Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X Lead 2020 Grammy Nominations

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The 62nd Grammy Awards nominations are here, and it appears to be Lizzo’s year to lose.

The singer, songwriter, flutist and rapper was nominated across five of the night’s top categories, including Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best R&B Performance.

Other notable nominees include Lil Nas X, tipped for Best New Artist and whose debut album 7 is up for Album of the Year, while his Gen Z opus “Old Town Road” will compete for Record of the Year against Post Malone, Bon Iver, Swae Lee, H.E.R., Ariana Grande, Lizzo and Billie Eilish.

The nominees announced today were determined by initial votes cast by Recording Academy members, which are then tallied and winnowed down to the final nods by a secret nominating committee (at least the recordings — final nominations in technical fields such as producing, engineering and package design are determined by a “craft committee”). Rumors abound of the contributing factors behind the nominating committee’s decisions, but little is actually known about its processes or membership. The eligibility window for this year’s awards is for projects released between Oct. 1, 2018 and Aug. 31, 2019.

It is also Deborah Dugan’s first year as president and CEO of the Recording Academy, the parent organization of the Grammy Awards. Dugan was on hand this morning to introduce the nominations announcements, and was joined by producer Harvey Mason Jr., journalist Gayle King, Alicia Keys (who used the time to announce a new record, being released today, called Time Machine) and Bebe Rexha.

The telecast will air on CBS on Jan. 26, 2020.

This is a developing story.

Song of the Year

“Always Remember Us This Way,” Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
“Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
“Bring My Flowers Now,” Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)
“Hard Place,” Ruby Amanfu, Sam Ashworth, D. Arcelious Harris, H.E.R. & Rodney Jerkins, songwriters (H.E.R.)
“Lover,” Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
“Norman F****** Rockwell” Jack Antonoff & Lana Del Rey, songwriters (Lana Del Rey)
“Someone You Loved,” Tom Barnes, Lewis Capaldi, Pete Kelleher, Benjamin Kohn & Sam Roman, songwriters (Lewis Capaldi)
“Truth Hurts,” Steven Cheung, Eric Frederic, Melissa Jefferson & Jesse Saint John, songwriters (Lizzo)

Record of the Year

“7 rings,” Ariana Grande
“Hard Place,” H.E.R.
“bad guy,” Billie Eilish
“Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
“Truth Hurts,” Lizzo
“Hey, Ma,” Bon Iver
“Talk,” Khalid
“Sunflower,” Post Malone and Swae Lee

Album of the Year

i,i, Bon Iver
Norman F****** Rockwell!, Lana Del Rey
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Billie Eilish
thank u, next, Ariana Grande
I Used To Know Her, H.E.R.
7, Lil Nas X
Cuz I Love You (Deluxe), Lizzo
Father Of The Bride, Vampire Weekend

Best New Artist

Black Pumas
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Maggie Rogers
Rosalía
Tank & The Bangas
Yola

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Spirit,” Beyonce
“Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish
“7 Rings,” Ariana Grande
“Truth Hurts,” Lizzo
“You Need To Calm Down,” Taylor Swift

Best R&B Performance

“Love Again,” Daniel Caesar and Brandy
“Exactly How I Feel,” Lizzo feat. Gucci Mane
“Could’ve Been,” H.E.R. feat. Bryson Tiller
“Come Home,” Anderson .Paak feat. Andre 3000
“Roll Some Mo,” Lucky Daye

Best Rap Album

Revenge of the Dreamers 3, Dreamville
Championships, Meek Mill
I Am Greater Than I Was, 21 Savage
IGOR, Tyler, The Creator
The Lost Boy, YBN Cordae

Best Country Song

“Bring My Flowers Now,” Brandie Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)
“Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” Jeremy Bussey & Ashley McBryde, songwriters (Ashley McBryde)
“It All Comes Out In The Wash,” Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
“Some Of It,” Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde & Bobby Pinson, songwriters (Eric Church)
“Speechless,” Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers & Laura Veltz, songwriters (Dan + Shay)

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Watch this 9-year-old girl drum her heart out to Nirvana’s ‘In Bloom’

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Within the last year, drummer Nandi Bushell has hung out with Questlove, performed with Lenny Kravitz and been featured in an ad for the British retailer Argos. Oh, and she’s nine years old.

The drumming prodigy and rock and roll enthusiast from Ipswich, England has been posting drumming videos online since she was six years old, and her latest release shows her drumming alongside Nirvana‘s 1991 classic “In Bloom.” It is, frankly, delightful.

Nandi Bushell
Nandi Bushell

The video has it all: impeccable timing, mind-melting screams and a very satisfied smile right at the end. For added context, the British and Zulu rock star shares that she’s a big fan of Dave Grohl and School of Rock, which she calls “the best film in the world.” Rock on, Nandi.

Story was written by NPR’s Marissa Lorusso

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Bikini Kill will play Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater in May

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Earlier this year the legendary feminist punk band Bikini Kill surprised fans by reuniting for a series of shows in New York, Los Angeles and London, as well as a Riot Fest performance. It was the first time the group had performed since 1997.

And now that reunion has given way to even more ambitious 2020 plans. The group has announced an extensive, international tour that will include a Sunday, May 24 performance at the Riverside Theater.

Bikini Kill | Photo by Tammy Rae Carland

Tickets are $39.50 in advance and $45 day of show. They’re general admission and go on sale Friday at 11 a.m.

From the press release:

“These shows sees the band performing with their iconic line-up of Kathleen Hanna on vocals, Tobi Vail on drums, and Kathi Wilcox on bass — along with guitarist Erica Dawn Lyle. Hailed by The New York TimesRolling StonePitchfork and The Los Angeles Times, the reunion has sparked critical discussion on the band’s legacy and influence on culture and music today with Entertainment WeeklyNYLONThe New York Times.” 

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Despite the gospel makeover, Kanye West sounds as lazy as ever on ‘Jesus is King’

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Five years ago the notion of a two-listen Kanye West review would have seemed sacrilegious. West was one of our most important artists, conventional wisdom held, and like all great auteurs, his work required time to reveal itself. You couldn’t just listen to a Kanye album. You had to sit with it, think on it. Anything else would have been disrespectful.

Well those days are over. If 2016’s clumsy “Life of Pablo” showed cracks in the seams, 2018’s downright crappy “Ye” revealed that Kanye’s once much-vaunted artistic process looked a lot like indifference. After months of trolling, MAGA hat wearing and generally using his platform in the most reckless, irresponsible way imaginable, the payoff for the ugliest album promotional cycle in recent memory was… the shortest, most forgettable record of Kanye’s career. He photographed the album cover himself on the way to the listening party for the album, and the music itself didn’t sound all that much more considered.

The public is as quick to forgive as Kanye is to reinvent himself, though, and this year Kanye regained some goodwill with his “Sunday Service”-style choir performances, replacing the bitter political persona of 2018 Kanye with a performative piousness that suggested atonement without ever explicitly apologizing for last year’s Trump-hugging.

Kanye West | Photo credit: Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella

Kanye West’s 27-minute new album “Jesus Is King” is billing itself as a reboot, then, the rapper’s first bona fide gospel record. Yet in execution, it’s as quick and lazy as just about everything the rapper has recorded lately, slopped together from chunky gospel samples, brief fragments of verses and clipped, chintzy beats. It’s been years since Kanye sweated the details, and he’s not about to start now.

Even the pleasures are botched. “On God” sports a Pi’erre Bourne beat, a potentially exciting pairing between West and one of the great vanguard producers of the moment, but there’s no chemistry between the two. West’s voice clashes with Bourne’s surrealist synths instead of gliding over them. “Everything We Need” has a sumptuous chorus from Ty Dolla $ign – an artist born to sing gospel – but those grace notes only underscore how awkward Kanye’s Sunday school moralizing is. “What if Eve made apple juice?” he raps, “You gon’ do what Adam do, or say, ‘Baby, let’s put this back on the tree, because we have everything we need.'”

And despite the gimmicky pairing of Clipse and Kenny G on “Use This Gospel,” the only thing that really stands out about the track is that it sounds like it’s built around a sample of a door-ajar ding on a Kia Sorento. It’s one of the most grating beats Kanye has ever rapped over. And while Kanye has dialed back the bitterness a little bit, some of the inevitably creeps in, too.

“Watch out for vipers/Don’t let them indoctrinate,” he preaches on “Closed on Sunday,” repeatedly shouting out Chick-fil-A, fully aware of all the dog whistles that endorsement is riddled with. Perhaps Chick-fil-A is as apt an analogy for “Jesus is King” as any, though. It’s fast, cheap and divisive, and the modest pleasures it offers don’t offset the nagging sense that some institutions simply aren’t worth supporting.

You can stream “Jesus is King” below.

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Puddles The Clown transforms Lizzo’s sunny hit ‘Juice’ into a cloudy jam

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Unless you were hidden under a rock in a remote island, you couldn’t avoid Lizzo’s big summer hit “Juice.” The song dominated the airwave, playlists and clubs everywhere. “Juice” became the anthem for body positivity. Even Wired magazine called it the most patriotic song of 2019.

Many artists have covered it including Kelly Clarkson, but one cover that definitely stands out is the version by the one and only Puddles The Clown.

Puddles covers Lizzo
Puddles The Clown | Screenshot from YouTube

Puddles The Clown transforms “Juice” into a cloudy, but smooth yacht-rock take on the hit. Watch the video below.

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Dori Zori’s Essential 50

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You’re Gonna Dance
🌈😍🔥

Some of these artists are the soundtrack to my youth, some are my faves from the last few years. My love of music doesn’t fit one genre, decade or vibe. If it feels good to me, I hope it feels good to you! But honestly, I will always lean on the ladies to get the party started. They NEVER disappoint.

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Marcus Doucette’s Essential 50

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Sweet, Tangy, Slow Burn

Magic doors to beautiful universes in space, beyond time approaching an infinity without intending to ever get anywhere. These are just some of the things I would put on my top 2000 artists of all time list.

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Justin Barney’s Essential 50

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Emotional, Romantic, Vulnerable

This whole thing was my idea. Having all the DJs make their Essential 50. I just wanted to see it. But here I am, having the toughest time with it. Looking back on the list, I think it shows how crucial the formative years are. There are some artists that have been added to the list that didn’t exist when I was 20 years old and there are some older artists that I’ve gotten into since that that made it onto the list, but when I sit and look at my Essential 50, it’s mostly those bands at my core. 

The bands and artists that got me then and get me now, I think, are bands with heart. Big emotions. Romantic ideas. Raw vulnerability. My favorite feeling is a swelling heart. I’m always chasing that. For better, or for worse.

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Watch Taylor Swift’s lovely Tiny Desk Concert

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As Taylor Swift settled in for her Tiny Desk, she looked out at the 300-plus NPR employees and guests. “Wow! This is a lot of people in a tiny office!” she said. “I love it!” Then, after introducing herself, she explained her objective: “I just decided to take this as an opportunity to show you guys how the songs sounded when I first wrote them.”

It should come as no surprise that someone who commands stadium stages could hold court in NPR Music’s corner of our Washington, D.C. office — specifically, behind Bob Boilen’s desk — but Taylor Swift was truly at home in stripped-down, solo session mode. (“It’s just me. There’s no dancers, unfortunately,” she quipped.)

Opening with an acoustic rendition of “The Man,” from her 2019 album Lover, Swift delivered a critique of gender double-standards with a sense of humor (and a perfectly deployed hair toss), Leonardo DiCaprio name-check and all. Turning to the piano for Lover‘s title track, with a smile, she explained the guitar-string scars of the song’s bridge. Picking up the guitar again for “Death by a Thousand Cuts,” Swift confronted a question that she says has haunted her career: What will you ever do if you get happy? Across the song’s run-on thoughts and relentless searching, Swift offered an answer: She’ll continue to excel at crafting superb story-songs.

Though most Tiny Desk concerts stop at three songs, we couldn’t turn down the chance to hear “All Too Well” from Swift’s 2012 album, Red. Routinely cited by critics and fans alike as a favorite, the beloved track has become the stuff of Swiftie legends, striking in its specificity (that scarf!) and relatable in a way that anyone who has loved and lost can understand.

That sense of connection is at the heart of it all. Some 800 Tiny Desk concerts since we published our very first back in April of 2008, the aim remains the same: In the midst of meetings and conference calls, Tiny Desk concerts offer respite from the workday and an opportunity to see an artist reimagine their work in a strange setting. It’s always special, but on some days, it feels downright magical. Watching Taylor Swift perform – and then interact with coworkers and guests who have grown up with her – was simply enchanting.

SET LIST

  • “The Man”
  • “Lover”
  • “Death by a Thousand Cuts”
  • “All Too Well”

MUSICIAN

Taylor Swift: vocals, guitar, piano

CREDITS

Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, Natasha Branch; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame, Maia Stern; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistants: Jack Corbett, Mito Habe-Evans; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Bob Boilen/NPR

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Nate Imig’s Essential 50

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Beats, Divas, Thick glasses

There I was, sitting at the Cermak in Walker’s Point just up the road from 88Nine on my lunch break, enjoying a fresh salad from the in-house bar. Not only does Cermak have literally everything you’d want for lunch, and more, but another joy of going that particular grocery store is they really pump up the jams. Normally your typical grocery store will play music at about a 5. Not Cermak. They’ve got it up to an 8, maybe 9. It’s loud, and it’s perfect. So, back to the salad.

I was about halfway through eating when I realized that for the entire time I had been sitting in the cafe, I had heard three Whitney Houston songs in a row. “I Want To Dance With Somebody,” “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” and “How Will I Know.” What fantastic songs. The middle one stuck out in particular; just the previous evening my friends and I were gathered to watch RuPauls Drag Race, as we do every week Drag Race is on. It’s a very important piece of television. In the episode that aired the night before, “I’m Your Baby Tonight” was used in the final lip sync battle. (Fans will remember the episode in Season 11 when Ariel Versace took her infamous spill.) It’s an epic song. It’s a gay anthem.

And what are the chances the same Whitney Houston song would enter my life within the same 18 hour period? It had to be a Cermak miracle. I couldn’t help but wonder if there was another like minded, RPDR-watching friend out there who picked out Houston’s greatest hits album to play at Cermak on that March afternoon.

It was that serendipitous moment which cemented her in the top position on my list. Go through in her catalogue and you’ll find an unbelievable talent, an unsurpassed voice and a great American entertainer whose career was sadly cut short. But I will always remember, and love you, Whitney. So, that’s #1 on my list. #50 is for the time I caught Britney Spears’ hat in Vegas and security made me give it back. Like, why would you throw it out in the crowd in the first place if it always gets taken away? Tricky, Britney, tricky.

I’ll skip the full explanation for the 48, but take a look through and you will find an even mix of soul, rock, indie and hip-hop, with some standards and pop sprinkled in. In my previous radio life I worked at a rock station and got pretty familiar with core alternative artists like The Killers, Franz Ferdinand and Portugal The Man. During my eight years at Radio Milwaukee, I have quickly added many hip-hop and soul artists into my essential list — many that ended up quite high — giving a balanced list good for any mood or time of year. Enjoy your Frank Ocean paired with Lizzo, your Aretha Franklin with Kendrick Lamar. Courtney Barnett and Chance The Rapper, they sound pretty good next to Jimmy Hendrix and The Smiths. Hope you dig!

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