Written by Rachael Willis
I have been a music lover for as long as I can remember. Every single aspect of music fascinates me, whether it’s the production or the performance. I love watching the GRAMMYs and seeing some of my favorite musicians win the big ticket awards. This year, I decided to take a look at the list of nominees and decide who I think should win. Follow along for my 2021 GRAMMY Awards winners!
Record of the Year – “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa
This may be a somewhat unpopular opinion, but I think that 2020 was Dua Lipa’s year. “Don’t Start Now” is an incredible song that takes inspiration from disco and blends it with a fresh pop sound. I also love the funky bass line that runs throughout the song. Its unique sound makes it stand out from the other records in this category, and for that reason, I chose “Don’t Start Now” to win Record of the Year.
Album of the Year – Folklore by Taylor Swift
If you weren’t listening to this album at some point this past year, were you living under a rock? Folklore’s sound is somewhat reminiscent to Taylor Swift’s earlier music but still carries with it some of her recent pop influences. Overall, Folklore was one of the best albums released in 2020. It would be shocking, in my opinion, if another album won this category.
Best New Artist – Doja Cat
I won’t lie, I spent some time going back and forth between Phoebe Bridgers and Doja Cat, who are quite literally polar opposites. However, I decided to go with my gut and choose Doja Cat. With several hit songs this past year, it is clear that Doja Cat is set to become the next big rapper. Doja Cat’s versatility is mind-blowing, and I can’t wait to see what the future of her music career holds. Because of this, I think that Doja Cat deserves to take Best New Artist this year.
Best Rock Album – The New Abnormal by The Strokes
Did I only include this category because I am a huge fan of The Strokes? Maybe, and I may or may not be listening to this album as I’m writing this. But in all honesty, The New Abnormal is an amazing album with such a unique sound. Each song sounds so different, but somehow there is still a sense of cohesion between the tracks. I may be biased, but The New Abnormal is one of the best rock albums in recent years.