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Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo at the 'Variety' magazine party on December 4, 2021 in Los Angeles.
Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo at the ‘Variety’ magazine party on December 4, 2021 in Los Angeles.Stephanie Keenan (Getty Images for Variety)

The Grammy controversy has fallen into the category of childishness after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock a week ago. Impossible to beat at the Oscars this year. But there are always characters who give the game. Kanye West is leading the controversy at the 64th edition of the most important awards in the music industry, held this Sunday, April 3rd to Monday, April 4th, in Las Vegas at dawn (in Spain). The American rapper has been an expert in going into puddles in recent times while recording albums that critics have described as “disappointing”. West Two, which adds five nominations for its album this year donda, They have been banned from performing at the gala due to “inappropriate behavior on social networks”, they have spread People associated with the rapper. The musician has been involved in an ugly messaging brawl with his former partner, Kim Kardashian, and her boyfriend for weeks. Along the way, he decides to insult the gala presenter Trevor Noah. So much for the outfit, which has wiped him out of performances and it remains to be seen whether he believes he attends the gala, in the hypothetical case that the rapper wants to appear.

The absence chapter is forced by the Foo Fighters, who had also planned to perform, but have recently suspended their appearance (like the entire tour) due to the death of their drummer Taylor Hawkins. A tribute will be paid to Hawkins at the ceremony, although it has not been specified what it will be like. Life goes on, the coronavirus seems to be overcoming a nightmare and everything is already ready at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for the great concert, almost always criticized, but which stars a good deal every year. Doesn’t remember numbers. This year’s performances will be: Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Lady Gaga, Jay Balvin with Maria Becerra, John Batista, Lil Nas X, Silk Sonic (the soul-disco duo created by Bruno Mars and Anderson. Pak), BTS and John Legend, among others. It stars Trevor Noah, a South African comedian who will be very tempted to joke about what happened at the Oscars. We’ll also have stars in the presenters chapter. Like Dua Lipa, Lenny Kravitz, Jared Leto, Avril Lavigne or Bonnie Raitt. It would be a surprise to see the Benchmark Joni Mitchell Award as an award. Michelle, 78, suffered an aneurysm in 2015 and the consequences kept her away from public life. Till tonight’s festival…

John Batiste at a concert in Austin, Texas in October 2021.
John Batiste at a concert in Austin, Texas in October 2021. Erica Goldring (WireImage)

Among the bunch of categories that are the Grammys (86 different—though some seem alike—so many that many are distributed during the morning, before the gala) stands out the slender figure of John Batiste, a perfect boy of rage. The point of Batiste (Louisiana, 35) sings ballads to Sam Cooke’s fine textures and sighs with fiery funk as an angry James Brown shouts. After standing outside in a group playing on television Late Show with Stephen Colbert composed and performed the soundtrack for SoulTo edit later, from Pixar it is us, The album for which he has received the most nominations this year, 11. The album is a perfect fit for these awards: beautiful, non-pungent and for the quality of serving as a sampler of American commercial black music of previous decades. Along (jazz, funk, hip hop, some experiment). The following with the most nominations are HER, Justin Bieber and Doja Cat, with eight each; And in the third category, Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo appear with Seven.

Everything indicates it could be the night of Californian Olivia Rodrigo, who is just 19 and already a star. Coming from the Disney universe, Rodrigo has secured his first job with, Tart, Celebrate with music ranging from sulky rock to pop ballads. It is a commercial album but with some edges that laughed off harsh critics. It has been nominated for the main categories: Album, Record and Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. His main rivals will be Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish, who just won the Oscar (Best Song) no time to die However, no one came to know after Will Smith’s angry action. The surprise would be that with their elegant album of veteran Tony Bennett (95 years old) and Lady Gaga Cole Porter covers love for Sale, This would mean an ultra-conservative decision with little willingness to risk already in some rewards. By the way, Billie Eilish is going to perform in two of the most important ceremonies of the entertainment industry in just seven days. Not bad for a 20 year old.

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C. Tangana at the Vive Latino festival in Mexico on March 20.
C. Tangana at the Vive Latino festival in Mexico on March 20. Eduardo Verdugo (AP)

While it’s unimaginable right now that something similar to the Oscars will be repeated, producers know that the script’s potential exit will get more attention than ever. “We work with a variety of emergency plans,” the organization underlined in a message that seems to be halfway between panic and joke. The Spaniards are in dispute. Latin categories. C. Tangana and his madrillenian It’s a favorite for Best Latin or Alternative Rock Album (see How This Category Is A Godsend). Pay attention to what Ingrid Fajardo predicted American Publications Billboard: ,madrillenian This is a unique piece. Composed of exquisite sounds, this impeccable and innovative album should be a winner in its category. I think Grammy voters would have applauded this masterpiece. It represents art with flamenco, Spanish folklore, bolero and beautiful fusions that the author creates by mixing sounds”. If he wins the prize, it will be his first Grammy-Grammy After winning three Latin Grammys in 2021. It will compete with, among others, Nathy Peluso (Argentina in Spain) and her splendid. electric shock. Another Spaniard up for an award is Pablo Alboran for his album vertigo Best Latin Pop Album. All this and more at a new Grammy ceremony with the public in attendance (and hopefully without the violent shock).

These are the nominees for the main categories:

year’s record,

,i still believe in youfrom Abbas

,Independenceby John Batiste

,I get a kick out of Youby Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

,peachBy Justin Bieber, Danielle Caesar and Given.

,right on timeby Brandi Carlile

,kiss me moreBy Doja Cat and SZA.

,happier than everBilly Elisho

,huntsmanlil nass x

,Driver licenseby Olivia Rodrigo

,leave the door openby silk sonic

album of the year,

-it is us, From john batiste

-love for Sale, by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

-Justice, by Justin Bieber

-Planet Him, by Doja Cato

-happier than ever, by Billy Elisho

-back of my mind, HER. Of

-huntsmanLil Nas X. By

-Tart, by Olivia Rodrigo

– forever, by taylor swift

-Donda, by Kanye West

song of the year,

,bad habits, by Ed Sheerana

,a beautiful noise, by Alicia Keys and Brandi Carlile

,Driver license, by Olivia Rodrigo

,fight for you, HER. Of

,happier than ever, by Billie Eilish.

,kiss me more, Doja Cat and SZA . By

,leave the door open, by silk sonic

,huntsman, by Lil Nas X

,peach, by Justin Bieber

,right on time, by Brandi Carlile

Latin Rock or Alternative Albums

Let it happenstereo bomb

Look What You Made Me Do (Deluxe Edition)Electric Diamond

Originaljuaneso

electric shockNathy Peluso

madrillenianc. tangana

karmic soundsAnson, Zoe

latin pop album

vertigopablo alboran

tell me my lovePaula Arenas

old fashionedricardo arjona

My handcamillo

kendoalex cuban

RevelationSelena Gomez