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Why Wasn’t Selena Gomez “Good For” a Grammy?

So, I will admit that recently I’ve had “Good For You (feat. A$AP Rocky)” by Selena Gomez stuck in my head.  I think it has some clever lyrics and interesting vocalizations.  The more I listen to it, the more I pay attention to Gomez’s vocals, which has got me wondering why she wasn’t nominated for a Grammy for her vocal work.

Revival is Gomez'a second solo studio album, her fifth overall (she has three with her band Selena Gomez & the Scene) and features "Good For You."

Revival is Gomez’s second solo studio album, her fifth overall (she has three with her band Selena Gomez & the Scene) and features “Good For You.”

If you forget the fact that it’s Selena Gomez singing and listen to how she sings the song, it’s actually quite substantial for the 2014-2015 music period.  She does this soft, murmured vocal that effectively grabs the listener in, in rather a haunting way.  This is something that wasn’t done through the year, and it is a huge step outside of Gomez’s past work.  While the song as a whole includes influences of hip-hop, R&B, and electric slow jam, it’s her vocals that really create the character and life of the song.

If Gomez sang the song solo (without the feature), I think she could’ve gotten nominated for the Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance.  Maybe. Probably.  If politics didn’t come into play.  However, because she has A$AP Rocky featured on the track, it couldn’t qualify for the solo performance category.  It could’ve, on the other hand, been nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, but it never stood a chance with this year’s nominees.  When you have five nomination spots in a year of major collaborative hits (e.g. “Uptown Funk,” “See You Again,” “Bad Blood,” etc.), it was obviously going to lessen the odds of “Good For You” being nominated.  This  has to do with the fact that Gomez’s vocals and A$AP Rocky’s rap don’t meld as fluidly as Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar on “Bad Blood” or Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth on “See You Again.”  Both those songs feature two artists from opposite musical worlds coming together to create a unified front.  Meanwhile, Gomez and Rocky aren’t necessarily dependent on each other.  I think a strong collaboration would require the song’s success to be due to the fact all parties involved hold equal weight in it and elevate the song.  If we look back at “Bad Blood” – a song released to radio in both a solo and duo format (the song originally was a Swift-only song before Lamar remixed it and added his verses) – the song was transformed and elevated with the collaboration.  Sure, the solo song is strong, but the version with Kendrick Lamar is a completely different animal and is elevated from the original.  If you take Lamar out of “Bad Blood” it doesn’t stay the same.  However, the Gomez-only and the Gomez-Rocky version of “Good For You” literally sound the same. You could take out the rap or put it in and it wouldn’t help or hurt the integrity of the song.  That isn’t a slight against either artist, it’s just how the song is structured.

Just my thoughts.  For you.

Biking/Work Out Playlist

I may have mentioned a couple times this past summer, like every summer, that I’ve been biking a lot.  There’s a great bike path right down the street from me, so it’s great to blare the music and peddle my problems away.  Usually I create a playlist each year, and then add or remove songs throughout the year.

I created a Spotify Playlist of some of the music I listen to while biking/working out in case you’re looking for some new beats or a song to change up your playlist.

NOTE: There’s no particular order because I just hit “shuffle” before I start biking.

 

Here’s other songs that I usually listen to, but couldn’t find on Spotify:

Bad Blood Music Video

Taylor Swift’s music video for “Bad Blood” is finally here!  All week long, she has been tweeting out posters of the video’s stars, and because there were so many people in the video, I couldn’t help but thinking “this is either going to be awesome or awful.”  And I think it’s beyond awesome.

What’s great about the video is that it perfectly chronicles the narrative Swift gave us about the inspiration about the song.   She said that it was about how a fellow female musician who she once thought of as a friend tried to sabotage her Red Tour by buying out her crew and performers.  In the video we see Selena Gomez as “Arsyn” fighting with Taylor Swift as “Catastrophe.”  They seem to be fighting together to save the world, and then Gomez goes in and sabotages the mission by defenestrating Swift.  Then Swift is rebuilt and trained by her strong female friends (another parallel to Swift’s life, as she has said in multiple interviews that she spent the year leading up to 1989 befriending and spending time with “inspiring” and “powerful” women).  And then they stand together to take down the enemy.  Even if you don’t care about the match up between the video and Swift’s narrative, I still think it’s empowering message of people coming together and supporting/training one another.

This video is perhaps one of Swift’s best (although, I thoroughly enjoyed the one for “Shake it Off”), and I like that it’s so epic and badass.  I also think it’s kind of funny/cool that Selena Gomez was the villain.  The other “cool” thing about this video is that it features Kendrick Lamar.  I’ve always kind of hoped that one day T. Swift would put out a song that featured a rapper, so now that kind of happened.