Saturday, July 13, 2024

Grammy Nominations Coming on Tuesday: Album of the Year Predictions Point to Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar and…


The 2018 Grammy nominations are coming on Tuesday. Which collections will be nominated for Album of the Year? Here’s an idea:

Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” will be nominated not only for Best Album, but Best Song, Best Record, Best Male Pop Vocal. He could win all of them. “Divide” is the big hit of this Grammy year. All of it is Sheeran’s to lose.

Lady Gaga’s “Joanne” came out right at the beginning of eligibility last year. It didn’t make much noise despite how good it was. Then Gaga played the Super Bowl and there was mayhem. “Million Reasons” is certainly a Best Song/Best Record combo. Gaga should get an Album of the Year nomination. She deserves it.

Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn” was the rap hit of the year. Album of the Year, with all of his tracks top the Streaming chart last April. That’s an accomplishment that shouldn’t be ignored.

Kesha’s “Rainbow” is a likely Album of the Year candidate, especially since it was her persistence that kicked open the door for women who felt harassed or otherwise abused. Plus, the songs– including “Praying,” her big hit– are excellent. Kesha poses the biggest threat to Ed Sheeran.

And then something from the country world. Miranda Lambert’s “Weight of these Wings” would be a good choice. So would Chris Stapleton’s “From a Room, Volume 1.”

As for R&B, Bruno Mars had the biggest hit of the year with “24K Magic.” Lots of hits, and wouldn’t it be swell to have him perform on the Grammys?

This was not the greatest year in music. The big build up to Harry Styles’ album was a bit of a disappointment considering several of the songs sounded like they were lifted from 70s tunes. Very weird. Styles acquitted himself in the movie “Dunkirk” so it all worked out. I’m sure “Sign of the Tunes” will get him into Best Pop Male Vocal.

But no album this year had a real vision. I’m not sure that any album has had that in two decades. What we’d give for a real masterpiece in pop, rock, soul, rap, country– anything. The Grammy nominations have always been a mystery to me. I’m sure on the 28th we will all have a long list of WTH’s.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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