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The 11th Annual Critics Circle


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The occurrence of the NYFCC yesterday reminded me - it is that time of the year!

 

Cheers to everyone participating again, and hello to everyone who will take part for their first year. :) 

 

This is OUR version of the annual onslaught of film critics awards. We're highlighting the best of the best (#iykyk) in all things music from January 1st, 2021 - till now! (Hopefully nothing drops like Beyoncé did in 2013 to make this wholly irrelevant.)

 

Here are the categories we vote in:

 

Album

Single

Song (Lyrics/Music)

Track (for album tracks/b-sides ... NOT singles)

Male

Female

Group

Collaboration

Breakthrough Artist

Pop

Traditional R&B

Contemporary R&B

Rap/Hip-Hop

Country

Rock

Dance/Electronic 

Alternative

Independent

Foreign

Music Video

Producer

Songwriter

EP

Comeback (artists who have been gone for five years or more)

Singles Run (the artist who's released the best overall singles this year)

 

And examples of how it's unfurled in the past:

 

2020 (and, as you see, 2019)

 

You can also find 2016, 2017 and 2018's editions there. Everything else has been lost to the wayback machine, but if I recall - the past album of the year winners:

 

2011 - Adele, 21/Beyoncé, 4

2012 - Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel

2013 - Lorde, Pure Heroine

2014 - Run The Jewels, RTJ2

2015 - Carly Rae Jepsen, emotion

2016 - Mitski, Puberty 2

2017 - Lorde, Melodrama

2018 - Robyn, Honey

2019 - Tinashe, Songs 4 u

2020 - Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia/Jessie Ware, What's Your Pleasure?

 

Who will take it this year? It's up to y'all!

Taking place DECEMBER 22nd at 7PMET/6PM CT/4PM PT/12AM GMT!

 

Discord Invite - lasts one week!

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Fantastic!

 

We'll be doing this on DISCORD by the way. Tried it last year and it worked beautifully!

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4 minutes ago, Ace Reject said:

My sisters! How did I forget you?!?!?

 

Question for the culture - should we scrap male/female? What do we think?

Im down how does this work

 

I think you should keep Male and Female as the boys are going to g et screwed in general

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No keep gendered categories. Please. Our girls need to win finally :jonny5:

 

 

I can't wait participate!! Ahh how and when do we vote? Pretty much your #1 pick in each category correct? Ahh I'm ready :jonny5: Jazmine and Normani are coming bitches hzhzhzbznz

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I’ll do this again!  Not sure if we can top the absolutely perfect results from last year though.  

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2 minutes ago, khalyan said:

I’ll do this again!  Not sure if we can top the absolutely perfect results from last year though.  

IDK I think a Jazmine/Summer tie in AOTY would put it pretty damn close!

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36 minutes ago, Ace Reject said:

2019 - Tinashe, Songs 4 u

Her iconic 2019 sweep. Superstar T did that!

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Everyone please vote “Can I Get It” for album track!

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I've never participated, but there's always a first time. Count me in! :foxaylove3:

There's a couple of categories where I'll need some suggestions, tho. :matty:

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Jubilee for AOTY & Indie & Breakthrough & Group & Songwriter and literally every category!

Crooked Machine for Dance/Electronic!

10 minutes ago, supaspaz said:

Everyone please vote “Can I Get It” for album track!

Not when we have Eyes Closed to vote for, or literally anything from WYPTPPE!

 

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A lot of people put out reissues or re-releases this year - Taylor (twice), Jessie, Kylie, Dua, etc. Normally that would make the ineligible for the gendered categories and only possibly in the genre ones - should we keep that going?

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Meh. The only things I really care to support are Halsey, ATW10, and Carly Pearce and I already know none of them are getting anything. :matty:
 

 

Burn the site down if ABBA doesn’t unanimously win Best Comeback tho

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Just now, Achilles. said:

Meh. The only things I really care to support are Halsey, ATW10, and Carly Pearce and I already know none of them are getting anything. :matty:
 

 

Burn the site down if ABBA doesn’t unanimously win Best Comeback tho

Girl Carly Pearce could take Country! We need you in the room to make sure that happens.

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21 minutes ago, Ace Reject said:

IDK I think a Jazmine/Summer tie in AOTY would put it pretty damn close!

Erika de Casier is knocking them both out.

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32 minutes ago, Scorp said:

No keep gendered categories. Please. Our girls need to win finally :jonny5:

 

 

I can't wait participate!! Ahh how and when do we vote? Pretty much your #1 pick in each category correct? Ahh I'm ready :jonny5: Jazmine and Normani are coming bitches hzhzhzbznz

So, on December 16th (so far) at around 7/8PM ET, we'll enter into an official DISCORD group and go category by category. Each participant gives their top three choices (ranked) in a category and we determine who won by those votes. Usually the two most tightly contested categories are ALBUM and FEMALE; those can go for 7-8 rounds!

 

It's a lot of fun and a great way to get to know your fellow posters.

 

Only members with TASTE are allowed.

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10 minutes ago, Achilles. said:

Burn the site down if ABBA doesn’t unanimously win Best Comeback tho

Is the album any good? Those initial singles were so underwhelming.

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BTW The Weather Station is fronted by Tamara but is a BAND, so they're eligible for BAND/GROUP, not Female.

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3 minutes ago, Ace Reject said:

Leave our little sis alone!

No excuses for being an Aaliyah hater!

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