As the Grammys 2021 ceremony has been announced to take place on the 31st January next year, along side the statement the long awaited nomination list has been published. Like most years the list has caused both excitement and uproar, fans and artists every year learn who will be awarded and who didn’t do enough. With 2020 being a chaotic year due to a global pandemic, the Black Lives Matter Movement, US elections and so on, one can understand the lack of entertainment (music, movies & tv shows) being released. However, artists made it their job to bring hope and prosperity to those who needed it most through their music.
As is tradition, Mrs Knowles has yet again been nominated for an outstanding 9 Grammys, including Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best R&B Performance. The fact that she is up for this many awards shouldn’t be of any surprise, Beyoncé made her mark this year with her stimulating album Black Parade and her movie Black is King which has been nominated Best Music Film by UK Music Video Awards. The album focuses on matters to do with the BLM Movement, her songs made an impact on those who felt oppressed and overlooked. As a member of the Black community she used her platform to help inform the public of the issues her community face in the 21st century, this includes the case of George Floyd. Her song Brown Skin Girl is up for Best Music Video Award, which is an understandable award to receive due to the mix of the powerful message in the song and the beautifully produced music video.
Swift tends to be the topic of disappointment when it comes to the Grammys, as the artist has been snubbed so many times in the past. However, Swift is finally getting credit for her new billboard hit album Folklore. In the past she has been overlooked for her hit albums, such as Reputation and Lover. This year Swift can finally increase her number of Grammys from 10 to potentially 16, those awards could include Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.
After long hard Protest, BTS fans finally get to potentially see their favourite group receive a Grammy. The group is the first ever K-pop group to receive a Grammy nod. However, the way they were able to receive such an award was by adapting to western styled music. Their song Dynamite has a much more western feel to it, to the point where at first it might not even be recognisable as a BTS song. Fans have been asking for a K-pop category for ages, and since the group couldn’t fit into a Grammys music category, the band made it their job to fit into a category. As a group that has been snubbed so many times before, they are seen as heroes and their nomination for Best Pop Group Performance is well deserved.
Megan Thee Stallion
An unexpected nominee, some say she was a last minute add on to the nominations list but Savage singer has still been able to celebrate. The rap artist received nods for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance, although some are questioning her eligibility for the awards her fans are happy with her being a first time nominee. She has been congratulated by Harvey Mason Jr, the Recording Academy’s interim president and chief executive.
After a successful year of album sales for his 2020 release After Hours The Weeknd is completely ignored by The Recording Academy. Even fellow artists such as Drake have come forward to say the artist was robbed of nominations and future awards. After Hours hit 221 million streams and made a total of 444,000 sales in the US alone, so how can he end up empty handed? Fans are speculating the artist may still have a chance, after riot is caused across the media.
The former One Direction singer has been all the rage since his solo career kicked off, songs like Adore You and Kiwi helped boost his career and made him a recognised solo artist globally. Although Styles has been singing solo since 2016, this was the year he was finally supposed to be properly accredited as a solo artist. Like Justin Timberlake did in the past, however, Styles has been overlooked in several categories this year. Styles Album Fine Line has been named one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone. At least the artists album and singles have been recognised but his album will be head to head with Swifts Folklore. He will also be facing Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift in the Pop Vocal category with his song Watermelon Sugar.
By Karla Louise Hallett