Tyra’s Grammy Picks

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Grammy Award

Tyra Garrett, Reporter

Even though the Grammy Awards have been postponed due to Covid 19, there is still a lot of hype surrounding the awards this year. Big names have been nominated this year like Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Kanye West, Doja Cat, Justin Bieber, and one of the biggest stars of 2021: Olivia Rodrigo. With all of these huge stars, there is a lot of debate on who should win each award. Here are 4 of the most talked about awards and who should, or shouldn’t, win each category.

Album of the Year:

Arguably one of the most important categories at the Grammys, the album of the year is once again a heavily debated topic, and rightfully so. This year the category is stacked with huge albums, those being: Happier Than Ever (Billie Eilish), We Are (Jon Batiste), Love For Sale (Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga), Justice (Justin Bieber), Planet Her (Doja Cat), Back Of My Mind (H.E.R.), Montero (Lil Nas X), Sour (Olivia Rodrigo), Evermore (Taylor Swift), and Donda (Kanye West). 

All of these albums have valid reasons for being nominated, other than Justice by Justin Bieber, which shocked me the most out of all the nominees. The album was full of mediocre songs and one of the most basic hits of the year: Peaches. 

There is one album that sticks out, and that is Planet Her by Doja Cat. This album was amazing. It had catchy and memorable hits that stick on your mind all day. With huge singles like “Kiss Me More,” “Woman,” “Need to Know,” and “You Right,” this album grabs your attention right away. I think it is miles ahead of the other nominees, with the closest competitor being Happier Than Ever, which is still not as versatile as Planet her.

My pick for album of the year is Planet Her by Doja Cat.

Song of the Year:

Song of the year is another highly debated category, but for me, there is a clear winner. The nominees being “Bad Habits” (Ed Sheeran), “A Beautiful Noise” (Alicia Keys and Brandi Carlile), “Drivers License” (Olivia Rodrigo), “Fight for You” (H.E.R), “Happier than Ever” (Billie Eilish), “Kiss Me More” (Doja Cat feat. SZA), “Leave the Door Open” (Silk Sonic), “Montero” (Lil Nas X), “Peaches” (Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon), and “Right on Time” (Brandi Carlile).

The most surprising nominees are most definitely “Bad Habits” and “Peaches,” both of which are not good enough to be in this category or even in the conversation. Ed Sheeran is usually on his game when it comes to songwriting, but “Bad Habits” is a song full of lazy and uninspired lyrics. “Peaches” is also lifeless and boring, which begs the question, why were these songs even nominated?

The clear winner of song of the year has to be “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo, with this song taking over radio stations across the world and almost every social media app. Two strong challengers to “Driver’s License” are “Happier than Ever” and “Kiss me more.” But this song is unique because it showed a teenager in her most vulnerable state, right after their first major breakup. It wasn’t like the average breakup songs we hear all the time, this one felt more real, personal, and sincere compared to the others. This song truly defined 2021 and helped a young teen actress, Olivia Rodrigo, rise and become a pop star.

My pick for song of the year is without a doubt Drivers License by Olivia Rodrigo.

Best New Artist:

This category probably has the most predictable winner out of all of the Grammy awards, but it is still good to look at all of the nominees. The nominations for best new artist are Arooj Aftab, Jimmie Allen, Baby Keem, FINNEAS, Glass Animals, Japanese Breakfast, The Kid LAROI, Arlo Parks, Olivia Rodrigo, and Saweetie. This category has predicted many successes but has also highlighted one-hit wonders. The question here is, who will the winner become? 

Right off the bat, you have two nominees that I would not consider “new,” mainly because they have been around for several years. One of the “new” artists, Finneas, has already won multiple Grammys with Billie Eilish and has been releasing popular music since 2019. Another nominee that I wouldn’t consider a new artist are Glass Animals. This band has also been releasing music for years and has been very popular on the indie scene, with their songs “The Other Side Of Paradise” and “Take A Slice,” both released in 2016-having over 70 million streams each. So I would rule out these two nominees from consideration.

The obvious winner defined 2021, that being Olivia Rodrigo. She should most definitely win this year’s best new artist category. She seemingly popped out of nowhere to the general public (If you hadn’t seen her shows/movies) with her hit song “Drivers License.” She then released more and more singles that blew me and many others away. Singles like “Good For You” and “Deja Vu” ran the charts for months, helping her gain traction for her new album “Sour,” which has been nominated for best pop vocal album and album of the year. Olivia has had one of the most successful first years ever, setting new standards for teen stars.

So my pick for best new artist is Olivia Rodrigo

Best Pop Vocal Album:

Best Pop Vocal Album may sound very similar to Album of the Year, but the major differences are that this category looks at specifically pop albums and how they stand out vocally, compared to Album of the Year which looks at the album’s overall sound. This category may not seem that important at first glance, but looking at past and present nominees you see how big this award is. There are only 5 nominees, those being Justice (Justin Bieber), Planet Her (Doja Cat), Happier Than Ever (Billie Eilish), Positions (Ariana Grande), and Sour (Olivia Rodrigo). These albums have all been huge this year, so who deserves this award?

An album I would rule out is Sour. Sour was a very very good album, don’t get me wrong, but for best pop vocal album? I feel like the other nominees are stronger compared to Sour. When you are nominated against powerhouses like Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande, it will be extremely difficult to win against them.

If Positions doesn’t walk away with an award this year I will be extremely disappointed, as it’s one of Ariana’s best albums to date. The vocals on this album are perfect, which is normal considering it’s by one of the greatest vocalists of our generation. The album is versatile, changing moods and still staying on theme with the album. Again, this album is one of Ariana’s best and deserves the praise and recognition it has been getting.

My pick for best pop vocal album is Positions by Ariana Grande.

You heard my opinions, but who do you think should win this year? Comment on this article and let me know!