«BLACK PARADE», Beyoncé
Queen Bey is back and she is giving back. This year, the larger-than-life cultural icon celebrated June 19 with power, pride and generosity, releasing the charity single “BLACK PARADE” for her benefit. Fonds Black Business Impact de BeyGOOD, administered by the NAACP, and posting a comprehensive directory of black-owned businesses on its website. The song’s staccato beat and cascading melodies explore the rich beauty and strength of black culture with divine, catchy-only control Beyoncé can handle.
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Her co-writers credited for “Black Parade” include Denisia Andrews, Stephen Bray, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk, Rickie “Caso” Tice and her legendary husband Shawn Carter.
“The Box”, Roddy Ricch
Please excuse me for being antisocial was everywhere this year, but mostly at the top of the leaderboards. Rapper Compton Roddy Ricch got comfortable at the front of the pack, entering the Billboard 200 at No.1 when the album was released in December 2019, and watching “The Box” take it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a month, even if it wasn’t released as a single initially, and even took off virally on TikTok. So when Ricch asks, “And I really want to know where you are at?” His answer is, seriously, everywhere.
“It’s an incredible feeling to be able to see a new artist to dominate the charts and beat illustrious talent to take the top spot,” said the 22-year-old. this TIME on the success of the song.
Ricch, who won his first GRAMMY career last year for the best rap performance for his work on Nipsey Hussle“Racks In The Middle”, co-wrote “The Box” with a GRAMMY nominated producer Samuel Gloade aka 30 Roc.
«Cardigan», Taylor Swift
The pandemic has changed almost everyone’s plans in 2020, including Taylor Swift‘s. Instead of going all over the world for her Love tour on the wings of her triumphant seventh album, she went inside, writing and recording the intimate song stories that became folklore. “Cardigan” is the emotional centerpiece of the critically acclaimed effort, showing a new angle of Swift’s signature sentimentality in a more mature and confident light than ever before.
Co-written with Aaron Dessner by The National, “Cardigan” is the latest major songwriting achievement in its growing catalog. The nomination also marks the fifth 10 GRAMMY winner of her career in the Song of the Year category, where she is still looking for her first career victory.
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«Cercles», Post Malone
Since his first album in 2016, Stoney, Post Malone continued to break with conventions, conquer critics and break records. “Circles” shows the superstars writing chops with the circular melodies that haunt its emotional verses and sweeping chorus. From the dominant artist’s third album, the feature film Hollywood bleeding, “Circles” proved Post’s rare ability to adapt its writing lineup and climb further to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was co-written by Post, who is seeking his first career GRAMMY victory, with Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk et Billy Walsh.
“Don’t start now”, Dua Lipa
Twice GRAMMY winner, born in UK Dua Lipa delivered one of the most anticipated sophomore albums in recent memory when she dropped out Nostalgia for the future back in March. While the timing of the release, compared to stopping the coronavirus, was tricky, the pop juggernaut was determined to fill the dance floor with his fans, even if it was at their home.
“When preparing for its release, I remembered that I had created this record to escape all the pressures or anxieties of the outside world”, Dua Lipa recently told the Recording Academy. “The album made me feel happy and want to dance. It convinced me, like maybe it would at least distract people from what’s going on and make them want to dance and feel happy. ”
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Dua Lipa has won both GRAMMY awards she was nominated for two years ago, including Best New Artist. She co-wrote “Don’t Start Now” with Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick and Emily Warren.
“Anything I Wanted” Billie Eilish
The reigning champions in the Song of the Year category, sister / brother dynamo Billie Eilish and FINISHED are back in the mix this year with the single “Everything I Wanted”. Austere production and whispered voices, two hallmarks of industry-changing duets, adorn this simple and haunting composition. Indeed, Eilish this Billboard the song was inspired by a gruesome dream, and her brother revealed that it hardly had been released at all.
Luckily for fans, “Everything I Wanted” escaped the nightmare where it began to become another huge hit for the sister songwriters. Will that be enough to earn them another win in the category after last year’s “Bad Guy” victory?
“I can’t breathe,” SHE
Every movement is made up of moments. When TO released “I Can’t Breathe” on June 10, the struggle against social injustice in America had intensified following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Occasionally presenting himself as an artist who believes in the power of music to change the world, HER channeled Floyd’s own lyrics for the song title and delivered a passionate performance of the protest anthem May -be the most opportune and tender of the year. The juxtaposition of HER’s silky guitar work, sultry rhythm and airy voice with his in-your-face bridge / outro poem, without flinching, lends great gravity and lightness to the song – and to the moment.
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Co-written with Dernst Emile II and Tiara Thomas, the nomination gives him a chance to participate in the third GRAMMY of his already remarkable career.
“If the world ended”, JP Saxe with Julia Michaels
2020 has been a trying year, but it has also shown many of us what really matters. All the more strange in its prefiguration, JP Saxe and Julia Michaels co-wrote a heartfelt hit that asks the ultimate question, “If the world ended, you’d come, right?” The answer was a GRAMMY nomination.
The minimalist piano duo touches the heart of a love abandoned but not forgotten in the face of disaster. The romance on tour tape played out in real life, like Saxony registered with the Recording Academy at the start of the pandemic to let us know how his successful partner’s lockdown was going.
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“If The World Was Ending” was dropped on October 17, 2019, earning Canadian singer / songwriter Saxony their first hit and now their first GRAMMY nomination. Michaels already has two career nominations, both of the 60th GRAMMY Awards, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year, and is seeking his first career victory.
To find out who will win the song of the year this year, attend the 63rd GRAMMY Awards Sunday, Jan.31 on CBS.
GRAMMYs 2021: full list of nominees