Our top picks for the upcoming 2024 Grammy Awards, where all the nominated artists are hoping to receive the gilded gramophone, at the music industry's highest honour and the only peer-recognised music award.
The 66th Grammy Awards will be held on the 4th February 2024. The event takes place at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, and will be hosted by South African comedian Trevor Noah.
Nominated for: Best Rock Album (WINNER), Best Alternative Music Performance
This Is Why - Paramore are far closer to their pop-punk roots on This Is Why, their triumphant sixth studio album. With influences from Bloc Party and Foals, the Tennessee rockers are back with a bang on their first album in six years. The album features punchy drums, jagged guitars and heavy rock riffs, with some powerful vocals from Williams. It’s a shift in musical direction that will be welcomed by the fans and leave them intrigued for whats still to come.
Nominated for: Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album
In Times New Roman… - Embodying a wide variety of sounds and a slightly darker melody, American rockers Queens of the Stone Age return, after a six year hiatus, for In Times New Roman. Life events had an influence on the recording of the bands eighth studio album, with frontman Josh Homme confronting his recent turmoil. The latest record is full of raw, violent riffing, filled with genuine emotion. One of the best rock albums of 2023. It’s a real racket and that’s a good thing!
Nominated for: Best Rap Album
King's Disease III - On his incredible sixteenth studio album, it’s more of the same from Queensbridge's finest, as Nas makes it seem so simple with his masterful storytelling. The sequel to his critically acclaimed King’s Disease I and II is even more creative and impactful. Produced by Hit-Boy, this modernised Nas seems to be able to do what many of his peers can’t - stay relevant. If this is the end of the trilogy, he saved the best for last.
Nominated for: Best Alternative Music Album
I Inside the Old Year Dying - I Inside the Old Year Dying is the stunning tenth studio album by English singer-songwriter and musician PJ Harvey. Seven years since her last record, fans have been eagerly awaiting her latest release, and won’t be disappointed. The theme of the album is reconnecting to your past. Harvey said “I think the album is about searching, looking… and seeking meaning”. Exploring unsettling new sounds, its a real shift for Harvey and its clear her musical creativity is burning again.
Nominated for: Best Dance/Electronic Music Album
For That Beautiful Feeling - Electronic music duo the Chemical Brothers introduce For That Beautiful Feeling, their psychedelic tenth studio album. 28 years since their debut release, the duo are still as imaginative as ever, offering catchy, joyous and at times, emotional songs, for a truly transcendent and infectious sound. Groovy, energetic and full of nostalgia, alongside Halo Maud and Beck, the musical pioneers provide an immersive experience on their triumphant return and a solid entry in the Chemical Brothers' discography.
Nominated for: Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Song (WINNER)
Higher - American musician Chris Stapleton presents Higher, his fifth studio album. With alt-rock and blues influences, this cohesive record features delicate and soulful ballads. Although he has a clear identity, Stapleton is always evolving and adventourous, which is very apparent on Higher, packed full of soul and charm. This record really illustrates Stapleton's range, with his outstanding storytelling and signature vocals. He is a revered figure in modern country music, and you can see why.
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