I am so over Award Shows, Grammys included although it’s slightly the exception. The music scene is a lot more concerned these days with the big selling artists as opposed to the more talented ones, and most of the Award shows reflect that. The problem is that most of the big selling artists aren’t really all that talented, as most of them cater to the Young audiences that use iTunes and are more of a presence sales wise than any other group.
That being said, in the past few years there have been big selling Pop artists that actually do have some artistry to them. So Lady GaGa, Katy Perry and even Bruno Mars being nominated didn’t bother me all that much. However a big nomination for, say, The Wanted or Nicki Minaj this year would just invalidate the whole thing. The good thing is that I don’t think most of the voters are going to go that route, which might totally shake things up. There could be some very surprising picks, and because of that I’m sort of at a loss as to where I want to go with these predictions. I’m gonna take a shot at it though, and we’ll see how close I get (will my record be maintained?)
Some of the artists I think will be favorites are as follows. Mumford and Sons delivered an awesome performance two years ago, last year they scored 4 major nominations (most likely because of that performance), and this year they are likely to win since they eligible for a whole new album “Babel”. That album had pretty impressive first week sales in the US, the group is more “vintage-styled” artists, and they are very popular right now with their hit single “I Will Wait” I think they have a shot at leading the nominations this year. I could see them up for Album of the Year, Record and Song of the Year, and in multiple Rock categories.
The other favorite will most likely be Frank Ocean. No he didn’t produce any record breaking singles, and his album “Channel Orange” didn’t smash the charts. However there was tremendous buzz about Ocean before the release of his album, most of which came from his outing himself online. The reviews for his album were stellar, and his handful of performances on Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon and the MTV Awards got great reviews. Album of the Year seems likely, and New Artist is one he looks like a favorite to win.
The Black Keys are also probably going to benefit Grammy style from a breakthrough year. Their album “El Camino” was a critical smash, and their single “Lonely Boy” and it’s accompanying video were highly buzzed about and did quite well on the radio. The Keys had a big year and now that they are less underground Grammy voters won’t have a problem
Maroon 5 is a Grammy favorite over the years, having won 3 already. This year, with front man gaining more mainstream visibility thanks to “The Voice”, the group scored two of the biggest hit singles of their careers which should mean Grammy gold. “Payphone” and “One More Night” each have equally good chances to be up for Song and Record of the Year, and they should also see themselves in a variety of the Pop categories as well.
P!nk got her first #1 this year, and she’s the biggest Pop Female Entertainer to hit this year so that lane is pretty much all hers. She’s been nominated several times in the past with only one win, so this might her year for Grammy redemption.
Also, Fun. There are certain artists that made a big impression with one single early in the year (like Gotye and Carly Rae Jaspen) but failed to make any impact with follow ups. Fun. had a huge hit with “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monae which is really likely to score nods for Song and Record of the Year, but they have a popular follow up in “Some Nights” which is still doing well so they might score multiple nods.
Album of the Year
Frank Ocean “Channel Orange”
Fun. “Some Nights”
Mumford and Sons “Babel”
P!nk “The Truth About Love”
and the fifth slot for either Paul McCartney “Kisses on the Bottom” or Bruce Springsteen “Wrecking Ball” – Two legends that have had releases in this Grammy year.
Best Coast “The Only Place”, Maroon 5 “Overexposed”, Jack White “Blunderbuss”, Taylor Swift “Red”, The Shins “Port of Morrow”, Coldplay “Mylo Xyloto”, Silversun Pickups “Neck of the Woods”, John Mayer “Born and Raised”, Norah Jones “Broken Little Hearts”, Fionna Apple “The Idler Wheel…”, Drake “Take Care”.
Song of the Year/ Record of the Year
Carly Rae Jaspen “Call Me Maybe” – Maybe! The song of the summer might be considered a little too Popp-y but it’s better than some (a lot) of other songs nominated in this category in the past.
Fun. “We Are Young”
Gotye “Somebody That I Used To Know” – One of the few hit singles that are actually creative, artistic and original. Though it was a hit early in the year I can’t see this being ignored.
Rihanna “We Found Love” – Monster single which certainly won’t be ignored. And something tells me it has a really good shot of winning.
M83 “Midnight City”, Maroon 5 “Payphone” or “One More Night”, Taylor Swift “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, Katy Perry “Wide Awake” or “Part of Me”, P!nk “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”
Best Coast – This duo has been greatly buzzed about all year, don’t see how Grammy voters could miss them.
Frank Ocean – and he’ll probably win
Hot Chelle Rae
Lana Del Rey – I don’t much about her other than she apparently turned in a horrible “SNL” performance, but she’s popular so she will definitely get in here.
Other Possibilities: Of Monsters and Men, Kendrick Lamar, Emilie Sand, 2 Chainz, Imagine Dragons
And some other names you’ll probably see here and there: Miguel, Train, Neon Trees, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Brown, The Killers. And that’s it. I’m done, we’ll see how I did.
Edit: “We Found Love” and “Somebody That You Used To Know” might not be eligible after all. I’m going to class now so I don’t really have the time to re-edit that part so just pick any two of my “Other Possibilities” for Record and Song of the Year. Thanks.