Blink-182, Gallant, Lukas Graham, Mike Posner, PartyNextDoor and SOJA are all among the Grammy Award nominees for 2017. Recently I did an article on the fact that Blink has never won a Grammy. The veterans in music among those mentioned, it’s their first time among Grammy nominees, I’m hoping their CD “California” is their “Golden Ticket” for Best Rock Album. http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2016/10/03/didnt-blink-182-win-a-grammy-a-musical-yorn/
I’m really excited for SOJA! Their “Live in Virginia” record is nominated in the Reggae Album category. It’s the second time around for them. They were recognized in 2015 for “Amid the Noise and Haste” but multi-Grammy winner Ziggy Marley walked with the trophy that year. SOJA is a latter day reggae band that maintains a traditional sound with a funky new approach. Ironically Ziggy is nominated too, for his self-titled joint, consistently being compared to the best speaks volumes. http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2014/12/01/the-funkalicious-25-for-2014/
Unquestionably Lukas Graham, the band that takes the name of it’s lead singer, was among the best in music this year. I can’t imagine anyone with a soul didn’t LOVE “7 Years” the first time they heard it. Up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Duo/ Group Performance, I was looking for a nod for Best New Artist too. Posner is also in the running for Song of the Year for “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.” He first got music lovers attention with “Please Don’t Go” a few years ago. Posner’s our latest, “Cool White Boy,” in the tradition of Justin Timberlake and old skool cats like Bobby Caldwell. http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2016/10/13/my-funkalicious-picks-for-best-new-artist/
And that brings me to the R&B category. A man ‘pulling his weight in gold,’ Gallant’s “Ology,” is nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album. His first full-length project – I Love It! His first EP “Zebra,” dropped two years ago. He shares the nod with Beyonce and Rihanna, as well as fellow newcomers Anderson .Paak and KING, which is a trio of women. Lastly, “Come See Me” by PartyNextDoor featuring Drake, is among the nominees for Best R&B Song. Maxwell and Rihanna are also nominated in the category. Here’s a link to “Ology”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DyEs4vg7O8&list=PLZf9XXbK2hZWzlQjn72dBizkNrsCLYDf4&index=4
So there’s a lot of new blood in music being put to the test against vets, A-Listers and icons this year. That’s genuinely interesting. We’ll see what’s what when the 59th Annual Grammy Awards air on Sunday, February 12th, on CBS.
For Your Consideration,