Arts and Entertainment

A&E Votes for the Grammys

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Issue 10, Volume 109

By The Arts & Entertainment Department 

Though country music is becoming less prominent in an age dominated by pop and hip-hop, there is still a wide variety of songs from this genre being listened to and written each year. Listening to a country song evokes nostalgia and makes you feel all snug and warm inside.

The 2019 Grammy nominations for Best Country Song are Loretta Lynn’s “Wouldn’t It Be Great?” Maren Morris’s “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters,” Kacey Musgraves’s “Butterflies,” Chris Stapleton’s “Millionaire,” and Keith Urban’s “Parallel Line.”

Out of these nominees, the strongest two are “Millionaire” and “Parallel Line.” “Millionaire” features a medium-paced, upbeat guitar strumming in the background. In “Parallel Line,” Urban’s husky voice sings cheerfully at a tempo at which you can understand the story the first time around, giving you the real feel of a country song. It sounds a little bit like a pop song but is rather catchy and still retains the aspects of its genre. “Butterflies” sounds too much like a pop song for this category, and “Wouldn’t It Be Great” is too fast-paced, repetitive, and lacking in story. “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” is not a bad choice either, but it sounds too generic to earn a win.