Best Music of 2017
The nominees for Album of the Year are 24K Magic by Bruno Mars, 4:44 by Jay-Z, Awaken, My Love! by Childish Gambino, DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar and Melodrama by Lorde.
The nominees for Record of the Year are "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars, "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, "Humble" by Kendrick Lamar, "Redbone" by Childish Gambino and "The Story of O. J." by Jay-Z.
The nominees for Song of the Year are "1-800-273-8255" by Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid, "4:44" by Jay-Z, "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, "Issues" by Julia Michaels and "That's What I Like" by Bruno Mars.
The nominees for Best New Artist are Alessia Cara, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels and SZA.
While Sheeran is missing from these major categories, his absence makes way for the majority of the nominees in these four, major categories to be people of color. Last year, a lot of stink was made about the fact that Beyoncé lost to Adele. People pointed out the institutional racism in the music industry and at the Grammys. It's not as bad as the Oscars, but within the past decade, there has been a lack of people of color winning Album of the Year and in the other major categories.
Despacito" already swept the Latin Grammy Awards. The music video for which has gone super viral and was filmed in the beautiful San Juan before Hurricane Maria hit. Fonsi's win would be a win for that American territory in the wake of that horrible tragedy.
Many great music legends passed away in 2017. Among them are the deaths of Chuck Berry and Glen Campbell. Both had new albums this past year. In the case of Berry, his last album was released posthumously. John Denver didn't die this year. He died 20 years ago, but his song, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" from 1971, has been used a ton of times in movies and TV shows in 2017. Alien: Covenant, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, Logan Lucky and Kingsman: The Golden Circle all used "Take Me Home, Country Roads." Netflix's Okja, ABC's Kevin (Probably) Saves the World as well as Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return also incorporated Denver songs.
The Magnetic Fields along with King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard are two bands that win in terms of producing the most content. The Magnetic Fields released a 50-song album and King Gizzard released five albums in one year.
With that preamble aside, here is the list of my favorite albums of 2017.
Best Folk / Country
1. GOODNIGHT RHONDA LEE by Nicole Atkins
2. WRANGLED by Angaleena Presley
3. FROM A ROOM, VOL. 1 by Chris Stapleton
4. THE LONELY, THE LONESOME & THE GONE by Lee Ann Womack
5. FREEDOM HIGHWAY by Rhiannon Giddens
6. STITCH OF THE WORLD by Tift Merritt
7. LIFE LOVE FLESH BLOOD by Imelda May
8. RULE 62 by Whitney Rose
Best Rock / Alternative
1. HOT THOUGHTS by Spoon
2. TURN OUT THE LIGHTS by Julien Baker
3. WOODSTOCK by Portugal. The Man
4. HALF-LIGHT by Rostam
5. YOU'RE WELCOME by Wavves
6. LA DIVINE by Cold War Kids
Best Pop / Electronic
1. RAINBOW by Kesha
2. FAKE SUGAR by Beth Ditto
3. DUA LIPA by Dua Lipa
4. CARELESS PEOPLE by Charlotte OC
5. HARRY STYLES by Harry Styles
6. YOUNGER NOW by Miley Cyrus
7. BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA by Pink
8. TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING by London Grammar
9. RENNEN by Sohn
10. LANY by Lany
Best R&B / Soul
1. MY LOVE DIVINE DEGREE by Cody Chesnutt
2. THE ORDER OF TIME by Valerie June
3. FACE YOUR FEAR by Curtis Harding
4. MEANING OF LIFE by Kelly Clarkson
5. FIN by Syd
6. GLASSHOUSE by Jessie Ware
7. NEW MAGIC by Son Little
8. HUMAN by Rag'n'Bone Man
Best Rap / Hip Hop
1. 4:44 by Jay-Z
2. THE CHIEF by Jidenna
3. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
4. FLOWER BOY by Tyler, the Creator
5. CAPTAIN CALIFORNIA by Murs
6. BIG FISH THEORY by Vince Staples
7. 1992 DELUXE by Princess Nokia
8. SYRE by Jaden Smith
9. TRIBE by Chase & Status
Best Singles from Non-Listed Albums
1. "All the Punks are Domesticated" by Ron Gallo
2. "Don't Take the Money" and "I'm Ready to Move On" by Bleachers
3. "Telling the Truth" by Mary J. Blige
4. "Shiver and Shake" by Ryan Adams
5. "Wanderer" by Rose Elinor Dougall
6. "Surfin" by Kid Cudi
7. "Right Road" by Nelly Furtado
8. "La Dee Da" by Foo Fighters
9. "Everything Now" / "Everything Now (continued)" by Arcade Fire
10. "Holy (Reprise)" by Jamila Woods
11. "Running" by Hercules and Love Affair
12. "Hold On" by The Mynabirds
13 "Lifetimes" by Oh Wonder
14. "Across the Room" by Odesza f/ Leon Bridges
15. "Baby Come to Me" by Sondre Lerche
16. "Red Sky, Blue Mountain" by Samantha Crain
17. "My Balloon" by Gabriel Garzón Montano
18. "Love is Blind" by Fergie
19. "Don't Say You Love Me" by Fifth Harmony
20. "Keep the Devil Off" / "The Light" by Big K.R.I.T.