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60th Annual Grammy Awards Predictions

Last year we had Adele vs. Beyonce………..and this year we have Jay Z vs. Kendrick…and Bruno, too! 

Yes, in just a short while, the 60th annual Grammy Awards will be singing their way into our lives…and this year is shaping up to be quite a spectacle.

Besides seeing how many trophies Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z will be making room for on their mantle places from their respective eight and nine nominations each (in pretty much the same categories..see below), we’ll also get to find out if Ms. Kesha will take home her very first Grammy and just which red-hot music diva will take home the Best New Artist trophy….Alessia Cara? Julia Michaels? SZA? Only tonight will tell. 

Your host with the most English Breakfast tea sipping sass this evening will once again be the fabulous James Corden, but with the true scene stealer being the backdrop of New York City as music’s biggest night is returning to the Big Apple for the first time in fifteen years by giving it all to us live from Madison Square Garden. 

Oh, and yaaas….there’s also a ton of performances along the way tonight including Jon Batiste, Gary Clark Jr., Eric Church, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller, Elton John and Miley Cyrus, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, Lady Gaga, Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid, Patti Lupone, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Pink, Sam Smith, Chris Stapleton, Emmylou Harris, Sting U2 and Ms. SZA. 

And of course, because you’ve asked for it, Kesha will be hitting the stage with Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Julia Michaels and Andra Day for a rendition of “Praying” that we already know we’re going to be living for. Only at the Grammys, kids. Let’s do it. 

And your nominees and boldly predicted winners for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards are….

Record of the Year

“Redbone”-Childish Gambino-Will Win? 
“Despacito”-Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber-Will Win? 
“HUMBLE.”-Kendrick Lamar-Will Win? 
“The Story of O.J.”-JAY-Z
“24K Magic”-Bruno Mars

This one is a tough one as Childish Gambino might pull the upset. But the one to least worry is Mars as he’ll no doubt be grabbing Song of the Year trophy for “That’s What I Like. Jay and Kendrick might cancel each other out this one, with the massive “Despacito” taking home the crown. But then again…this is the Grammys we’re talking about here so you truly never know with this category. 

Album of the Year 

Awaken My Love -Childish Gambino
4:44-JAY-Z-Will Win
DAMN-Kendrick Lamar-Will Win
Melodrama-Lorde
24K Magic-Bruno Mars

The good news is that either Jay or Kendrick will win this one…but who? Our money goes to Jay who not only delivered us with a powerful, relevant record, but a Grammy win would further prove that the legendary HOV just can’t be stopped. 

Best New Artist

Alessia Cara-Might Win 
Khalid
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels-Might Win 
SZA –Yas 

While it’s easy to hand the trophy over to gigantic songwriter-turned-pop diva Ms. Michaels (and maybe, just maybe, Ms. Cara?), sizzlin’ SZA is the one to beat in this category as RiRi’s “Consideration” bestie is just everywhere right now…let’s hope it stays this way because ya know, this category. Isn’t that right, Xtina? Sigh….

Song of the Year

“Despacito” — written by Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi and Marty James Garton (Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber)
“4:44” — Shawn Carter and Dion Wilson (JAY-Z)
“Issues” — written by Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels and Justin Drew Tranter (Julia Michaels)
“1-800-273-8255” — written by Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury, Khalid Robinson (Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid)
“That’s What I Like” — written by Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip (Bruno Mars) *-YEP.

All tea, no shade, but the other four nominees just don’t stand a chance when it comes to just how obsessed the Grammys are with Bruno Mars. Place your multi-million dollar bets, kids. 

Rap Performance

“Bounce Back”-Big Sean
“Bodak Yellow” -Cardi B-Will Absolutely Win 
“4:44”-JAY-Z
“Humble.”-Kendrick Lamar
“Bad and Boujee” -Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

Since J and K will definitely be winning win or two trophies in their other respective categories, this one is all wrapped up in Cardi B since we’re all still bobbin’ to ‘Bodak Yellow.” Besides, this makes up for the fact that she wasn’t f@#king nominated for Best New Artist….seriously, doe…

Best Rap Album 

4:44-JAY-Z-Will Win if Kendrick win’s Album of the Year 
DAMN.-Kendrick Lamar-Will Win if Jay Z Wins Album of the Year 
Culture- Migos
Laila’s Wisdom-Rapsody
Flower Boy-Tyler, the Creator

No further statements. 

Pop Solo Performance 

“Love So Soft”-Kelly Clarkson
“Praying”-Kesha–Will Absolutely Win 
“Million Reasons”-Lady Gaga
“What About Us”-Pink
“Shape of You”-Ed Sheeran

Congratulations on your very first Grammy, Ms. Kesha. Besides the other four artists on this list already have plenty  atop their mantles and you absolutely deserve it after fabulously emerging from the evil spell of that POS. Yes, gurl.

Rap/Sung Performance

“Prblms” — 6lack
“Crew” — Goldlink featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
“Family Feud” — JAY-Z featuring Beyoncé*–Will Absolutely Win 
“Loyalty.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna–maybe? 
“Love Galore” — SZA featuring Travis Scott–Although…..

A no brainer since the Grammys always favors a Jay and Bey duet. Although keep yours ears out for a Kendrick sneak and possibly Ms. SZA as signs are pointing in her favor to be the newest Grammy Queen…hey, there’s always one….

Best Pop Vocal Album 

Kaleidoscope EP — Coldplay-No
Lust for Life — Lana Del Rey-Not quite
Evolve — Imagine Dragons-possible
Rainbow — Kesha-even more possible
Joanne — Lady Gaga-but yes
÷ (Divide) — Ed Sheeran-and yes? 

Deciding the clear winner on this one is a more complicated than Avril, but if we had to pick one….Lady Gaga for the brilliant career reinvention that was Joanne much like the reason Madonna won in ’99 for ‘Ray of Light?” Although you have to admit….Sheeran’s “Shape of You” is the sh@t from an album that is equally suitable for the win. Maybe Kesha for the tie then? Guess we’ll find out tonight…

Country Song

“Better Man”-Taylor Swift, songwriter (Little Big Town)Will Win because Reputation wasn’t eligible to be nominated this year and she has to win, like something 
“Body Like a Back Road”-Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Sam Hunt)
“Broken Halos”- Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)
“Drinkin’ Problem”-Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach, songwriters (Midland)
“Tin Man”-Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

For much more Grammy goodies, check this out and then tune in tonight at 8 p.m on CBS! 

Cover photo courtesy of CNET 

 

 

 

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Grammy Performance of the Weekend/Madonna/”Nothing Really Matters”

While there will always be much to tea to sip about any and every one of her performances because, well, it’s Madonna we’re spilling about here, this one is quite the exception as her Lady Geisha worthy performance of “Nothing Really Matters” not only opened the ’99 show, but it also led into Madge winning the trophy for Best Pop Vocal Album just a few minutes later for her still stunning Ray of Light record. 

But alas…the true slice of our Material Girl heaven that night came when Madonna–as well as the rest of the entire frickin’ world–got introduced to all of the likes of the fabulous Ricky Martin, who had destroyed our souls with his electrifying performance of “The Cup of Life” a little bit later in the evening. If you’ll recall (really, how can we forget?), Madonna became immediately obsessed with the “Livin’ La Vida Loca” singer during the telecast, which in turn was a clever disguise as an approval for all of us to do the same…and we most certainly did. 

While Martin was the real winner of the night, it was Madonna who the stole the show in the only way she knows how to do…by being Madonna and making it–and Ricky–her bitch. 

Cover photo courtesy of Today in Madonna History 

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Weekend Entertainment Groove

From the opening weekend of the Philadelphia Auto Show to the Grammy Awards from DMX at the TLA to a double dose of Umphrey’s McGee at The Fillmore to the……well, you get it as there are lots of pleasant distractions on the way this weekend to (sort of) keep our minds off of next weekend. 

Let’s do it. 

60th Annual Grammy Awards  While we simply can’t wait to see just how many trophies Bruno Mars and Jay Z will walk away with from their respective albums 24K Magic and 4:44 and of course, all of those sure-to-be standout performances from Lady Gaga, P!nk, Patti Lupone, U2, Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Sam Smith among many, many others. But the one thing everyone is most stoked about is that the show in returning to New York City for the first time in fifteen years with a live music serving fresh from Madison Square Garden. Throw in the fact that it’s the 60th annual Grammy gala meaning that’s sure to be an evening full of entertainment magic we’ll all spilling tea about come Monday morning. Sunday/8 pm/CBS 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr Since singing it all out is the best way to pass the excruciating time between now and next Sunday’s gigantic Super Bowl showdown, head out and say hi to Ms. Sherr and her always soaring Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which is guaranteed to take over your song butchering pleasure all weekend (and week!) long at all of these fabulous Philly locations listed below. Sun, 9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 10-2 W/N W/N 931 Spring Garden, Fri, 9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St. Saturday, 9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave

The Humans The critically acclaimed story about a man named Erik Blake whose world–and family–begins to crumble after a weary sleepless night, The Humans have just begun taking over the Walnut Street Theatre for an eight week run that’s guaranteed to be nothing short of spectacular. Hailed by critics as “hilarious and unforgettable,” the show also bagged up twenty (!!) 2016 Best Play Awards, with one including a nice-and-shiny Tony Award. For much more on this incredible play, go right here….and then you know what to do…get those tickets because this is one show you don’t want to miss while it’s here in Philly. Walnut Street Theatre/Tonight-March 4th/Various showtimes &ticket prices/825 Walnut St.

DJ Jimmy DePre   You’ve got not one, but two strobe lit opportunities to slay alongside Mr. DePre and his collection of everythang at Tavern on Camac this weekend. Now, go. Tonight&Saturday/9 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 South Camac St. 

DJ Chris Urban Whether at Franky Bradley’s (10 pm, 1320 Chancellor St.) tonight, L’Etage (10pm, 624 South 6th St.) tomorrow night or this Sunday at Positano Coast (12pm-4pm, 212 Walnut St.) for your basic bish brunch pleasure, Mr. Urban has got you covered like the Eagles defense all weekend long with those grooves, gurl. 

Umphrey’s McGee w/ special guest Nicole Atkins Because ain’t no music party like an Umphrey’s McGee music party all weekend long said anyone who’s been to their shows..ever. Get those tickets and get ready to turn the volume all the way up because if there’s any music artist who can hype us up even more in time for next weekend, it’s certainly these guys right here. Friday & Saturday/The Fillmore/8 pm/29 E. Allen St. 

LiPSMACKERs In the words of event curator and beat maestro DJ Javascript-“Come dance like it’s 2001 all over again.” Enough said. Pass all of the Nelly and Destiny’s Child, like, now. Tonight/9 pm/Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar/200 South 12th St. 

DMX “How’s it Goin’ Down” and “Party Up(Up in Here)” for life.  Saturday/TLA Philly/8 pm/334 South St. 

The Johnny Shortcake Show  Fun for the whole entire family (and don’t forget grandma!), this one-of-kind children’s show by the one-and-only Mr. Shortcake (whom all of Philly knows as the exuberant Johnny Showcase) celebrates the art of silliness, music, important life lessons, music and of course, more music. With fun, whirling numbers along the way like  “Cupcake Tuesday,” and “Brushing your Teeth,” it’s guaranteed to give you (meaning you, so go and get those tickets) a whimsical experience for your weekend that you’ll never forget. By the way, it’s also BYOB…but please drink and chill respectively and responsibly for the love all things Philly entertainment. Saturday&Sunday/various showtimes/The Kimmel Center/330 South Broad St

Drag Your A** to Brunch   While tables for the one year drag-iversary of everyone’s phavorite last-Sunday-of-the-month local drag spectacle are sold out(you betta werk for next month, kween, they go quick), there’s still plenty of standing room for this beloved brunch event. So, tuck it all in and head to Bourbon & Branch this Sunday to see what kind of shenanigans you’ll be sashaying into when the fabulous Crystal Electra, Boylesque star Joey Martini, the insatiable Maria Top Catt and your always gaaay hostess, Mizz Brittany Lynn, own the Sunday stage for the most spectacular one year anniversary gala…of your life. Sunday/Doors/11am/Show/12pm/Bourbon & Branch/705 N. 2nd St. 

*Also don’t forget about the Philadelphia Auto Show kicking off this Saturday, January 27th through Sunday, February 4th at the Convention Center! Buckle up and go right here for more info!!*

Also on the local and legendary entertainment radar for your weekend…..

Friday…..

Diplo @Premier Nightclub (11 pm, 1 Borgata Way)……….Mark Knight @Rumor(10 pm, 1500 Sansom St.)……….(Blue October @World Cafe Live(7 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)………….Destroyer @Underground Arts(9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…………The Devil Makes Three@Electric Factory(830 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………..Typhoon@Union Transfer(7 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……….Sunflower Bean@Everybody Hits(9 pm, 529 West Girard Ave)……….Big Head Todd & The Monsters@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)…………YBN Nahmir@Coda(830 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…………..Day 26 @Voltage Lounge(9 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…..Elephante@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)…….Aaron Thomas@Bourbon &Branch(9 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.)…..Jazz @The Library Bar(930 pm, 210 Rittenhouse Square) 

Saturday…..

Keys N Krates @District N9ne(9 pm, 460 N.9t St.)…………..DJ Rectangle@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)………….J Roddy Walston&The Business@World Cafe Live(9 pm, 1100 Pattison Avenue)………..Granger Smith@The Trocadero(8 pm, 1003 Arch St.)……….The Infamous Stringdusters@Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…………Hemming/Former Belle@Ortlieb’s(8 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.)………….Resilient@Kung Fu Necktie(6 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)……….Joe Kenney @Fergie’s Pub(8 pm, 1214 Sansom St.)………Bang the Drum Philly@Club Mousai(10 pm, 1227 Walnut St.)

Sunday……..

Yo Gotti@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)………..Howie Day@World Cafe Live(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)…….Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)……….The Wood Brothers@Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……….Instant Bingo@The Trocadero(5 pm, 1003 Arch St.)……….Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis@Tabu(10 pm, 200 South 12th St.)……..

For much, much more local and legendary Philadelphia entertainment shenanigans this weekend and beyond….check this...this and this out!! 

And while you’re at it, become a fan of Philly Mixtape right here and here

Go Birds!