What Makes An Award Winning Song?

What if music awards were given out for only musical qualities? It may seem like celebrity and spectacle are more important than ever at the 61st Grammy Awards, but we believe many of this years winners earned their accolades with noteworthy music. Still, we thought the winners should be heralded by new, more musical categories.

And The Awards Go To:
Best Chord Progression: H.E.R. – “Hard Place” & “Focus”
Best Throwback: Silk City & Dua Lipa ft. Diplo & Mark Ronson – “Electricity”
Worst Metaphor: Lady Gaga ft. Bradley Cooper “Shallow”
Best Conceptual Song: Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Best Bridge: Kacey Musgraves – “Rainbow”

Also Featured
The Weeknd – “Often”
Khalid – “Location”

Alison Limerick – “Where Love Lives”
Cher – “Strong Enough”
Elton John – “Mellow”

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