bought ($50 bone) the ugliest T’shirt I have ever owned, at the show. (No I was not drunk; I just had to have it) Formation the song and Lemonade the project is also the needed social-political artistic statement the nation needed to hear from a black artist on how African-American’s are/have processed racism in America. For me Lemonade is timeless perfection.

7 years by Lukas Graham, Work by Rihanna and Stressed Out by Twenty OnePilots are all great songs and I would not be mad if any of them won. Each artist in this Categorgy had a great year and could take home music most coveted award.

If the 2017 Grammy’s hire me to producer th performances this is how I would lay out the performances.

For the list full list of nominees go to  grammy.com

Record Of The Year

Hello

Adele

Greg Kurstin, producer; Julian Burg, Tom Elmhirst, Greg Kurstin, Liam Nolan & Alex Pasco, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne & Randy Merrill, mastering engineers

Track from: 25

Label: XL Recordings/Columbia Records

Formation

Beyoncé

Beyoncé Knowles, Mike Will Made-It & Pluss, producers; Jaycen Joshua & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
Track from: Lemonade
Label: Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records

7 Years

Lukas Graham

Future Animals & Pilo, producers; Delbert Bowers, Sebastian Fogh, Stefan Forrest & David LaBrel, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer

Track from: Lukas Graham

Label: Warner Bros. Records

Work

Rihanna Featuring Drake

Boi-1da, producer; Noel “Gadget” Campbell, Kuk Harrell, Manny Marroquin, Noah “40” Shebib & Marcos Tovar, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Label: Westbury Road Entertainment

Stressed Out

Twenty One Pilots

Mike Elizondo & Tyler Joseph, producers; Neal Avron & Adam Hawkins, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Track from: Blurryface
Label: Fueled By Ramen

Album Of The Year

25

Adele

Danger Mouse, Samuel Dixon, Paul Epworth, Greg Kurstin, Max Martin, Ariel Rechtshaid, Shellback, The Smeezingtons & Ryan Tedder, producers; Julian Burg, Austen Jux Chandler, Cameron Craig, Samuel Dixon, Tom Elmhirst, Declan Gaffney, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Jan Holzner, Michael Ilbert, Chris Kasych, Greg Kurstin, Charles Moniz, Liam Nolan, Alex Pasco, Mike Piersante, Ariel Rechtshaid, Rich Rich, Dave Schiffman & Matt Wiggins, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne & Randy Merrill, mastering engineers
Label: XL Recordings/Columbia Records

Lemonade

Beyoncé

James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd & Jack White, featured artists; Vincent Berry II, Ben Billions, James Blake, BOOTS, Jonny Coffer, Dannyboystyles, Michael Dean, Alex Delicata, Diplo, Derek Dixie, Kevin Garrett, Diana Gordon, HazeBanga, Hit-Boy, Just Blaze, King Henry, Beyoncé Knowles, Ezra Koenig, Jeremy McDonald, MeLo-X, Mike Will Made-It, Pluss & Jack White, producers; Mike Dean, Jaycen Joshua, Greg Koller, Tony Maserati, Lester Mendoza, Vance Powell, Joshua V. Smith & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
Label: Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records

Purpose

Justin Bieber

Big Sean, Diplo, Halsey, Travis Scott & Skrillex, featured artists; The Audibles, Axident, Justin Bieber, Big Taste, Benny Blanco, Blood, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Scott “Scooter” Braun, Mike Dean, Diplo, Gladius, Nico Hartikainen, Mark “The Mogul” Jackson, Steve James, Ian Kirkpatrick, Maejor, MdL, Skrillex, Jeremy Snyder & @ S O U N D Z, producers; Simon Cohen, Diplo, Mark “Exit” Goodchild, Josh Gudwin, Jaycen Joshua, Manny Marroquin, Chris ‘Tek’ O’Ryan, Johannes Rassina, Gregg Rominiecki, Chris Sclafani, Skrillex, Dylan William & Andrew Wuepper, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne & Randy Merrill, mastering engineers
Label: Def Jam Recordings

Views

Drake

dvsn, Future, Kyla, PartyNextDoor, Rihanna & Wizkid, featured artists; Brian Alexander-Morgan, Axlfoliethc, Beat Bully, Boi-1Da, Cardo, Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-Quee, Daxz, DJ Dahi, Frank Dukes, Maneesh, Murda Beatz, Nineteen85, Ricci Riera, Allen Ritter, Noah “40” Shebib, Southside, Sevn Thomas, Jordan Ullman, Kanye West, Wizkid & Young Exclusive, producers; Noel Cadastre, Noel “Gadget” Campbell, Seth Firkins, David “Prep” Bijan Huges & Noah “40” Shebib, engineers/mixers; Chris Athens, mastering engineer
Label: Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records

A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson, producer; Geoff Allan, David Ferguson & Sean Sullivan, engineers/mixers; Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer
Label: Atlantic

Song Of The Year

Formation

 Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
Track from: Lemonade
Label: Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records; Publisher(s): WB Music Corp./Sounds From Eardrummers LLC/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp/Oakland 13 Music

Hello

 Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
Track from: 25
Label: XL Recordings/Columbia Records; Publisher(s): Universal – Songs of Polygram Int’l, Inc./EMI April Music Inc./Kurstin Music

I Took A Pill In Ibiza

Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
Label: Island; Publisher(s): North Greenway Productions/SonyATV Tunes LLC

Love Yourself

Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
Label: Def Jam Recordings; Publisher(s): Songs Of Universal, Inc. o/b/o Please Don’t Forget To Pay Me Music/Universal Music Corp. o/b/o Bieber Time Publishing/SonyATV Songs LLC

7 Years

Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)
Track from: Lukas Graham
Label: Warner Bros. Records; Publisher(s): WB Music Corp o/b/o Lukas Graham Songs/WB Music Corp o/b/o Stefpublishing & Halla!Halla! Publishing/Then We Take The World/Westside Independent Music Publishing o/b/o Thou Art the Hunger/Late 80’s Music/F*** YOU DAVE

Best New Artist

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  •  The Chainsmokers
  • Chance The Rapper
  • Maren Morris
  • Anderson .Paak

Best Pop Solo Performance

Hello

Adele

Track from: 25
Label: XL Recordings/Columbia Records

Hold Up

Beyoncé

Track from: Lemonade
Label: Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records

Love Yourself

Justin Bieber

Label: Def Jam Recordings

Piece By Piece (Idol Version)

Kelly Clarkson

Label: RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited

Dangerous Woman

Ariana Grande

Track from: Dangerous Woman
Label: Republic Records

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Closer

The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey

Label: Disruptor Records/Columbia

7 Years

Lukas Graham

Track from: Lukas Graham
Label: Warner Bros. Records

Work

Rihanna Featuring Drake

Label: Westbury Road Entertainment

Cheap Thrills

Sia Featuring Sean Paul

Label: RCA Records/Monkey Puzzle Records

Stressed Out

Twenty One Pilots

Track from: Blurryface
Label: Fueled By Ramen

Best Pop Vocal Album

25

Adele

Label: XL Recordings/Columbia Records

Purpose

Justin Bieber

Label: Def Jam Recordings

Dangerous Woman

Ariana Grande

Label: Republic

Confident

Demi Lovato

Label: Hollywood Records/Island Records

This Is Acting

Sia

Label: Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records

Best Rock Performance

Joe (Live From Austin City Limits)

Alabama Shakes
Label: ATO Records

Don’t Hurt Yourself

Beyoncé Featuring Jack White
Track from: Lemonade
Label: Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records

Blackstar

David Bowie
Track from: Blackstar
Label: ISO/Columbia Records

The Sound Of Silence (Live On Conan

Disturbed

Label: Reprise

Heathens

Twenty One Pilots
Track from: Suicide Squad: The Album
Label: Atlantic Records

Best R&B Performance

Turnin’ Me Up

BJ The Chicago Kid
Track from: In My Mind
Label: Motown Records

Permission

Ro James
Track from: Eldorado
Label: ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records

I Do

Musiq Soulchild
Track from: Life On Earth
Label: My Block, Inc./Entertainment One

Needed Me

Rihanna
Label: Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation Records

Cranes In The Sky

Solange
Track from: A Seat At The Table
Label: Columbia Records/Parkwood Entertainment

Best Traditional R&B Performance

The Three Of Me

William Bell

Track from: This Is Where I Live

 Label: Stax Records

Woman’s World

BJ The Chicago Kid
Track from: In My Mind
Label: Motown Records

Sleeping With The One I Love

Fantasia
Track from: The Definition Of…
Label: RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited

Angel

Lalah Hathaway
Track from: Lalah Hathaway Live
Label: Hathaway Entertainment/Entertainment One

Can’t Wait

 Jill Scott
Track from: Woman
Label: Blues Babe Records/Atlantic Records

Best R&B Song

Come See Me

J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake)
Track from: PartyNextDoor 3 (P3)
Label: OVO Sound/Warner Bros. Records; Publisher(s): Party OMO Ltd./Warner Chappell Music/Sandra Gale/EMI Music Publishing/Mavor & Moses Inc./Kobalt

Exchange

Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller)
Track from: T R A P S O U L
Label: RCA Records; Publisher(s): The MeKanics Music/EMI April Music, Inc.

Kiss It Better

Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna)
Track from: Anti
Label: Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation Records; Publisher(s): Songs of Universal/Sony/ATV Songs/The Kills Effect/Way Above Music

Lake By The Ocean

Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
Track from: blackSUMMERS’night
Label: Columbia Records; Publisher(s): SonyATV Tunes LLC o/b/o Muszewell/EMI April Music Inc. o/b/o itself and Ben Ami Music

Luv

Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez)
Track from: I Told You
Label: Mad Love/ Interscope Records; Publisher(s): Infinite Stripes/Back Hair Music Publishing admin. by Universal Music Publishing/Please Don’t Forget To Pay Me Music admin. by Universal Music Publishing/Tory Lanez Publishing /Tony Kelly Music/Universal – Songs of PolyGram Int., Inc./Dub Plate Music Publishers Ltd./Shocking Vibes Music Ltd./Greensleeves Publishing Ltd.

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Lemonade

Beyoncé
Label: Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records

Ology

Gallant

Label: Mind Of A Genius Records/Warner Bros. Records

We Are King

 KING
Label: KING Creative, LLC

Malibu

Anderson .Paak

Label: OBE/Steel Wool/Art Club/Empire

Anti

Rihanna
Label: Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation Records

Best R&B Album

In My Mind

BJ The Chicago Kid

Label: Motown Records

Lalah Hathaway Live

Lalah Hathaway
Label: Hathaway Entertainment/Entertainment One

Velvet Portraits

 Terrace Martin
Label: Sounds Of Crenshaw/Ropeadope

Healing Season

 Mint Condition
Label: Mint Condition Music, LLC

Smoove Jones

 Mya
Label: Planet 9

Best Rap Performance

No Problem

Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
Label: Chance The Rapper

Panda

Desiigner

Label: Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings

Pop Style

Drake Featuring The Throne
Track from: Views
Label: Cash Money Records/Republic Records

All The Way Up

Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared
Label: RNG/Empire

That Part

ScHoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West

Track from: Blank Face LP
Label: Top Dawg Entertainment/Interscope Records

Best Rap/Sung Performance

Freedom

Beyoncé Featuring Kendrick Lamar

Track from: Lemonade
Label: Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records

Hotline Bling

Drake

Track from: Views
Label: Cash Money Records/Republic Records

Broccoli

D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
Label: Empire/Atlantic Records

Ultralight Beam

Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
Track from: The Life Of Pablo
Label: G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings

Famous

Kanye West Featuring Rihanna
Label: G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings

Best Rap Song

All The Way Up

Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie & Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared)
Label: RNG/Empire

Famous

Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Rihanna)
Label: G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam; Publisher(s): Please Gimme My Publishing/EMI Blackwood Music Inc./BMG Platinum Songs/Mr. Redan Music admin. by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC/Juvenile Hell/Universal Music-MGB Songs/Noah Goldstein admin. by Donda Publishing/EMI April Music Inc./Sound EQ Music/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./Papa George Music admin. by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./Chancelor Bennett Publishing Designee/Monza Ronza/Universal Tunes/Donda Publishing/EMI Blackwood Music Inc./Warp Publishing/Plain Pat What Up

Hotline Bling

Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)
Track from: Views
Label: Cash Money Records/Republic Records; Publisher(s): Sandra Gale/EMI Music Publishing/Nyan King Music Inc./EMI April/Sony ATV

No Problem

Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
Label: Chance The Rapper

Ultralight Beam

Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico “Donnie Trumpet” Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream)
Track from: The Life Of Pablo
Label: G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam; Publisher(s): Please Gimme My Publishing/EMI Blackwood Music Inc./Warner-Tamerlane Publishng Corp./Papa George Music admin. by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp/For the Write Price admin. by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing/2082 Music Publishing/WB Music Corp./Universal Music Brentwood Benson Songs/Universal Music Z-Tunes LLC/Monza Ronza/Universal Tunes/Chancelor Bennett Publishing Designee/Noah Goldstein Music/JLOL ASCAP/Samuel Griesemer Publishing Designee/BMG Platinum Songs/Mr. Redan Music

Best Rap Album

Coloring Book

Chance The Rapper
Label: Chance The Rapper

And The Anonymous Nobody

De La Soul
Label: A.O.I. Records

Major Key

DJ Khaled
Label: Epic

Views

Drake
Label: OVO Sound/Young Money/Cash Money/Republic

Blank Face LP

ScHoolboy Q
Label: Top Dawg Entertainment/Interscope Records

The Life Of Pablo

Kanye West
Label: G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings

My Happy Surprises.

  • Mint Condition
  • Mya

 

 

How I hope the performances happen.

 

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