DJ Roueche's 2013 Music Awards

Album of the Year

Yeezus Kanye West
You may not like Kanye, or even enjoy his music, but Yeezus was the most artistic album to drop in 2013. Kanye took a chance with this album and focused on making a piece of art rather than throwing a bunch of pop records together. I may not appreciate his antics, but I applaud his artistry.

Song of the Year

“Royals” Lorde
When you think of a pop record, substance is not something that necessarily comes to mind. But Lorde proved that you can make a pop song that actually says something. With a brilliant, simple beat and amazing vocals courtesy of the 16-year-old girl from New Zealand, this record is impossible not to love.

Best New Artists

Tie: ZZ Ward, Lorde
Lorde obviously has the popularity, but ZZ Ward also made an amazing debut album that combined pop, rock, and soul seamlessly. Both of these artists have bright futures ahead and their debut albums—Til the Casket Drops by ZZ Ward and Pure Heroine by Lorde—should be in your music collection.

Best Hip Hop Album

Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City Kendrick Lamar
Hip hop has been waiting a few years for an artist to come along and make catchy music that also carries real weight. Lamar does just that, proving hip hop doesn’t have to be all about bling and flashy cars.

Best Electronic/Dance Album

True Avicii
This album came along at the perfect time. People were starting to question how EDM would grow in the United States, and Avicii burst onto the scene with True, which combines the party anthems we associate with dance music and the traditional song structure of a folk/rock song.

Best Alternative/Rock Album

Bad Blood Bastille
From the opening chants of “Pompeii,” Bad Blood has you hooked. Lead singer Dan Smith’s voice simultaneously haunts and soothes the listener, making it tough not to let the album play from beginning to end.

Best AVP Intro Song

“Can’t Hold Us” (instrumental), Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
The chorus in this song is perfect for any sport, touting resilience and strength, but the beat has an energy that really resonated with the AVP players, fans, and announcer Dustin Avol.

Originally published in January 2014

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