The 60th Annual Grammy Awards took place this morning, but here are the songs and albums the Young Post team wish had won.
A pop-tastic duo
I nominate Chainsmoker’s Memories ... Do Not Open. Yes, you can argue that the entire album sounds like one long song, because there’s THAT little variation, but I don’t care. I love how catchy and easy the songs are to listen to. Something Just Like This, Honest, and Paris, in particular are tracks that I can listen to on repeat all day long (and totally have).
Ginny Wong, Sub editor
For the romantic
Sorry, but I just had to pick the Billboard’s best performing single of 2017, Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You. It’s basically Sheeran’s way of saying how much he loves his fiancé, Cherry Seaborn. His signature smooth, rhythmic guitar riffs, mixed with singing and rapping really worked their magic once again.
Sebastien Raybaud, Reporter
It's time to make a political statement
This should surprise no one, but Beautiful Trauma by Pink. In an industry full of ageism, which already puts the 38-year-old at a disadvantage, she wrote a song criticising governments and politics, which is always a touchy subject. This new album shows how Pink has evolved as an artist, individual, partner, and mother. My favourite songs are What About Us, Barbie, I Am Here, and Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken.
Heidi Yeung, Web editor
Disney Princess FTW
It PAINS me that Taylor Swift’s record-breaking, life-changing, era-defining Reputation – and all of the singles apart from Look What You Made Me Do – fall outside of the eligibility period for the 2017 awards. So I’m going with the Moana soundtrack, because Lin Manuel Miranda’s songwriting is genius, Auli’i Cravalho’s voice is sublime, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is, well, human perfection.
Charlotte Ames-Ettridge, Subeditor
Rap over everything
I think Humble by Kendrick Lamar should take Record of the Year. Although it appears alongside more predictable pop choices, and the ubiquitous Despacito by Luis Fonsi, hip hop enjoyed great commercial success this year, so it feels like a rap song should win the award.
Rhea Mogul, Reporter
A Eurovision success
I’ve spent the last few years mercilessly mocking anyone who watches Eurovision, so imagine my surprise when I discovered 2017’s winner was actually good. Amar Pelos Dois – a jazz waltz with a melody from a time long past, paired with a hauntingly delicate voice. Comparing it to its Eurotrash peers makes it even better.
Edmund Ho, Reporter
Time for some quick maths
Although this may not be an entirely serious suggestion, I would nominate Big Shaq’s comedy hip hop single Man’s Not Hot. This song was a viral hit online for its hilarious lyrics, with Big Shaq singing at length about how he never takes off his jacket because he is never hot. For some reason this song managed to reach number three on the UK charts, and spawned countless parodies online. This song’s comedy value alone deserves some kind of award.
Joshua Lee, Reporter
Power and soul
For me, This is Me by Keala Settle for The Greatest Showman is the song of 2017. Sung with a powerful voice and beautiful soul, I consider it the most addictive song of the year, if not ever. It also carries extremely self-affirming lyrics, the perfect power boost to start a day: “I’m not scared to be seen. I make no apologies. This is ME!”
Nicola Chan, Reporter
A young prodigy
I have to give props to Khalid for putting out such an incredible album last year. Hopeless and American Teen I think are particularly great tracks. With his unique baritone pipes, relatable lyrics, and at only 19 years old, he’s definitely deserving of an award!
Nicole Moraleda, Sub editor
American Idol alum
I heard Kelly Clarkson’s Whole Lotta Woman blasting out of an HMV, and had to go in to find out who and what it was. It’s a soulful, funky celebration of womanhood, self-acceptance, and life.
Karly Cox, Deputy Editor