Review: 2019 Grammy Awards

It just gets weirder and weirder

ATLAHWORLDWIDE / WIKIPEDIA | Photo Courtesy How Cardi B won a Grammy Award is beyond me.

I once again missed the Grammy Awards because they get less interesting every year, or so it seems. Of course, I looked at the winners the previous day, and there were some that were well-deserved and others that were a little more questionable. I want to spend some time on this because the Grammys only come once a year.

I’ll start with the most controversial winner of the weekend: Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy” won the category “Best Rap Album.” While the album has some good songs such as “I Like It” and “Be Careful,” this received lots of backlash and questions after she won. There were other album nominations such as “Swimming” by Mac Miller and “Astroworld” by Travis Scott that arguably should have been the winner. If I could have voted, I would have voted for “Swimming.”

If you recall, that album was my first “Album of the Month” winner back for the month of August. About a week after that article was published, Mac Miller died from overdose. I was just glad I chose that album as the winner, or else I would have felt kind of bad. I even chose it over the well-known “Astroworld.”

I looked at the winners the previous day, and there were some that were well deserved and others that were a little more questionable.

In this case, you have to give the award to Mac Miller. He has no chance of winning another Grammy, and every other nominee for that category does. All those teenage girls and their votes for Cardi B overrode what should have been, and we all know it. The least we could have done is gave him the award to acknowledge the impact Mac Miller made in the musical world.

I guess we can be thankful Cardi B didn’t walk out with two Grammys. Her album was a nominee for “Album of the Year” as well. The winner ended up being Kacey Musgraves’ “Golden Hour,” which is a country album. I thought “Beerbongs & Bentleys” by Post Malone would win that for sure, given how much people claim to like “Posty.” I guess voters had something else in mind. “Scorpion” by Drake also wouldn’t have been a shocker if it won. Drake and Post Malone are arguably the two biggest names in the hip-hop/rap genre right now. However, it is nice to see an underdog take a victory.

Dua Lipa won “Best New Artist,” but there was someone who wasn’t even nominated that should have been. I was shocked to see that Ella Mai was not a nominee for Best New Artist. I’m actually kind of surprised she didn’t win that category. Her titular album, “Ella Mai,” was known worldwide and had so many plays in 2018. It was by far her best album, and she is fairly new to the R&B/Soul community. Lil Skies is another person that you could argue should have won the category. He released his first studio album in 2018 and has written many good singles along the way. Everyone knows who he is. They should have a list of notable mentions along with the nominees just to show extra appreciation.

“God’s Plan” by Drake won “Best Rap Song.” I could see that coming, but “Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott (with Drake) had to be a close second. All you hear about is “Sicko Mode” and “Mo Bamba,” and how those are so overplayed that nobody wants to hear them anymore. Now that I think about it, that’s probably why “God’s Plan” won. It also could be the lyrics, which are more relatable than Sicko Mode, a simple party song that “bumps”.

I could talk about every category, but these are the ones I think were worth mentioning, mainly due to the winners and nominees. If there’s one thing I’m leaving you with, it’s that Cardi B should not have won a Grammy. I also want to say that the Grammys become more and more of a joke, and that whatever artist follows the trends will likely win. I guarantee every high school and college woman voted for Cardi B, which is why she won. Great for her, but just know you might not hear her name as much in 2019 and years beyond that.

Anyway, that is all. I can’t wait to see what awards get screwed up at the 2020 Grammys.

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