On Friday, with the announcement of the 2014 Grammy Awards nominations, came the inevitable questions that recur every year at this time — who was included, why were some singers and albums not included, and who will be the winners — my predictions follow.
Jay Z led the field of musical artists nominated for Grammy Awards with nine. Macklemore & Lewis, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, and Kendrick Lamar received seven nominations. Drake, as well as sound engineer Bob Ludwig, are tied in third place for the amount of Grammy Award nominations with five. Taylor Swift, Daft Punk, Bruno Mars, Lorde and Kacey Musgraves were each nominated for four Grammy Awards.
In the category of Album of the Year, five albums were nominated. These were “The Blessed Unrest,” by Sara Bareilles, Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories,” the fantastic “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” by Kendrick Lamar, “The Heist” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Taylor Swift’s “Red.”
Why “The 20/20 Experience” by Justin Timberlake and “Yeezus” by Kanye West were left off of the list of Grammy Award nominations, who knows — but, of these choices, I’ll say that Kendrick Lamar’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” probably should win, but that the winner will be Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist.”
Moving on to the nominations for Record of the Year, there were five nominations, all of which I personally liked quite a bit. They were “Get Lucky,” by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams, “Royals,” by Lorde, “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, “Locked Out of Heaven,” by Bruno Mars, and “Blurred Lines,” by Robin Thicke (featuring Pharrell Williams). I likely will miss on this prediction, as they are each great; but, I’ll say that “Get Lucky” will take the honors and be the winner.
Then, there’s the Song of the Year (Songwriters’ Award), presented to the best-written song of the year. Five songs were nominated. The first was “Just Give Me a Reason,” co-written by Pink, Nate Ruess, and Jeff Basker. Then, there was “Royals,” co-written by Joel Little and Ella Yelich O’Connor (Lorde), and “Same Love,” written by Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert and Ryan Lewis. The fourth song nominated was “Roar” by the collaborative songwriting team of Katy Perry, Henry Walter, Max Martin, and Bonnie McKee. The fifth song nominated was “Locked Out of Heaven” by the songwriters Bruno Mars, Ari Levine, and Philip Lawrence. I’m predicting that the winner of this Grammy will be “Royals.”
The Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist also numbered five: Kendrick Lamar, James Blake, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Ed Sheeran, and Kacey Musgraves. Lorde should have been included in this list, and Ed Sheeran, will being a great songwriter, is not exactly a “new” one. But, of these five nominated artists, I’ll pick the duo of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as the winner.
The five acts nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance are “Brave” by Sara Bareilles, “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars, “Royals” by Lorde, “Roar” by Katy Perry, and “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake. I’m a fan of Katy Perry’s, and she might very well win this Grammy Award; but, I’m going to say that Justin Timberlake will be the winner with “Mirrors.”
In the category of Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, the five nominations were “Just Give Me a Reason” by Pink (featuring Nate Ruess), “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams, “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake and Jay Z, “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams, and “Stay” by Rihanna (Featuring Mikky Ekko). These were all awesome performances, but I’ll say that the winner of this Grammy Award will be Justin Timberlake and Jay Z for “Suit & Tie.”
There were five albums nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. They were “Pure Heroine” by Lorde, “Paradise” by Lana Del Rey, “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, “Unorthodox Justice” by Bruno Mars, and “The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience,” by Justin Timberlake. I’ll chose Justin Timberlake’s album as the winner of this Grammy Award, though any of them could win, as they’re all extremely good.
The Grammy Award category for Best Dance Recording also included five nominations. They were “Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris (featuring Florence Welch), “Need U (100%)” by Duke Dumont (featuring A*M*E & MNEK, “Atmosphere” by Kaskade, “Clarity” by Zed (featuring Foxes), and “This Is What It Feels Like” by Armin Van Buuren (featuring Trevor Guthrie). I’m going to say that the winner will be “Clarity.”
Next up is the Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album. Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories,” Calvin Harris’ “18 Months,” Disclosure’s “Settle,” Pretty Lights’ “A Color Map of the Sun,” and Kaskade’s “Atmosphere,” were the five nominations. The winner, IMO, will be “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk.
The Grammy Award for the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album had five acts nominated. They were Michael Buble’s “To Be Loved,” Viva Duets,” by Tony Bennett & Various Artists, “Now” by Dionne Warwick, “The Standards” by Gloria Estefan, and “Magic Moment” by Cee Lo Green. These were all terrific, but I’;; say that the winner will be a past Grammy favorite, Tony Bennett, for “Viva Duets.”
In the category of Best Rock Performance, five acts were nominated for a Grammy Award. They were “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” by David Bowie (one of my favorite singers of all time), “Always Alright” by Alabama Shakes, “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin, “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, “I’m Shakin'” by Jack White, and “My God Is The Sun” by Queens of the Stone Age. I’ll say that the winner will be another all-time favorite of mine, “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin.
I won’t give my predictions or mention all of the categories for Grammy Awards, as there are a ton more of them; but, I will give my predictions for a few more.
There were five acts nominated in the category for Best Metal Performance. They were “God Is Dead?” by Black Sabbath, “T.N.T.” by Anthrax, “In Due Time” by Killswitch Engage, “The Enemy Inside” by Dream Theater, and “Room 24” by Volbeat (featuring King Desmond). The winner will be, IMO, “God Is Dead?” by Black Sabbath.
Who will win the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song? The five songs nominated were “Cut Me Some Slack” by Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear; “Ain’t Messin’ ‘Round” by Gary Clark Jr.; “Doom And Gloom” by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards; “Panic Station” by Matthew Bellamy; and, “God Is Dead?” by Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi & Ozzy Osbourne(Black Sabbath). I’ll say that the winner of this Grammy Award will be “Cut Me Some Slack,” though I’m torn between it and “God Is Dead?” by Black Sabbath.
In the category of Best Rock Album, there are six albums nominated for the grammy Award. They are “The Next Day” by David Bowie, “13” by Black Sabbath, “Mechanical Bull” by Kings of Leon, …Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age, “Psychedelic Pill” by Neil Young with Crazy Horse, and “Celebration Day” by Led Zeppelin. I love Led Zeppelin, but I’ll say that the winner will be “13” by Black Sabbath.
The final Grammy Award I’ll make a prediction for is the one for Best Alternative Music Album. There were five albums nominated for this Grammy Award. They were “Trouble Will Find Me” by The National, “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You” by Neko Case, “Modern Vampires of the City” by Vampire Weekend, “Lonerism” by Tame Impala, and “Hesitation Marks” by Nine Inch Nails. I will predict that the winner of this Grammy Award will be “Hesitation Marks,” by Nine Inch Nails.
There you have it, some of my predictions for who will win Grammy Awards when they will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26.
The Grammy Award ceremony should be a wonderful viewing experience filled with some great music. Please tune in with me on Sunday, January 26, to watch it, and see if your predictions do better than mine!
Written by: Douglas Cobb