best pop vocal album



Dangerous Woman, Ariana Grande’s third studio album, was released a year ago on May 20 2016. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, earning 175,000 album-equivalent units in its first week. It became her first number one album in the UK. The album has been certified Platinum by the RIAA and has received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album.

From the Taylor Swift Spotify page.

Taylor Swift is that rarest of pop phenomena: a superstar who managed to completely cross over from country to the mainstream.

Other singers performed similar moves – notably, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson both became enduring mainstream icons based on their ‘70s work – but Swift shed her country roots like they were a second skin; it was a necessary molting to reveal she was perhaps the sharpest, savviest populist singer/songwriter of her generation, one who could harness the Zeitgeist and turn it personal and, just as impressively, perform the reverse. These skills were evident on her earliest hits, especially the neo-tribute “Tim McGraw,” but her second album, 2008’s Fearless, showcased a songwriter discovering who she was and, in the process, finding a mass audience. Fearless wound up having considerable legs not only in the U.S., where it racked up six platinum singles on the strength of the Top Ten hits “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me,” but throughout the world, performing particularly well in the U.K., Canada, and Australia. Speak Now, delivered almost two years later in the autumn of 2010, consolidated that success and Swift moved into the stratosphere of superstardom, with her popularity only increasing on 2012’s Red and 2014’s 1989, a pair of records that found her moving assuredly from country into a pop realm where she already belonged.

This sense of confidence had been apparent in Taylor Swift since the beginning. The daughter of two bankers – her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, worked at Merrill Lynch; her mother Andrea spent time as a mutual fund marketing executive – Swift was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and raised in suburban Wyomissing. She began to show interest in music at the age of nine, and Shania Twainwound up as her biggest formative influence. Swift started to work regularly at local talent contests, eventually winning a chance to open for Charlie Daniels. Soon, she learned how to play guitar and began writing songs, signing a music management deal with Dan Dymtrow; her family relocated to Nashville with the intent of furthering her music career. She was just 14 years old but on the radar of the music industry, signing a development deal with RCA Records in 2004. Swift sharpened her skills with a variety of professional songwriters, forming the strongest connections with Liz Rose. Taylor’s original songs earned her a deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, but not long after that 2004 deal she parted ways with Dymtrow and RCA, all with the intent of launching her recording career now, not later.

Things started moving swiftly once Swift came to the attention of Scott Borchetta, a former DreamWorks Records exec about to launchBig Machine Records. Borchetta saw Swift perform at a songwriters showcase at the Bluebird Cafe and he signed her to Big Machine in 2005; shortly afterward, she started work on her debut with producer Nathan Chapman, who’d previously helmed demos for Taylor. Boasting original song credits on every one of the record’s 11 songs (she penned three on her own), Taylor Swift appeared in October 2006 to strong reviews and Swift made sure to work the album hard, appearing at every radio or television event offered and marshaling a burgeoning fan base through use of MySpace. “Tim McGraw,” the first song from the album, did well but “Teardrops on My Guitar” and “Our Song” did better on both the pop and country charts, where she racked up five consecutive Top Ten singles. Other successes followed in the wake of the debut – a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist (she lost to Amy Winehouse), stopgap EPs of Christmas songs – but Swift concentrated on delivering her sophomore set, Fearless.

Appearing in November 2008, Fearless was certified gold by the RIAA in its first week of release, and the record gained momentum throughout 2009, earning several platinum certifications as “Love Story,” “White Horse,” “You Belong with Me,” “Fifteen,” and “Fearless” all scaled the upper reaches of the country charts while “You Belong with Me” nearly topped Billboard’s Top 100. Along with the success came some headlines, first in the form of an infamous appearance at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards where her acceptance speech was interrupted by Kanye West, who burst on-stage to declare that Swift’s rival Beyoncé deserved the award more, but her romances also started gaining attention, notably a liaison with Twilight star Taylor Lautner, who appeared with the singer in the 2009 film Valentine’s Day.

Her flirtation with the silver screen proved brief, as she then poured herself into her third album, Speak Now. Released in October 2010, Speak Now was another massive first-week smash that refused to lose momentum. Hit singles like “Mine” and “Mean,” which won two Grammys, played a big factor in its success not just on the country charts but on pop radio as well. Following a 2011 live album called World Tour Live: Speak Now, Swift turned toward following a pop path on her fourth album, hiring such mainstream musicians as Dan Wilson, Butch Walker, and Britney Spears producer Max Martin. This mainstream pulse was evident on “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” the first single from Red. Upon its October 2012 release, Red shattered expectations by selling over a million copies in its first week, a notable achievement that was doubly impressive in an era of declining sales. Once again, Swift’s album had legs: it was certified platinum four times in the U.S. and its international sales outstripped those of Speak Now. She supported Red with an international tour in 2013 and more hits came, including “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “22.”

As Swift geared up for the release of her fifth album in 2014, she made it clear that 1989 was designed as her first “documented, official” pop album and that there would be no country marketing push for the record. “Shake It Off,” an ebullient dance-pop throwback, hit number one upon its August 2014 release. When 1989 appeared in late October 2014, it once again shot to number one and became her third straight to sell one million copies in its first week (a new record for any artist).

Swift gathered many awards during the subsequent year, including Billboard’s Woman of the Year, the Award for Excellence at the American Music Awards, and a special 50th Anniversary Milestone Award from the CMAs. Her 1989 World Tour crossed Asia, North America, and Europe during the last half of 2015, and she won three Grammy Awards at the 2016 ceremonies, including Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Music Video for “Bad Blood.” At the end of 2016, she released “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” a duet with ZAYN from the soundtrack for Fifty Shades Darker. The single reached the Top Five across the world. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi



My Everything debuted atop the Billboard 200, selling 169,000 copies in its first week. It debuted at number one in Australia and Canada as well, and peaked in the top ten of twenty countries worldwide. Grande attained her second consecutive number-one album in the US, becoming the first female artist to have her first two albums debut at number one since Scottish singer Susan Boyle. In March 2016, the RIAA certified the album double platinum, for combined album sales, on-demand audio, video streams, track sales equivalent of two million album-equivalent units. At the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in 2015, My Everything was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album.

This pop category is especially intriguing because it could give two of the biggest Top 40 artists their first taste of Grammy gold. With Confident, Demi Lovato has notched her first career Grammy nod, so a win would have her batting a thousand; meanwhile, Ariana Grande  could snag this for her hits-laden Dangerous Woman LP. Both are facing stiff competition in Justin Bieber, Adele and Sia, but perhaps the voters will spread the love and give one of Lovato or Grande their due. (Best Pop Vocal Album)

Dua Lipa’s 2018 Grammy Submissions


Dua Lipa (Album): Album Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Album

New Rules: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Music Video

No Lie: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Music Video

Scared To Be Lonely:  Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Dance Recording, Best Music Video

My Love: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Music Video 

Grammys 2017: 10 Categories To Watch
This pop category is especially intriguing because it could give two of the biggest Top 40 artists their first taste of Grammy gold. With Confident, Demi Lovato has notched her first career Grammy nod, so a win would have her batting a thousand; meanwhile, Ariana Grande (who’s also up for best pop solo performance) could snag this for her hits-laden Dangerous Woman LP. Both are facing stiff competition in Justin Bieber, Adele and Sia, but perhaps the voters will spread the love and give one of Lovato or Grande their due. (Best Pop Vocal Album)

Proud- Josh Dun

Request- Hi can I have an imagine where the reader is married to josh dun (2 years) and she’s a famous singer and she wins a Grammy and she thanks him in the speech!

You didn’t have words to explain how excited you were. You were nominated for best pop vocal album. No way you were going to win, you were up against people like Ariana Grande and Adele. You made different music than them and they had many more fans that you. It was so amazing that you were even nominated for a Grammy. You never believed you would even be recognized by a record label let alone have released 3 albums by the time you were 26 years old.

To say you were nervous was a bit of an understatement, but you had Josh by your side to calm you down. The five years you have known him he always stuck by you.

Now on the red carpet it really set in. You were about to sit in a giant room with a bunch of really talented people and you realized where your fans had gotten you.

“Y/N how do you feel being here tonight?” an interview asked you as you and Josh walked on the carpet.

“It’s truly amazing being here and I can’t believe where I am today thanks to all my fans and support.” you said moving along.

“Y/N and Joshua Dun. the musical couple that everyone loves. How are you two tonight?” another interviewer asked.

“We’re doing great, super excited for tonight.” You said with a smile.

“Congrates Y/N on the nomination. I’m a huge fan of both you and your husband. What’s it like being know as the power couple of music.” she asked you.

“I mean it’s pretty cool. It’s fun to bounce ideas off each other and having someone there as a constant support.” you told her.

After a few more stops you finally got to your seats. It was an amazing feeling being in a room full of important people all dressed up and excited.

It was finally your category. You were so nervous. Josh was holding your hand as you watched the nominees and their clip from their song play on the screen on stage. Your voice filled the room and you felt Josh squeeze your hand and kiss your cheek. He was so proud of you, even if you didn’t win.

“And the winner of the best pop vocal album goes to.” there was a small pause while they opened the envelope. “Y/N.”

Your heart skipped a beat as you realized they just said your name. You won. You stood and Josh did too, kissing you before you walked up to the stage. You couldn’t believe it, you were standing in front of so many people and the only one you could look at was Josh. his bright yellow hair could have been the reason, but also the smile on his face.

“Umm, well I totally didn’t think I was going to win tonight so I don’t have anything ready to say, s I’ll make it up. I seriously have all my fans to thank for this I love all of you so much. You have given me this amazing chance to be here and I can’t thank you enough for your support. I also have my husband to thank. I wouldn’t be anywhere if I didn’t have him. He’s brought so much inspiration not just to me but also my music and I love you. I want everyone to know whether you are 85 or 15 the struggle is worth it. It you keep living you’ll see what happiness you get in the end. Thank you so much again.” you said then walked off stage.

When you finally got back to your seat after some press backstage Josh was wait for you.

“I’m so proud of you.” he whispered kissing you.

“Thank you.” you kissed him again.

Something you could never get over. He was so loving.

The show ended and you had more interviews to do before you left. You stood with Josh

Getting your pictures taken as people asked questions.

“How proud are you of Y/N tonight Josh?”

“I’m through the roof. She puts so much work into her music and she loves her fans and she truly deserves this.”

“Y/N you said in your speech that everyone will get happiness eventually if they keep trying, can you elaborate?”

“Yeah I mean if you never give up on your dreams and keep pushing yourself you can achieve anything. At times your life may get dark and depressing but you have to take it one day at a time and you’ll see how life rewards you sometimes. For one I just won a Grammy, but also I have the best husband in the world.” you said kissing Josh’s cheek. “I wouldn’t be who I am without his support and all the support from my fans.” you smiled then moved on.

After many more questions you were happy to be finally back in the limo and on your way home. You were exhausted and wanted to take those stupid heels off. You sat down on the seat and then Josh sat next to you. You swung your legs up on his lap as the limo driver started driving.

“I’m proud of you.” he smiled at you.

“Thank you. Really I mean it. I love you and all your support these past few years is greatly appreciated.” you leaned over and you two kissed for what seemed like the millionth time that night.

“I would do anything to make you happy.” he told you.

“Good then will you take these dumb heels off. They’re killing me.” you said and Josh laughed.

“Of course I will. You asked me to do that the moment we got in the lomo after our wedding too. You said as your husband it was my first job to take them off. It wasn’t the only thing I took off that night.” he said with a smirk on his face while taking off your heels.

“Who said that wasn’t happening tonight too?” you said with a smirk on your lips and suddenly Josh’s were connected with yours.

“I love you.” he said into the heated kiss.