56th Grammy Awards Nominations Predictions   2 comments

In four days, the nominations for music’s highest honor will be finally unveiled as the the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Inc. (NARAS) announces the 56th Grammy Awards nominations. In terms of predicting, this has been a pretty messy year with lots of contenders vying for golden gramophones especially in the general field category. Here are my predictions in 32 different categories:

album of the year

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
Daft Punk, “Random Access Memories
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “The Heist”
Bruno Mars, “Unorthodox Jukebox
Taylor Swift, “Red
Justin Timberlake, “The 20/20 Experience—The Complete Experience

NEXT IN LINE: Vampire Weekend, “Modern Vampires of the City“; David Bowie, “The Next Day“; Kacey Musgraves, “Same Trailer Different Park“; Kendrick Lamar, “good kid, m.A.A.d. city

roty

RECORD OF THE YEAR:
Daft Punk featuring Pharell Williams, “Get Lucky
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, “Thrift Shop
Bruno Mars, “Locked out of Heaven
Katy Perry, “Roar
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors

NEXT IN LINE: Robin Thicke featuring TI & Pharrell Williams, “Blurred Lines“, Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble“; Lorde, “Royals“; Adele, “Skyfall

song of the year

SONG OF THE YEAR:
Lorde, “Royals
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert, “Same Love
Bruno Mars, “Locked out of Heaven
Robin Thicke featuring TI & Pharell Williams, “Blurred Lines
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors

NEXT IN LINE: Adele, “Skyfall“; Pink featuring Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason“; Rihanna/Mikky Eko, “Stay“; Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble

best new artist

BEST NEW ARTIST:
Kendrick Lamar
Lorde
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

NEXT IN LINE: Imagine Dragons, Ariana Grande, Florida George Line, Zedd, Icona Pop

pop solo

POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
Lorde, “Royals
Bruno Mars, “When I Was Your Man
Katy Perry, “Roar
Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors

NEXT IN LINE: Ed Sheeran, “Lego House“; Pink, “Try“; Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball“; Kelly Clarkson, “Catch My Breath

pop collab or group

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams, “Get Lucky
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us
Pink featuring Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason
Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko”, “Stay
Robin Thicke featuring TI & Pharell Williams, “Blurred Lines

NEXT IN LINE: Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran, “Everything Has Changed“; Capital Cities, “Safe and Sound“; Avicii featuring Alie Blacc, “Wake Me Up“; Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z, “Suit & Tie

pop vocal album

POP VOCAL ALBUM
Bruno Mars, “Unorthodox Jukebox
Lorde, “Pure Heroine
John Mayer, “Paradise Valley
Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines
Justin Timberlake, “The 20/20 Complete Experience

NEXT IN LINE: Arianna Grande, “Yours Truly“; Sara Bareilles, “The Blessed Unrest“; Avicii, “True“; Josh Groban, “All That Echoes

traditional pop vocal album

TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM:
Tony Bennett, “Viva Duets
Susan Boyle, “Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs From the Stage
Michael Buble, “To Be Loved
CeeLo Green, “Ceelo’s Magic Moment
Rod Stewart, “Merry Christmas, Baby

NEXT IN LINE: Andrea Bocelli, “Passione“; Gloria Estefan, “The Standards“; Jackie Evancho, “Songs From the Silver Screen“; Chris Mann, “Roads

dance recording

DANCE RECORDING:
Avicii featuring Nicky Romero, “I Could Be the One
Calvin Harris featurning Florence Welch, “Sweet Nothing
David Guetta & Glowinthedark featuring Harrison, “Ain’t a Party
Kaskade, “Atmosphere
Zedd featuring Foxes, “Clarity

NEXT IN LINE: Just Blaze & Baauer featuring Jay-Z – “Higher“; Zedd, “Into the Lair

dance electronica album

DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM:
Daft Punk, “Random Access Memories
Calvin Harris, “18 Months”
Kaskade, “Atmosphere
Pet Shop Boys, “Electric
Zedd, “Clarity

rock performance

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE
David Bowie, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive
Kings Of Leon, “Supersoaker
Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear, “Cut Me Some Slack
Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young

NEXT IN LINE: Paramore, “Still Into You“; Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege“; Gary Clark Jr., “Ain’t Messin ‘Round“; Muse, “Follow Me

rock song

BEST ROCK SONG
David Bowie, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Kings Of Leon, “Supersoaker
Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear, “Cut Me Some Slack
Paramore, “Still Into You
Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young

NEXT IN LINE: Queens Of the Stone Age, “My God Is the Sun“; Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege“; Fall Out Boy, “The Phoenix“; Pearl Jam, “Mind Your Manners

rock album

BEST ROCK ALBUM
David Bowie, “The Next Day
Kings Of Leon, “Mechanical Bull
Mumford & Sons, “The Road To Red Rocks (Live)
Paramore, “Paramore
Queens of the Stone Age, “…Like Clockwork

NEXT IN LINE: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, “Psychedelic Pill“; Fall Out Boy, “Save Rock And Roll

best alternative album

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
Arctic Monkeys, “AM
The National, “Trouble Will Find Me
Phoenix, “Bankrupt!
Vampire Weekend, “Modern Vampires Of The City
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Mosquito

NEXT IN LINE: Chvrches, “The Bones Of What You Believe“; Depeche Mode, “Delta Machine“; The Weeknd, “Kiss Land“; Nine Inch Nails, “Hesitation Marks

rnb performance

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE:
Tamar Braxton, “Love And War
Robert Glasper Experiment & Jill Scott, “Calls
Alicia Keys featuring Maxwell, “Fire We Make
Ledisi, “I Blame You
Janelle Monae featuring Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N.

NEXT IN LINE: Justin Timberlake, “Pusher Love Girl“; Ciara, “Body Party“; Rihanna, “Pour It Up“; Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar, “How Many Drinks?

rnb traditional

BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE
Toni Braxton featuring Babyface, “Hurt You
Earth, Wind & Fire, “My Promise
Fantasia, “Get It Right
Kem & Ledisi, “Be Mine For Christmas
Bruno Mars, “If I Knew

NEXT IN LINE: Ann Nesby, “I See Beyond“; Shelby J. featuring Anthony Hamilton, “North Carolina“; Gary Clark Jr., “Please Come Home

rnb song

BEST R&B SONG
Tamar Braxton, “Love And War
Ciara, “Body Party
Ledisi, “I Blame You
Miguel, “Candles In the Sun
Janelle Monae featuring Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N.

NEXT IN LINE: Alicia Keys featuring Maxwell, “Fire We Make“; Robert Glasper Experiment & Jill Scott, “Calls“; Justin Timberlake, “Pusher Love Girl“;Fantasia featuring Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott, “Without Me

rnb album

BEST R&B ALBUM
India Arie, “Songversation
Jaheim, “Appreciation Day
John Legend, “Love In the Future
TGT, “Three Kings
Charlie Wilson, “Love, Charlie

NEXT IN LINE: Alicia Keys, “Girl on Fire“; Earth, Wind & Fire, “Now, Then & Forever“; Chrisette Michele, “Better“; Ronald Isley, “This Song Is For You

urban contemporary album

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM:
Tamar Braxton, “Love And War
Fantasia, “Side Effects Of You
Janelle Monae, “The Electric Lady
Rihanna, “Unapologetic
The Weeknd, “Trilogy

NEXT IN LINE: Ne-Yo, “R.E.D“; Kelly Rowland, “Talk a Good Game“; Ciara, “Ciara

rap performance

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE
A$AP Rocky, Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar, “Fuckin’ Problems
Drake, “Started From The Bottom
Eminem, “Berzerk
Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools (Drank)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz, “Thrift Shop

NEXT IN LINE: Jay-Z, “Tom Ford“; Calvin Harris featuring Dillon Francis & Dizzee Rascal, “Here 2 China“; T.I. ft. Lil Wayne, “Ball

rap sung collaboration

BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
J. Cole & Miguel, “Power Trip
A$AP Rocky featuring Florence Welch, “I Come Apart
Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake, “Holy Grail
Kendrick Lamar & Mary J. Blige, “Now Or Never
Wale & Rihanna, “Bad (Remix)

NEXT IN LINE: Wiz Khalifa & The Weeknd, “Remember You“;Jay-Z featuring Beyonce, “On The Run (Part II)“; Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Common & Patrick Stump, “I Stand Alone

rap song

BEST RAP SONG
J. Cole featuring Miguel, “Power Trip
Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake, “Holy Grail
Kendrick Lamar featuring Drake, “Poetic Justice
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, “Thrift Shop
Kanye West, “New Slaves

NEXT IN LINE: Eminem, “Berzerk“; Drake, “Started From the Bottom“; A$AP Rocky, “Long Live A$AP

rap album

BEST RAP ALBUM
Drake, “Nothing Was The Same
Jay-Z, “Magna Carta Holy Grail”
Kendrick Lamar, “good kid, m.A.A.d city”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “The Heist
Kanye West, “Yeezus

NEXT IN LINE: J. Cole, “Born Sinner“; T.I., “Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head“; Lil Wayne, “I Am Not a Human Being II“; A$AP Rocky, “Long.Live.A$AP

country solo

BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE:
Luke Bryan, “That’s My Kind of Night
Kacey Musgraves, “Merry Go Round
Darius Rucker, “Wagon Wheel”
Taylor Swift, “Begin Again
Carrie Underwood, “Two Black Cadillacs

NEXT IN LINE: Blake Shelton, “Mine Would Be You”; Hunter Hayes, “I Want Crazy“; Keith Urban, “Little Bit of Everything“; Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart

country group performance

BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE:
Florida George Line, “Cruise
Lady Antebellum, “Downtown
Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care
Thompson Square, “If I Didn’t Have You
Keith Urban featuring Miranda Lambert, “We Were Us

NEXT IN LINE: Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill, “Don’t Rush“; Pistol Annies, “Hush Hush“; The Band Perry, “Better Dig Two“; Little Big Town, “Tornado

country song

BEST COUNTRY SONG:
Florida George Line, “Cruise
Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart
Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care
Kacey Musgraves, “Merry Go Round
Taylor Swift “Begin Again

NEXT IN LINE: Carrie Underwood, “Two Black Cadillacs“; The Band Perry, “Better Dig Two“; Thompson Square, “If I Didn’t Have You“; Keith Urban featuring Miranda Lambert, “We Were Us

Country album

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM:
Luke Bryan, “Crash My Party
Lady Antebellum, “Golden
Kacey Musgraves, “Same Trailer, Different Park
Blake Shelton, “Based on a True Story
Taylor Swift, “Red”

NEXT IN LINE: Florida George Line, “Here’s to the Good Times”; Keith Urban, “Fuse“; Little Big Town, “Tornado“; The Band Perry, “Pioneer

music video

BEST MUSIC VIDEO:
Arcade Fire, “Just a Reflektor
Beach House, “Wishes
David Bowie, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Capital Cities “Safe and Sound
Janelle Monae & Erykah Badu. “Q.U.E.E.N.”

NEXT IN LINE: Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie“; Rihanna, “Diamonds“; Nine Inch Nails, “Came Back Haunted“; Kanye West, “Black Skinhead

music film

BEST MUSIC FILM:
Coldplay, “Live 2012
Madonna, “MDNA World Tour
Paul McCartney, “Live Kisses
Mumford and Sons, “The Road to Red Rocks
Vampire Weekend, “American Express Unstaged: Live At Roseland Ballroom-April 28, 2013

NEXT IN LINE: Imagine Dragons, “Imagine Dragons: The Making Of Night Visions“; Neil Young, “Journeys“; Kaskade, “Freaks of Nature Your“; Alicia Keys, “Alicia Keys, “VH1 Storytellers

Song for visual media

BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA:
Adele, “Skyfall” (from Skyfall)
Lana del Rey, “Young and Beautiful” (from The Great Gatsby)
fun., “Sight of the Sun” (from Girls)
Justin Timberlake, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, “Please Mr. Kennedy” (from Inside Llewyn Davis)
The Civil Wars, T-Bone Burnett, “Long Time Gone” (from A Place at the Table)

NEXT IN LINE: Coldplay, “Atlas” (from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire); Jay-Z, “100$ Bill” (from The Great Gatsby); M83 featuring Susanne Sundfor, “Oblivion” (from ‘Oblivion); Florence + the Machine, “Over the Love” (from The Great Gatsby)

compilation soundtrack album

BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK ALBUM:
The Civil Wars & T-Bone Burnett, “A Place At the Table
Various Artists, “Boardwalk Empire Volume 2
Various Artists, “Django Unchained
Various Artists, “The Great Gatsby
Various Artists, “Les Misérables (Deluxe Version)

NEXT IN LINE: Various Artists, “More From Pitch Perfect“; Various Artists, “The Bling Ring“; Various Artists, “The Music of Nashville: Season 1, Volume 1“; Glee Cast, “Glee: The Music Presents Glease

score soundtrack

BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
Howard Shore, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Mychael Danna “Life of Pi
John Williams, “Lincoln
Anthony Gonzalez & Joseph Trapanese, “Oblivion
Alexander Desplat, “Rise of the Guardians

NEXT IN LINE: Thomas Newman, “Skyfall“, Dario Marianelli, “Anna Karenina“; Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek,  Reinhold Heil, “Cloud Atlas“; Michael Giacchino, “John Carter

There you have it! The 56th Grammy Awards nominations will be announced on December 6 via the short Grammy concert program with performances by Keith Urban, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Drake and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to name a few. Who are you rooting for this year?

 

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2 responses to “56th Grammy Awards Nominations Predictions

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  1. Daft Punk deserves it all

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