Grammys Preview: The Best Bets For The Big Four Awards


Sheeran has racked up ­nominations ­numbering in the double digits (and in 2016 won song of the year for “Thinking Out Loud”). Lamar has more trophies to his name (seven to Sheeran’s two), but none in the general categories. Regardless, Sheeran’s Divide and Lamar’s DAMN. should be locks for ­nominations. Joining those likely frontrunners, Lorde’s Melodrama is a solid bet: Though her follow-up to 2013’s Pure Heroine came up a little short commercially, it was ­considered a daring, winning step forward after her rookie success. JAY-Z’s 4:44 – a ­thoughtful, confessional album from a true icon – looks like it could nab him long overdue recognition in a category in which he has never been nominated ­(provided the album’s exclusive TIDAL release didn’t limit its audience too much).

Don’t discount the influence of two of the year’s most powerful artist ­narratives. Gaga’s ­intimate Joanne met lukewarm reviews, but it has Mark Ronson’s imprimatur and caps off a year when Gaga won plenty of hearts with a triumphant Super Bowl performance, her revelation of her chronic battle with fibromyalgia and the release of her well-received Netflix ­documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two. And with We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service, A Tribe Called Quest offered a ­stunning, unexpected comeback recorded with Phife Dawg before his death in 2016 – and, as Q-Tip and crew announced, their final project.

Elsewhere, Harry Styles, inspired by classic rock from Bowie to Badfinger, was a remarkable transformation for the former One Direction-er. The Bruno Mars juggernaut could well roll on with 24K Magic, as could The Weeknd with Starboy. Miranda Lambert’s powerful double album, The Weight of These Wings, was arguably Nashville’s strongest ­offering this year. Though Metallica has never been ­nominated in a general category, its Hardwired… To Self-Destruct was widely seen as a welcome return to form. Among rap’s contenders, Logic’s Everybody and Big Sean’s I Decided were big hits that earned critical notice. As to who might fill the unexpected outsider slot Sturgill Simpson occupied in 2017, Americana favorite Jason Isbell’s The Nashville Sound (the rare indie release to hit No. 1 on the country albums chart) and Father John Misty’s Pure Comedy garnered sufficient support to make both long-shot contenders.


With nearly 5 billion streams and 4 ­billion video views, Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” (featuring Daddy Yankee and, on the remix, Justin Bieber) was the year’s biggest sensation. Honoring the first Spanish-language song since “Macarena” to top the Hot 100 – which went on to tie Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” for most weeks ever at No. 1 on the chart – would be an ideal opportunity for The Recording Academy to recognize Latin music’s ever-increasing impact on the mainstream. Among the year’s other chart-toppers, Sheeran’s “Shape of You” and Lamar’s “Humble” seem like ­shoo-ins. At least one of Mars’ two hits, “That’s What I Like” and “24K Magic,” should earn a spot. Styles’ soaring “Sign of the Times” could earn recognition as a strong debut single. And among Nashville ­voters, Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” – which topped the Hot Country Songs chart for a record-shattering 34 weeks (and crossed over to the Hot 100’s top 10) – should get the biggest push in this category.

From there, the year’s biggest singles covered a wide range of styles. The ­massive success of Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” and Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” made next-gen Atlanta rap ­impossible to ignore. “Malibu” epitomized Miley Cyrus’ ’70s Southern California reboot, and The Weeknd delivered two strong tracks in “Starboy” and “I Feel It Coming.” The unlikely (but highly ­successful) ­combination of The Chainsmokers and Coldplay for “Something Just Like This” ticks a lot of boxes for ­voters, while Imagine Dragons’ “Believer” could ­represent for modern rock. And though “Look What You Made Me Do” was ­polarizing, never underestimate the power of Taylor Swift – did any other song ­generate more debate this year?


Sheeran’s “Shape of You” (written with a team including producer Steve Mac) and Lamar’s “Humble” (credited to Lamar and Mike WiLL Made-It) will likely face off again for the top ­songwriting honor, and many other record of the year ­competitors could join them: Styles and a team led by producer Jeff Bhasker for “Sign of the Times”; Mars and crew ­(including ­production teams Shampoo Press & Curl and The Stereotypes) for “That’s What I Like” or “24K Magic”; Cyrus and collaborator Oren Yoel for “Malibu”; and Hunt alongside Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne for “Body Like a Back Road.”

That cohort’s strongest competition might come from songs with timely (or timeless) messages. Gaga’s raw ­vulnerability on “Million Reasons” – ­written with Hillary Lindsey and Ronson, and roundly ­considered the most solid ­offering on Joanne – makes it her best chance at a major ­nomination. Logic’s “1-800-273-8255,” ­written with Arjun Ivatury and featured vocalists Alessia Cara and Khalid, was an ambitious ­commentary on suicide ­prevention that has peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100.

Other new artists with chances for a nod: James Arthur, whose “Say You Won’t Let Go” (by Arthur, Neil Ormandy and Steve Solomon) was the year’s breakout low-key ballad, and Julia Michaels, whose “Issues,” written with Justin Tranter and producers Benny Blanco and Stargate, introduced her as a major new voice. And yet again, don’t count out Swift – this time for “Better Man,” a song she wrote alone (a possible plus to some ­authenticity-seeking voters) and then handed off to her friends in Little Big Town.

honestly, for me personally, sign of the times getting nominated for ‘record of the year’ of the big 4 for the grammy’s would mean the most to me like that song is amazing and harry getting an award or just being nominated for it for his songwriting specifically? for those lyrics? the music behind it? the meaning? like idk how to explain how incredible that could be for him. even the fact he’s being considered for it is… beautiful. it’s what he and that song deserve

anonymous asked:

momma i need help. i have this friend and i don't like her at all. she's rude and racist and homophobic, but she also has really bad depression and anxiety. if i leave her she'll kill herself, but if i don't i think i might end up killing myself. she's almost exactly the same as the man that emotionally abused me for years, always telling me how much they need me and that they would die without me. i don't know what to do. please help me momma

You already see the signs of abuse. It’s time to get out. Give her the contacts to a hotline (Like crisis text) and then block her. You don’t deserve to be manipulated.

-Lou the Lobster

Sign Of The Times || 01 (A, F)

Word Count: 1.6k
Pairing: Min Yoongi x Reader
Genre: Angst, Fluff, Smut, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World!AU
Synopsis: The time is unexpectedly at hand. An asteroid is hurtling towards the earth at astonishing speeds, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it. You can’t escape the inevitable, but at least you have a new best friend to live out your last days with.
A/N: I’m back!!!! I literally wrote this on a tour bus on the way home from a college tour and I think it came out pretty good. Hopefully you guys will like this and yes, as you can see it is a series. I don’t know how many chapters this will have, but I know that the amount is over 10! But anyways, please enjoy and please leave feedback! It’s greatly appreciated!

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anonymous asked:

hi, i hope i'm not bothering you but... ive been clean of self harm for a while, but last night i relapsed... i was under stress and i just. had to make sure i could "feel" something, if that makes sense. i wish i hadnt done it, bc there might be new scars that im left with. all im asking is maybe advice on how to stop doing this to myself, because i want to stop. i want to get better.

Hello Friend ,

I’ve been down this road , but i’m glad that you want to stop. That’s one of the first steps, after recognizing that you have a problem.

I’ve mentioned earlier that what helped me was drawing on my arms or even getting my friends to sign my arms. One time I got a lot of people to sign my arm at school, I felt good. It took me a while to find ways to divert myself from hurting myself.

I used to self harm from anger (not just sadness), so invested into a punching bag, and that really really helped.

Also another thing is , Reading a book called emotions anonymous. It’s a 12 step book, but I recommend it to anyone who has issues with their emotions. It’s so cheap like 12$ online .

Good Luck , Hope this helps, + Let me know ☺️


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also after the philly show tonight i just want to say a big fuck you to everyone who says “”harry isn’t doing enough” or “that isn’t activism” or claim that we’re praising him too much when it comes to harry holding up the pride flags at his shows, or the trans flags now as well (or any other flag he may choose to wave. i saw a few bi flags there tonight as well). never in my life have i been to a concert where i felt just so universally accepted by everyone there for being queer, both by harry and his band and also by all the fans. when the mini pride flags were being handed out for the project, everyone was so excited to take a flag and thought it was amazing. i saw huge genuine smiles break out on peoples faces. we were sitting on the streets with mini pride flags out all day and no one questioned it. everyone felt free to be open without a worry. do yall know how meaningful that is to me?? people on the street even smiled at it. i saw at least 6 pride flags, big ones, on the line and in the front of general admission. one girl had a pride flag with “treat people with kindness” on it and held it up for harry to see. i walked around with a mini pride flag hanging out of my pant pocket all day, walking up and down the town and i had no concern about it?? i wasn’t scared of what was going to happen, i felt empowered and like i could truly just exist unapologetically as a queer person that day. the event staff took pride flags as well and had them in their pockets. harry was so clearly moved by the fan project to hold up the mini pride flags during sign of the times - i saw him turn to adam beforehand and just whisper ‘wow’ when he noticed. my point is, harry has created the environment in which all of that can happen!! harry created this space where fans can truly just be themselves without a worry and that is so liberating to have?? it matters that he holds the pride flag up so proudly. it matters that he made it a point to bring a pride flag out after it had been wrongfully confiscated. people are getting arrested for daring to bring a pride flag to concerts in other countries right now. so don’t yall dare act like what harry has been doing isn’t important or isn’t a form of it’s own activism and it’s incredible. do you know how moved i was that just… no one cared about people being queer in that room?? everyone walked out of that concert with their flags held high instead of shoving them into their bags and hiding them bc they were afraid to be themselves outside of that room. i saw people empowered to just truly be themselves, maybe for the first time in their lives. i waved the flag out my window as we drove out and people who weren’t able to get a mini pride flag for the project were saddened when there weren’t anymore. yall gotta stop acting like this isn’t some of the most fucking important shit harry has done. creating that strong of a safe space for his fans is an incredible thing he’s done so when yall say “he’s not doing enough” where exactly is he not doing enough??? pull your head out of you ass.