Winter Hues and Winter Blues

What feelings or images does the word “January” evoke in you? Do you think of the frigid cold, the barren landscape, the early darkness, and the prospect of four more long months of school, or is that just me?

This January has been very different from those in recent memory. Though each individual week seems to drag on, this first month of 2018 has flown by. In a few days, it will be February.

Winter hasn’t exactly come to Colorado either. I’m not saying it’s warm or anything like that, but the atmosphere is dry and (mostly) snowless. The weather has been very mild with the occasional freezing day. I’m not much a fan of cold weather, so I can’t complain about the warmer temperatures this year. However, I could use a few more snow days…

Each season, and sometimes even month, has its own set of hues and color schemes. So when I think of January, I think of cold, pale, and dark colors because that is what is reflected in nature. To be more specific, I think of blues, blacks, creams, purples, and the like.

I engineered this outfit keeping staple January colors in mind . I started my outfit off with this blue scarf and went on from there. This scarf was given to me by one of my neighbors a few years ago, and it has become a favorite of mine. It’s not the traditional scarf; it’s got kind of a western flare to it, which I think works.

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I thought about what I should contrast the scarf with, so I went with a cream-colored knit top. I had the blue and pale tones, so all I needed was some sort of jacket or sweater to keep me warm( the weather may be mild, but not that mild), and pants of course. Pants are always good.

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Initially I wanted to wear my green bomber jacket to play off of the blue and the cream, but I actually couldn’t find it, so I ended up completing my look with a cream leather jacket that my mom lets me use from time to time. I ended up liking how this turned out better. I usually love contrast, but the cream on cream I thought worked well.

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I opted for some plain jeans and my leather booties as finishers.


If you ever want to add a little extra to your outfit, pair it up with an accessory like glasses.

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I don’t actually need glasses to see, but I like what they contribute from a fashion standpoint. (sorry to all of the people that actually need glasses. I don’t intend to mock your struggle). With that being said, I’ve  wanted to wear non prescription glasses for a long time. I’ve always thought they looked very cool and stylish, and just recently I finally got around to getting some. Glasses add a level of sophistication to any look, so I think I’ll keep them around for a while.


January is almost over, and we are almost 1/12 of the way through 2018. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun (doing mountains of homework, working, going to school, getting up at painful times in the morning…all the super fun stuff )! Anyway, peace out January. On to February and new color schemes of course!

Couturely Sound ❤


Michael Jackson’s Thriller-A Review

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The world has never seen (and will probably never see again) an artist like Michael Jackson. To some, artists in the likes of Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Usher, and recently The Weeknd, are reminiscent of the late King of Pop. While all of these acts are talented, in my eyes, they are kind of like the store brand version of a product juxtaposed to the name brand, and like most modern music today, their sounds are derivative. Most of what they do has been done before, and in some cases, ( or most) in a better fashion. In other words, the sequel is never quite as good as the original.
Think what you will about Michael Jackson, but he was a transcendent talent, and this was evident at a young age. Jackson was a genius, an innovator, an icon, and a generous philanthropist. Oh, and he could dance pretty well too. His “short films,” as he called them, helped put MTV on the map, and he was a force in music for four decades. There is no denying his tremendous impact on not only music, but culture as well.
Jackson experienced widespread success in his band of brothers the Jackson 5. Some of their singles like “I Want You Back” and “I’ll Be There” were released almost 50 years ago, yet they still have me singing along. These songs have so much soul and charisma. Jackson, clearly the superior talent in the family, eventually pursued a solo career, releasing his first adult album Off the Wall in 1979. The album spawned hits like “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough,” and one of my personal favorites, “Rock With You.”

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Off the Wall was a success, but in 1982, Michael Jackson had truly arrived, solidifying himself as a force in the music industry with the release of the best selling album of all time: Thriller.
When I was 14, I was dead set on getting a record player and some vinyl to go with it. For my birthday, I had gotten the Paramore record that I had wished for, but my dad also gifted me with a copy of Thriller. At the time, I was kind of put off by it. I liked Michael Jackson’s music in passing, and I knew he was a legend, but I still felt indifferent towards it. I turned the record on a few times, and really enjoyed the album, but as time went on, I stopped using my record player. It’s just too much work. I hate to sound like a typical 21st century teen, but digital music is much more convenient. Three years later, after revisiting much of Jackson’s music, I’m so grateful that I posses such an album because it’s a timeless classic and a work of art.

Pictured is the Thriller vinyl I received four years ago.

Thriller is one of the great albums of the modern era. The album was not only a commercial success, but a critical success as well. Almost 40 years removed from its release, I’m convinced that people will be listening to Thriller for many more years to come.
So what is it about Thriller that makes it so great? Let’s find out.
Maybe I should start from the beginning with the song that really got this album on its feet-“Billie Jean.” “Billie Jean” may be one of Jackson’s most brilliant songs, both lyrically and from a production standpoint. The smooth beats, the dark tone, and the persistent synths make this song slick and edgy with a slight sense of nervousness. The pop appeal is undeniable. It was “Billie Jean” that Jackson was performing when he first debuted “the moonwalk.” He became a legend that night. The performance was electric. I found myself moved by his talents through my phone screen. There are certain moments in history that I wish I could have been alive for. Jackson’s performance at Motown 25 was one of those moments.
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Then there’s “The Girl is Mine” featuring Paul McCartney. What I love most about this track is Jackson’s smooth vocals. He makes it seem effortless. Having McCartney along was a great choice. They complement each other well. The song is dreamy, playful, and melodious.
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“Human Nature” is simply gorgeous. It just seeps into the soul. The track has a modern sound to me which is just more proof that Michael Jackson was truly ahead of his time. It has a beautiful melody, emotive vocals, and it evokes a sense of nostalgia. This song has been sampled quite a bit too. Check out Chris Brown’s “She Ain’t You” and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
The title track “Thriller” is one of those songs that will never be forgotten, thanks in part to its groundbreaking video. While it’s not my favorite off the album, I appreciate its thematic elements and the novelty of the whole thing. And of course, Jackson delivers a solid vocal performance.
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“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” is number one on the albums track listing, getting  Thriller off to a great start. The song is like a symphony of sorts. The synths, The beats, Jackson’s soul, and the groove of it all is literally music to my ears. The outro with the “mama-say-mama sa mama coosa” is glorious, and it’s also been sampled quite a bit. Check out Rihanna’s “Please Don’t Stop The Music,” and you’ll hear it there.
“Beat It” is an anti violence anthem with stellar vocals and amazing instrumentation. When put into a historical context, it really bridged the gap between pop, R&B, and rock music. The video is pretty cool too. “Beat It” is one of those tracks that every one knows right from that opening guitar riff, and  it is one that anyone can sing along to.
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“Pretty Young Thing (PYT)” is a feel good song in nature. It’s just got this groove that makes you want to dance, and Jackson blesses us with an energetic performance.
Thriller was and is a pop masterpiece. In this day in age, artists release albums that have maybe three good songs on them( usually singles) and the rest are filler. Not the case with Thriller. The entire album was listenable, and every song on it was basically a hit. What’s most fascinating to me is that Jackson’s music is still so listenable and relatable to this day. It doesn’t sound dated.
Music these days isn’t about longevity; it’s about the here and now.  Timeless music, the type that Jackson created, comes from the heart-it sets its own trends, breaks barriers, doesn’t try too hard, and is truly about the art and its impact on people.
Of course the music Jackson put forth following Thriller was equally amazing, but there is always something special to me about an artist’s break out.
Although Michael Jackson is no longer here, his music, videos, and his contributions to popular culture and the world will live on forever.
 Couturely Sound ❤

Book Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I’m not going to lie-I have a lot of goals for 2018. One of them is to read more. As a child, I was an avid reader. I can remember days when I would spend hours getting lost in a book. Reading was not only an escape, but it also expanded my knowledge about the world, and of course, my vocabulary.

Whenever I reached high school, I found myself reading less for a combination of reasons. School, homework, extra-curricular activities, and a plethora of other things took up a lot of my reading time. One could also argue that I was simply being lazy. During my time in high school, I have read several books for fun, but not nearly as many as I used to. In many cases, if I’m reading, it’s for school, but that is going to change this year. In fact, I already have one book under my belt.

A few months ago, I went to the movies with my friend, and we saw the film Everything, Everything. The film is based off of Nicola Yoon’s young adult novel of the same name. The film had elements typical of most teenage romances, but it was enjoyable enough. Since the film was satisfactory, I decided to read the book, and a couple of days ago, I finally did.


Everything, Everything follows the story of 18-year-old Madeline Whittier, an afro-asian girl with an auto-immune deficiency disorder called SCID.  Maddy can’t leave the house, unless she wants to become fatally ill. SCID makes her allergic to everything, so she is closed off from the world. Her only access to the outside is through her window. Rather than going to high school or hanging out with friends, Maddy reads books all day, works on architecture projects, or spends time with her nurse Carla and her overbearing  mother. One day, through her a window, she sees a new family moving in, and the boy, Olly, catches her attention. Maddy, in turn, catches Olly’s attention, and shortly after, a little romance, replete with emails, IMs, and miming through the window, ensues. While her new found romance is exciting, Maddy has to make a difficult decision. Will she risk everything for love? Or will she continue to live a  healthy, but mundane life constrained in her home?

The plot summary sounds just like your typical sick-fic teen romance. Everything, Everything doesn’t break any new ground. Maddy is a typical girl-next-door archetype who is intellectual, poetic, and bookish. Olly is a typical boy-next-door character. He’s charming, witty, deep, and so “perfect” that it is clear he is a work of fiction. When Maddy describes her feelings about Olly, it is clichéd. There is plenty of blushing, references to spontaneous combustion, and butterflies. However, I will give the author some breathing room. The sensations Maddy describes are universal to all women, so it made sense that her feelings seemed somewhat generic. My main point is that if I were to hand an individual a copy of Everything, Everything without them knowing what the novel was, they would not be able to tell it apart from every teen romance ever. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed the book. There is a reason why things become generic and it’s because they are widely enjoyed or well received. Generic doesn’t always mean bad. Sometimes it just means generic. Everything, Everything is predictable, but it’s still a fun read. There isn’t much to it, and it lacks depth, but sometimes it’s nice to read something light hearted that doesn’t make one think too much.

This novel was a quick read. I started at about 4pm the other day, and I was done by 8:30pm. While it is over 300 pages in length, it is a very fast 300 pages. The print is big, and there are  illustrations throughout. The one pictured below was my favorite as it made math metaphorical.


The illustrations only added to the imaginative, poetic, and whimsical nature of this book. They were, for lack of a better word, cute. I think “cute” sums up this novel.

The ending gave me mixed feelings. I don’t dislike the ending, but I do think it took away from the novel’s overall impact, and made it lack even more substance. However, I think other’s will enjoy the ending if they are looking for something to make them smile.

The final verdict: Everything, Everything is a feel good novel that doesn’t require much thinking. I recommend it if you’re into young adult romance or if you’re looking for a quick, fun read. If you’re looking for enlightenment, an original premise, or a challenge, I suggest you don’t read this book.

Here’s to more reading in 2018,

Couturely Sound ❤



The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 2017

Well, we are closing in on yet another year. In just a few short hours, 2017 will be one for the books.

Today I wanted to discuss the music from this past year, particularly the hits, but I thought I’d discuss it in a different format than is usual.

I watch a lot of music review channels on YouTube, so I was inspired by all of my favorite content creators to make my own video on my favorite hits from 2017. I also decided to do this because with the new year approaching , I’m really wanting to change things up and step out of my comfort zone. Plus I thought it would be kind of fun. I’m not sure if I’ll make videos much because I really love writing-it’s just more comfortable for me, and I can get out what I want to say better, but who knows? Maybe I’ll make more videos in the future and be a double threat as a writer and video creator. Excuse the editing in this video. I’m a complete amateur and I used my phone to film haha. Also, excuse my awkwardness. Having the camera in front of my face was a bit nerve racking. But anyway, I hope you all enjoy it! The video is linked below.

Some honorable mentions :

“Find You” -Nick Jonas

“Bad at Love”-Halsey


”How Long”-Charlie Puth

“Humble”-Kendrick Lamar

“DNA”-Kendrick Lamar

“Goosebumps”-Travis Scott feat. Kendrick Lamar

“Mi Gente”- j balvin and Willy William

“Slide”-Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean and Migos

“XO Tourlife”-Lil Uzi Vert

“Location” -Khalid

“Feel it Still”-Portugal the Man

“Skywalker”-Miguel feat. Travis Scott

“Too Good at Goodbyes”- Sam Smith

I typically don’t like to get caught up in the New Year’s resolution mumbo jumbo, but I can’t say that I’m not excited for 2018. I have lots of goals in mind, and the future seems bright, so I’m heading into this new year with a lot of hope.

Peace out 2017. Here’s to 2018!

Couturely Sound ❤







Knowing Your Self Worth


I could describe my mom in a lot of ways, but one of her most prominent qualities is that she is really particular. My mom is that customer at restaurants who needs every facet of her meal to be perfect. If she wants her steak cooked well done, then it better be cooked well done. If she asks for extra dressing on her salad, then there better be extra dressing. Of course, if an individual doesn’t meet my mom’s standard they will most certainly hear about it.

My mom and I are similar in many ways, but I’ve always been the person that doesn’t like confrontation, and I don’t like to feel like I’m making someone else’s life harder than it has to be. One time when I went out to a restaurant, the servers messed up my entire order, and I didn’t complain. Maybe I should have. Maybe I was being too passive. In all honesty, I just didn’t want them to think I was rude, but as I’ve learned, there is a way to ask for things without being rude. My mom is a pro at it–most of the time haha.

Whenever I ask my mom about why she’s being such a “difficult” customer, she always gives me the same reply. “I’m getting what I paid for,” she always says, and maybe my mom is right, but don’t tell her I said so. My mom expects the best because she feels that she deserves the best, and honestly, that is a great quality to have. I should also add that my mom is one of the most confident people I know. She knows her self worth. I could learn a few things from her. Okay, maybe I could learn a lot of things from her, but again, don’t tell her I said so. Sometimes I wonder if my passivity in certain situations is just a reflection of my sense of self. Did I not speak up that one time in the restaurant because I felt like I didn’t deserve better? Perhaps.

A sense of self worth is hard to come by these days what with all of those forces out there (including yourself) telling us that we’re not that smart, or not that pretty, or not that cool. There have been occasions when I think I look nice one day, but no one tells me so. After all of the indifference, I begin to think well maybe I didn’t look that nice after all. Why do I give people that much power? Why does anyone? If an individual feels like they look nice, then they look nice. If someone is proud of something they have done, then they should stay proud even if no one else has anything to say about it. I’m not saying we should totally ignore outside opinions, but we shouldn’t let outside opinions, or lack thereof, dictate how we feel about ourselves. If we do that then surely we will never be happy.

We live in a technology driven era, but it’s also a self validation era that is measured by likes, and shares, and followers, and re tweets. We need everyone to approve of how we look from one day to the next, or approve of our clever, witty tweets. We have to show everyone that our lives are super exciting and artsy in order to feel like we have social credibility. I’ll say this. No amount of likes or validation gives me piece of mind because they are just numbers. They don’t mean anything. I don’t remember half of the content I engage with on social media. It’s just superficial that way. The only person that can give me any piece of mind is myself. We always want people to love us, but that can’t happen until we love ourselves( not too much though haha).Validation from our peers should be  a luxury not our entire lifeline.

My Calc teacher wanted my class to do math over break so that we wouldn’t be completely incompetent upon our return in January. Well, here goes. If I put an x into an equation or formula I’ll always get a y. Unfortunately, real life doesn’t work that way. There will be numerous occasions in which we give everything just to get nothing in return, and it hurts. It really hurts, but we should never stop giving. However, there does come a point in which we have to realize that we deserve better. Life shouldn’t always be so one sided. It’s easy to feel like we’re the problem and that we have to change ourselves in order to get the reciprocation that we crave, but I think we should be content enough in ourselves to know that it may not be us, but just other circumstances that are out of our control.

My favorite book is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. In it, the main character,Charlie, asks his teacher why people gravitate towards those that don’t really care about them or that don’t treat them nicely. His teacher’s reply? “We accept the love we think we deserve.” It may be true that some people feel so badly about themselves, that they think they deserve the worst. They are wrong. We all deserve better. We just have to believe it and it starts with believing in ourselves.

Couturely Sound ❤

Holiday Lookbook 2017

The fact that Christmas is only five days away is crazy to think about. I feel like the holidays come faster with each passing year. Before we know it, 2018 will be here and a whole new year will be underway.

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the lights, the family, the food, and of course the fashion. I’ve always been one that enjoys to dress festively, so this week I decided to get creative with my outfits even if I was just running errands or getting some last minute gifts. Dressing festively is fun, so I thought I’d share the fun with you all. Below are some holiday looks that I have snapped pictures of throughout the week. I present to you a holiday lookbook of sorts.

Colorado has been blessed with some relatively mild temperatures this week, so I was able to be pretty flexible with my looks. It’s just too bad that the cold is coming very soon….Luckily,Monday was one of the milder days, so I opted for jeans and a turtleneck. I saw no need for a coat or a jacket, which was nice because I always seem to drown my outfits out with a big coat during the frigid winter months.


To contrast with the dark tones of my sweater-Jean combo, I opted for my tan leather booties. This outfit wasn’t overtly festive, but I felt that it was a nice winter look that is perfect for this time of year.

imageAside from an early dentist appointment and some quick errands, I was a homebody for much of Tuesday, but I use any excuse to dress up. These red socks were gifted to me by one of my friends last year, and they are perfect for Christmas. Since the socks are kind of busy, I opted for solid colors so that too much wouldn’t be going on. There are black details in the socks, so I chose a black top with black leggings. The top I’m wearing in the picture is a sheer material and it feels very nice. I got it from Zara over the summer on clearance, so a quick tip is to shop for winter clothing out of season. That is the best way to get a deal! To complement the details in the socks more,and to warm up my look, I put on my knit scarf with white,black, and gray tones.

This outfit was also great for kicking back and watching movies all day, so that’s a plus.


Today was the warmest day of the week, so I decided to ditch the sweaters and scarves. I didn’t go too crazy though, dressing myself in a long-sleeved button down with denim jeans.


I chose this top specifically because of its vibrant red color, which is nice and festive.

image.jpegI was simple with my choice in shoes, opting to wear my black boots.

The holidays aren’t the same without a little sparkle, so I added some shine  to my look with some of my favorite ear climbers. They are hard to see, but I still felt like they completed my look.


I’m ready for Christmas, but I think im more excited for the new year to come. The future is bright!

I hope you all enjoy your families and pay it forward for the remainder of this holiday season!

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!!

Couturely Sound ❤


My Thoughts on the 2018 Grammy Nominations

About a week  or two ago, the nominees for the 2018 Grammy Awards were revealed to the public. In recent years, I have been pretty disappointed with both the nominees for the Grammy’s and the results. The Recording Academy seemed to pander too much to what was popular and commercial rather than what was actually good quality music. Upon seeing the nominations for some of the major categories this year, I was pretty pleased. For the first time in a while, I thought the Grammy’s got it right. I’m not sure if I should attribute this fact to them actually making good choices or the quality of music just being all around better in 2017.  I thought I would share my thoughts on the nominees and say who I think should take home the award in each category. Let’s start with Record of the Year.

Record of the Year

“Redbone” — Childish Gambino
“Despacito (Remix)” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
“The Story of O.J.” — JAY-Z
“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Overall, I think this is a pretty good group of tracks for Record of the Year. The only track that I’m unfamiliar with is Jay Z’s “The Story of O.J.,” but other than that, I know the other nominees pretty well. Record of the Year is based off of a song’s sound and production quality. “Redbone” is a groovy track that anyone could vibe too. “24k Magic” is another groovy tune with funky throwback sounds. “HUMBLE” is a west coast hip-hop banger. Although I think other tracks should have taken “Despacito’s” place among the other nominees, the track has clear, crisp guitars with a signature Latin flare. If I had to pick a winner for this category, I’d have to give it to “Redbone.” The bass line and the funky guitar riff weaved throughout the track are so infectious, the production is pristine, and as I said earlier, anyone could vibe to it.


Album of the Year

“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino
4:44 — JAY-Z
DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama — Lorde
24K Magic — Bruno Mars

I can’t say too much about this category because I have only listened to Melodrama and DAMN. all the way through. DAMN. is brilliant plain and simple. It is Kendrick’s Lamar’s most listenable/radio-friendly album, but it is still socially conscious. “HUMBLE,” “DNA,” “ELEMENT,” “LOYALTY,” and “LOVE” are all standout tracks. Kendrick Lamar is the real deal. Melodrama is also an amazing album from its lyrics to the production. I’m a huge Lorde fan. Her debut  Pure Heroine is one of my favorite albums of all time. While I did not like Melodrama as much as its predecessor, it was still enjoyable. “Homemade Dynamite,” “Supercut,” “Hard Feelings/Loveless,” and “Perfect Places” are gems. Out of all of the albums nominated, I could relate to Melodrama  the most. I’ve heard a lot of the singles from 24k Magic, and while I don’t think the tracks are bad, I’m not a huge fan of throwback music. It’s not that it sounds bad, I just think it sounds unoriginal. I heard that 4:44 and “Awaken, My Love!” were amazing, but I don’t have an opinion on them since I haven’t listened to them yet. This was a really tough category for me to pick a winner for because Melodrama and DAMN. are both so great, but I think I’d have to give it to DAMN. because it’s more impactful. Not many people can make conscious music that also sounds good, and Kendrick mastered that.

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Song of the Year

“Despacito”-Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber

“4:44” -Jay Z

“Issues” -Julia Michaels

“1-800-273-8255” Logic ft. Khalid and Alessia Cara

“That’s What I Like”-Bruno Mars

Song of the Year is all about a track’s lyrical content, and I must say these are weak nominees. There were so many tracks with better lyricism than what we have here. I love the Spanish language, but if “Despacito” is translated into English, it isn’t saying much. It is just another pop song. I haven’t heard “4:44,” so I can’t really comment. “Issues” is an annoying song in terms of sound, but lyrically it doesn’t do much for me either. “1-800-273-8255” is a socially conscious song that sounds good, so I’m a fan. “That’s What I Like” isn’t really saying anything at all, so I don’t know why it was nominated for this category. The final verdict? “1-800” should take home the award.


Best New Artist

Lil Uzi Vert


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I think this is a good group of nominess for Best New Artist. Lil Uzi Vert is changing the hip hop culture, and I love “XO TOURLIFE.” When I saw Coldplay a year ago, Alessia Cara opened for them, and I thought she was very talented. I do think some of her songs are generic, but she has beautiful voice and I hope she sticks around. I’m not a fan of Julia Michaels. SZA is a generational talent. “Love Galore” and “Supermodel” are textbook R&B tracks. Khalid is something special. The youth really identify with him, he’s unique, and he’s versatile. I love “Young Dumb and Broke,” “Location,” and all of the other songs he’s featured on. To me, Khalid is the most promising artist, and in some cases the most memorable out of this group. I think he should win.

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Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Something Just Like This”-   The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

 “Despacito” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber

Thunder”-  Imagine Dragons

Feel It Still”-Portugal. The Man

” Stay”-  Zedd & Alessia Cara

I’m a total Coldplay homer, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of their collaboration with The Chainsmokers. I will give “Despacito” its props for being such a musical juggernaut, but it’s not the best song-it’s just generic. I actually liked “Thunder” even though there is not much to the track at all. “Feel It Still” is a jazzy little song that I enjoyed on many a car ride. “Stay” is  a nice upbeat track, but it doesn’t break new ground, and it got a bit annoying. I’d give the Grammy to “Feel It Still.”


Best R&B Performance

Get You”-  Daniel Caesar Featuring Kali Uchis

Distraction”  -Kehlani

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” That’s What I Like”- Bruno Mars

The Weekend”-  SZA

“That’s What I Like” is more of a pop song to me, so I don’t really know why it’s here. The other tracks I either haven’t heard or I’m indifferent towards. I think SZA should win. She has the most soul and the most personality.


Best Rap Performance

“Bounce Back” -Big Sean

” Bodak Yellow”-Cardi B

 “4:44”-  JAY-Z

” HUMBLE.”-Kendrick Lamar

“Bad And Boujee” Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert

I like “Bounce Back,” even though it’s not saying much. The track is one of Big Sean’s best. “Bodak Yellow” is trash. I haven’t heard “4:44.” “Bad and Boujee” was great for memes and the internet, and it is catchy, but it’s not a high quality rap song. I’m sorry. That leaves “HUMBLE.” as the clear winner of this category. It’s a banger that says something. This category overall is pretty weak. There were way better rap tracks that could’ve been here.


Best Pop Solo Performance

Love So Soft”-Kelly Clarkson


Million Reasons”- Lady Gaga

What About Us”- P!nk

 “Shape Of You”- Ed Sheeran

I find “Shape of You” to be almost insufferable, which is crazy considering I initially enjoyed it. It is one of the most generic songs that Sheeran has put out. I think “Love So Soft” is a solid effort by Kelly Clarkson. It’s definitely soulful. “Praying” was a slowburner for me, but now I love it. I love that Kesha’s growth and maturity is on display, and it culminated in  a very soulful and emotive performance. “Million Reasons” is a great track by Lady Gaga,while P!nk’s “What About Us” is kind of blah to me. I mean does it not sound like everything else she has put out before? I’d give this one to Kesha. She has come quite  a long way since her “Tick Tock” days.


Well, those are my thoughts on some of the 2018 Grammy nominees. Overall, I think the collection of artists nominated is pretty strong. It will be interesting to see who takes home the awards next month.

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