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The Seventh PJ Grammys: Winners Announced!

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  1. THE SEVENTH PJ GRAMMY AWARDS

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    Welcome to the Seventh Edition PJ Grammy Awards! With the real, flop Grammys delayed indefinitely, it's time to serve justice to the best music from 2021 once again ourselves. I am returning to host the extravaganza, along with @BubblegumBoy! With the PJ Readers' Poll and BPG 2021 [don't forget to send your votes to @aux!] fresh in our minds, let's continue to celebrate the best of the best. Plus, as this is our favorite award show of the season, it's only better that Popjustice has our own version, right?

    Rules:
    • All submissions must have been released between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. Some exceptions will be made for works released after Oct. 1, 2020, depending on their PJ and cultural impact on 2021.
    • Submit 5-8 entries in the General Field categories (Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year). These categories are mandatory.
    • Submit 3-5 songs in the rest of the categories. These categories are all optional, but we highly recommend sending in nominations to break ties and diversify these noms.
    • All 2021 Grammy Submissions are valid for the PJ Grammys, except in categories that won't be represented, and those firmly out of the new eligibility period.
    • Albums and songs cannot go genre-hopping. Other than General Field, a song or album can only be submitted in one genre. Choose carefully.
    • The top 10 nominees in General Field and Top 5 nominees in the other categories will be nominated for the final ballot. Note that the General Field's noms have been expanded to reflect the change in the upcoming Grammys.

    Categories:
    Record of the Year
    Song of the Year
    Album of the Year
    Best New Artist
    Best Pop Solo Performance
    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
    Best Pop Vocal Album
    Best Progressive R&B/R&B Album
    Best Dance Album
    Best Dance Recording
    Best Rap Performance
    Best R&B Performance
    Best Rap Album
    Best Alternative Album
    Best Alternative Song
    Best Music Video
    Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
    Best Country Album
    Best Country Song

    You have just over three weeks before nominations are due January 30th, 11:59 PM EST! PM both @Sail On and @BubblegumBoy to submit your nominations! Add FYCs to the thread, and start campaigning for your favs now!

    Once the official noms are announced, final votes are due February 28th 11:59 PM EST!
    I'll also be keeping a list of potential category placements in this thread - see below!
     
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2022
  2. Potential Options

    Best New Artist (5 - 8 entries)
    Arlo Parks
    Baby Queen
    Betty Bass
    Celeste
    Charlotte Day Wilson
    Claud
    Erika De Casier
    ELIO
    Gavin Turek
    GAYLE
    Griff
    Joy Crookes
    Magdalena Bay
    Maggie Lindemann
    Olivia Rodrigo
    Orla Gartland
    PinkPantheress
    Remi Wolf
    Rochelle Jordan
    Self Esteem
    Tiana Major9
    Videoclub
    Yebba

    Best Pop Solo Performance (3 - 5 entries)
    Agnes – 24 Hours
    Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
    Foxes – Sister Ray
    Griff – Black Hole
    Holly Humberstone – Scarlett
    Jessie Ware – Please
    Joy Crookes - When You Were Mine
    KILO KISH - AMERICAN GURL
    Ladyhawke – Think About You
    Laura Mvula - Got Me
    La Zara - Tu t'en iras
    Maisie Peters – John Hughes Movie
    Olivia Rodrigo - good 4 u
    Nick Jonas – This Is Heaven
    Nina Nesbitt - Summer Fling
    Ralph – Tommy
    Self Esteem - I Do This All the Time
    Sigrid – Burning Bridges
    Sunmi - You Can't Sit With Us

    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (3 - 5 entries)
    Abba – Don’t Shut Me Down
    Aly & AJ – Symptom of Your Touch
    Charli XCX, Christine and the Queens, Caroline Polachek – New Shapes
    Coldplay – Higher Power
    Doja Cat ft. SZA – Kiss Me More
    Fickle Friends – Million
    Little Mix – Love (Sweet Love) or No
    Pure Shores - Back On My Love
    Videoclub - SMS
    Zella Day, Weyes Blood – Holocene

    Best Pop Vocal Album (3 - 5 entries)

    Agnes – Magic Still Exists
    Aly & AJ - a touch of the beat gets you up on your feet gets you out and then into the sun
    Annie – Neon Nights
    Baby Queen – The Yearbook
    Demi Lovato – Dancing With the Devil... The Art of Starting Over
    Doja Cat - Planet Her
    Foxes – Friends in the Corner EP
    Griff – One Foot in Front of the Other
    Julia Michaels – Not in Chronological Order
    Joy Crookes - Skin
    Ladyhawke – Time Flies
    Madison Beer – Life Support
    Maisie Peters – You Signed Up For This
    MARINA – Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land
    Olivia Rodrigo - Sour
    PinkPantheress - to hell with it
    Nick Jonas – Spaceman
    Self Esteem – Prioritise Pleasure
    Videoclub - Euphories
    Yebba – Dawn

    Best Progressive R&B / R&B Album (3 - 5 entries)
    Alicia Keys - KEYS
    Betty Bass - Grown
    Celeste - Not Your Muse
    Charlotte Day Wilson - ALPHA
    Eric Bellinger - New Light
    Erika De Casier - Sensational
    Gavin Turek - Madame Gold
    H.E.R. - Back of My Mind
    Jazmine Sullivan - Heaux Tales
    JoJo - trying not to think about it
    Jon Baptiste - WE ARE
    Kelly Rowland - K
    Leon Bridges - Gold-Diggers Sound
    Lucky Daye - Table for Two
    Mariah the Scientist - RY RY WORLD
    Snoh Aalegra - Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies
    Silk Sonic - An Evening with Silk Sonic
    Summer Walker - Still Over It
    Tinashe - 333

    Best R&B Performance (3 - 5 entries)
    Alicia Keys - Best of Me (Originals)
    Ari Lennox - Pressure
    Arlo Parks - Too Good
    Celeste - Love Is Back
    Charlotte Day Wilson - Keep Moving
    Chlöe - Have Mercy
    Doja Cat & The Weeknd - You Right
    Giveon - For Tonight
    H.E.R. - Fight for You (From the Motion Picture “Judas & the Black Messiah”)
    Jazmine Sullivan & H.E.R. - Girl Like Me
    Jennifer Hudson - Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)
    JoJo - Anxiety (Burlinda’s Theme)
    Kehlani - The Altar
    Kelly Rowland - Flowers
    Mariah the Scientist - Aura
    Normani feat. Cardi B - Wild Side
    Tiana Major9 & Vince Staples - Real Affair (Remix)
    Tinashe - Bouncin’
    Silk Sonic - Leave the Door Open
    Summer Walker - Ex for a Reason (feat. JT from City Girls)
    SZA - Good Days
    Victoria Monét - F.U.C.K.

    Best Dance Album (3 - 5 entries)
    Arca – Kick ii, iii, iiii, iiiii
    Boyz Noize - +/-
    Dawn Richard – Second Line
    L'Impératice - Tako Tsubo
    Lady Gaga – Dawn of Chromatica
    Magdalena Bay – Mercurial World
    Rochelle Jordan – Play With the Changes
    SG Lewis - times
    Slayyyter – Troubled Paradise

    Best Dance Recording (3 - 5 entries)
    Bebe Rexha – Sacrifice
    David Guetta, Galantis, Little Mix – Heartbreak Anthem
    Elton John, Dua Lipa – Cold Heart
    Illenium, Dabin, Lights – Hearts on Fire
    Joel Corry & Jax Jones (ft. Charli XCX and Saweetie) – Out Out
    L'Impératice - Peur Des Filles (Montmartre Remix)
    Regard, Troye Sivan, Tate McRae - You
    Rita Ora, David Guetta, Imanbek, Gunna - Big
    SG Lewis (ft. Rhye) – Time
    Shygirl - Cleo
    Slayyyter – Troubled Paradise or Clouds
    Topic, Becky Hill – My Heart Goes (La Di Da)
    Silk City, Ellie Goulding – New Love

    Best Rap Performance (3 - 5 entries)
    Bree Runway - HOT HOT
    Cardi B - Up
    Doja Cat - Need to Know
    Little Simz - Woman
    Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow - Industry Baby
    Megan Thee Stallion - Thot Shit
    Saweetie feat. Doja Cat - Best Friend
    Shygirl feat. Slowtai - BDE
    Therapie TAXI - Ete 90
    Tyler, the Creator feat. YoungBoy Never Broke Again & Ty Dolla $ign - WUSYANAME

    Best Rap Album (3 - 5 entries)
    Baby Tate - After the Rain: Deluxe
    Kanye West - DONDA
    Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be An Introvert
    Lil Nas X - Montero
    Megan Thee Stallion - Something for Thee Hotties
    Therapie TAXI - Rupture 2 merde
    Tyler, the Creator - CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST

    Best Alternative Album (3 - 5 entries)
    Cassandra Jenkins - An Overview on Phenomenol Nature
    Chloe Moriondo – Blood Bunny
    CHVRCHES – Screen Violence
    girl in red - if i could make it go quiet
    Glades – Planetarium
    HAERTS – Dream Nation
    Halsey – If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power
    Hayley Williams – FLOWERS for VASES
    Jade Bird – Different Kinds of Light
    Japanese Breakfast – Jubilee
    Julien Baker - Little Oblivions
    The Killers – Pressure Machine
    London Grammar – Californian Soil
    Lucy Dacus - Home Video
    Luna Shadows – Digital Pacific
    Maggie Lindemann - PARANOIA
    Odette – Herald
    Orla Gartland – Woman on the Internet
    Pale Waves – Who Am I?
    The Pretty Reckless – Death By Rock and Roll
    Requin Chagrin - Bye Bye Baby
    Salt Ashes – Killing My Mind
    St Vincent – Daddy’s Home
    Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend
    YONAKA – Seize the Power

    Best Alternative Song (3 - 5 entries)
    Alexia Gredy - Vertigo
    Caroline Polachek – Bunny is a Rider
    Cassandra Jenkins - Hard Drive
    Cherry Glazerr - Soft Drink
    Chloe Moriondo – What If It Doesn’t End Well
    CHVRCHES – He Said She Said
    girl in red - Serotonin
    Glades – Get In The Way
    Halsey - I'm not a woman, I'm a god
    Hatchie - This Enchanted
    Japanese Breakfast – Be Sweet
    Julien Baker - Hardline
    King Princess – House Burn Down
    London Grammar – How Does It Feel
    Lucy Dacus - VBS
    Mitski - The Only Heartbreaker
    MUNA feat. Phoebe Bridgers - Silk Chiffon
    Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen - Like I Used To
    St Vincent - The Melting of the Sun
    Wolf Alice – Smile

    Best Music Video (3 - 5 entries)
    Arca – Prada/Rakata
    Charli XCX, Christine and the Queens, Caroline Polachek - New Shapes
    Doja Cat – Streets
    Grimes – Player of Games
    Japanese Breakfast – Posing in Bondage
    Kylie Minogue, Jessie Ware - Kiss of Life
    Megan Thee Stallion – Thot Shit
    Mitski – Working for the Knife
    Lil Nax X – Montero (Call Me By Your Name)
    Olivia Rodrigo – Good 4 U

    Producer of the Year, Non-Classical (3 - 5 entries)
    Arca (Kick ii, iii, iiii, iiiii)
    Daniel Nigro (SOUR)
    Ethel Cain (Inbred)
    FINNEAS (Happier Than Ever)
    Jack Antonoff (Chemtrails Over the Country Club, Sling, Solar Power, Daddy’s Home, Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night)
    James Ford (What’s Your Pleasure? The Platinum Edition, “Kiss of Life”)
    Sega Bodega (Romeo)
    SG Lewis (times, “Hot N Heavy”)
    yuele ("Don't Be So Hard On Your Own Beauty")
    Yves Rotham (a touch of the beat…)

    Best Country Album (3 - 5 entries)
    Allison Ponthier - Faking My Own Death
    Ashley Monroe - Rosegold
    Mickey Guyton - Remember Her Name
    Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, Jon Randall - The Marfa Tapes
    Sarah Klang - VIRGO
    Yola - Stand for Myself

    Best Country Song (3 - 5 entries)
    Allison Ponthier - Cowboy
    Allison Ponthier - Faking My Own Death
    Ellie King & Miranda Lambert - Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)
    Kacey Musgraves - camera roll
    Maddie & Tae - Mood Ring
    Madeline Edwards - Best Revenge
    Taylor Swift feat. Chris Stapleton - I Bet You Think About Me
    Orville Peck - Born This Way (10th Anniversary Version)
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2022
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  3. Final Nominees & Winners

    Record of the Year

    Agnes - 24 Hours
    Allison Ponthier - Cowboy
    Aly & AJ - Symptom of Your Touch
    Angele - Bruxelle je t'aime
    Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
    Caroline Polachek - Bunny Is a Rider
    Griff - Black Hole
    Hatchie - This Enchanted
    Lil Nas X - MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
    MUNA, Phoebe Bridgers - Silk Chiffon
    Olivia Rodrigo - good 4 u


    Song of the Year
    Aly & AJ - Pretty Places
    Aly & AJ - Symptom of Your Touch
    Angele - Bruxelles Je T'AIme
    Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
    Lil Nas X - MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
    Maisie Peters - John Hughes Movie
    MUNA ft. Phoebe Bridgers - Silk Chiffon
    Self Esteem - I Do This All The Time
    Shygirl ft. Slowthai - BDE
    SZA - Good Days


    Album of the Year
    Aly & AJ - a touch of the beat gets you up on your feet gets you out and then into the sun

    Angele - Nonante Cinq
    Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
    Halsey - If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power
    Jazmine Sullivan - Heaux Tales
    Laura Mvula - Pink Noise
    Lil Nas X - MONTERO
    Magdalena Bay - Mercurial World
    Self Esteem - Prioritise Pleasure
    Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend


    Best New Artist
    Arlo Parks
    Baby Queen
    Celeste
    Griff
    Magdalena Bay
    Olivia Rodrigo
    Pink Pantheress
    Self Esteem
    Videoclub
    Yebba


    Best Pop Solo Performance
    Agnes - 24 Hours

    Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
    Foxes - Sister Ray
    Laura Mvula - Got Me
    Maisie Peters - John Hughes Movie


    Best Pop Duo / Group Performance
    Aly & AJ - Symptom of Your Touch

    Charli XCX, Christine & the Queens, Caroline Polachek - New Shapes
    Doja Cat & SZA - Kiss Me More
    Pure Shores - Back on My Love
    Videoclub - SMS


    Best Pop Vocal Album
    Agnes - Magic Still Exists
    Aly & AJ - a touch of the beat gets you up on your feet gets you out and then into the sun
    Angele - Nonante-Cinq
    Doja Cat - Planet Her
    Self Esteem - Prioritise Pleasure


    Best Progressive R&B / R&B Album
    Alicia Keys - KEYS
    Celeste - Not Your Muse
    Jazmine Sullivan - Heaux Tales
    Mariah the Scientist - Ry Ry World
    Tinashe - 333


    Best R&B Performance
    Mariah the Scientist - Aura
    Normani, Cardi B - Wild Side
    SZA - Good Days
    Tinashe - Bouncin
    Victoria Monet - F.U.C.K.


    Best Dance Album
    Lady Gaga - Dawn of Chromatica
    Magdalena Bay - Mercurial World
    Rochelle Jordan - Play With the Changes
    SG Lewis - times
    Slayyyter - Troubled Paradise


    Best Dance Recording
    Bebe Rexha - Sacrifice
    L’Impératice - Peur Des Filles (Montmartre Remix)
    Lady Gaga, Rina Sawayama, Clarence Clarity - Free Woman (Remix)
    Regard, Troye Sivan, Tate McRae - You
    Shygirl - Cleo


    Best Rap Performance
    Bree Runway - HOT HOT
    Cardi B - Up
    Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow - Industry Baby
    Little Simz ft. Cleo Sol - Woman
    Megan Thee Stallion - Thot Shit


    Best Rap Album
    Lil Nas X - MONTERO

    Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
    Megan Thee Stallion - Something for Thee Hotties
    Therapie Taxi - Rupture 2 Merde
    Tyler, the Creator - CALL ME WHEN YOU GET LOST


    Best Alternative Album
    CHVRCHES - Screen Violence
    Halsey - If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power
    Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
    St. Vincent - Daddy’s Home
    Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend



    Best Alternative Song
    Halsey - I am not a woman, I’m a god
    Japanese Breakfast - Be Sweet
    Mitski - The Only Heartbreaker
    MUNA, Phoebe Bridgers - Silk Chiffon
    St Vincent - The Melting of the Sun


    Best Music Video
    Charli XCX, Christine & the Queens, Caroline Polachek - New Shapes
    Kylie Minogue, Jessie Ware - Kiss of Life
    Lil Nas X - MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
    Megan Thee Stallion - Thot Shit
    Olivia Rodrigo - good 4 u



    Producer of the Year
    FINNEAS
    James Ford
    Sega Bodega
    SG Lewis
    Yves Rothman



    Best Country Album
    Allison Ponthier - Faking My Own Death
    Kacey Musgraves - star-crossed
    Mickey Guyton - Remember Her Name
    Sarah Klang - VIRGO
    Yola - Stand For Myself


    Best Country Song
    Allison Ponthier - Cowboy
    Allison Ponthier - Faking My Own Death
    Kacey Musgraves - camera roll
    Madeline Edwards - Best Revenge
    Mickey Guyton - Remember Her Name

    Spotify Playlist (courtesy of @Dangerous Maknae):
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2022
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  4. Island

    Island Staff Member

    FYC

    JOY CROOKES
    • BEST NEW ARTIST
    • POP VOCAL ALBUM - SKIN
    • ALBUM OF THE YEAR - SKIN
    • POP SOLO RECORDING - WHEN YOU WERE MINE


    SELF ESTEEM
    • BEST NEW ARTIST
    • POP VOCAL ALBUM - PRIORITISE PLEASURE
    • ALBUM OF THE YEAR - PRIORITISE PLEASURE
    • POP SOLO PERFORMANCE - I DO THIS ALL THE TIME
    • RECORD OF THE YEAR - I DO THIS ALL THE TIME
    • SONG OF THE YEAR - I DO THIS ALL THE TIME



    SHYGIRL
    • BEST RAP PERFORMANCE - BDE FT. SLOWTHAI
    • RECORD OF THE YEAR - BDE FT. SLOWTHAI
    • BEST DANCE RECORDING - CLEO



    ERIKA DE CASIER
    • BEST NEW ARTIST
    • ALBUM OF THE YEAR - SENSATIONAL
    • BEST R&B ALBUM - SENSATIONAL
    • BEST R&B PERFORMANCE - DRAMA



    RITA ORA
    • BEST DANCE RECORDING - BANG BANG

    LITTLE SIMZ
    • ALBUM OF THE YEAR - SOMETIMES I MIGHT BE AN INTROVERT
    • BEST RAP ALBUM - SOMETIMES I MIGHT BE AN INTROVERT
    • BEST RAP PERFORMANCE - WOMAN



    ALY & AJ
    • ALBUM OF THE YEAR - A TOUCH OF THE BEAT....
    • POP VOCAL ALBUM - A TOUCH OF THE BEAT....
    • POP DUO/GROUP RECORDING - SYMPTOM OF YOUR TOUCH
     
  5. I don't even know where to begin, 2021 kept me so fed and full!
    Maybe some Alt Song FYCs:




     
  6. SOTY/ROTY/Pop Solo (assuming Kilo Kish qualifies as pop?)




     
  7. Sign me up for this! I'll post some FYCs later.
     
  8. Most of my Dance noms are sorted with this album:

    +Best Producer+



     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2022
  9. I think these tags might not have worked, I just got a notification that there was a new post in the thread, not that I'd been tagged.
     
  10. 2014

    2014 Staff Member

    Mess lemme try again xxx

    @BubblegumBoy[/USER] has asked me to do a tagging spree for everyone who participated last year; please come back xx

    THE PJ ACADEMY

    @2014
    @Adam
    @aux
    @boombazookajoe
    @BubblegumBoy
    @CorgiCorgiCorgi
    @Cotton Park
    @Dangerous Maknae
    @evilsin
    @GimmeWork
    @Island
    @londonrain
    @Lost In Japan.
    @lushLuck
    @Mirwais Ahmadzaï
    @Music Is Death
    @ohnostalgia
    @Phonetics Girl
    @Remorque
    @Sail On
    @saviodxl
    @slaybellz
    @Sprockrooster
    @soratami
    @thommyh
    @Trouble in Paradise
    @ufint
    @Verandi
     
  11. I kinda forget how this works, what do you mean by pick 5-8 or 3-5 entries? Like we can choose that many songs/albums per category?

    Also how are the nominations decided? Are we picking from a fixed list or we can choose anything?

    And are EPs allowed in album categories?
     
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  12. So you can submit 5-8 nominations for these categories (Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year) which are mandatory and the rest of the optional categories are 3-5 nominations.

    Nominations are completely your own choosing. The list is just our ideas we put together. Feel free to post FYCs on here!

    As for EPs I'm going to say yes but I'll get @Sail On to clarify.
     
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  13. Ok thanks! That's a very generous amount of nominations. I've got a lot of thinking to do.

    If we can't think of that many noms for some categories we can just pick one right? Like 5 or 3 is not the minimum?
     
  14. Island

    Island Staff Member

    BEST POP DUO/GROUP RECORDING:


    GAVIN TUREK
    • BEST NEW ARTIST
    • BEST R&B ALBUM - MADAME GOLD


    BETTY BASS
    • BEST NEW ARTIST
    • BEST R&B ALBUM - GROWN
     
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2022
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  15. FYC!

    Best Country Album
    Allison Ponthier - Faking My Own Death


    Best Country Song:
    Allison Ponthier - Cowboy
    Allison Ponthier - Faking My Own Death
    Allison Ponthier - Tornado Country Allison Ponthier - Hell Is A Crowded Room
    Allison Ponthier - Harshest Critic


     
  16. Island

    Island Staff Member

    @Sail On @BubblegumBoy I have a few questions regarding category placements.

    Is Planet Her in Pop or Rap? Same goes with Montero.
    Is PinkPantheress in Pop or Dance?
    Is Halsey's album going to be in Pop here or in Alternative?
     
  17. Thank you @2014 for the tagging help!

    We'd prefer you submit at least 5 for General Field and 3 for the rest but I'll be happy for any noms getting down to the more niche categories.

    Also, yes, feel free to submit EPs for album categories! I remember Lil Nas X's first EP got nominated for AOTY a few years ago, anyway.
     
  18. Thanks for pointing these out. Though MONTERO and Planet Her are great pop records, let's make the Rap categories more competitive and count them there.

    Elsewhere, we'll count PinkPantheress in Pop and Halsey in Alternative.

    I've made adjustments in post 2! I'll go along now and begin adding the FYCs to Post 2, too.
     
  19. Allow me to sprinkle in my own two favorite FYCs before I get any ballots submitted and then I'll be properly impartial.

    Billie Eilish


    AOTY - Happier Than Ever
    ROTY / Best Pop Solo Performance - Happier Than Ever
    SOTY - Male Fantasy

    The maturation of Billie Eilish develops throughout Happier Than Ever, the star’s sophomore effort released on the heels of her AOTY trophy for her 2019 iconoclastic debut. It’s a rewarding reminder that only age can illicit true wisdom (“Getting Older”), unfettered confidence (“Billie Bossa Nova”), doe-eyed romance (“Halley’s Comet”), and chilling heartache (“Male Fantasy”). Sonically, Billie hones in on her signature sound while still finding room to surprise the listener. Whether it be the spoken-word sensuality manifesto “Not My Responsibility” that could be lifted from Madonna’s 1992 Erotica, the trip-hop jazz switch-up in “my future,” or the title track’s ukulele lullaby switch to arena anthem kiss-off, Billie and producer-brother Finneas understand the importance of keeping fans on their toes. And don’t worry, it’s not all a serious affair either. The same wink-and-nudge artist behind the “duh!” punchline delivers the devilishly bonkers “Oxytocin,” which, yes, I can confirm does indeed pop off as much as you’d expect live.

    Lucy Dacus

    AOTY / Best Alternative Album - Home Video
    Best Alternative Song - VBS

    Lucy demonstrates how to properly indulge in nostalgia, swimming through old memories, both happy and heavy, with such an authoritative, engaging perspective that makes even the best memoirists jealous. The electric rock from Historian is a bit more accessible after her stint in boygenius (with Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker), and the result is gorgeous melodies, sharp lyricism, and catchy anthems about how much youth informs adulthood. Home Video really marks the most appropriate title, too, for its tracks all are cinematic. Whether it's the coming-of-age "Hot & Heavy," the hypnotic "Cartwheel," or the closing credits "Triple Dog Dare," Dacus' soundtrack will stop you in your tracks while you'll in turn begin to romanticize your own past without fear or guilt, and hopefully with a good sense of humor.
     
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