iHeartRadio Awards 2014 Nominees: Best New Artist

This is my last post of the iHeart Radio Awards Nominees. I’ve discussed 6/10 categories: Best Lyrics, Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year, Best Collaboration, Artist of the Year, and Song of the Year. This category is Best New Artist and unlike the other categories it has 6 finalists.

Here were the 10 nominees:

  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Lumineers
  • Lorde
  • Zedd
  • Capital Cities
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Icona Pop
  • Passenger

Here are the 6 finalists:

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I’ve discussed Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Imagine Dragons in my Artist of the Year post, but for them to be nominated in both BIG categories they’re a big deal. Florida Georgia Line and Passenger are two artists that I have not listened to at all, but of course I’ve done my research and know about their work. Florida Georgia Line’s debut album, Here’s to the Good Times has reached platinum in both the U.S. and Canada and is close to being double platinum with 1.7 million+ copies sold thus far. The album has spawned the hit ‘Cruise’ as well as others. ‘Cruise’ has gone 6x platinum in the U.S. and 2x platinum in Canada. ‘Cruise’ also made the top 10 of  Billboard’s Hot 100 list for 2013. Passenger’s ‘Let Her Go’ also ranked top 10 on that list as well. The track is his 4th studio album, but his first major label project titled, All of the Little Lights. The album has been certified Platinum in 2 countries and Gold in 3.

Now for the ladies nominated in this category. Lorde took over the airwaves this past summer with her hit ‘Royals’ from her debut album, Pure Heroine,  which has hit the 1 million mark. In addition to ‘Royals’ she’s now rotating the airwaves with her second single, ‘Team.’Then there’s Icona Pop. Their smash, ‘I Love It’ has been certified platinum in 8 countries and landed in at #28 for Billboard’s Hot 100 year end chart.

Similar to that of Artist of the Year I’m going to base my pick off domination. As much sense as it makes to choose Macklemore & Ryan Lewis again I would choose Lorde for this category. She was dominating based off ONE TRACK, ‘Royals.”Team’ wasn’t even put out at the time. She was KILLING the airwaves with one song and that is to not go unnoticed. Lorde gets my vote for Best New Artist.

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Check out the HITS from the nominees below:

iHeartRadio Awards 2014 Nominees: Artist of the Year

The iHeart Radio Awards air LIVE on NBC on May 1st and I’ve discussed 3 categories so far: Best Lyrics. Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year, and Best Collaboration. This week I will be talking about the bigger categories: Artist of the Year, Best New Artist, and Song of the Year. Today is all about Artist of the Year. Here were the 10 nominees:

  • Bruno Mars
  • RiHanna
  • Maroon 5
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Justin Timberlake
  • P!ink
  • Imagine Drag
  • Katy Perry
  • Taylor Swift
  • Robin Thicke

Here are the 5 finalists:

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Newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis along with Imagine Dragons are in great company in this category. This category isn’t hard for me to choose a winner simply because I’m basing it off of domination in 2013. Rihanna was on the Diamonds World Tour majority of the year from her AMAZING 7th  studio album, Unapologetic. That album spawned hits ‘Diamonds’, ‘Pour It Up’, and the ballad ‘Stay.’ Maroon 5’s lead Adam Levine might have been getting more attention than the group overall in 2013 due to his judging position on The Voice, but the group as a whole was not to be silenced in 2013. They had huge radio hits ‘Love Somebody’ and ‘Daylight’ from their 4th studio album, Overexposed. Then there was Mr. Surprise, yet not so much of a surprise comeback in Justin Timberlake. In 2013 he released both parts of The 20/20 Experience. Pt. 1 is definitely my favorite of the two. He’s had two smash hits ‘Suit & Tie’ and ‘Mirrors’ both of which are nominated in other categories.

Then there are the newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Imagine Dragons. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis became a household name after their hit debut song ‘Thrift Shop’ surged the radio airwaves. They followed that with ‘Can’t Hold Us’ and then topped it all off with the beautiful track ‘Same Love.’ This pair is the definition of hard work pays off being that they are independent. They are now independent Grammy winning artists. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are not to shadow over Imagine Dragons as they are a Grammy Winning group as well. This group also debuted with hits ‘Radioactive’, ‘It’s Time’, and ‘Demons.’ They also broke Billboard Hot 100 record with ‘Radioactive’ spending 77 weeks on the chart.

When it comes down to who to vote for it’s hard because each artist puts so much time and effort into their work and making music for their fans. It’s hard to say one artist was better than the other or that one artist worked harder than another. I’m basing my decision on DOMINATION in 2013 and my pick has to go to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. I love the other 4 artists and Imagine Dragons has become one of my favorite bands, but as far as Artist of the Year based on 2013 it goes to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for me.

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Check out my favorite songs from the 5 nominees below:

 

iHeartRadio Awards 2014 Nominees: Best Lyrics

The iHeart Radio Awards will be aired for the first time May 1st LIVE on NBC. I’ve been wanting to talk about my picks for the categories and since the show is one month away I’ve decided to break down my picks. I do not do this for many award shows, but since this is controlled by the fans I’ve decided to put up the categories I’ll be voting on, break down the finalist nominees, and state my pick.

First up the category that I’m most interested in, Best Lyrics. The 10 nominees before being narrowed down were: Blake Shelton – ‘Mine Would Be You’, Miley Cyrus – ‘Wrecking Ball’, J. Cole – ‘Crooked Smile’, Lorde – ‘Royals’, P!nk/Nate Ruess – ‘Just Give Me a Reason’, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘Same Love’, A Great Big World -‘Say Something’, Icona Pop – ‘I Love It’, Imagine Dragons – ‘Demons’, and Avicii – ‘Wake Me Up.’

The five that I wanted were: ‘Wrecking Ball’, ‘Just Give Me a Reason’, “Same Love’, ‘Say Something’, and ‘Wake Me Up.’ Here are the FINALISTS:

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This is a great list of songs for the finalists. You have the makeup to breakup songs ‘Wrecking Ball, ‘Say Something’, and ‘I Love It.’ ‘I Love It’ is just a fun song that just shows the fun way of getting over a breakup and then you listen to Miley or a Great Big World and you’re back in your feelings. Then there’s Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ which is empowering and the mega and emotional hit from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, ‘Same Love.’

I love the lyrics of the rest of the songs and my vote comes down to Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ versus A Great Big World’s ‘Say Something.’ Between the two I’d have to pick ‘Say Something.’ Lyrically it’s an amazing song and is my favorite out of the 5 nominees. This category is a tough one, but ultimately (fan wise) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis might take the cake. Airplay wise it comes down to Avicii v. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Personally, I’m still rooting for ‘Say Something.’

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Listen to the five nominees below:

2014 Grammy Review

So the Grammys aired this past Sunday (1/26) and the show was very typical for me. There were some performances that stood out and some that were bland. In this review I’ll be highlighting all my favorite performances and to see all the winners of click here.

My favorite performance of the night was Imagine Dragons & Kendrick Lamar performing ‘M.A.D.D. City’ & the ‘Radioactive (Remix).’ I just can’t stop watching the performance. The energy from both Kendrick and Imagine Dragons as a whole. I love when artists feel the music and really get into it. I just want to download an unedited version of this entire performance. It was just ON POINT from start to finish. The Radioactive Remix is available on iTunes NOW!

Kendrick might not have won any Grammys last night, but this performance was a sure win in the books for another successful Hip-Hop/Rock merge. Some say he was robbed by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, but here’s what Macklemore had to say about the situation in a brief Hot 97 morning show interview (1/27):

It’s the blessing and the curse, a little bit more the curse. First and foremost, Kendrick is a friend of mine. He’s somebody that I love his music and, in my opinion, had the best Rap album of the year. And knowing how the Grammys usually go, I knew that there would be a great chance that we’d win that award and, in essence, rob Kendrick. That’s what happened tonight. It kind of sucks. I think we made a great album. I think that Kendrick made a better Rap album.

The winners of the Grammys are pretty much set in stone now, but Macklemore could not have said it any better. Although the ballot is filled out by many people in higher up positions that know music, they do not know every single artist nominated, nor all the music from that genre. With that it does boil down to popularity and who’s name was out there more along with who topped the charts. When you put those two factors together it goes to show why some artists may have gotten ‘robbed’ in the eyes of others. Overall, congrats to the winners!

Beyoncé opened up the show with, ‘Drunk In Love.’ Although I LOVE the song the performance overall was bland. Jay Z came out and it was the usual, he hugs her, touches her butt, same old same old. I wish she would’ve done something more upbeat off the album. It would’ve been dope if she did ‘Flawless.’ This performance for me was just basic. Nothing against the simplicity of performances, but on the level and pedestal that Beyonce is put on I was expecting more. Shout out to Taylor Swift’s ‘Diddy Bop’ all night long.

John Legend performed ‘All of Me’ as his wife stared on mesmerized by the performance. He did not so the entire song, but it was just enough. Classic R&B. His voice + his flawless piano playing = perfection! I am a huge John Legend fan and his ballads are always Grammy worthy.

Sara Bareilles teamed with Carol King for a medley of ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Brave.’ This comes down to being one of my favs because I love Sara Bareilles and her song ‘Brave’ is just AMAZING! Also Carol King is a legend in her own right. The medley was perfect. The two did not sing over the other making their voices complimentary of each other. It was a short performance, but it was a great to merge the past and the present.

Daft Punk teamed up with Nile Rogers, Pharrell, and Stevie Wonder for their performance. I loved how it was a recording studio theme. I see that as the mystery of whats to come out of the studio when performing a song with that of Daft Punk’s mystery personas. Pharrell got a lot of flack for his hat, but there’s no denying his talent. Stevie Wonder ended the set with his song ‘Another Star.’ What an amazing ear to segue between those two songs. My 2nd fav performance of the night.

Lastly I have to give props to the Queen of Physicality, Pink! She did her signature acrobatic set and her strength plus the ability to sing on key through all that does not go without mention. She performed ‘Try’ and the Grammy nominated song ‘Just Give Me a Reason’ with Nate Ruess. Absolutely loved the performance.

Grammy Winners (2014)

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Here are the 56th Annual Grammy Award winners:

  • Album of the Year: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
  • Record of the Year: Daft Punk f/ Pharrell Williams & Nile Rogers ‘Get Lucky’
  • Song of the Year: Lorde, ‘Royals’
  • Best New Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Best Pop Solo Performance : Lorde, ‘Royals’
  • Best Pop Duo/Group Performance : Daft Punk f/ Pharrell Williams & Nile Rogers, ‘Get Lucky’
  • Best Pop Vocal Album: Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox
  • Best Rock Performance: Imagine Dragons, ‘Radioactive’
  • Best R&B Performance: Snarky Puppy w/ Lala Hathaway, ‘Something’
  • Best R&B Song: Justin Timberlake, ‘Pusher Love Girl’
  • Best Urban Contemporary Album: Rihanna, Unapologetic
  • Best R&B Album: Alicia Keys, Girl on Fire
  • Best Rap Performance: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/ Wanz, ‘Thift Shop’
  • Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Jay Z f/ Justin Timberlake, ‘Holy Grail’
  • Best Rap Album: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist
  • Best Rap Song: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/ Wanz, ‘Thrift Shop’
  • Producer of the Year: Pharrell Williams
  • Best Song Written for Visual Media: Adele, ‘Skyfall’
  • Best Short-Form Music Video: Justin Timberlake f/ Jay Z ‘Suit & Tie’
  • Best Dance/Electronica Album: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories

To see who else won at the Grammys click here.

CONGRATS TO ALL THE WINNERS!