So, according to the dinosaurs on the Grammy panel, Rihanna’s Loud album was a better, more complete body of work than Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and thus hers was nominated for ‘Album of the Year’ and his wasn’t.
I’ll let that one simmer for a second.
I mean, really – what is this? Year after year the Grammy Awards subject us to some type of fuckery (last year Janelle Monae was parr’d, ridiculously) but this is unforgivable and extremely hard to fathom. I can’t work out their process here, I understand it’s an extensive panel made up of experts across the music industry, but how would any Rihanna album beat off any Kanye West album? What universe is this? They best pray the dude decides to skip this years ceremony – you all remember the VMA’s, right?
In any case, let me get back to reporting this news – the 2012 Grammy Nominations were announced last night and as ever the full list is rather lengthy, but peep some of the more PB relevant ones after the jump.
… Adele continues to represent, massive congrats to her and XL.
You’ll probably have noticed we didn’t do a live stream/commentary of the American Music Awards last night. It’s something we’ve decided not to do anymore – for a multitude of reasons, the main one being evolution. But, we always want to bring you the low-down, so peep some of the key performances from the night including Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Drizzy (who’s album debuted #5 in the UK charts – not a bad look considering).
Undeniably, Frank Ocean is a fantastic songwriter. A few cuts on his mixtape will silence most naysayers (see: ‘Novacane’, ‘American Wedding’, ‘Swim Good’). But, I still feel he has a lot to prove. I’ve watched the blogs, I’ve listened to the twitterati, even had ‘heated debates’ with some homies (you know who you are) – but I remain steadfast in my confusion as to why so many have bestowed upon this young man such a ‘messiah-like’ heralding, so early.
… And before you throw the haterade, let it be known – I think Frank Ocean has a lot of potential. His voice and some of his melodies are outstanding and quite innovative. But I’ve found him to be inconsistent – which for a new artist on his first mixtape, is (in my opinion at least) fully understandable. But then that’s not the problem; The problem isn’t him being inconsistent or needing time to grow – the ‘issue’ is how the hype machine blinded so many into ignoring those developmental irregularities.
Case in point his newest interwebs offering – ‘Back’. Not sure whether this is an official track, a throwaway or a polished demo (written for someone else). But as I haven’t been told otherwise, I can only assume this is in fact a new Frank Ocean track. And if it is, it pretty much disproves the general ‘second-coming’ consensus. Is this not just another R&B-Pop ballad? Chris Brown, Trey Songz or any other mainstream R&B singer could have released this – I don’t hear anything innovative or forward thinking about it. And of course, one could argue that this is just one song of many – but unfortunately this symbolises the majority, as opposed to the minority when reviewing Ocean’s catalogue.
Am I going to burn in bloggers hell? Possibly.
Nonetheless, I maintain – I do hear potential in this dude. And I am genuinely interested to see how he develops. If he progresses the way I hope he does – it should be an interesting journey. I just hope his eyes aren’t too fixed on those charts.
Tonight the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 will air live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre and as always, we’ll be providing a live stream for you right here. This years show will see performances from Adele, Beyonce, Chris Brown, Lil’ Wayne, Lady GaGa, Jessie J and many more. If rumours are to be believed Jay & Kanye will also be taking to the stage…
In addition to this, as ever we’ll be posting all the performances and winners just after they air / are announced.
This time last week, I was soaking in every minute detail of the deer park that Big Chill Festival hijacked for 4 music filled, bass stricken, dance fuelled days. With an unbelievable madness erupting in London that the world hadn’t seen in 20 years. On the other side of the country in Eastnor Castle situated somewhere in between Wales and the Midlands, since the Thursday that I arrived, myself, @def_danny and some good friends had happily had a constant flow of good music to take our attention and our minds for at least 12 hours every day. Bliss.
Beyonce, Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Lil’ Wayne, Trey Songz and Mary J. Blige among others will be taking stage in Los Angeles tonight for the 2011 BET Awards. As ever with all major music events – we’ll be live streaming and posting right here for you.
We’ll add a live streaming video to this post, so keep checking back (or just follow us on twitter for the latest). We’ll also be posting the winners and all the performances from the show as and when they’re available.
Update: Watch all the performances from the BET Awards 2011 – here.
Chris Brown dropped this viral over on his blog, Mechanical Dummy and I have to say I am feeling Breezy’s rhyming skills. The subject matter may not be that varied, but alongside Hud Mo production, this is sounding nice. What do you think? Hip Hop mixtape next maybe.
When I first heard this song, I hated it. But, it has (admittedly) steadily grown on me, this video has helped somewhat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m fully aware that in the the grand scheme of things – this is ‘any song’, and that this guy still needs to come much, much harder – but Chris sells it with his performance. The video is a kinda cheesy, the styling is terrible but the choreography saves it, ultimately.