Welcome to the 2015 Carrie Awards, presented by DerekPlease.com!
Awarding the very best in beauty, music, and film, the Carrie Awards are inspired by the fun and carefree spirit of me and my husband's kitten, Carrie Okie.
The first category is Best Songs of the Year. Listen to the 9 nominees and 1 winner below!
10. Lonely Town by Brandon Flowers
This one really resonates with me, having grown up in a small town.
9. Dead Dandelion by Sharon Needles
By far my favorite song released by any RuPaul’s Drag Race contender (or in this case, winner) yet. Why? It's well produced, well sung (no autotune - Sharon doesn't use it!), and well written. Usually one of these three elements is missing in contestants' music offerings.
8. Right Here Right Now by Jordin Sparks
Atmospheric Las Vegas-set trap hip-hop tune about trashing hotel rooms with the one you love. How romantic! But seriously, this song has major bounce. It deserved to be a hit.
7. Tom’s Diner (feat. Britney Spears) by Giorgio Moroder
My favorite singer features on a dream collab with the legendary inventor of disco himself, Giorgio Moroder. The results are nothing short of mesmerizing.
6. Broken Hearts Heal by Janet Jackson
Janet wrote this song about her endlessly iconic late brother, Michael, and is an essential listen for anyone who’s lost a sibling.
5. Weeds by Marina and the Diamonds
The best song on her best album yet, Marina delivers all the lyrical genius and vocal drama I have come to love her for.
4. The Blackest Day by Lana Del Rey
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Lana’s new album “Honeymoon,” but this, its best song, makes up for all of my problems with the LP. Yaaas, queen!
3. Ain’t About 2 Stop (feat. Rita Ora) by Prince
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2015 was the year I became a fan of Prince, and right in time for the release of not one, but two albums! This is my favorite song he released this year. So experimental, complex, and well produced. It’s Prince, bitch!
2. Unapologetic Bitch by Madonna
This modern reggae banger is the best cut off of my favorite album of the year, Madonna’s “Rebel Heart.” The biting lyrics and catchy chorus are flawless.
and the Golden Okie for Best Song of the Year goes to...
1. Father (MoodMelodies Electric Disco Remix) by Tooji
No song literally moved me as much as gay artist Tooji’s sultry dance club anthem “Father.” From the raw, controversial video to the song’s flawless remix, it owned my year. Pulsing, moody, and new, “Father” is a song before its time; I guarantee American artists will be going for this sound in a few years.