BRITs (2019) Forecasts

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The BRIT Awards are a set of awards which annually primarily honors great feats in British music. The first set of awards were given out in 1977; currently, artists such as Robbie Williams and Adele have to their credit the achievements of winning the most number of BRITs. This year, the BRIT Awards will happen at the O2 in London, England; in my outlook, the following should win on the night:

British Male Solo Artist: Sam Smith
British Female Solo Artist: Jess Glynne
British Group: Little Mix
Mastercard British Album Of The Year: Anne-Marie – Speak Your Mind
British Single: Jess Glynne – ‘I’ll Be There’
International Male Solo Artist: Shawn Mendes
International Female Solo Artist: Ariana Grande
International Group: The Carters

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Greek Mythology

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What is Greek mythology?

Greek mythology, in brief, is an entertaining set of tales (of Gods, villains and valiant figures) which the people of Ancient Greece believed in. The tales were ways in which the Greeks would make sense of a wide range of things (for example: traditions). Some of the Gods which feature in these tales are as follows: Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Hermes, Athena and Aphrodite. Although, societies around the world have advanced a lot since the time when people would believe in these tales, they are still very relevant to the present age. This is because the tales present immortal figures (or Gods) as figures who are not extremely different from mortal figures (or human beings): they are fearless and sharp plus they make mistakes and win wars.

British Academy Film Awards (2019) Forecasts

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The British Academy Film Awards are a set of awards annually awarded by the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA). The first set of awards were awarded on 29 May 1949. The 72nd British Academy Film Awards will be held on February 10 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England; in my outlook, the following should win on the night:

Best Film: BlackKklansman
Outstanding British Film: Bohemian Rhapsody
Leading Actress: Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Leading Actor: Christian Bale (Vice)
Supporting Actress: Margot Robbie (Mary Queen of Scots)
Supporting Actor: Timothee Chalamet (Beautiful Boy)
Best Director: Spike Lee (BlackKklansman)
Original Music: BlackKklansman
Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer: Pili
Animated Film: Incredibles 2
British Short Animation: I’m OK
British Short Film: 73 Cows
Documentary: They Shall Not Grow Old
Film Not In The English Language: Cold War

Grammy Awards (2019) Forecasts

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The Grammy Awards are a very important set of awards which primarily honors great feats in music. Currently, artists such as Alison Krauss, Stevie Wonder, U2 and Beyonce have to their credits the achievements of winning the most number of Grammys. The 61st Grammy Awards will be held on 10 February 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, United States; in my outlook, the following should win on the night:

Record Of The Year: Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All The Stars
Album Of The Year: Various Artists – Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By
Song Of The Year: In My Blood
Best New Artist: Bebe Rexha

Best Pop Solo Performance: Ariana Grande – God is a Woman
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Best Pop Vocal Album: P!nk – Beautiful Trauma

Best R&B Song: Ella Mai – Boo’d Up
Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake – King’s Dead
Best Rap/Sung Performance: Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All The Stars
Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake – King’s Dead

Best Dance Recording: Silk City & Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson – Electricity
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
Best Spoken Word Album: Jimmy Carter – Faith – A Journey For All

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: Various Artists – Deadpool 2
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: Coco

How George H.W. Bush Made An Impact

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George H. W. Bush recently passed away at the age of ninety-four. Bush had served in World War II and as the US Ambassador to the United Nations before succeeding Ronald Reagan as the President of the United States of America.

In my outlook, although, George was President of the country for only four years (1989-1993), he had heavily impacted the pages of history because of his involvement in the Gulf War. The Gulf War, which had begun in the year 1990, was an operation spearheaded by the United States to halt Iraq from taking over Kuwait; Iraq, at the time, was led by Saddam Hussein.

The United States was assisted in this operation by more than thirty countries, inclusive of the United Kingdom and France. But sadly, in spite of the fact that the operation proved to be a success, George was not elected back in 1994; as a result of having garnered a poor performance in handling affairs at home, George was succeeded by Bill Clinton as the President of the United States.

American Music Awards (2018) Forecasts

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The songs and (the stars) that should win this year

The winners of the American Music Awards (AMAs) this year are set to be revealed later on today. The AMAs is more than forty years old with previous winners including Shania Twain, Rihanna and Katy Perry.

Drake is one of the music artists who has earned the most number of nominations this year. I think the Canadian star securing so many nominations demonstrates the kind of music plus music artists which will probably win at the AMAs this year and that means songs which can’t really be deemed too melodious in spite of the fact that they are famous plus music artists who, more often than not, exhibit songs of that type as part of their latest album release or body of work.

In my outlook, the wins at the AMAs should reflect the total opposite – music artists who regularly sing songs which have a good dose of melody, for example as artists like Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift do, plus songs of that type should win instead because those deserve to be applauded more. My picks:

Artist of the year: Ed Sheeran
New Artist of the year presented by Capital One: Dua Lipa
Collaboration of the year: Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
Tour of the year: Taylor Swift
Video of the year: Camila Cabello (Feat. Young Thug) – Havana
Favorite Social Artist: BTS

Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock: Ed Sheeran
Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock: Taylor Swift
Favorite Duo/Group – Pop/Rock: Maroon 5
Favorite Album – Pop/Rock: Ed Sheeran – Divide

Favorite Male Arist – Soul/R&B: Bruno Mars
Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B: Rihanna
Favorite Album – Soul/R&B: Khalid – American Teen
Favorite Song – Soul/R&B: Ella Mai – Boo’d Up

Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock: Imagine Dragons
Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary: Shawn Mendes
Favorite Artist – Latin: Daddy Yankee
Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM): The Chainsmokers

Ancient Egypt

Pyramides de Ghyzéh, Vue Générale

What is Ancient Egypt?

Ancient Egypt is the name given to an African civilization which used to exist a very long time ago in what is present-day Egypt. The civilization had existed for several centuries. Ancient Egypt had produced many pharaohs (meaning: rulers) such as Djoser, Khafre and Ramses I. Hallmarks of this era include the pyramids, some stunning temples and illustrious tombs of pharaohs. In my outlook, Ancient Egypt was a very remarkable civilization because it had demonstrated that an African civilization which used to exist many, many years ago could create marvelous architectures (for example: the pyramids) which can still be considered as some of the greatest in the world; this is in spite of the fact that, since then, building styles have evolved and advanced a lot.