Swifties have been joking that this year's Billboard Music Awards should just be renamed the Taylor Swift 1989 Awards presented by Billboard, and with her leading the finalists with 14 nominations, I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out to be. I've listed my predictions for selected awards, as well as who I hope wins.
Reviews of Fly by Maddie & Tae, Style by Taylor Swift, Talk by Against the Current, All the Way by Megan & Liz, Heartbeat Song by Kelly Clarkson, Time Machine by Ingrid Michaelson and more.
Youtube star Megan Nicole has made a career for herself by releasing covers of all sorts of popular songs and also occasional singles on Radio Disney and other stations. This year, 2 after the release of B-E-A-Utiful, Megan Nicole is finally putting out a longer release after leaving Bad Boy Records. The EP is appropriately titled Escape, and represents a return to the "real Megan" as well as a lot of empowerment.
Ariana Grande's sophomore album is hotly anticipated, following three songs that peaked at the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100, and a fourth peaking at 49. It features many collaborations with other rappers and singers — there are more tracks with a featured artist than without. This is perhaps where the album falls short — tending to overcomplicate and disrupt what could've been a smooth listening experience.
God Made Girls - RaeLynn
I have to say, the fact that RaeLynn actually co-wrote this song is quite the bonus. Add how it's co-written with Liz Rose (who's worked with Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood etc) and Nicolle Gaylon (who co-wrote both Miranda Lambert's Automatic and her "We Were Us" duet with Keith Urban), and it's sure to be a country hit. Which it is. The layered vocals at various points in the song are especially well done.
(Review of RaeLynn's Me EP)
Break Free - Ariana Grande ft. Zedd
This new song is one that can easily be replayed without me getting sick of it. It's hit the top 10 again, which really isn't any surprise. The more EDM-ish direction is a change, but not so much of one that it's unprecedented or alienating of her previous fanbase.
(Review of Ariana Grande's My Everything)
Magic - Tiffany Alvord
Magic is the second single off Tiffany Alvord's third album, and it certainly highlights the more produced sound that she's promised for a few songs on it. I'm not sure how much of a fan I am of the particular song, and it's not really my style, but Tiffany's voice shines like always.
(Review of Tiffany Alvord's Legacy)
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