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The 2014 GRAMMYs, Who Should Win/Who Will Win

We’re three days away from “music’s biggest night” the gold statues will be handed out this Sunday at the Staples Center in LA. Jay Z surprisingly leads the pack with nine nominations, while Justin Timberlake, Ryan Lewis & Macklemore, Kendrick Lamar, and Pharrell all have seven nominations.

Album Of The Year:

  • The Blessed Unrest — Sara Bareilles
  • Random Access Memories — Daft Punk
  • Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar
  • The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Red — Taylor Swift

We’ve got an interesting mix of nominees for this one, and all genres are pretty well represented here. Surprising that two “rap” albums are nominated for this one. The GRAMMYs always have one winner that has a lot of people scratching their heads and I am calling for the upset on this one. Although I wouldn’t be surprised to see Taylor Swift win and pull the OMG I can’t believe I won face.

  • Predicted Winner: The Blessed Unrest — Sara Bareilles
  • Preferred Winner: good kid m.A.A.d. city — Kendrick Lamar

Record Of The Year:

  • “Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
  • “Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons
  • “Royals” — Lorde
  • “Locked Out Of Heaven” — Bruno Mars
  • “Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams

These were five of the biggest songs of 2013, so it’s no surprise that they are all nominated here. In my opinion I don’t see Bruno Mars or Robin Thicke (and company) winning this one. Which brings it down to Daft Punk, Lorde, and Imagine Dragons. Any song that gets compared to MJ surely is something special.

  • Predicted Winner: “Get Lucky” — Daft Punk (ft. Pharrell)
  • Preferred Winner: “Get Lucky” — Daft Punk (ft. Pharrell)

Song Of The Year:

  • “Just Give Me A Reason” — Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)
  • “Locked Out Of Heaven” — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
  • “Roar” — Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
  • “Royals” — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
  • “Same Love” — Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert)

I’m in a bit of a bind here as I expected P!nk and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to each win one of Song and  Record of the Year, but they are both only nominated here. I said that “Just Give Me a Reason,” was my favorite single of the year. BUT the balls that it took to make and release “Same Love,” leads me to believe…..

  • Predicted Winner: “Same Love” — Ryan Lewis & Macklemore (ft. Mary Lambert)
  • Preferred Winner: “Just Give Me a Reason” — Pink (ft. Nate Ruess)

Best New Artist:

  • James Blake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Ed Sheeran

I said way back in the summer that I expected Kendrick Lamar to win this award, but being a radio personality I know the impact that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis made I didn’t think it was going to be this big, and when something gets that big you can’t deny it.

  • Predicted Winner: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Preferred Winner: Kendrick Lamar

Best Pop Solo Performance:

  • “Brave” — Sara Bareilles
  • “Royals” — Lorde
  • “When I Was Your Man” — Bruno Mars
  • “Roar” — Katy Perry
  • “Mirrors” — Justin Timberlake

I am not done with my picks just yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Justin Timberlake gets shutout of all of the pop categories. I could see him winning something in the rap category for his work with Jay Z, but I’m just not that high on his comeback. Anyway, I think it’s funny that Katy Perry and Sara Bareilles got nominated for pretty much the same song. I think that will cause the two of them to cancel each other out. That leaves Bruno Mars and Lorde, and I will predict that Lorde will become the youngest solo artist to win a Grammy. Taking the record away from a personal favorite of mine, Monica.

  • Predicted Winner: “Royals” — Lorde
  • Preferred Winner: “Royals” — Lorde

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

  • “Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
  • “Just Give Me A Reason” — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess
  • “Stay” — Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko
  • “Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams
  • “Suit & Tie” — Justin Timberlake & Jay Z

I can’t see P!nk being shutout again, and like I said this song was a favorite of mine so this one is easy. I know I said “Get Lucky,” sounded like MJ, but Pharrell did all the singing so I don’t consider that “group effort.”

  • Predicted Winner: “Just Give Me a Reason” — P!nk (ft. Nate Ruess)
  • Preferred Winner: “Just Give Me a Reason” — P!nk (ft. Nate Ruess)

Best Pop Vocal Album:

  • “Paradise” — Lana Del Rey
  • “Pure Heroine” — Lorde
  • “Unorthodox Jukebox” — Bruno Mars
  • “Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke
  • “The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience” — Justin Timberlake

Bruno Mars is the man! That’s all.

  • Predicted Winner: “Unorthodox Jukebox” — Bruno Mars
  • Preferred Winner: “Unorthodox Jukebox” — Bruno Mars

Best Dance/Electronica Album:

  • Random Access Memories — Daft Punk
  • Settle — Disclosure
  • 18 Months — Calvin Harris
  • Atmosphere — Kaskade
  • A Color Map Of The Sun — Pretty Lights

Do I really have to say anything here? No, ok thanks.

  • Predicted Winner: “Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk
  • Preferred Winner: “Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk

Best Dance Recording

  • “Need U (100%)” — Duke Dumont Featuring A*M*E & MNEK
  • “Sweet Nothing” — Calvin Harris Featuring Florence Welch
  • “Atmosphere” — Kaskade
  • “This Is What It Feels Like” — Armin Van Buuren Featuring Trevor Guthrie
  • “Clarity” — Zedd Featuring Foxes

I don’t think I met anyone who didn’t like the song “Sweet Nothing,” Calvin Harris had one hell of a year, and Florence Welch is always amazing. I believe he should win his second Grammy, and give Florence her first.

  • Predicted Winner: “Sweet Nothing” — Calvin Harris (ft. Florence Welch)
  • Preferred Winner: “Sweet Nothing” — Calvin Harris (ft. Florence Welch)

Best R&B Performance:

  • “Love And War” — Tamar Braxton
  • “Best Of Me” — Anthony Hamilton
  • “Nakamarra” — Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip
  • “How Many Drinks?” — Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • “Something” — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway

Everybody knows that Miguel is my guy! And while he did win his first Grammy last year the show wasn’t the best for him (in my opinion), he was given a shortened performance which was made worse by Wiz Khalifa, he should have beaten out Frank Ocean, and Kelly Clarkson embarrassed him on national television. So to say he deserves this award would be an understatement. Plus it’s a great song.

  • Predicted Winner: “How Many Drinks?” — Miguel (ft. Kendrick Lamar)
  • Preferred Winner: “How Many Drinks?” — Miguel (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

  • “Love And War” — Tamar Braxton
  • “Side Effects Of You” — Fantasia
  • “One: In The Chamber” — Salaam Remi
  • “Unapologetic” — Rihanna
  • “New York: A Love Story” — Mack Wilds

This whole “Urban Contemporary thing is so dumb there should just be Best R&B Album and Best Traditional R&B Album, something like that. What the hell is “Urban Contemporary,” anyway Tamar Braxton did a hell of job of stepping out of her sister’s shadow. It’s also rare that people with reality shows get nominated for these awards so I think she takes it home, but I’m sure they’ll give it to Rihanna!

  • Predicted Winner: “Unapologetic” — Rihanna
  • Preferred Winner: “Love and War” — Tamar Braxton

Best R&B Album:

  • R&B Divas — Faith Evans
  • Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys
  • Love In The Future — John Legend
  • Better — Chrisette MicheleThree Kings — TGT

I completely forgot that Alicia Keys released an album recently, which is sad because she used to be automatic for AT LEAST six nominations. She is definitely a “Grammy favorite,” as I call them. On the other hand so is John Legend, can’t see Alicia (who only has ONE nomination) getting shutout though.

  • Predicted Winner: “Girl On Fire” — Alicia Keys
  • Preferred Winner: “Love in the Future” — John Legend

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • “Please Come Home — Gary Clark Jr.
  • “Get It Right” — Fantasia
  • “Quiet Fire” — Maysa
  • “Hey Laura” — Gregory Porter
  • “Yesterday” — Ryan Shaw

It’s so sad that as a former R&B fan, I only know one of the artists nominated here. That makes me sad.

  • Predicted Winner: “Get it Right” — Fantasia
  • Preferred Winner: Get it Right” — Fantasia

Best R&B Song (A Songwriters Award)

  • “Best Of Me” — Anthony Hamilton & Jairus Mozee, songwriters (Anthony Hamilton)
  • “Love And War” — Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper, Jr., LaShawn Daniels & Makeba Riddick, songwriters (Tamar Braxton)
  • “Only One” — PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton Featuring Stevie Wonder)
  • “Pusher Love Girl” — James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)
  • “Without Me” — Fantasia Barrino, Missy Elliott, Al Sherrod Lambert, Harmony Samuels & Kyle Stewart, songwriters (Fantasia Featuring Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliot)

Anybody who can write an eight minute song deserves an award just for that. ‘Pusher Girl,’ was one of my favorite songs from ‘The Experience,’ which overall was sort of disappointing in my humble opinion.

  • Predicted Winner: “Pusher Love Girl” — Justin Timberlake
  • Preferred Winner: “Pusher Love Girl” — Justin Timberlake

Best Rap Performance:

  • “Started From The Bottom” — Drake
  • “Berzerk” — Eminem
  • “Tom Ford” — Jay Z
  • “Swimming Pools (Drank)” — Kendrick Lamar
  • “Thrift Shop” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

In now way does my pick reflect what I think should happen here, but Thrift Shop was one of the biggest songs of the year, AND IT WAS RELEASED LAST YEAR. I will make another prediction, Twitter will crash when everyone finds out that “Thrift Shop,” won this award.

  • Predicted Winner: “Thrift Shop” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (ft. Wanz)
  • Preferred Winner: “Swimming Pools (Drank)” — Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

  • “Power Trip” — J.Cole Featuring Miguel
  • “Part II (On The Run)” — Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé
  • “Holy Grail” — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake
  • “Now Or Never” — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige
  • “Remember You” — Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd

This was one of the few highlights of both Justin Timberlake and Jay Z’s efforts this year. I’m surprised that “Suit & Tie,” isn’t in here to make it a whole Jay Z category. Out of this bunch “Power Trip,” is my personal favorite, but with Jay Z being nominated more than any other artists he’s gotta pick up a few awards here and there.

  • Predicted Winner: “Holy Grail” — Jay Z (ft. Justin Timberlake)
  • Preferred Winner: “Power Trip” — J. Cole (ft. Miguel)

Best Rap Album:

  • Nothing Was The Same — Drake
  • Magna Carta…Holy Grail — Jay Z
  • Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar
  • The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Yeezus — Kanye West

Although Yeezus is my personal favorite from this bunch, I predicted that Kendrick would win this award and I am sticking with that prediction, but again don’t be surprised if The Heist wins here, and again Twitter will EXPLODE.

  • Predicted Winner: Good kid m.A.A.d. city — Kendrick Lamar
  • Preferred Winner: Good kid m.A.A.d. city — Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap Song:

  • “F***in’ Problems” — Tauheed Epps, Aubrey Graham, Kendrick Lamar, Rakim Mayers & Noah Shebib, songwriters (ASAP Rocky Featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)
  • “Holy Grail” — Shawn Carter, Terius Nash, J. Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic, songwriters) (Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake)
  • “New Slaves” — Christopher Breaux, Ben Bronfman, Mike Dean, Louis Johnson, Malik Jones, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Che Smith, Kanye West & Cydell Young, songwriters (Anna Adamis & Gabor Presser, songwriters) (Kanye West)
  • “Started From The Bottom” — W. Coleman, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Bruno Sanfilippo, songwriter) (Drake)
  • “Thrift Shop” — Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)

The fact that Kanye only has two nominations in itself is crazy enough, but no way he gets shut out here. This was my ‘Song of the Year,” just based off what it is about, people these days are so caught up on material things. It’s funny that most people agree with the message of this song, but hate Kanye so much that they hate the song too. Silly people.

  • Predicted Winner: “New Slaves” — Kanye West
  • Preferred Winner: “New Slaves” — Kanye West

There you have it, my predictions for the 2014 Grammy’s. How do you think I did? We’ll be back next week to see how I did as far as picks go. Let me know who you think are taking home those gold trophies in the comments!


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