One of the most eagerly awaited of the Grammy Awards is for Song of the Year, which goes to the songwriter. Ten songs have been nominated. If you saw Part I of Looking Forward to the Grammys last week, you’ve already seen videos of three of the nominees, all of which I hope don’t win—“Happier Than Ever” by Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell; “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” by Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Montero Hill, and Roy Lenzo (oops, I didn’t post that one; if you like gay soft porn, you can look it up on YouTube); and “Peaches” by Louis Bell, Justin Bieber, Giveon Dezmann Evans, Bernard Harvey, Felisha “Fury” King, Matthew Sean Leon, Luis Manuel Martinez Jr., Aaron Simmonds, Ashton Simmonds, Andrew Wotman & Keavan Yazdani.
The other nominees are:
“Bad Habits” by Fred Gibson, Johnny McDaid, and Ed Sheeran. When I watched the official video, I was so distracted by the vampire/zombie visuals that I couldn’t tell whether I liked the song or not. (You can find that video on YouTube.) Here is just the song and the lyrics. It’s a good song, but the words lack hope.
“A Beautiful Noise” by Ruby Amanfu, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Alicia Keys, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry, and Hailey Whitters. A duet between Alicia Keys and Brandy Carlile, each sitting at her own piano, about using your voice to make a difference.
“drivers license” by Daniel Nigro and Olivia Rodrigo. Again, if I were thirteen, this would be my choice.
“Fight For You” by Dernst Emile II, H.E.R., and Tiara Thomas. I realize this song was written for the movie Judas and the Black Messiah, and it’s perfect in that context, but I think it’s too militant to be Song of the Year.
“Kiss Me More” by Rogét Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. Powell II, Solána Rowe and David Sprecher. The video is too edgy to post here. I find the language objectionable. Not my choice for Song of the Year. Who nominates these?
“Leave The Door Open” by Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II, and Bruno Mars. This is okay.
“Right On Time” by Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth. Nothing wrong with this one.
The song that I like most is “Bad Habits,” but I’m not sure it sends the right message to name it the Song of the Year. If you have a bad habit and you recognize it as such, shouldn’t you work on yourself to change it?
So I’m hoping that “A Beautiful Noise” wins and becomes this year’s anthem.
Now it’s your turn. Which song do you think should win the Grammy, and why? Share in the comments below.