Your Grammy Awards study guide

Know these nominees before watching the big show

The Grammy Awards give music fanatics and casual radio listeners a common ground by the showcasing artists and their music.

The 61st annual awards show will take place Feb. 10 on CBS, and will bring America together as they watch their favorites receive awards for the music they love.

The night’s entertainment will include performances from Kansas City’s own Janelle Monáe, who is nominated in two categories. Kacey Musgraves and H.E.R., who performed a concert here on campus last April, will also take the stage at the Grammys.

Post Malone, Shawn Mendes and Dan + Shay will also perform, among many others.

Be sure to know the nominees of the biggest awards of the night to enter as an educated Grammy Awards viewer.

Record Of The Year:

I Like It – Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin

The Joke – Brandi Carlile

This is America – Childish Gambino

God’s Plan – Drake

Shallow – Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

All the Stars – Kendrick Lamar and SZA

Rockstar – Post Malone

The Middle – Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey

Perhaps the most anticipated of the awards, Record Of The Year will crown America’s 2018 anthem. It’s only fitting then that I root for Childish Gambino’s “This is America.” Aside from the song’s catchy nature, its powerful meaning exposing the violence and racism in our country makes it well deserving of the award.

Album Of The Year:

Invasion of Privacy – Cardi B

By the Way, I Forgive You – Brandi Carlile

Scorpion – Drake

H.E.R. – H.E.R.

Beerbongs & Bentleys – Post Malone

Dirty Computer – Janelle Monáe

Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves

Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired by (Various Artists)

The genre diversity in this category makes for an exciting competition. My eye, however, is on the Black Panther soundtrack. Seeing as the film captured America’s heart and attention from the moment it was released, it will be exciting to see if the momentum continues.

The album features tracks from Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Khalid, Swae Lee, Travis Scott and others. A Grammy would be a special addition to the revolutionary film’s achievements.

Best New Artist:

Chloe X Halle

Luke Combs

Greta Van Fleet

H.E.R.

Dua Lipa

Margo Price

Bebe Rexha

Jorja Smith

The winner of the Best New Artist award will walk away with much more than a physical trophy. Their music and name will dive further into the world of fame, which would make a win for H.E.R. especially memorable.

Gabriella Wilson’s career began before she took up the anonymous stage name, “H.E.R.,” but since then her success has never faltered. Her outstanding vocals and emotion make it difficult not to fall in love, as I expect America will when they dive deeper into her discography.

Best Music Video:

APES*** – The Carters

This is America – Childish Gambino

I’m Not Racist – Joyner Lucas

Pynk – Janelle Monáe

Mumbo Jumbo – Tierra Whack

Music videos add visualization, story and details to the music. While each of the nominees in the Best Music Video category take these factors to the next level, there is only one that takes place in The Louvre.

Beyoncé and Jay Z set the bar extremely high with APES***. From the beautiful location to the diversity and talent of the dancers., the entire production screams art, royalty and beauty from the rooftops, earning it my prediction for Best Music Video winner.

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