05 January 2022

NMW's Salute to 2021: The Music of Tomorrow...Today!

We will wrap up our coverage of 2021 today, on the fifth day of 2022 with a recount of the greatest and best moments in music of the year! Now, I know that normally I do albums and everything, but I always fake it because I don't listen to enough albums. I can't even fake it this year, I'm just skipping it. I actually have a little regret about that, because it always pushes me to actually listen to new cool albums. Fine, it was probably Donda for some people and 30 for others. Let's move on.

Songs of 2021

After considering it for some time, I think my favourite song of the year is "Twerkulator" by City Girls.

Artist of the Year

There was a lot of sad girl autumn stuff from Taylor and Adele. She's been around for a long time, but this was a huge year for Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion. It's as if we suddenly realizing that black girls can be great rap artists and it's a huge explosion of exposure. I am all for it, clearly. Lil Nas X also had a banner year with some genuinely great tunes. I'm not sure if I could pick just one. Okay, "Industry Baby" for sure. But it's nice to see that he both refuses to be a one-hit wonder and is cranking out legit and ultra-gay music. Also Brandi Carlile kicked ass.

This isn't really a competition, though - this was the year of Olivia Rodrigo. "Driver's License," "Deja Vu", and "good 4 u" were all massive, massive hits. She joins the pantheon of women you really don't want to ever break up with. I do get such a high school vibe from her, especially with "Traitor." Like, that's just modern dating, Olivia, it really doesn't matter in high school. Oh, I know you're upset! Your feelings are valid.

Music Video of the Year

I think Lil Nas X's "Industry Baby" or "Montero" takes it. I mean, it took grinding on the devil to get any video attention and acclaim this year. It was just that kind of pulse. But somehow I keep coming back to "Thot Shit." I just really dig the metaphor here. Old white people resisting the ubiquity of Megan Thee Stallion is a rad vibe to throw a video around.

Music was fun in 2021. I'm not sure any song really caught me and changed my life, but as I said, a lot of that is just me getting more into movies and my wife instead. Here's to 2022!

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