Word on the street is that tonight the 59th Annual Grammy Award show airs.
Will you be glued to your television tonight watching the 59th Annual Grammy Award show? I will be front an center with my list to check off the winners. But, first I want to talk about the fact that Prince’s entire digital catalog is available for streaming on other music outlets such as Spotify , Pandora and others. Now, I have a problem with this. Apparently, Prince prior to his death signed a streaming agreement with Tidal. ” After one meeting, it was obvious that Jay Z and the team he has assembled at Tidal recognize and applaud the effort that real musicians put in2 their craft 2 achieve the very best they can at this pivotal time in the music industry,” Prince said of his Tidal deal. If you recall, Prince pulled all of his music from streaming services back in 2015.
After his death, Tidal was sued by Prince’s Estate. His estate claims that Tidal did not exclusive rights to stream’s Prince’s entire digital catalog, and the agreement was for only one album. Fast forward to 2017, and Prince’s Estate agreed to a publishing deal with Universal Music. An obvious conflict of interest considering the deal previously established with Tidal. Shady as hell of the Estate if you ask me. Especially considering how Prince voiced his concerns about greed and access in the music business and fact that Prince was very pro black. He made music for all to enjoy, but he loved his people. The fight is far from over with. To read more about ongoing suite go here
Moving on. While flipping through photo’s from the 59th Grammy Awards pre-show festivities, I noticed a picture of Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose. Hmm, not the one to gossip, but they looked pretty comfortable next to each other. Are Amber and Whiz a couple once again? Pictures of them kissing seem genuine, who knows with those two. So, I guess the Grammy’s are good for relationships now? Now, I’m secretly hoping they get back together. If not, I hope that they can at least continue to be great at co-parenting. Especially, since their break-up was very public as is always the case with celebrities. But, the fact that they can show up with one another at a high profile event, speaks volumes. It’s also rumored that she recently broke-up with her Dancing with the Stars boo, Val Chmerkovskiy. Not at all surprised though, since she is now tongue and cheek with Whiz now. Amber… Amber… Amber. Although I’m not surprised, because you can’t keep a strong woman down.
Who you got? I’m really pulling for Solange and Chance The Rapper and Remy Ma to come away with some wins tonight. Also, Solange has been nominated for Best R&B Performance, Remy Ma, Best Rap Song, All the Way Up with Fat Joe, and Chance The Rapper for Best Rap Album and And Best New Artist . In addition to those categories, Chance The Rapper was also nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance for Ultralight Beam along with Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin and The-Dream. Of course, Beyonce` must be in the mix, because she has been nominated for several categories – nine in total.
Record of the Year: Formation
Album of the Year: Lemonade
Song of the Year: Formation
Best Pop Solo Performance: Hold Up
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Lemonade
Best Music Video: Formation
Best Music Film: Lemonade
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration -Freedom w/ Kendrick Lamar
Best Rock Performance – Don’t Hurt Yourself
Whew honey, Beyonce` did not come to play. If it were not for the rejection of Daddy’s Girl, she just may have had a shot at a Grammy for a country song. Furthermore, there was some earlier debate about the song and whether or not it was country enough. Crazy right? Any who, Beyonce`, should straight clear tonight. I’m pulling for ya girl. So, here are my Grammy picks for tonight’s award show:
Record of the Year: Beyoncé -Formation
Album of the Year: Beyoncé -Lemonade
Song of the Year: Beyoncé – Formation
Best New Artist: Chance The Rapper
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Rihanna featuring Drake-Work
Best Pop Solo Performance: Beyoncé-Hold Up
Best R&B Performance: Solange-Cranes In The Sky
Best Traditional R&B Performance-Jill Scott -Can’t Wait
Best R&B Song: Party Next Door Featuring Drake-Come And See Me
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Beyoncé -Lemonade
Best R&B Album: Lalah Hathaway – Lalah Hathaway Live
Best Rap Performance: Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared: All The Way Up
Best Rap/Sung Performance: Kanye West Featuring Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream-Ultralight Beam
Best Rap Song: Fat Joe &Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared All The Way Up –
Best Rap Album: Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: O’Shea Jackson & Andre Young Straight Outta Compton
Best Recording Package: Anti (Deluxe Edition)
Producer of the Year (non-classical): Nineteen85
Best Music Video: Beyoncé -Formation
Best Music Film: Beyoncé-Lemonade
I know everyone can’t walk away with a Grammy, but to nominated is a great honor as well. The music industry is so big and has so many moving parts to it. Also, the talent, despite what radio may have you to believe is immense. Furthermore, there are so many gifted singers, musicians, producers, song writers, and lyricists that make up the music community, it is impossible to honor all of them on the show.
However, we do get a glimpse at the greatness and magic that music creates. So, even if its for one night only, we get to dance in our living rooms with the television volume turned up high, reminiscing about the moments connected to the music. Most of all, we get to watch beautiful tributes of our favorite entertainers that have gone on to glory. Lastly, we can forget about the drama in the world and impending disaster because of the actions of the Orange One. Turn up responsibly and enjoy your night.