The nominations are in for the 56th Grammy Awards. Jay-Z leads the pack with nine nominations followed by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams, who have seven each.
Prior to the nominations announcement last night, I predicted who would make each of the Big 4 categories of Album, Record and Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Let’s see how I did:
In 2011, Adele caused a rupture in the pop music scene that was a result of several years of high-tempo electronic dance pop. While Adele clearly had the voice and the songs to succeed anyway, they came at a time when people desperately wanted a break from the beat-heavy tunes that dominated pop radio.
Once again, timing is everything for New Zealand teen Lorde. Time is the greatest tool used to her advantage for her recent breakthrough, yet, unlike Adele, Lorde is upfront about her role as an alternative to mindless pop music.