You won't want to miss this year's Grammys back in the Big Apple.
Beyoncé isn't nominated this year but we had to relive this moment. Can you say iconic?
On the contrary her hubby JAY-Z (aka Shawn Carter) takes the lead with the most Grammy nominations for this year. In fact, he holds 21 Grammy's, just one less than Queen Bey. Will 2018 put him on par with his wife? Regardless, the two are a force to be reckoned with. Along side JAY-Z, songs like "Despacito" and "1-800-273-8255" got major Grammy nods. New artists like SZA and Julia Michaels were recognized. I'm sure the internet is buzzing with opinions, but here are mine...
Record of The Year Prediction
If we're going off sheer popularity and the record that touched the most people this year, I'd have to predict "Despacito." I think JAY-Z's "The Story of OJ" is a close second for the cultural and necessary work of art it is, but whether they know what it means or not, people love themselves some "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber.
Album of The Year Prediction
I think that JAY-Z will see justice during Album of the Year winning for his 4:44. Exclusive to Tidal, JAY-Z fans who use Spotify had to do some serious waiting and digging to listen to the album. Luckily JAY-Z has gradually released killer visuals for a handful of the songs on his Vevo channel which are bound to get some recognition at this year's VMAs. My personal favorite album of the year was Lorde's Melodrama which I think could be a second contender.
Song of the Year Predicition
Though I'm rooting for "1-800-273-8255" to win not only because it's a harmonious collaboration between some of my favorite artists but because it's also an amazing track that raises suicide awareness, I think "Despacito" will again come through on top. What can I say? It's a total ear worm. Check out co-writer Erika Ender singing the song with legendary Roberto Carlos.
Best New Artist Predicition
I'm rooting for the stunning Miss Julia Michaels hard but there's some pretty tough competition this year. Michaels came out of a really amazing songwriting career and just released her debut album Nervous System with the hit song "Issues." I think SZA and Khalid could give her a run for her money though. SZA popular for her confrontational, unapologetic lyrics and Khalid coming out of nowhere it's hard to say who will take this one. If I were to guess I'm going to predict SZA wins. I think after performing on SNL and collaborating with Maroon 5, she's become a household name.
Best Solo Performance Prediction
This is a hard one because I want them all to win. Do you remember Kesha's vocally stunning performance in "Praying"? Ed's subtle but specific performance in "Shape of You"? Even so, I think P!nk is going to take home the Grammy here for her amazing performance on "What About Us?" P!nk is having a stellar year (and career tbh).
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Prediction
Honestly, I think it'll be a huge year for "Despacito" and they'll take this one to for the collaboration between Luis Fonsi, Justin Bieber, and Daddy Yankee.
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Prediction
All of the greats are nominated here: Michael Bublé, Bob Dylan, Seth MacFarlane, Sarah McLachlan, and Tony Bennett. I have feeling it'll be Tony Bennett's Tony Celebrates 90. C'mon- what a legend.
Best Pop Vocal Album Predicition
Oof another hard one for sure. Love her, but I think after the whole Radiohead issue Lana Del Ray isn't a frontrunner. For me it's a pretty even split between Kesha's Rainbow , Ed Sheeran's Divide, and Lady Gaga's Joanne. Honest opinion? I'd give it to Kesha. I love the dynamic of her album. Some songs showcase her voice, others are certifiable bangers, others are powerful anthems.
Needless to say, I think it's going to be a big year for the Grammy's. How could it not be? Finally after fifteen years away from the "concrete jungle where dreams are made," the Grammy's will be back home in NYC and we're stoked. Here are some of the best moments in the last 15 years.
Prince and Beyonce's iconic opening number.
In 2005 Kanye won the Grammy and proceeded to prompt the producers of the Grammys to get the music ready because his speech was going to be long. He left it unfinished too leaving us wondering....
The Gorillaz and Madonna performed with holograms truly bringing the Grammys into the 21st century.
Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take The Wheel" was a major thing. Remember that? She took home the Grammy for Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Yes queen!
Beyonce clearly being queen of the iconic performances performs "Proud Mary" with Tina Turner.
A very, very pregnant M.I.A. performs (on her due date!) and give birth three days later. We see you, Queen.
Following the 2009 VMA drama with Kanye and Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift becomes the youngest artist ever (at age 20) to win album of the year for Fearless. Beyonce also sets a new record for female artists taking home six Grammys that year. It was the age of "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," and a good time for women.
Remember when Lady Gaga's red carpet look was a literal egg that she later emerged from on stage? Yeah- I forgot too. You're welcome.
Whitney Houston tragically passes the day before and in a heart felt tribute, Jennifer Hudson sings "I Will Always Love You."
Taylor Swift does the most in this circus themed performance.
Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert perform "Same Love" featuring Madonna. It's an iconic moment for the LGBTQ+ community to be celebrated on a large scale.
One of the many times Gaga wowed us, but this performance with Tony Bennett would mark a new era for the pop star. She would go on to be on American Horror Story and perform The Sound of Music.
Hamilton makes history by being the first time the Grammys aired live from Broadway.
And of course- the queen of all Grammy moments, when Queen Bey herself performed pregnant with her two twins a beautiful number adorned in gold and looking like mother Mary herself.
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To Donald Trump: 5 Ways You're Actually a Flawless Being Doing a Beautiful, Unbelievable Job Right Now
You could resign if you want to, but then who will keep America so GD great?
With Donald Trump making a visit to Bangor, Maine today, the editorial board of the Portland Press Herald issued an op-ed calling for President Trump to resign.
The harshly critical piece entitled "To President Trump: You Should Resign Now" was framed as an open letter to the president and got straight to the point with this opening plea, "We're sorry that you decided to come to Maine, but since you are here, could you do us a favor? Resign."
In recent days even George W. Bush has been critical of President Trump's response to protests, so this new piece quickly became a trending topic on Twitter. Obviously this is another baseless attack from the lying news media—AKA lügenpresse. Considering how delicate our president's ego is—he's our special little guy—we can only hope that Donald Trump didn't see the letter; but just in case he did, it's worth writing another one to lift his spirits. So here's our best attempt—with lots of pictures and flattery to keep him reading:
You Know How to Look Tough<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzM3NTYyNy9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwOTE5Nzc3M30.9B4CSWzpZGjBq7APFv_KJKf-QV8n2kEIYcBIOTUt02k/img.jpg?width=980" id="0a07e" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="980538d3ccf27d180ce2f7e147f1259f" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="trump eagle scared" /><p>Joe Biden is always trying to challenge you to push up contests or saying he would "<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/21/politics/joe-biden-donald-trump/index.html" target="_blank">beat the hell</a>" out of you, but you don't engage with that nonsense. You know that it's not important for a leader to actually be tough as long as you look tough. That's why you avoid protesters like the plague. In 2018 you <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/12/donald-trump-visit-to-london-called-off-amid-fears-of-mass-protests" target="_blank">canceled your London trip</a> amid protests there, and more recently, you authorized the use of violent force to disperse peaceful demonstrators <a href="https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-calls-tear-gas-reports-fake-news-protesters/story?id=71052769" target="_blank">so you could have a photo-op in front of a church</a>.</p><p>Whether it's because you don't want to be seen as having less than absolute control over the unruly crowds, or just because you pee a little bit whenever you're around political activism (probably that), we all owe you a debt of gratitude for avoiding any confrontation or engagement with <a href="https://www.popdust.com/jimmy-fallon-blackface-2646105674.html" target="_blank">the mass protests against police brutality</a> that are taking place throughout our country right now—why engage when you can just use more police brutality to avoid them altogether?! It's the only way for you to maintain that all-important facade of toughness that makes you undeniably the most respected current president of the United States. And now that you've <a href="https://www.newsweek.com/white-house-fence-protests-washington-1508703" target="_blank">surrounded the White House with two miles of barricade—</a>#BuildThatWall—we never have to worry about press cameras catching sight of a faint stain spreading out from the crotch of your pants.</p>
You Know Who the Real Enemy Is<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzM3NTYyMS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNzg3NjY1M30.J6PsxmoxCL_8jSPRBcTHkFrHNRm7bgVmYzBcXmfDNHQ/img.jpg?width=980" id="c7b59" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f8a213c28f6c8ba27cef403b76ff012c" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="trump after you tweet" /><p>Earlier this year FBI director Christopher Wray announced that racist domestic violence was <a href="https://www.npr.org/2020/02/10/804616715/fbi-announces-that-racist-violence-is-now-equal-priority-to-foreign-terrorism" target="_blank">being prioritized just as much as foreign terror threats</a>. On one level that could be seen as a sign that white supremacy is a major problem in the US, and that perpetrators of deadly hate crimes should be labeled terrorists, but you know better—obviously, since you're both very stable and a genius. If we start labeling white people as terrorists, then it will just make it harder to keep stoking fears about Islam, bad hombres, and other brown people problems.</p><p>Besides, if white men can be bad guys too, then that could include you! And as we all know, an attack against you is <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7808431/Trump-channels-Uncle-Sam-tweet-saying-Democrats-just-way.html" target="_blank">actually an attack against all good, patriotic Americans</a>. Therefore the real enemy is anyone trying to aggressively call out and push back against white supremacy and white nationalism. That's why <a href="https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/antifa-group-trump-designate-terrorist-organization/story?id=71045287" target="_blank">you want to designate Antifa a terrorist organization</a>. Who cares that they <a href="https://www.factcheck.org/2020/06/trump-cant-designate-antifa-or-any-movement-domestic-terrorist-organization/" target="_blank">aren't even an organization at all—</a>it's just an ethos of publicly and aggressively confronting fascism and related ideologies. And who cares if there's no way to single out anti-fascist activism from wider, constitutionally protected protests like the Black Lives Matter movement?</p><p>Treating people who oppose you as terrorists will free you up to <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52932611" target="_blank">unleash state violence</a>, <a href="https://www.aclu.org/issues/national-security/privacy-and-surveillance/watchlists" target="_blank">surveillance, and travel restrictions</a>. Besides, we already have <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52932611" target="_blank">a hyper-militarized police force</a>, which has worked out great—apart from a few "<a href="https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/500328-national-security-adviser-blames-a-few-bad-apples-says-theres-not" target="_blank">bad apples</a>" (who seem to operate with impunity for some reason, right up until there's a mass uprising). So put "<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-my-generals-my-military-2017-10" target="_blank">your military</a>" to work and crack down on all of them with the full force of martial law! Or, as you put it, "<a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/2020-daily-trail-markers-trump-declares-we-will-dominate-the-streets/" target="_blank">Dominate the streets.</a>" Keep <a href="https://theintercept.com/2020/06/04/fbi-nypd-political-spying-antifa-protests/" target="_blank">interrogating protesters about their political beliefs</a>, and if enough of them end up too scared or too imprisoned or too dead to keep opposing you, you won't even have to take away their voting rights (although, we should look into that) to be a shoe-in for reelection!</p>
You Know that Free Speech Is Not as Important as Guns<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="528bc162ed6e6a07fe1e0245016bffff"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-K7XJGk8lyQ?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>In your recent announcement that you were "mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military, to stop the rioting and looting," you said you were doing so "to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your second amendment rights." It was the only amendment you mentioned, and you even gave it some extra emphasis <a href="https://www.indy100.com/article/trump-second-amendment-speech-george-floyd-protests-9544011" target="_blank">as though encouraging "law-abiding Americans" to exercise their gun rights</a> in the face of rioting—because gun-toting Trump supporters to mass demonstrations of institutional racism and white supremacy will...calm things down?</p><p>We don't have to fully understand you to appreciate the fact that you skipped over that pesky first amendment—with the free speech and right to assemble that could get in the way of your military dominating the streets—and got to the important one. Maybe the "innocent" man you touted in your speech—<a href="https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2020/05/31/unfounded-trump-tweet-echoes-heavy-metal-guitarist-claim-that-antifa-beat-machete-wielding-dallas-man/" target="_blank">who chased after people in Dallas while wielding a machete—</a>wouldn't have been "savagely beaten," if he'd been wielding a gun instead. Besides, everyone knows that the only real enemies of free speech are <a href="https://www.popdust.com/mark-zuckerberg-trump-2646117777.html" target="_blank">private companies who call you out for "glorifying violence."</a> As long as the American people retain the right to retweet you with impunity, they have all the free speech they need, and they should stay inside and protest in ways that don't disrupt established order or do anything to upset the status quo (because no one has the right to make you pee a little bit).</p>
You Value the Economy<iframe width="100%" height="150" scrolling="no" class="rm-shortcode twitter-embed-1268968348278292484" id="twitter-embed-1268968348278292484" lazy-loadable="true" src="/res/community/twitter_embed/?iframe_id=twitter-embed-1268968348278292484&created_ts=1591380605.0&screen_name=CNN&text=The+President+went+from+talking+about+jobs+to+praising+police.+Then+he+claimed+it%27s+a+%22great+day%22+for+the+man+whose%E2%80%A6+https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FP3mMAREHMc&id=1268968348278292484&name=CNN" frameborder="0" data-rm-shortcode-id="51cee049686210db564d6bbf94f563e3"></iframe><p>Every president knows that the maintaining the economy is important, but as a business man—with that eagle-eyed focus on short term growth that has <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/donald-trumps-business-failures-were-very-real" target="_blank">led several of your businesses into bankruptcy</a>—you've made it clear that you value the economy more than anything else. Whether it's <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/05/politics/donald-trump-coronavirus-economy-models/index.html" target="_blank">the thousands of lives that will be lost</a> to the COVID-19 pandemic as we "reopen the economy" or t<a href="rgy-infrastructure-environmental-review-coronavirus" target="_blank">he dismantling of environmental regulations</a> that were getting in the way of cost-saving pollution, you don't let anything get in the way of a quick economic boost. You know that what's good for major industries today will be good for the American economy...also today.</p><p><span></span>Who cares about tomorrow?! We're having a hard time right now, and people want to <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/05/politics/trump-unemployment-numbers-protests/index.html" target="_blank">hear about how you've reduced unemployment</a>, not about 110,000 dead Americans or the necessity of police reform in the wake of <a href="https://www.popdust.com/derek-chauvin-hat-2646109506.html" target="_blank">George Floyd's murder at the hands of a police officer</a>. You can commemorate <a href="https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/" target="_blank">World Environment Day</a> by <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-environment-oceans/trump-plans-to-open-atlantic-sanctuary-to-commercial-fishing-sources-idUSKBN23C26N" target="_blank">opening up ocean conservation areas to commercial fishing</a>. Have ocean fish populations been cut in half over the last 50 years? Sure, but that means we have at least another decade or two before <a href="https://www.nrdc.org/stories/report-million-extinctions-and-ecological-collapse-are-way" target="_blank">the total collapse of marine ecosystems</a>, and by then it will be some other jerk's problem!</p>
You Could Probably Cure COVID-19 if You Really Wanted<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzM3NTY4MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwOTQ4Njg1OX0.UrYXJOB4Wut0GXnPkWhdOIOzYHq4pAS3JSSKg2qvSlA/img.jpg?width=980" id="cad7c" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="4d96bd6d9c28bdbcb31a1d0c32f23083" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="trump covid tester" /><p>Thanks to the fact that you have your priorities in order, and are purely focused on the economy, you haven't worried too much about all this pandemic nonsense—by, for example, providing adequate testing or not stealing vital PPE and ventilators from the states. You did <a href="https://www.politico.eu/article/germany-confirms-that-donald-trump-tried-to-buy-firm-working-on-coronavirus-vaccine/" target="_blank">try to get Americans exclusive access to a potential vaccine—</a>which would really stick it to all those jerks dying in other countries—but that didn't really pan out, so you'll probably just have to until the economy's sorted out so you can come up with a cure yourself.</p><p>After all, you have "<a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/30/donald-trump-iq-intelligence-1347149" target="_blank">one of the highest</a>" IQs, "<a href="https://www.politico.com/blogs/2016-gop-primary-live-updates-and-results/2016/03/trump-foreign-policy-adviser-220853" target="_blank">a very good brain</a>", and "<a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-healthcare-us-medicine-coronavirus-centers-for-disease-control-a9384441.html" target="_blank">natural ability</a>" for medical science. It only took you a matter of moments and the most superficial level of thought to come up with a brilliant new avenue for research—injecting disinfectant into people's bodies—so you can probably have this whole thing sorted out in a day or two once you get around to it.</p>
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Do you know what it takes to write a Grammy nominated banger?
Julia Michaels is now a household name...
but it wasn't always that way. Before her wildly successful Nervous System album with "Issues" (nominated for Best Song) and "Uh Huh" (another crowd favorite), Julia Michaels was on the song-writing hustle. Most notably, Michael co-wrote Justin Bieber's "Sorry." This is the case for a lot of artists while they work toward label representation and gain contacts in the industry. Every Grammy season, I like to take the time to learn more about the songwriters behind the Best Song nominees. Not only might they be the nominated artists of tomorrow, but I also find hearing the differences and similarities in their solo projects intriguing. So, let's hear it for the Grammy nominated songwriters! Here are the nominees.
Ramón Ayala | "Despacito"
While Ramón may not be well known in the mainstream scene, he's legendary in the norteño and conjunto genre of Mexican music, earning the nickname "King of The Accordion." His songs have won him a slew of Grammys and have also been featured in many movies.
Poo Bear | "Despacito"
Poo Bear is a legendary songwriter of sorts. This isn't his first collab with Bieber either. Having worked with the artist on other successful songs like, "What Do You Mean?" and "Where are U Now?," Poo Bear aka Jason Boyd was an obvious collaborative partner on this super record. Poo Bear also co-wrote "Caught Up" from Usher's crazy successful Confessions album and has written with everyone from Kelly Rowland to Chris Brown. Even on his own projects, he's worked with stellar artists like this recent collaboration with Skrillex.
Erika Ender | "Despacito"
Erika Ender is another underrated treasure in the mainstream world. Having a prolific career as a singer, she is also one of the most successful and respected composers in the Latin music community. She's been celebrated by the Latin Billboard Awards, Latin Grammy Awards, and is in the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame. She has her very own version of "Despacito".
Marty James Gordon | "Despacito"
Gordon is the fourth and final additional songwriter of "Despacito" in addition to the artists attached to the projects. Now do you see how much it takes to create a hit? Marty James Gordon is a well known composer for film. His work can be heard in 40 Days and Fourty Nights, The Prince & Me, and Jack and Jill. Gordon has worked with several other Latin artists such as Enrique Igelsias.
No I.D. | "4:44"
Dion Wilson (aka No I.D.) co-wrote "4:44" with JAY-Z (aka Shawn Carter). Nicknamed "The Godfather of Chicago hip hop," in addition to his own solo projects he has also acted as a mentor to artists such as Kanye West. Currently in Chicago, Wilson is a disc jockey, rapper, and writer there. He released a solo album in 1998 entitled Accept Your Own and Be Yourself (The Black Album).
Benny Blanco | "Issues"
Benny Blano is no stranger to making hits. He's worked with some of the best artists of our time including Ed Sheeran, Kesha, Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, and more. Predominately a producer, Blanco was signed to Dr. Luke's label Prescription Songs and under that label produced tons of hits. Here's one of them since he doesn't have a solo project out.
Stargate | "Issues"
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen together create Stargate, the production duo behind some of the greatest stars over the past several decades from Michael Jackson to Brittany Spears to Beyoncé. On a recent single, they called upon some of their favorite past collaborators P!nk and Sia to create quite the tune.
Justin Tanter | "Issues"
Justin is also songwriting royalty having sprinkled his magic onto top hits across genres. Some artists he's worked with include: Kelly Clarkson, Hailee Steinfeld, Selena Gomez, Fall Out Boy... the list goes on. Tanter studied musical theatre in college but then returned to school at Berklee to study music. After Berklee, him and fellow graduates created Semi Precious Weapons, a group that would go on to open for Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour. Julia Michaels is a long-time songwriting partner of his, so it only makes sense that he worked on "Issues" with her.
6ix | "1-800-273-8255"
6ix has worked with a handful of artists but his work with Logic has gotten the most clout. He is Logic's in house producer and produced five songs on his newest album including 1-800-273-8255.
The Stereotypes | "That's What I Like"
The Stereotypes are a collaborative producing and songwriting force made up of Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip. They've been behind a number of hits included Danity Kane's "Damaged" and most recently worked with Pitbull as artists and producers on "Jungle".
1500 or Nothin | "That's What I Like"
Brody Brown is a known producer and song-writer who has worked with mainly Cee Lo Green , Bruno Mars, and Adele's song "All I Ask" which he also played piano on. James Faunterloy is known for his work with Rihanna and Justin Timberlake. Both are part of 1500 or Nothin' a songwriting and producing collective based in LA.
Phillip Lawrence | "That's What I Like"
Phillip Lawrence is a consistent collaborator with Bruno Mars. In fact, he and Mars even have named their duo "The Smeezingtons." They broke into the record industry by co-writing and co-producing "Fuck You" with Cee Lo Green.
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