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Can JAY-Z take home the covetous Song of the Year Grammy award at the 60th Grammy’s?
Last year gave rise to numerous smash hits but unfortunately only one can take home the Grammy for Song of The Year. JAY-Z had a big comeback year with a classic album 4:44 which gave rise to the title track of the same name. The album was one of soul searching and admission by JAY-Z, as well as, education about money and investments and even the younger generation paused and listen to the OG speaking on a record that will go down in history as one of his best body of work to date. JAY-Z lead the Grammy nominations with eight nods with Kendrick Lamar right behind him with seven.
Whether or not he will win the Song of the Year Grammy is still up for debate, because he has some stiff competition since last year was a big year for music. Hov is one of five artists nominated for Song of the Year for his single “4:44”. The other contenders are Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber “Decpacito”, Julia Michaels with her single “Issues”, Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid with “1-800-273-8255” and Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”.
Despacito is the 3rd Spanish-language song in the history to make number 1 on the Billboard chart since “Macarena” in 1996 and before, was “os Lobos’s” in 1987. Despacito is not only one of the most popular song of 2017, it streamed 8.9 billion streams across platforms such as iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify etc, with 4.3 billion of those streams from YouTube. It has received Latin Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Urban Fusion/Performance, and Best Short Form Music Video at the 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards. “Despacito” was ranked the fifth best Latin song of all time in 2017 by Billboard and held a position in the top ten songs of the year by Time, Billboard and Rolling Stone.
Jay-Z is among the rappers who have been rocking up the Grammy awards, should he win a trophy for “4:44”, he will move up the ladder as one of the most awarded artists in the history of the Grammy’s.
Is Fox’s new show “The Four” living up the hype and can it reinvents the music talent show arena?
Music singing talent shows have been on the decline in the last few years so when the new show “The Four: Battle For Stardom ” was announced last year, everyone thought that it was going to breathe some new life into the declining reality TV format. The producers even got some big names for the judge’s chairs and tapped Black Eyed Peas member Fergie for the hosting duties. Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor and Charlie Walk took on the judges mantle.
The show aired its first episode on Thursday night on Fox and let’s say the reviews from viewers have been mostly disappointing. “The Four” didn’t just failed to grab viewers attention, it failed miserably, despite its promised to be a show unlike any other. “This is not like those other shows,” Diddy said. “I want this show to be a true reflection of the industry.”
Despite his claims that the show will not be anything like the now extinct American Idol or The Voice, it is every bit just the same, with just a few changes it the format that you will likely not notice if you’re an avid singing competition show viewer. One of the main unique features that you will likely notice is that the show starts out with a mere four contestants that we selected by the superstar judges before the live show. The show will be over six episodes where other artists are brought in to audition to battle each of the four contestants. The winner will be selected in the final episode and will be given a recording contract and be mentored by the judges. Three of these judges have their own labels so that is a big incentive to be a contestant on the show.
The original four was introduced to the audience on Thursday night and they are R&B crooner Blair Perkins, rapper Lex Lu, British pop singer Ash Minor, and Latin singer Elanase Lanson. At the very least, the show did away with the long and often drawn out audition process done by other shows like American Idol. Most of the OG talent shows produced very little mainstream success artists, so The Four is hoping to be the first show to produce more professional recording artists.
Fergie has revealed that the taping of the show was an emotional experience for her as she watched the struggle of the artists who are trying to make it big in the music business. “I know how it feels,” she said. “There are so many times that I was just tearing up and I am thinking in my head ‘Don’t lose it right now. Get it together. I can only speak for myself because I am standing right next to these artists. It was crushing. You see me holding the hand of somebody… and I am just their mommy up there. I can feel the nerves… the sweat, the shaking.’”
Nevertheless, the show is new and like a lot of new shows, it may just need some time to work its magic. Here are some of the reactions from viewers.
But no one’s given a good performance tonight? So what are we even talking about? This whole show is terrible. #TheFour
— Jennifer (@Jen_naaay) January 5, 2018
Let me just keep it a buck I WILL NEVER in my black ass life support any artist that rides the aesthetic of black art and music. Ma can take her oily dreads and fake vibes and bounce on babies #TheFour
— Petty Vandross (@chellewenot) January 5, 2018
Saeed just won the night. Any man who can deliver on a Whitney Houston song deserves a seat! #TheFour
— Chris Witherspoon (@WitherspoonC) January 5, 2018
— Warren Mack (@1warrenmack) January 5, 2018
— # 1 Assmony Stan (@fifth_serena_) January 5, 2018
…how did the 4 people already in the chairs get them? Did they compete beforehand? Are we going to get to see how they got those chairs and who they beat out to get them? I feel like it should’ve been shown before they came out to sing. #TheFour
— Tiara ?? (@ulltkimziu) January 5, 2018
The Grammy’s announced on Thursday a star-studded lineup for this year’s awards show.
The Grammy 60th annual awards will kick off on January 28th with artist which includes Pink, Lady Gaga, Childish Gambino and Big Town. After 15 years the award is finally returning to New York. To Celebrate the return of the awards to the Big Apple, Patti LuPone and Ben Platt will be performing a Broadway tribute. The ceremony will be aired live on CBS on January 28 and will be hosted by James Corden.
Childish Gambino is nominated for 5 awards which includes album of the year, record of the year, Best R&B Song, Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Traditional Performance for “Redbone”. Lady Gaga earned herself 2 nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance for her album “Joanne”; While Little Big Town is also inline with two nomination, which includes her Taylor Swift-written smashed hit “Better Man”. Pink is up for best pop solo performance for her hit “What About Us”.
Pink has been awarded at the Grammy’s 3 times since being in the music industry. Despite being nominated each year, her last award was in 2011 for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, the award is shared with India Arie, Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock, Oumou Sangare and Seal. More Grammy performers and awardees are to be announced.
Current nominees Childish Gambino (@donaldglover), @ladygaga, @littlebigtown, and @Pink are among the first announced to perform at this year's 60th #GRAMMYs: https://t.co/md1cPLyEoH pic.twitter.com/nYiYQjuNUv
— Recording Academy (@RecordingAcad) January 4, 2018
The duo collaborated on the single last year and the visuals has been a long time coming. The retro cut was filmed from back in August of last year and is only being premiered at the start of the new year. The DAPS and Quavo-directed video saw the Migos rapper and Nicki Minaj going on a date where they were seated at a table designed out of a classic car.
The retro style video pays homage to the 1980s and 90s with some classic items like the original Nintendo gaming system and The Source’s Ice Cube cover from 1991. The cut started out with Quavo dressed in a neon outfit with his Reebok Pump sneaker and bright green fanny pack. You will also see Nicki Minaj making a phone call using the old school rotary phone. The pair meet up for diner where they were seated in an old school drop top Chevy.
The single “She For Keeps” was released in December as part of the Control the Streets, Vol. 1 compilation album released by Quality Control. Nicki Minaj is currently working on her new album and Migos is currently working on Culture 2, which is due this month. The two also collaborated on the single “MotorSport” with the rest of the Migos clan and Cardi B.
Watch the video below.
Cause the deals we made to shake things up
In the rights that they abuse
Might just fuck us over
But the doors won’t shut
Until they’re sure there’s nothing left to use
Someone’s taking over
Threw it away, but now I say
It’s time to hand it over
The joke’s worn thin, the king stepped in
Oh, we’ll see who is who
Look who’s bending over
But the stars weren’t wrong, the time felt right
We both know it was true
The smart ones exit early
And the rest hope for a shoulder
If we lose our touch, it won’t mean much
If everyone’s confused
Which door do we open?
It’s the time same old trick
They played the hand
Now there’s one thing to left to do
It’s time (Hand it over)
It’s yours and it’s mine (Hand it over)
One thing on my mind (Hand it over)
It’s rightfully mine (Hand it over)
Anytime (Hand it over)
What’s yours is mine (Hand it over)
Make it right (Hand it over)
And give me what’s mine (Hand it over)
Oh, this time (Hand it over)
It’s yours and mine (Hand it over)
Hey, it’s time to hand it over
Just give me what’s mine (Hand it over)
Mmm, take your time (Hand it over)
It’s yours and it’s mine (Hand it over)
Ooh, anytime (Hand it over)
Ooh, it’s rightfully mine (Hand it over)