2010 Awards in Music
It’s been quite a year in music, with the arrival of the Beatles on iTunes and Justin Bieber growing in popularity (I swear that will be the last time his name will come up on the Dues)
SONG OF THE YEAR: “F**K YOU” — CEE-LO GREEN. He deserved it. It started with his Gnarls Barkley hit “Crazy” where he then decided he was “Going On” to a solo career. This single started off as a YouTube video turned single. Now, it’s become a phenomenon for the music industry.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR: THE BEATLES. This is commemorative of the Fab Four finally making the move from records to CDs to the MP3s. Welcome to the Internet, lads.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: TEENAGE DREAM — KATY PERRY. With major singles like “California Gurls” and “Teenage Dream” Katy Perry was able to do some damage on the charts with Teenage Dream. This album isn’t your “I Kissed a Girl” album, if you catch our drift.
BEST NEW ARTIST OF 2010: B.o.B. I’ll never forget how I first heard B.o.B (aka Bobby Ray). I was on the campus of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and his song “Put Me On” played on MTV U. Naturally, his musical talent exploded when he released his first album The Adventures of Bobby Ray. That’s why he’s this year’s best new artist.
BEST HIP-HOP ALBUM: THE ADVENTURES OF BOBBY RAY — B.o.B. An extension of Bobby Ray’s amazing musical talent, The Adventures of Bobby Ray gave B.o.B the opportunity to work with numerous artists, including Bruno Mars, and develop his own style of music. Truly well-produced and well-deserved.
BEST FOLLOW-UP ALBUM: MAN ON THE MOON, VOL. II — KID CUDI. Man on the Moon brought a lot of great music and amazing lyrics to boost Kid Cudi. There was one problem: where do you go from there? Cudi had NO problem getting around that, he continued in his very ecclectic style to convey the best follow-up hip-hop album.
BEST HIP-HOP SINGLE: “ROCKETEER” — FAR EAST MOVEMENT. Not just because we like the movie. The song is surprisingly catchy and has quite a broad range of flavors and sounds. But the Far East Movement doesn’t get off quite that easy (see next).
SOULJA BOY AWARD FOR CATCHY, YET HORRIBLE HIP-HOP SINGLE: “FLY LIKE A G6″ — FAR EAST MOVEMENT. Would you like to fly in a G6? Yes. I’d like to think that this award is fly like a G6; but then again, it’s a slap in the face.
BEST RAP ALBUM: RECOVERY — EMINEM. Eminem follows up Relapse with an album providing great overall depth. The iTunes deluxe version of Recovery is a culmination of some great singles like this year’s best rap single.
BEST RAP SINGLE: “SESSION ONE (FEAT. SLAUGHTERHOUSE)”– EMINEM. Only on the iTunes deluxe version of Recovery, “Session One” was arguably Eminem’s greatest hit on his two-album swing over the last two years. The track features Slaughterhouse
BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM: BROTHERS — THE BLACK KEYS. A different stride for the Black Keys, Brothers provided some great songs like “Tighten Up” while still keeping true (at some rate) to their original alternative music.
WORST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM: A THOUSAND SUNS — LINKIN PARK. There’s a review explaining why one of the best alternative bands shat the bed. It’s here.
BEST ALTERNATIVE SINGLE: “ANIMAL” — NEON TREES. One-hit wonder? I don’t think so. This is the one-hit that exploded the Neon Trees to popularity, but the band has put out plenty of good music (including, like every other popular band, a sweet Christmas song, “Wish List”).
BEST ROCK ALBUM: STONE TEMPLE PILOTS — STONE TEMPLE PILOTS. STP is back, different, but still good in a different light. It’s hard to shake the sounds of STP-past and accept the new Pilots under the same name. The music is great at any rate, a strong and bold album that’s filled with good singles.
BEST ROCK SINGLE: “PROMISE (FEAT. CHRIS CORNELL)” — SLASH. This is the best new thing that Chris Cornell has put out since his Scream album (an album that made YOU scream) flopped. Hats off to Slash for the great musical combo.
OF THE INTERNET, BY THE INTERNET SONG OF THE YEAR: “BED INTRUDER SONG” — ANTOINE DODSON (FEAT. THE GREGORY BROTHERS). He’s climbin’ in yo windows, he’s snatchin’ yo people up. Tryna rape ‘em; ya needta hideya kids, hideya wife. And hideya husband ‘cuz they rapin’ errybody out here. VIDEO BELOW: