The Grammy’s are to air on February 12, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. PST and the official list is out. The list is long with 84 categories that go from the general field, to classical music, to production. For the sake of time and reading, I will only be covering the general field and my own opinions on who should be picked from those categories. For the general field it consists of album of the year, song of the year, record of the year, and best new artist.
For album of the year I would like to see Sturgill Simpson’s “A Sailor’s Guide To Earth” win the Grammy. It is a different sound described as outlaw country, has a different sound than your normal country song . Live versions of his song also include long jam session style solos with rugged sounding vocals coming from Simpson. This album was released in April of this year and is his third album since starting his solo career with his first in 2013.
For song of the year, I feel that Formation takes the award with its songwriting. With a team of writers who consists of rappers and song writers Khalif Brown (Swae Lee) , Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles and Michael L. Williams II (Mike Will Made It). Beyonce worked on the lyrics of the song as well and have made references to her own life, popular culture, and African american culture with a women empowering theme in the lyrics.
Record of the year, “Hello” by Adele would be good pick this year. With a soft opening to the song starting with a couple of piano chords to her vocals with a great build up to the powerful chorus with strong emotion and touching lyrics of heartache and regret.
Best new artist should be The Chainsmokers. With their songs “Roses,” “Closer” and “Don’t Let Me Down,” The Chainsmokers are just emerging from their start in 2012 and making themselves known by making the charts with their hit songs having their song beats their own and making their sound a distinct sound.