It was a big week here at Idolator. In between interviewing Big Boi, Becky G and Timeflies, we found time to gather in a smoky, poorly lit room and engage in a heated verbal battle into the wee hours until finally we emerged with our list of the Top 10 albums of 2012. We also pored over the 2013 Grammy nominations, which were typically befuddling and caused a bevy of mini-controversies for you readers to talk about. And we posted a review of Wiz Khalifa‘s O.N.I.F.C. that really SPARKED a debate in the comments section. Read on to see how the pop chips fell.
:: commanderofthedanceflo chimed in with her own best-of list after reading 2012′s Best Albums: Idolator Editors Pick Their Favorite 10: “These were all pretty good albums, and I really do not see any one that does not belong in any top 10 list.” At the top of her list? Bruno Mars‘ not-yet-released (but pretty great from our first listen) Unorthodox Jukebox.
::Naomi came for Justin Bieber in Grammy Awards 2013: The Most Outrageous Snubs From This Year’s Nominations: “Justin’s manager Scooter (and his over-obsessed fans) needs to stop being cry babies and accept that Justin cannot win every award out there.”
:: Royal applauded the Grammy cabal’s decisions: “While the ‘snubbed’ Carly Rae, Justin Bieber and One Direction are young, cute and popular, That doesn’t necessarily translate into deserving a Grammy. That’s what the VMA’s are for. They’re clearly more focused on talented songwriters this year.”
:: Kaye seconds that: “it pleases me to say that the Album of the Year category is the best in years. I would’ve liked to see someone like Fiona Apple in that category or Muse, I’m still happy with it and wish The Black Keys all the luck.”
::Kerry lamented the lack of The Killers nods: “I was kind of shocked The Killers didn’t get a nomination for their album. It was one of the best albums of the year in my opinion. Wish it would have gotten more radio time than it did.”
:: lola sided with the Grammys regarding Nicki Minaj on Grammy Awards 2013: Nicki Minaj’s Manager Tweets About Snub: “nope. they got it right.”
:: Saffeon Salter was expecting more from fellow Pittsburgher Wiz in Wiz Khalifa’s O.N.I.F.C.: Album Review: “as much as i’d like wiz to succeed even more than he has he has to come up with different topics asap…The album was ok but repetitive and i’d like to see whether wiz can truly rap or if hes just gonna continue to put out these simple verses.”
:: Hollis echoed that sentiment: “Everyone keeps saying, ‘Wiz raps about what he knows – Weed and money.’ Then he needs to increase his knowledge…..there’s a lot more to rap/hip-hop/life than just weed and money.”
:: To which Cheezpanda replied: “No there isn’t. Lol.” Classic Cheezpanda!
:: NoN posited the following theory: “Wiz said it himself if he could do ‘Rolling Papers’ different he would, and after listening to this I felt like he was trying to make the album he should have the first time…Unfortunately for him now its too late and the same subject matter is old for most and gettin old for some. I think dude is talented but he lacks depth.”
:: Kara was picking up what Wendy Williams was putting down on Beyonce “Sounds Like She Has A Fifth Grade Education,” Says Noted Elocutionist Wendy Williams: “Beyonce does have a hard time articulating. Part of that is her Houston accent poppin’ up at random times. Another part is that she is so controlled with her speech as to not give away too much. I’m sure if she had an uninhibited conversation, she’d be able to express herself better.”
:: aba came to Bey’s defense: “Beyoncé is a very shy person contrary to popular belief. But the woman is very smart and she has her speech controlled.”