CARAMANICA The truth is, a musician has a full level of success that has little to do with radio play, streaming success, album sales, or touring. It’s about being considered a musician that is respected by other musicians. (I have no idea if this is profitable!) Black Pumas and Collier fit here. And AD Smoke may seem totally extreme, but in that context, it’s not: his brother SiR, a singer who signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, known as Kendrick Lamar’s home. In a year without a Kendrick album (no other), D Smoke is a common alternative and is reminiscent of the kind of music – including hip-hop – that Grammy voters usually support: seriously, technique-driven, whether shopkeeper or fine. tuned depending on the lens. This became apparent in the best rap album category (D Smoke, Nas, Freddie Gibbs, Jay Electronica and Royce Da 5’9 ”). If you teleported these albums (many of which I love) by the mid-1990s and slipped them into the Walkmen of Carhartt-Timbs fans, they probably wouldn’t raise their eyebrows.
Still, it’s noteworthy that there are no hip-hop producers in the Producer of the Year category, probably because Grammy voters don’t bother investigating young producers like Jetsonmade, who are responsible for the many DaBaby hits, and Jack Harlow’s “Whats Poppin, ”, Or you can even think of the alchemist who has become a scammer for the revivals of the modern golden age and has released strong projects over the past two years with Freddie Gibbs, Boldy James, Conway the Machine, and Action Bronson.
COSCARELLI I really thought we’d see two of the posthumous releases dominating the streaming, Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars on the Moon” and Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” press, none of which were nominated for Best Rap Album. Pop Smoke, who I naively thought the best new performer was shot, is represented by a single nomination, the best rap performance of “Dior”. Lil Baby’s “My Turn” and Roddy Ricch’s “Please Excuse Me for Antisocial” were also omitted, although they were all nominated for songs, “The Bigger Picture,” Lil Baby’s Black Lives Matter protest song, two nominations, and “The Box.” gets.
As a retreat for a moment, we have to issue our usual warning: Of course, these are just markings, so it’s possible that Swift, Eilish, and Beyoncé could sweep away most of the major awards, and all this can leave a Grammy-typical feeling when everything is said and done.