And the show goes on

For those of you who keep up with the music and entertainment industry, I am sure you know that this year's Grammy Ceremony is, as of now, scheduled for Sunday March 14, 2021. The 63rd annual ceremony will select artists, songs and albums from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020. Here is a list of artists competing for record, album and song of the year:

Competing for record of the year is:

Black Parade, Beyonce

Colors, Black Pumas

Rockstar, DaBaby featuring Roddy Rich

Say So, Doja Cat

Everything I wanted, Billie Eilish

Don’t Start Now, Dua Lipa

Circles, Post Malone

Savage, Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyonce

Competing for album of the year is:

Chilombo, Jhené Aiko

Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition), Black Pumas

Everyday Life, Coldplay

Djesse Vol. 3, Jacob Collier

Women in History Pt. III, Haim

Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa

Hollywood’s Bleeding, Post Malone

Folklore, Taylor Swift

Competing for song of the year is:

“Black Parade,” Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk and Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)

“The Box,” Samuel Gloade and Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)

“Cardigan,” Aaron Dessner and Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

“Circles,” Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Post and Billy Walsh, songwriters (Post Malone)

“Don’t Start Now,” Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa and Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa)

“Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

“I Can’t Breathe,” Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)

“If the World Was Ending,” Julia Michaels and JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels)

Personally, I would like to see Folklore win album of the year. Released in July 2020, right at the heat of the pandemic, this album for me was a life saver because it took me to different places, introduced me to different characters and distracted and entertained me when the days felt impossibly long. With unique instrumentals, specifically the appearance of a harmonica in her song “Betty”, and interesting choice of song titles, specifically “the last great american dynasty”, Taylor Swift’s eighth studio album definitely deserves the highest recognition.

As for the song “Circles”, sung by Post Malone, I think it has been played way too many times on the radio. When it first came out on September 3, 2019, I respected the song. But as the days went by, and it was played routinely every two hours, I began to grow as tired of it as everyone became tired of “Senorita” by Shawn Mendez and Camila Cabello. Oddly enough, “Don’t Start Now”, by Dua Lipa, has not had the same effect on me. While it is still playing regularly on the radio, I have not lost my appetite for it.

This year's Grammy celebration, hosted by Trevor Noah, will look different than it has in the past due to COVID-19 protocols, but hopefully it will continue to recognize and award all the hardworking artists and songwriters.


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