As a kid, I was absolutely obsessed with Toy Story. In particular, I loved the headstrong cowgirl character named Jessie. If you haven’t seen Toy Story 2- at one point, Jessie tells the background story about how she ended up separated from her kid, and the audience is shown her flashback in a montage. The montage was guided by the song “When She Loved Me” by Sarah McLachlan. My mom will tell you the story of the time she walked in my room and I was listening to that song on my little cassette player, absolutely overcome with emotion and bawling my eyes out to the song.
watch the above if you need a good cry
I get overwhelmed with emotion and cry over various artworks way more often than I’d like to admit. I would be lying if I said I haven’t been found crying at art museums, concerts, or the openings to Broadway musicals. For me, music is no exception to this emotional connection.
Just like any other art form- I love everything about music- the writing, the production, the performance, and everything in between. One of my favorite things to do is show people music that I like– it feels like I’m sharing something about me.
So, in efforts to share more and get closer to you all, I’ve decided to conduct my own Grammy’s right here:
Because I’m indecisive as hell and love to sort things into categories, I decided to give awards to what I CURRENTLY love as well as my ALL TIME favorites.
BEST SONG: "After the Storm" by Kali Uchis, featuring Tyler, The Creator and Bootsy Collins
My roommates will tell you how annoyed they are with this song. I have been playing it non stop since I first heard it a week ago. Kali Uchis’ vocals put me in the happiest, most chill mood, and it only makes it better that one of my favorites Tyler, the Creator is featured on it. This song makes me want to dance around in a pool, I don’t know why.
BEST ARTIST: Hobo Johnson
I discovered Hobo Johnson this summer on Twitter when someone retweeted his Tiny Desk NPR concert. More recently, I saw my dad listening to him on Spotify and remembered how much I like him. I’ve been listening to his entire discovery all week long-particularly on car rides when it’s sunny outside. Something about his voice and the way he expresses his lyrics feel like I’m having a conversation directly with him.
BEST ALBUM: IGOR by Tyler, The Creator
I’ve loved Tyler, the Creator since I was sixteen. His most recent album, IGOR should have been nominated for a Grammy, so I’ll nominate it here. I’ve watched Tyler, The Creator grow through each of his albums over the years, and I believe this is by far his best work. There’s not a single song on this album I don’t absolutely love, and I genuinely believe there’s a song for everyone on here.
BEST MUSIC VIDEO: "Bury a Friend" by Billie Eilish
Though this music video is a year old now, it’s still one of my all time favorites. I discovered Billie through this music video a year ago, and she’s been one of my favorite people since. Just like Billie, I’m a lover of all things creepy, and this video fulfills that love like very few pieces can for me. What makes it even better is that she conceptualized all of this herself.
BEST NEW ARTIST: ROSALÍA
BEST SONG OF ALL TIME: "Everywhere" by Fleetwood Mac
BEST ARTIST OF ALL TIME: Kanye West
Anyone who knows me knows my intense love for Kanye West. Yes, I know how problematic and off the rails he gets, but I can’t help my soft spot for him. I love everything Kanye creates- from fashion to music to performance. Say what you will about him, but the man certainly has the qualities of a creative genius.
BEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME: The Life of Pablo by Kanye West
I happened to be in Kanye’s hometown of Chicago, IL when I first heard this album. I know this album front to back- every note, every beat, every word. This is an album that has held my “favorite” position since the day it came out. I love this album so much that I had my 21st birthday party “The Life of Claire” themed.
BEST MUSIC VIDEO OF ALL TIME: "This is America" by Childish Gambino
Seeing this video brought me to tears the first time I saw it. I don’t want to give anything away or take away from anyone’s experience of watching it for the first time, so go watch it here. Donald Glover is so impressive in everything he does, from acting to rapping to singing to dancing and anything in between.
Annnnd that concludes this year’s Claire Grammys (Clammys? Claireys?). Feel free to check out my spotify to look at my countless other top picks.