2012: A Year in Music
December 29, 2012 § Leave a comment
As 2012 comes to a close with only a few days to spare, I’ve taken the time to look back at all the music highlights from this year! This is my most jam-packed post of the year, so get ready!
Pop Song of the Year: “Beauty & A Beat” by Justin Bieber feat. Nicki Minaj
R&B Song of the Year: “Adorn” by Miguel
Hip-Hop Song of the Year: “Mercy” by G.O.O.D Music
Rock Song of the Year: “Switchblade Smiles” by Kasabian
Indie Song of the Year: “Genesis” by Grimes
Electronic Song of the Year: “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia
Dancehall Songs of the Year: “Gyal A Bubble” by Konshens & “Psycho” by Tommy Lee
Reggae Song of the Year: “Affairs of the Heart” by Damian Marley
Club Anthem of the Year: “Bandz A Make Her Dance” by Juicy J
2012 MVP: Rihanna
The Barbadian songstress wins this category two years in a row! From her racy Instagram pictures, her “phuck you” attitude, her promotion of weed, to her release of her 7th album Unapologetic and her reunion with former lover Chris Brown, Rihanna was on everyone’s tongue in 2012. Plus, her 2011 album Talk That Talk continued to take over the music charts with singles “Where Have You Been” and “Cockiness (Love It)”.
Runners Up: Lana Del Rey & Beyonce
Best Newcomers: Kendrick Lamar & A$AP Rocky
These two young rappers may be from opposite coasts, but they both have come together to change the rap game in 2012. Lamar’s chill California vibe juxtaposed by a deathly flow made him an unstoppable force. His debut album good kid, m.A.A.d city sold over 200,000 units – a number almost unheard of nowadays. A$AP combined his NYC edge with a Houston-flavored style that was very refreshing. Look out for his debut album, Live.Love.A$AP on January 15.
Most Underrated Artist: Jhene Aiko
Jhene Aiko has been favored by underground music lovers for years, but the California-bred singer is just now catching the attention of the mainstream music industry. Her delicate voice laced over hauntingly compelling lyrics separates her from other R&B artists and is sure to carry herself over to 2013. Look out for her debut album Souled Out coming soon.
Most Overrated Artist: Nicki Minaj
This doesn’t need much explaining. From her creepy perfume campaign, her deal with Pepsi, her switch to headache-inducing sound (thanks to Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded) to her feud to Mariah Carey on American Idol, Nicki Minaj was everywhere in 2012.
Most Underrated Song: “Angels” by The xx
Most Overrated Song: “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
Video of the Year: “Bad Girls” by M.I.A
Song of the Year: “Gangnam Style” by Psy
Top 5 Albums of the Year:
4. Jack White – Blunderbuss
3. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
1. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
OMG! Moment of ’12: Whitney Houston’s Death
WTF?! Moment of ’12: Rihanna & Chris Brown getting back together
What were your favorite music moments of 2012?
Cheers to 2013!