We at Baeble had a bit of an excited conversation over the Grammy nominees when they were released yesterday. We concluded that the Grammy nominations are pretty much a joke, and so we gathered five nominations that pissed us off the most. We did this all the while suggesting a nominee we'd prefer to see take the award, and though we still question the value of the prize, it doesn't hurt to defend the art we love ever so much.
Best Rock Song - "Ex's & Oh's" by Elle King
It's not that I don't like this song. I actually really love it. How could I not love a song about reverse gender roles and having total control of your intimate relationships? Elle King, you go girl, and thanks for contributing to the growing feminist voice in pop music today. My keyword here though is pop music. That song is not a rock song. For this song to be in the running for "best rock song" just won't do. What are the qualifications for this award? That there be a guitar in the song, or it's on the radio? We'd really, really like to know what "rock" means to the Grammys, let's at least see Alabama Shakes or Florence Welch walk away with this award instead of Elle King.
Best New Artist - Meghan Trainor
New artist? Yes. Best? Come again? Meghan Trainor has a great voice; it's full-bodied, nostalgic, and full of character. But her single "Dear Future Husband" may have been one of the most pointless, nonsensical songs to hit the radio this past year. There's nothing that's "best" about Meghan Trainor. "All About that Bass" was a refreshing song in terms of redefining the female body image in the mainstream media, and sure, that effort is great. There really is nothing out of the ordinary about Trainor as a new artist, so it doesn't make much sense to us at Baeble what's award-worthy for the 22-year-old. Let's hope that out of these nominees we see Courtney Barnett and James Bay put up a good fight, but please for the love of art, let's not see Meghan Trainor walk away with the award.
Best Pop Vocal Album - Piece by Piece by Kelly Clarkson
When is the last time you have seen Kelly Clarkson other than on the cover of a tabloid, either being gossiped about her weight or her ongoing health issues? Have you heard her on the radio recently? Been to an event? Streamed her album? Odds are, probably not. Kelly Clarkson had her run, and it's been done for some time now. The last Baeble favorites of hers were the earlier "Since U Been Gone," or "My Life Would Suck Without You." What is this Piece By Piece album the Grammys speaks of? It seems that whoever nominates artists just thinks of the first name to come to mind and finds a way to make it relevant. Well, we at Baeble suggest this nominator have a listen to Carly Rae Jepsen's Emotion, because if there's any album this year that deserves this award, it's that.
Watch our conversation with Carly Rae
Best Rock Album - The Gray Chapter by Slipknot
To be honest, I never really got around to listening to the latest Death Cab album. For some reason, Muse never did it for me. Highly Suspect sounds like a Kings of Leon and Queens of the Stone Age bastard child, which I have to say ain't too shabby. But can someone explain why Slipknot is a nominee for best rock album? Do we all know who Slipknot is, or who they've always been? It's freaking Slipknot. No more needs to be discussed on this matter. The one nominee we are rooting for is James Bay, a great artist that we got the chance to sit down and hang out with here at Baeble.
Best Rap Performance - "Truffle Butter" by Nicki Minaj feat. Drake & Lil Wayne
"Truffle Butter" by Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne is a nominee for best rap performance, up against "Alright," Kendrick Lamar and "Apparently" by J. Cole. Do the nominators even know what 'truffle butter' means? Come on! Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly is just about pure art, and I haven't stopped listening to J. Cole's Forest Hills Drive since it's release over a year ago. Please tell me how these talents are up against a song called "Truffle Butter?" If you don't know what that means, you best check out urban dictionary and never repeat what you find, but I'll assure you it is not Grammy worthy.