MASSEDUCTION – St. Vincent
St. Vincent is the professional alias of Annie Clark, an American musician. You may have heard of some of the artists she has worked with over her incredibly impressive career: Clark was a member of Sufjan Stevens’ touring band up until 2006, released a collaborative album with Talking Heads frontman David Byrne in 2012, and in 2014, contributed backing vocals on the Swans album, To Be Kind. At the Grammy Awards this year, St. Vincent walked away with two awards: Best Rock Song for the MASSEDUCTION single and Best Recording Package for the album.
A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships – The 1975
The 1975 are a long-time favourite of mine so it didn’t come as any shock to me when they won big at the Brit Awards this year. The band’s latest album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is quite different to anything they have done before and arguably contains two of their worst and best songs, “Give Yourself A Try” and “Sincerity Is Scary”, respectively. The 1975 were one of two acts to win two awards at this year’s Brits (alongside Calvin Harris) – British Album Of The Year and British Group.
This Is America – Childish Gambino
Donald Glover a.k.a Childish Gambino absolutely cleaned up at the Grammy’s this year – winning not one, not two, not three but FOUR awards for his song “This Is America” – Best Music Video, Record of the Year, Song of The Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance. “This Is America” appears to be a commentary on black life in America and American culture as a whole. Glover is one of the most multi-talented people in the world at the moment if you ask me. He can sing, he can rap, he can act, he can do stand-up…the list goes on…