This year’s Grammy’s BIG FOUR categories — Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist — has been a sweep of pop, rock, R&B and hip-hop artists. Kudos to The Recording Academy for increasing to eight nominees to accommodate more diversity.
And in such case, Album of the Year category is seeing some strong contenders. Some might argue that Record of the Year is more important in a world that doesn’t focus on albums like it used to, but winning Album of the Year will still remain as the high point of any artist’s career in being the number 1 collective.
61st Grammy nominees for Album of the Year are:
“Invasion of Privacy” – Cardi B
“By the Way I Forgive You” – Brandi Carlile
“Scorpion” – Drake
“H.E.R.” – H.E.R.
“Beerbongs & Bentleys” – Post Malone
“Dirty Computer” – Janelle Monáe
“Golden Hour” – Kacey Musgraves
“Black Panther” the Album – Various Artists
Kendrick Lamar is this year’s top nominee with eight nods, and we think this will finally be the year that he picks up the top award. Kendrick has been nominated for the Album of the Year three times before — in 2014 for “Good Kid”, “M.A.A.D City”, in 2016 for To Pimp a Butterfly, and just last year for “DAMN.” The rapper has been snubbed by the Grammys when it comes to Album of the Year several times, and this is a fantastic opportunity to finally award him the honour he has deserved for years now.
An album entirely produced by Kendrick Lamar is bound to get a Grammy nomination. He has expertly curated Blank Panther soundtrack — not just to compensate for past oversights, but because the movie was so ground-breaking and history-making. His collaborations with SZA and The Weeknd were instant radio hits and critics both in the film and music industries loved it. The album itself went straight to No. 1 and produced a pair of top 10 hits. It ended 2018 as one of the most successful records, so it’s perhaps the most familiar to voters.
However this is sort of a “disappointing” outcome for Kendrick — to finally win with an album that isn’t even his album.
Also, we have to mention this – Kendrick Lamar is facing a big competition among the nominees but most specifically, Cardi B. There’s no denying that 2018 was Cardi B’s year. She became the first female rapper to have three No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. No other artist commanded the charts and the conversation like Cardi B did in 2018. So, if Album of the Year meant anything, “Invasion of Privacy” has great chance in bagging the award.
With the Big Four categories expanding from the usual five nominees to a whopping eight this year, it’s more difficult than ever to forecast clear winners. As much as it complicates things, we are ever so excited to see whether our predictions are gonna work out. Fingers crossed!
Source: Forbes, Vulture