Then & Now Thursday (V.2) — The Grammy Edition

The 56th Annual Grammys will be airing this Sunday (1/26/14) & I wanted to highlight some of the nominees and the progression of their careers.

Taylor Swift is nominated for 4 Grammy awards and she has already received 7 in her career thus far. Basically anything she’s nominated for she gets and her music, although I wasn’t a fan of the bubble gum and lollipops initially, I respect her drive and creativity. Here’s the song that changed my mind on Taylor no matter how much I tried NOT to like her music.

At first she was singing about how that special guy would always be her prince charming know matter who he might be with on her tracks ‘Love Story’ and ‘You Belong With Me’ (Fearless, 2008). Now she’s over the whole ‘love’ thing on her album Red, singing about how boys are trouble and once she’s done she’s done, insert ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.’

Congrats to Taylor on her domination not only in Country music, but in Pop as well.

Shawn Corey Carter better known as Jay Z is nominated for 9 Grammys having won 17 so far in his career. Jay Z has become an icon in the Hip Hop community and since 2003 has expanded his popularity with his high popularized romance with wife Beyoncé. It all began with 1996s, Reasonable Doubt.

Nearly 20 years since the release of his debut album he’s now at a point in his career where he’s considered ‘old.’ Not old in being in his 40s, but old in the game, yet he seems to release some of the freshest music. His recent work, Magna Carta…Holy Grail spanned the huge hit ‘Holy Grail’ which features Justin Timberlake and my personal fav from the album ‘Tom Ford.’

Rihanna who is Jay Z’s biggest investment to date is nominated for having won 6 so far. I never thought that her career would have excelled to the level it has after ‘Pon De Replay’ (Music of the Sun, 2005).

Rihanna has put out 7 albums in less than decade. Her sound has evolved with her age. Good Girl Gone Bad (2008) was the turning point and she really crossed over with the track ‘Umbrella.’ Her sound is clearly a reflection of her life being that she draws from personal experience. Now she’s a no holds barred artist that does what she wants. Her album, Unapologetic, is my favorite compilation that she has released thus far. With tracks like ‘Diamonds,’ ‘Stay,’ ‘No Love Allowed,’ she serenades each track with her unique voice and you can hear the passion and realness in the music. She’s let fans in to all aspects of her personal life and that’s something to commend.

In the beginning it was all about honing in on her sound, but now she’s her own woman and is putting out real music now. You might not like her voice, her fashion, her risky behavior, but there’s no denying that Rihanna is one of the hardest workers in the business at her age.

Next up is Mr. Robin Thicke who is nominated for 3 Grammys, the first Grammy nods he’s had in his career. He is somewhat of a vet in the industry, but his work has been overlooked.His partner in crime from the beginning of his career has been Pharrell. They teamed up on the first track I ever remember hearing from him, ‘Wanna Love You Girl’ (The Evolution of Robin Thicke, 2006).

His sound hasn’t drifted at all from what he began. He’s a love song making guy. Every song he’s made has been a long the lines of that. ‘Blurred Lines’ is that track that very few people have in their careers to push them to the next level.

Despite the controversy of the song from the video to the actual production, there’s no denying that this song was a hit. Not a complete fan of the entire album, but ‘Blurred Lines’ was definitely the song of the summer. I’m glad he was able to get that push.

Congrats to all the nominees.

56th Annual Grammy Awards — January 26, 2014 — Live CBS 8pm (EST)

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