Grammy Preview | Song Of The Year

It is the last week in January and we are well and truly into the awards season. At M-Lifestyle, we are turning our attentions to the 2016…

It is the last week in January and we are well and truly into the awards season. At M-Lifestyle, we are turning our attentions to the 2016 Grammy Awards ceremony which will be held on Monday February 15 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony will recognize the best recordings, compositions and artists of the eligibility year, from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.

Over the next few weeks,  M-Lifestyle is going to be reviewing some of the most interesting, exciting and hotly debated categories. Up next is the ‘Song of the Year’ category.

This category reviews the top songs for the year 2015. Here are the nominations and reviews;

“Alright” – Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

Track from: To Pimp A Butterfly.

      This track is a prime example of what makes To Pimp a Butterfly, the second official album from 2016’s top Grammy nominee, so compelling. “Alright” starts as a spoken-word treatise before exploding into a shape-shifting portrait of America that brings in jazz horns, skittering drum beats and Lamar’s mellifluous rapping as he struggles with troubles and temptations. We gon’ be alright” a simple rallying cry for a nation reeling from gun violence and police brutality.

Blank Space – Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
Track from: 1989

          Co-written by Seven time nominee Taylor Swift. In this track she makes light of her image as a man-hungry lover who is “a nightmare dressed like a daydream. They drew up this profile of this girl who is a serial dater, but she can’t keep men because she’s too emotional and needy. Then she gets jilted so she goes to her evil lair and writes songs about it for revenge.

Girl Crush – Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)
Track from: Pain Killer. 

         “Girl Crush” got off to a rough start after conservative listeners at a handful of radio stations mistakenly thought the lyrics were about a lesbian relationship. But after the faux controversy died down, the single soared up the charts, spending 13 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

See You Again – Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)
Track from: Furious 7: Original Motion Pictures. 

         This track, which was a soundtrack to the movie “Furious 7” served as a send off for the late Paul Walker, one of the stars of the movie for over a decade. The bittersweet anthem had a life far beyond the movie. The song ruled the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 2015, spending 12 weeks at No. 1 and tying the record for the longest spell at the top for a rap single.

 Thinking Out Loud
Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)
Track from: X
      The track was inspired by Ed Sheeran’s then girlfriend Athina Andrelos, was a lucky last-minute addition to his latest album titled “X”. In June 2015, “Thinking Out Loud” became the first single to spend a full year in the UK top 40. In September 2015, it also became the seventh single to have achieved triple platinum in the UK during the 21st century. In October 2015, the song became the first to be streamed over 500 million times on Spotify.

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