Magazine article Variety

Song of the Year

Magazine article Variety

Song of the Year

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ALL THE STARS

Kendrick Lamar & SZA

A relatively conservative, pop-oriented outing from two often-challenging stars, the "Black Panther" anthem proved that Lamar and SZA can excel in a variety of formats.

GOD'S PLAN

Drake

This inescapable song hit the sweet spot between the rapper-singer's lyrical workouts and radio-friendly pop tunes - and a feel-good video upped the buzz.

THE JOKE

Brandi Cariile

Carlile came up with an anthem that seems to apply to every underdog, whether they're suffering from gender discrimination or getting locked out at a border.

SHALLOW

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

"A Star Is Born" had to live up to its title with an onstage song with which Gaga could captivate an amphitheater in 30 seconds or less. It did, and so did she.

BOO'D UP

Ella Mai

Originally released independently in Feb. …

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