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Vote Now: Which 2000 Album Will You Have On Repeat This Year?

OutKast celebrate 'Stankonia' in 2000

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Vote Now: Which 2000 Album Will You Have On Repeat This Year?

From OutKast's Atlanta hip-hop classic to Coldplay's debut alt-rock masterpiece to Britney Spears' bubblegum pop perfection, Y2K was filled with big albums. Which one will get you through the turn of the new decade?

GRAMMYs/Mar 7, 2020 - 05:20 am

Fortunately for us, the widely rumored Y2K computer meltdown never happened. Instead, in the year 2000, the world enjoyed an influx of now-classic albums that are—gasp—turning 20 this year. From D'Angelo's sultry sophomore effort, Voodoo, to OutKast's Atlanta hip-hop classic Stankonia to Coldplay's debut alt-rock masterpiece Parachutes and Britney Spears' bubblegum pop perfection of Oops!... I Did It Again, Y2K was filled with big albums turning 20 this year.

There was also Sleater-Kinney's socially charged All Hands On The Bad One, U2's anthemic, hit-filled All That You Can't Leave Behind and Nelly's fire debut, Country Grammar. British dance music icon Fatboy Slim also dropped his third studio album, Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars, Radiohead got moody and ambient with Kid A and Madonna's Music, her eighth full-length, earned her another No. 1 album, among other albums we're still spinning.

We want to know: Which album will you be blasting to get you through the turn of this new decade? Let us know in the poll below, and read on to revisit each project.

 

All Hands On The Bad One was Washington riot grrrl group Sleater-Kinney's fifth album, filled with driving guitar licks and feminist power. They only released one of its 13 tracks as a single—"You're No Rock n' Roll Fun"—whose tongue-in-cheek lyrics are still to this day the ideal flip-off to any and all haters.

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Ahead of the iconic Irish rock act's 10th studio album, All That You Can't Leave Behind, U2 released the uplifting arena-ready (and triple GRAMMY-winning) "Beautiful Day." The lead single charted in multiple countries and got the music world excited for the album, including a new generation of fans. The album spawned more U2 classics, including "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of," "Walk On" and "Elevation," the latter of which got new life—and harder guitar riffs—in 2002 in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

The successful LP earned the group a total of seven GRAMMY wins across the 43rd and 44th GRAMMY Awards, including Best Rock Album and Record Of The Year (for "Rock On").

In the summer of 2000, a young St. Louis rapper called Nelly dropped his epic debut album, Country Grammar. It was a huge success, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Top Rap Albums and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Months earlier, his first-ever single, the unforgettable, chart-topping "Country Grammar (Hot Sh*t)" took the world by storm, setting the album drop up well. Interspersed with skits featuring Cedric the Entertainer, the LP also touted another instant classic hit single, "Ride Wit Me."

Both of the singles were nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 43rd and 44th GRAMMY Awards, respectively. The project also earned him his first Best Rap Album nod.

In the heyday of the VH1 and MTV music video cycle, Christopher Walken was a regular, as the star of U.K. electro king Fatboy Slim's irreverent "Weapon Of Choice" visual. The GRAMMY-winning, Spike Jonze-directed music video technically came out in 2001 as the third single from his third studio album, Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars. That song features vocals from funk legend Bootsy Collins, while "Love Life" and "Demons" feature neo-soul powerhouse Macy Gray. The album is also rich with samples, from Bill Withers, James Brown, KRS-One and more, mixing vintage vinyl soul with dancefloor-ready flourishes and break-beats.

"Weapon Of Choice" took home Best Short Form Music Video at the 2002 GRAMMYS, the LP earned a nod for Best Alternative Music Album, as no dance/electronic album category existed yet.

After the massive success of 1997's GRAMMY-winning OK Computer and its single "Karma Police," Thom Yorke and the motley British rock band known as Radiohead did things a little differently on Kid A. As with the prior album, they once again co-produced it with Nigel Godrich, this time adding glitchy synths and dark, emotive electronic drums. Instead of promoting the project with singles or videos, the album was made available to stream online—pre-streaming services—three weeks before its release, earning over 400,000 streams and later debuting at No. 1.

Their innovation paid off, as the album would win them their second golden gramophone, for Best Alternative Music Album. Standout tracks from Kid A include "Everything In Its Right Place," How To Disappear Completely" and "Idioteque."

By 2000, Madonna was already a pop and fashion icon several times over, first making her mark with her self-titled 1983 debut album, spawning hits "Lucky Star," "Borderline," "Burning Up" and "Holiday." On Music, her eighth LP, she earned her fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, 11 years since her last (1989's Like A Prayer). The catchy title track and lead single also earned her No. Ones across the globe on both pop and dance charts. The album art and music video's glamorous cowboy chic gave the world another shade of Madonna, with outfits we still want to rock today.

The album and title track earned the Queen Of Pop three more GRAMMY nominations at the 2001 show (she already had five wins by then), including Best Pop Vocal Album and Record Of The Year. One of its other singles, "Don't Tell Me," snagged another nod the following year, for Best Music Video.

On Oops!... I Did It Again, an 18-year-old Britney Spears had solidified her role as reigning pop princess. Her confident sophomore album followed in the bubblegum pop perfection of her hit debut the year prior, spawning more hits with "Oops!... I Did It Again," "Stronger" and "Lucky." She also served up a breathy cover of Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" on the album, which gave her a second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200.

Both the album and the title track earned Spears two more GRAMMY nominations at the 2001 GRAMMYs (she snagged her first two the year before, including for Best New Artist). She was up against Madonna in both categories in 2001, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Back in the early 2000s, British pop/rock juggernauts Coldplay were an alt-rock favorite. With the release of their haunting debut album, Parachutes, in 2000 their acclaim and fan-base swiftly grew. Full of atmospheric instrumentation pierced by Chris Martin's rich vocals, the album features classic singles "Don't Panic," "Shiver," "Yellow" and "Trouble."

With the successful debut, they earned their first two GRAMMYs nominations at the 44th GRAMMYs, one of which resulted in a Best Alternative Music Album win.

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On Halloween 2000, Atlanta hip-hop heroes OutKast released their majorly ice-cool fourth album, Stankonia. The sprawling, funky album from the powerhouse duo comprising Big Boi and Andre 3000 included massive hits/hip-hop classics "So Fresh, So Clean," "Ms. Jackson" and "B.O.B." It saw success on both the all-genre and hip-hop charts, hitting No. 2 on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

The iconic album earned the pair five GRAMMY nominations at the 2002 GRAMMYs, two of which resulted in golden gramophones: Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for "Ms. Jackson."

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Five years after his 1995 debut album, Brown Sugar, D'Angelo gave the world the gift of the sultry, funky Voodoo. Recording in the famed Electric Lady Studios in New York, the powerhouse vocalist collaborated with a cast of fellow soulful musicians including Lauryn Hill, Raphael Saadiq and Questlove. The 12th track on the sexy, expansive sophomore effort, "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" saw success as a single, partly thanks to its steamy video. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, knocking Santana's Supernatural from the top spot.

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Universal language: Why humans need music

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Universal language: Why humans need music

Learn why music is truly a common language that is key to human development and evolution

GRAMMYs/Jul 3, 2017 - 11:51 pm

There's no doubt music finds a way into nearly every moment of our daily lives, whether it's marking milestones such as a first dance at a wedding, the soundtrack to our favorite movie or singing in the shower for fun. In fact, it's hard to imagine times when we are more than an ear-length away from hearing another song.

But why does music mean so much to us? A powerful form of communication that transcends all barriers — music is our common language, but why?

A composer and educator with a lifelong fascination for music, Adam Ockelford has traced our connection with music back to infants and caregivers. Infants are unable to follow words, but they are developmentally primed to trace patterns in sound, such as through the songs a caretaker sings to them. Therefore, understanding music is intuitive for humans, even at a very young age, and it encourages healthy development.

In addition, there may be another evolutionary purpose for music. Music provides a sense of sameness between humans — if you can copy the sounds someone else makes, you must be an ally. This synergy plays a role in human survival because it evokes empathy and understanding, a lesson we still learn from music in today's culture.

"Music is central to the notion of what it is to be human, and spans cultures, continents and centuries," writes Ockelford. "My music, your music, our music can bind us together as families, as tribes and as societies in a way that nothing else can."

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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.