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Poll: Who Will Win Best Dance/Electronic Album At The 2020 GRAMMYs?

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Poll: Who Will Win Best Dance/Electronic Album At The 2020 GRAMMYs?

Apparat, The Chemical Brothers, Flume, RÜFÜS DU SOL and Tycho are all in the running for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the upcoming 62nd GRAMMY Awards—tell us who you think will win

GRAMMYs/Jan 8, 2020 - 02:20 am

It's finally 2020, which means it's almost time—20 days from today!—for the 62nd GRAMMY Awards. While the final voting period has officially ended, there's still plenty of time for us to dive into the nominees and hypothesize on this year's winners. Today, let's take a look at the epic Best Dance/Electronic Album category for 2020, for which Apparat, The Chemical Brothers, Flume, RÜFÜS DU SOL and Tycho are all nominated.

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LP5, Apparat

German-born, Berlin-based Sascha Ring, aka Apparat, may be a first-time GRAMMY nominee, but he's been making waves in the underground house scene for the last two decades. In the '10s, his haunting vocals and ethereal rhythms echoed across countless dance floors with emotive club cuts like 2014's "Bad Kingdom," which he released as Moderat, his collab project with Modeselektor, and the 2013 track "Nices Wolkchen," his collaboration with DJ Koze.

With 2019's LP5, Ring's succinctly titled fifth solo studio album and his first since 2011's The Devil's Walk, he serves up a dark, moody and deeply immersive soundscape. (In between, he also released a score for a theatrical rendition of "War and Peace" as well as the albums II and III with Moderat). For LP5, he brought frequent collaborator cellist Phillipp Thimm into the studio, as well as other horn and string instrumentalists to add deep texture. LP5 is one of those albums you have to listen to a few times to really absorb and begin to grasp all its parts. But once it fully hooks you, it's impossible to forget.

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No Geography, The Chemical Brothers

Four-time GRAMMY winners The Chemical Brothers are in the running for three more golden gramophones this year, thanks to their triumphant ninth studio album, No Geography. In addition to a Best Dance/Electronic Album nod, the 2019 LP is up for Best Dance Recording for "Got To Keep On" and Best Music Video for "We've Got To Try."

The iconic U.K. house and techno duo, composed of Tom Rowlands and Edward Simons, met at university in Manchester in the late-'80s, cutting their teeth in the emerging underground house scene there. In 1995, they released their debut studio album, Exit Planet Dust, as The Chemical Brothers, and in 1999, they broke big on both sides of the pond with their seminal third album, Surrender, featuring dance classics like "Out Of Control" and "Hey Boy Hey Girl."

2019 not only saw the duo's first album in four years with No Geography—since 2015's Born In The Echoes—but also the 20th-anniversary reissue of Surrender and a massive world tour to celebrate both.

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Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape), Flume

In 2012, a then-21-year-old Flume released his self-titled debut album on indie Aussie label Future Classic. The album, acclaimed by fans and critics alike, featured bassy, trip-hop-esque beats and collaborators like fellow Aussies Nick Murphy and Moon Holiday, as well as an epic Otis Redding sample on "Holding On," who offered unique texture and flavor to the vibey tracks. In 2016, Flume, born Harley Streten, served up a new version of his sound with Skin, which earned him his first GRAMMY win, for Best Dance/Electronic Album, in 2017.

While 2019's 17-track Hi This Is Flume is technically a mixtape and not his anticipated third album, it serves as guidance toward where the electronic wunderkind's ever-evolving sounds may be taking us next. The mixtape features deeper experimentation with glitchier, more industrial sounds: At Lollapalooza, he broke things onstage to this effect. It also brings in some new collaborators, including two tracks with 2018 GRAMMY nominee SOPHIE, one of which features Skin artist KUCKA (listen to "Voices" above) as well as one with rising experimental rapper JPEGMAFIA.

SOLACE, RÜFÜS DU SOL

Aussie live electronic trio RÜFÜS DU SOL exceeded many fans' expectations with their third studio album, 2018's deep, emotive SOLACE. For each project thus far, Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt pick a new city to work and record in. For SOLACE, they hunkered down in their temporary home studio on Rose Avenue in Venice, Calif, after two years on the road. One of the album's singles, "Underwater," is also up for Best Dance Recording, earning the group their first two GRAMMY nods.

Also in 2018, they launched their own record label, Rose Avenue Records, to which they've signed (and collaborated with!) rising electronic acts Cassian and Lastlings. It was only back in 2014 when RÜFÜS released their debut album, Atlas, so it's safe to say the guys had a good decade.

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Weather, Tycho

As ethereal chillwave outfit Tycho, San Francisco's own Scott Hansen makes peaceful yet powerful music perfect for enjoying sunsets or sunrises. In fact, the two-time GRAMMY nominee's annual sunrise DJ sets in the Nevada desert at Burning Man are a mecca of sorts for his fans. When performing live, Tycho is built out with Hansen's full touring band, some of whom also collaborate in the studio, a favorite for those magic golden hour sunset festival sets.

For Weather, Tycho's fifth studio album since his 2006 debut, Past Is Prologue, Hansen pairs his chill, ambient beats with dreamy vocals from Saint Sinner. It's his first project featuring lyrics, and not an insubstantial amount, as she sings on five out of eight of the album's tracks. Because of this, it feels fresh yet still familiar and comforting, an exciting shift for the beloved multi-instrumentalist/producer/visual artist.

Don't forget to tune in to the 2020 GRAMMYs live on Jan. 26 to find out who will take home the Electronic/Dance gramophone this year, as well as all the other 83 exciting categories. In the meantime, stay tuned to GRAMMY.com (sign up for our weekly newsletter digest above!), our social media channels (follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and our YouTube page to keep up on all things 2020 GRAMMYs and beyond. 

Poll: Who Do You Think Voters Will Pick To Win Best Rap Album At The 2020 GRAMMYs?

Find Out Who's Nominated For Best Rap Album | 2020 GRAMMY Awards

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Find Out Who's Nominated For Best Rap Album | 2020 GRAMMY Awards

Dreamville, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Tyler, The Creator, and YBN Cordae all earn nominations in the category

GRAMMYs/Nov 20, 2019 - 06:28 pm

The 2020 GRAMMYs are just around the corner, and now the nominations are in for the coveted honor of Best Rap Album. While we'll have to wait until the 62nd GRAMMY Awards air on CBS on Jan. 26 to find out who will win, let's take a look at which albums have been nominated for Best Rap Album.

Revenge of the Dreamers III – Dreamville                                                                        

 
This star-studded compilation album from 11-time GRAMMY nominee J. Cole and his Dreamville Records imprint features appearances from some of the leading and fastest-rising artists in hip-hop today, including label artists EARTHGANG, J.I.D, and Ari Lennox, plus rappers T.I, DaBaby, and Young Nudy, among many others. Recorded in Atlanta across a 10-day recording session, Revenge of the Dreamers III is an ambitious project that saw more than 300 artists and producers contribute to the album, resulting in 142 recorded tracks. Of those recordings, 18 songs made the final album, which ultimately featured contributions from 34 artists and 27 producers.

Dreamers III, the third installment in the label’s Revenge of the Dreamers compilation series, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and achieved gold status this past July. In addition to a Best Rap Album nod, Dreamers III is also nominated for Best Rap Performance next year for album track “Down Bad,” featuring J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG, and Young Nudy.

Championships – Meek Mill

In many ways, Championships represents a literal and metaphorical homecoming for Meek Mill. Released in November 2018, Championships is the Philadelphia rapper’s first artist album following a two-year prison sentence he served after violating his parole in 2017. Championships, naturally, sees Meek tackling social justice issues stemming from his prison experience, including criminal justice reform. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, his second chart-topper following 2015’s Dreams Worth More Than Money, and reached platinum status in June 2019. Meek Mill's 2020 Best Rap Album nod marks his first-ever GRAMMY nomination.

i am > i was – 21 Savage

Breakout rapper and four-time GRAMMY nominee 21 Savage dropped i am > i was, his second solo artist album, at the end of 2018. The guest-heavy album, which features contributions from Post Malone, Childish Gambino, J. Cole, and many others, has since charted around the world, topped the Billboard 200 – a first for the artist – in the beginning of 2019, and achieved gold status in the U.S. As well, nine songs out of the album’s 15 original tracks landed on the Hot 100 chart, including multi-platinum lead single “A Lot,” which is also nominated for Best Rap Song next year. 21 Savage’s 2020 Best Rap Album nomination, which follows Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance nods for his 2017 Post Malone collaboration, "Rockstar,” marks his first solo recognition in the top rap category.

IGOR – Tyler, The Creator

The eccentric Tyler, The Creator kicked off a massive 2019 with his mid-year album, IGOR. Released this past May, IGOR, Tyler’s fifth solo artist album, is his most commercially successful project to date. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking his first time topping the coveted chart, while its lead single, "Earfquake,” peaked at No. 13, his highest entry on the Hot 100. Produced in full by Tyler and featuring guest spots from fellow rap and R&B stars Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert, Solange, and Playboi Carti, among many others, IGOR follows the rapper’s 2017 album, Flower Boy, which received the Best Rap Album nod that same year.

The Lost Boy – YBN Cordae

Emerging rapper YBN Cordae, a member of the breakout YBN rap collective, released his debut album, The Lost Boy, to widespread critical acclaim this past July. The 15-track release is stacked with major collaborations with hip-hop heavyweights, including Anderson .Paak, Pusha T, Meek Mill, and others, plus production work from J. Cole and vocals from Quincy Jones. After peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard 200, The Lost Boy now notches two 2020 GRAMMY nominations: Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for album track “Bad Idea,” featuring Chance the Rapper.

Mariah Carey Tells Fans Fire Music Is Coming With New Album 'Caution'

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Mariah Carey Tells Fans Fire Music Is Coming With New Album 'Caution'

The sultry R&B/pop superstar has announced she will release her 15th studio album next month – what will she bring us this time around?

GRAMMYs/Oct 17, 2018 - 05:39 am

Never one to do things quietly, the GRAMMY-winning R&B/pop diva with the angelic voice Mariah Carey came boldly onto the scene in 1990 with her GRAMMY-nominated debut self-titled album. At the 33rd GRAMMY Awards she took home her first two wins: Best New Artist and for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for "Vision Of Love," which she performed on the GRAMMY stage. The song was the album's first single and Carey's first No. 1 song. Since taking center stage at the beginning of the '90s the star hasn't looked back, releasing 13 studio albums and plenty of hits over the years. Four years after the release of her last album, she has announced that her next one is a month away. What will she serve up on her 15th LP?

The star recently shared on Twitter that her latest album is called Caution and will be released on Nov. 16, 2018. We first got a hint of a new album on Sept. 13 when she announced an album was in the works and released the lead single, "GTFO." The album's second single, "With You," followed on Oct. 4.

On "GTFO" she confidently asks a soon-to-be-ex lover "How 'bout you get the f* out?" in breathy vocals over a slow, melodic beat by GRAMMY-winning producer Nineteen85. "With You" feels like a classic Carey R&B love song with her angelic vocals backed by snapping and a melodic slow jam groove produced by hip-hop beat maker DJ Mustard, who lets her voice shine on an uncharacteristically mellow track for him. These songs hint that her latest release will give us songs that not only showcase her incredible vocal range and versatility, but also give us both nostalgia-inducing tracks as well as radio-ready hits.

"GTFO" gives us a taste of some of the new flavor that she is bringing to her new album, singing the song's coy lyrics completely in more-understated breathy vocals without belting any big high notes, not even during the chorus. It's a catchy, playful breakup song, as she confidently sings "get the f* out/how 'bout you take your tings and be on your merry way?/Fly off with the wind, bye bye baby/How 'bout you scusami, Mimi'll call you a valet."

The song was co-written and co-produced by Jeff Jefferies aka Nineteen85, who is half of OVO R&B duo dvsn and is responsible for producing some of Drake's biggest hits, including the GRAMMY-winning mega-hit "Hotline Bling." On the Drake's song "Emotionless" from his latest album, Scorpion, he samples Carey's lyrics from remixed classic hit "Emotions." Hopefully Jefferies has some catchy hits up his sleeve for Carey, and maybe even brings in some OVO artist surprises.

Carey has released some great collabs over the years, a majority with R&B and hip-hop artists, including Boyz II Men on heartfelt slow jam "One Sweet Day" from 1995's Daydream and Jay-Z on the upbeat classic belter "Heartbreaker" from 1999's Rainbow. We can only hope that the new album will offer some new, soon-to-be-classic hits with some of our other favorite artists.

Her most recent album, Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse, released in 2014, had more collab tracks than usual for her, which could perhaps point towards some hot features on Caution. The deluxe edition of the 2014 album had six songs with other artists, including rappers Nas, Fabolous, Wale and R. Kelly as well as R&B singers Miguel and Mary J. Blige. The  album's lead single, "Beautiful," has Miguel and Carey singing a soulful, feel-good duet, while "Dedicated" features a bounce-y, electronic-infused hip-hop beat with a verse from Nas. Seeing that she worked with big-time hip-hop producers on the new album's lead singles, we can only hope that they not only offered their production genus to more of the tracks, but perhaps brought some of their friends into the studio as well.

Fans only have to wait a month for the full dose of new music from Carey, but until then we will send our prayers to the music gods that the album will feature all of our dream collabs, perhaps some old and new friends, and offer up some new favorite songs, with some to slow dance to and others to belt out in the shower.

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Luis Fonsi To Maluma: Who Will Win Record Of The Year Latin GRAMMY?

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Luis Fonsi To Maluma: Who Will Win Record Of The Year Latin GRAMMY?

Cast your vote. Who will voters choose for Record Of The Year at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards?

GRAMMYs/Oct 1, 2017 - 08:57 pm

Including the likes of Shakira and Carlos Vives to Natalia Lafourcade, Marc Anthony, Jesse & Joy, and Alejandro Sanz, the previous Latin GRAMMY winners for Record Of The Year reads like a who's who of Latin music. This year's nominees are no different.

With Rubén Blades' sensual "La Flor De La Canela," Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee's song of the summer "Despacito," Residente's impactful "Guerra," Ricky Martin with Maluma's Vente Pa' Ca," and Jorge Drexler's "El Surco," among others, this year's class of 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards nominees for Record Of The Year is loaded.  

Which song do you think will take home the Latin GRAMMY for Record Of The Year? Cast your vote below.

Brittany Howard, Brandi Carlile, Leon Bridges, 2 Chainz & More Join Small Business Live Benefit Livestream

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Brittany Howard, Brandi Carlile, Leon Bridges, 2 Chainz & More Join Small Business Live Benefit Livestream

Proceeds from the event will be go toward loans to small businesses founded by people of color, with additional support to women-owned and immigrant-owned businesses, via Accion Opportunity Fund

GRAMMYs/Jun 16, 2020 - 04:13 am

This Saturday, June 20, artists including Brittany Howard, Brandi Carlile, Leon Bridges, 2 Chainz and more will come together for Small Business Live, a livestream fundraiser event for small businesses facing challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Proceeds from the livestream will go to Accion Opportunity Fund to support small businesses founded by people of color, with additional support to women-owned and immigrant-owned businesses.

“Entrepreneurs of color are denied credit more often and charged higher rates for money they borrow to fund their businesses. We need to accelerate support to underserved businesses in order to reach our full potential,” Accion Opportunity Fund CEO Luz Urrutia said. “We have to decide what we want our Main Streets to look like when this is over, and we must act decisively to keep small businesses alive and ready to rebuild. This is a fun way to do something really important. Everyone’s support will make a huge difference to small business owners, their families and employees who have been devastated by this pandemic, the recession, and centuries of racism, xenophobia and oppression.”

Tune in for Small Business Live Saturday, June 20 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. EDT on smallbiz.live. The site also provides a full schedule of programs and links to watch the livestream on all major digital platforms. To learn more about Accion Opportunity Fund, visit the organization's website.

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