The 60th annual Grammy Awards show took place on Sunday, Jan. 28, and music fans watched with intent eyes and ears.
The Recording Academy presented some of the most career defining awards for the 60th year in a row. For Bruno Mars, he walked away being the biggest winner of the night. For other artists, losing to another nominee may have been a career defining moment– only time and music will tell.
While the awards show boasted one of the most racially diverse lists of nominees the show had ever seen, the show significantly lacked in female representation. While many women may have been nominated, Alessia Cara was the only woman to win a “major award” during the televised ceremony.
The awards are about who produces the superior material; not about being politically correct or going with what the public wants/listens to. However, the public strongly disagrees with the winner choices this year. Many music aficionados, critics and fans are expressing their opinions online, and it’s looking like the general consensus is that those who didn’t win put out music the public considers to be the superior material.
This first Jasper Jams, a revival of the 2013-14 column, will recognize the artists and songs the Recording Academy chose not to recognize with accolades or even nominations.
“Sober” – Lorde
Lorde released “Melodrama” after an approximate four-year hiatus and the album was critically acclaimed. The 11-song album is considered to be a lyrical masterpiece and sonically cohesive experience; however, the album lost the one award it was nominated for.
“Praying” – Kesha
Despite Kesha delivering the most powerful performance of the night, she did not win an award. All contexts around the song and performance considered as well as her vocal and songwriting abilities considered, Kesha was truly snubbed.
“American Teen” – Khalid
Khalid sold out and completed a tour before his first album even dropped in March of 2017. I’m not sure any other nominee could say that, but he went home empty-handed anyway.
“The Weekend” – SZA
SZA was the most nominated woman at this year’s grammy but she was completely shut out which came as a surprise. In 2017 she released her debut studio album, “CTRL”, that was incredibly well received by critics and fans alike.
“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
Cardi B is from the Bronx; respect your neighbor and her inescapable, catchy song.
“Redbone” – Childish Gambino
Childish Gambino was completely shut out this year. A five minute and twenty seven second song with those vocals and that guitar riff and it didn’t win any award? Enough said.
“Sassy” – Rapsody
Rapsody wasn’t a name I knew before the Grammys but she is only the fifth woman to ever be nominated in the best rap album category. Though she lost to Kendrick, she is a staunch reminder of the under representation of women in the rap genre.
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber
If this song had won the categories it had been nominated in, it would have been the first Spanish crossover song to be song of the year and record of the year which, culturally, would have been a big deal. Culturally, this song is still a big deal anyway.
“1-800-273-8255” – Logic ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid
When this song first came out and hit radio waves, it made some major waves as it brought suicide awareness and prevention to the limelight. Logic performed the song at the Grammys but neither the song nor video received an award.
“Heavy” – Linkin Park ft. Kiiara
This song was the last major radio hit that the band had before Chester Bennington died by suicide. Chester Bennington was remembered in the In Memoriam segment but neither the song nor the band’s album, “One More Light”, was nominated.
“Kiwi” – Harry Styles
The One Direction Grammy curse continues. Now that the band is broken up and each member is releasing his own music, Styles’ music is definitely different than what 1D used to do, but apparently, not worthy of a nod from Recording Academy.
“Don’t Take The Money” – Bleachers (Jack Antonoff)
Jack Antonoff was actually nominated for one award this year for the production of “I Don’t Want To Live Forever” however, he also could have (should have) been nominated for the work he did on his own music under the name Bleachers and the work he did for Lorde’s album.
Note: “Jasper Jams” is a bi-weekly column designed to provide you with a regular dose of music: new and old, well-known and undiscovered. Each week, I will include information on up and coming artists, new music trends or a themed playlist.