subnormal magazine’s Music’s Best of 2017

Aside from U2, Sting, and Elton John, women ruled the Grammy’s this year, with  Kesha, Pink, and Miley Cyrus being the best talent, along with Lady Gaga, who gave the best performance of the show. Cyndi Lauper was stuck to a barely audible background singing spot for YouTube sensation Kesha, who delivered a powerful song about leaving an abusive man.  A mic failed on at least one occasion, and the host–who seems like a nice guy, made jokes at his own expense concerning him being out of place for such a show–uh–yeah.

Alessia Cara won the best new artist award, yet very sweetly mentioned how many other great artists were out there that don’t have the numbers to be considered for such awards shows, that deserve more recognition. This is of course–totally true.

As such, we here at subnormal give you our own best of 2017, in no particular order, and of course, with our own rules and own awards… Enjoy…

Best Dancing by a Singer (general): FKA twigs

Best Love Song: Lana Del Rey, Love

Best Shoegaze / smooth jazz/trip hop song: Sevdaliza: Human

Best Female Jazz Singer: Niia,  Best Blues Singer: Jazmine Sulivan,  Best Blues song: Niia and Jazmine Sulivan, Sideline, Sexiest Music video, Hurt You First

Best New Song by an Alternative Rock Band: Sunflower Bean: I was a Fool

Best New Pop Punk Band: Hey Violet

Best Acting in a Video: Millie Bobby Brown from Stranger Things for Sigma, Find Me featuring Birdy

Best Foreign Dance Video: Aya Sato, YSMF

Best Female Vocalist who also Produces: Grimes

Best Female Rapper: Elliphant

Best Model who Sings,  Best New Pop Singer: Dua Lipa

Best New Singer / Songwriter: MO

Best New Punk Band, Best New LA Rock Band, Best New Female Punk Singer, Best New Guitarist, Best New Live Rock Performer: Starcrawler

Best new Psychedelic Rock Band and Band Name: Goat Girl

Best New Alternative Rock Band: Phantogram

Best new Rock Album: Yeah Yeahs, Fever to Tell, Best Live Performance, Best Singer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Best Dance Artist, Best Dance / Pop Songwriter, Best Dance Song (Disco T-ts): Tove Lo

Best Female Vocalist in Most Genres including Pop, Blues, Jazz, Alternative, Rap, etc: Kimbra

Best Modern Retro  Feminist Band: US Girls


More to be announced later this week…

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