It’s (literally) less than two weeks before the release of Kelly Clarkson’s Piece by Piece, but we haven’t heard much new music so far from the project with the exception of “Heartbeat Song.” That should change quickly in the next few days as Amazon is expected to release one song each day in the next week.
In case you have been hiding under a rock in the last couple of days, here’s a spoiler alert: Beyoncé lost Album of the Year at the Grammys to Beck.
The loss shocked Twitter…and everyone under the age of 30. Kanye is once again in hot water for being the biggest Beyoncé fanboy and for speaking his mind, while everyone chimes in on the hot topic of the week: Was Beyoncé robbed?
In my opinion, yes, she absolutely was. But to be honest, I haven’t listened to Beck’s album (and I have no intentions of doing so even after hearing one of his songs on YouTube).
But my opinion doesn’t really count, does it? Of all the op-eds I’ve read, however, Flavorwire does the best job of dissecting why Beyoncé lost—and why the Grammy for Album of the Year is flawed to begin with. Here are some highlights from the article:
This year’s Album of the Year nominees are all familiar names. You won’t be scratching your head in astonishment when the winner is announced this Sunday, February 8.
- Morning Phase – Beck
- Beyoncé – Beyoncé
- X – Ed Sheeran
- In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
- Girl – Pharrell Williams
Who should win:
This is a two-person raise, in my opinion, but Sam Smith, in an interview with the Rolling Stone magazine, actually said it best: “[Beyoncé] deserves it way more than I do. I’d be embarrassed if I got it over her. If I got it, I’d give it to her.”
I totally agree with Smith. In The Lonely Hour was the breakthrough album of the year, but it doesn’t deserve this award. Beyoncé’s eponymous album was a game-changer: not just because of the surprising way it was delivered, but also because of the music and the videos. Beyoncé deserves to win Album of the Year.
Who will win:
I believe the Grammys will do the right thing and actually give this to Queen B. But who knows? Weirder things have happened in the past.
Who are you rooting for at the Grammys this year?
We’re finally getting more info about Piece By Piece, Kelly Clarkson’s follow-up to Stronger. In the last two weeks, Clarkson has revealed a partial tracklisting with lyrics, the full tracklisting (including the person she recorded a duet with) and the “Heartbeat Song” video.
But the most surprising thing that Clarkson has shared so far about the album is her album cover photo. The artwork features the same 5 pictures of Clarkson looking directly at the camera.
The nomination list for Record of the Year at the 2015 Grammys is pretty much an enumeration of the biggest hits of the past 12 months. But there’s one glaring omission–and it’s a pretty significant snub.
- “Fancy” – Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX
- “Chandelier” – Sia
- “Stay With Me” – Sam Smith
- “Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
- “All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor