With all the music that’s eligible out and votes for nominees soon due in, a new awards season awaits -- with #grammyssomale fresh in the music world’s memory. Will a jolted academy, armed with expanded categories, deliver a reinvigorated ceremony in Los Angeles when it airs Feb. 10, 2019? Grammy hopefuls Dua Lipa, Ella Mai and Post Malone weigh in.
In 2015, Kendrick Lamar solicited the technical genius of jazz master Kamasi Washington for 'To Pimp a Butterfly,' and then again in 2017 for 'DAMN.' In the months since, the Los Angeles-based saxophonist-composer was swept into the national spotlight.
He’s a meticulous German DJ-producer; she’s a spirited Texan singer-songwriter. But with their breakout hit “The Middle” -- recorded after the producer auditioned 12 other singers -- Zedd (real name: Anton Zaslavski) and Maren Morris, both 28, proved they’re much more than an intriguingly unlikely pairing.
Don’t look now, but one of electronic dance music’s most fearless pioneers -- Skrillex -- is finally crossing over. “Where Are U Now,” the Justin Bieber-featuring single from Jack U, Skrillex’s duo with Diplo, has reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, making it the six-time Grammy winner’s biggest hit by far.