GRAMMY REVIEW: The Night’s Biggest Winners and Losers, Dissected

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The Grammys were last night, for those of you unaware. While there were plenty of awards to be handed out, the night’s biggest draw, as always, was the sheer magnitude of the number of performances. From Katy Perry and Juicy J to Macklemore and Madonna, Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons to Beyoncé and Jay Z, the performances ranged from conventional to compelling, sometimes all within one performance.

Here’s a look back at the night’s biggest winners, and losers, calculated with a highly complex algorithm.*

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GRAMMY PREVIEW: The Biggest Night in Music, or How Grammy Voters Continue to Piss Off Kanye West

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Kanye West | The Image Gate/Getty Images

The Grammy Awards return this Sunday (26 January) on CBS, and the voters behind the self-proclaimed biggest night in music aim to show us just how in-tune they are with today’s most successful musicians. And while the Grammys do sometimes award the best in music (The SuburbsRaising Sand (yeah, I said it)) they oftentimes reserve the top prizes for the least inspired nominees. And, in retrospect, the wins for Arcade Fire and Robert Plant shouldn’t be all that surprising, considering they both fall under the “white people playing guitar” umbrella.

That brings us to this Sunday’s ceremony, in which Taylor Swift, previously awarded the night’s top honor for her sophomore LP Fearless, Macklemore + Ryan Lewis, Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar, and Sara Bareilles all vie for Album of the Year honors. The nominees range from damn right that’s nominated (good kid, m.A.A.d. cityRandom Access Memories) to of course that’s nominated (The HeistRed) to how is that nominated? (The Blessed Unrest). No one knows exactly what it will mean if any of the five nominees wins (other than, you know, someone won), but it will definitely mean something. Is Taylor Swift about to become the most decorated songwriter since the end of the Bush Jr. era or will Macklemore show that it’s possible for a hip-hop act to win Album of the Year, if you only push the line between rap and pop to border-redefining lengths? To help sort out this year’s biggest awards, I am here with my predictions for this Sunday’s ceremony.

PREDICTIONS (projected winners in red)

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YEAR IN REVIEW: 10 Best Covers/Remixes of 2013

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Ryan Hemsworth

In this installment of the feature Year In Review, I take a look back at the best remixes and covers of 2013.

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Quarterly Report: Best Tracks of 2013 (Part II)

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Daft Punk

Well, that was fast. 2013 is already halfway over, and we’ve already gotten enough new music to hold us over until 2015. While the first three months saw artists from My Bloody Valentine to Justin Timberlake releasing new music, these past three months have seen the likes of Savages, Daft Punk, Deerhunter, and Kanye West all release new albums.

Today, I bring you the second of four installments in the Quarterly Report series. I’ll be back with the best tracks of the third quarter of 2013 at the end of September. Until then, let’s take a look back at what the months of April all the way through June had to offer.

top fifty tracks (Q2)

50 Lorde, “Tennis Court”

49 The Child Of Lov, “Fly”

48 JAY Z, “Open Letter”

47 Savages, “Strife”

46 Sasha Go Hard, “Rondo”

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REMIX: Darkside – “Fragments Of Time” / “Instant Crush” [Daft Punk]

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Nico Jaar already blew us away with his remix of Grizzly Bear’s “Sleeping Ute,” and now he’s at it again, with fellow Darkside member Dave Harrington assisting him in a total rework of Daft Punk’s fantastic 2013 album Random Access Memories.

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LIST: 40 Albums for 2013

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Vampire Weekend

2013’s first five months have given us so much great music that it’s hard to believe that over half of the year remains. And while it is rather difficult to keep up with the surplus of fantastic albums released weekly, with the summer upon us, now’s the time to perhaps dive into those albums you missed the first go around.

New albums from Kanye West, J. Cole, AlunaGeorge, The Fuck Buttons, Beyoncé, and a second installment from Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience are all due sometime this year, and are sure to shake up this list, here’s a look back at the top albums of the year thus far. From A$AP Rocky to Disclosure, these are the top albums from January to May. Continue reading “LIST: 40 Albums for 2013”