Remember back in March 2015, almost one year ago, I wrote this article on James Bay shortly after I discovered his music by incident. I named the article “Will James Bay be the biggest shooting star in music this year?“. And even to this day I think I was right with my forecast, although this year’s Grammy for best new artist went to pop star and songwriter Meghan Trainor.
When it comes to awards I guess you still need to remind yourself that it’s just a decision based on a certain group of people with a specific taste. Meghan Trainor is also undoubtably one of the biggest break out stars of last year with amazing pop music writing skills and a good voice, but having said that to me there’s just no comparison to the greatness of what James Bay is capable of musically and technically. To me his songs are way more captivating, emotional and relatable. Also I read in a lot of blogs and youtoube comments that the majority of people were rooting for Tori Kelly, also an up and coming musician who first found fame on season 9 of American Idol. Did you see her and James Bay’s Grammy performance? I’m gonna post it below so you can watch it if you haven’t seen it yet.
This link probably won’t be online for too long so be quick and watch the performance starting at minute 02:00!
So what do you think of it? Tori Kelly is a beautiful and talented girl and I admire her drive and compassion, because it’s definitely not easy to be cut at a stage of a competition show just before you enter the group of finalists on American Idol and not be defeated and continue trying to fight for your career in music and as a singer, but I gotta be honest with you guys to me she just can’t compete with James Bay and at the end of the performance I as a watcher was left with the feeling of a screaming battle rather than a singing duett. Anyway, I get that the grammy people wanted to create an iconic and unique moment in music history, but all I’m saying is that I think he would have sounded better if he just were alone, that’s all.
Today I stumbled accross this great feature of James Bay including an interesting and informative interview with the British singer. Eventhough we already know he didn’t win the best new artist Grammy, it’s still worth watching!