Few things are predictable in the music world anymore. Artists on all levels have done their best to destroy the traditional release date, it only takes one bad album to nuke the career of a one-time sure-bet megastar and we just learned yesterday that love might be dead.
But by the time the end of the year rolls around, there are a few things you can count on: Once-great Hall of Fame acts releasing boring album box sets that sell well in stores, end-of-year album lists that come out just in time to be made meaningless by incredible December drops and the general public railing about which artists were nominated for Grammys.
We already have this year’s list spoiler via Childish Gambino — and much like D’Angelo before him, he played the foil with an album of excellent freaked-out funk — but compared to years past, it seems like the reaction to the Grammy nominations has been downright tame — and there’s a very good reason for that. Contrary to the default opinion that the Academy is old and stodgy, it seems like the Grammy voters are actually listening to the concerns of the music-loving public and adjusting accordingly.