With that in mind, here’s a playlist of my favorites of the Grammy nominees this year. If you’ve read my previous posts, you obviously know how obsessed I am with X by Chris Brown, so it’s no shock that I am very excited about his nominations (best r&b performance, best r&b song, best urban contemporary album). How X wasn’t nominated for best album is beyond me, but I am happy with Beck‘s nomination in that category for Morning Phase. He is consistently golden.
I am also pleased with most of the dance/electronic nominations. Nabuma Rubberband is regularly on repeat, but then again, I’ve never complained about anything done by Little Dragon. Right up there with LD for best dance/electronic album is Royksopp and Robyn with Do It Again.
And I am beyond thrilled about Schoolboy Q‘s nominations. His sound is so ridiculously on point. I am shocked that he hasn’t really blown up yet. He reminds me of the good, real rap from back in the day. I do wish “Man of the Year” had been nominated, though.
Here’s a list (and playlist) of my favs:
Haim – best new artist
Basement Jaxx – best dance recording (“Never Say Never”)
Clean Bandit f Jess Glynne – best dance recording (“Rather Be”)
Duke Dumont f Jax Jones – best dance recording (“I got U”)
Little Dragon – best dance/electronic album (Nabuma Rubberband)
Royksopp & Robyn – best dance/electronic album (Do It Again)
Beck – best rock performance (“Blue Moon”), best rock song (“Blue Moon”), best rock album (Morning Phase), album of the year (Morning Phase)
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – best rock album (Hypnotic Eye)
Chris Brown f Usher & Rick Ross – best r&b performance, best r&b song (“New Flame”), best urban contemporary album (X)
Jhene Aiko – best r&b song (“The Worst”), best urban contemporary album (Sail Out)
Lecrae – best rap performance (“All I Need Is You”)
Schoolboy Q f BJ The Chicago Kid – best rap/sung collaboration (“Studio”), best rap album (Oxymoron)
I love Makonnen f Drake – best rap/sung collaboration (“Tuesday”)