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MTV Video Music Awards 2013 Winner Predictions   Leave a comment

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards is just right around the corner, and this one is shaping up to be a good one for MTV’s biggest night. Now celebrating it’s 30th year of the awards ceremonies, appearances and performances by the likes of Katy Perry, One Direction, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, and Robin Thicke to name a few. Also, aside from leading up the nominations this year, Justin Timberlake is this year’s recipient of the Video Vanguard award, and a rumored N*SYNC reunion performance is in the books this year. I know you’re excited for Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick. Anyway, here are my predictions on the major categories on who will end up with moonmen on Sunday’s ceremony:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

* Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, “Thrift Shop”
* Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
* Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”
* Robin Thicke, TI, Pharell, “Blurred Lines”
* Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”

WHO WILL WIN: Between the Video Vanguard award, the rumored N*SYNC performance, and his huge comeback this year, MTV is setting this up to be JT’s big night, and it won’t be complete if he doesn’t end up with the highest honor for that night. Plus, he still hasn’t won here yet, and it’s a great video to represent him here.
RUNNER UP: Taylor Swift. This is still a fan-voted format and Taylor is campaigning the hell for a win this year. Besides, the last six winners here are solo female popstars and Swift fits that bill.
MY CHOICE:  JT. Probably the one that stands out the most, thought that’s not saying a lot.

BEST MALE VIDEO

* Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pool (Drank)”
* Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
* Ed Sheeran, “Lego House”
* Robin Thicke, TI, Pharell, “Blurred Lines”
* Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”

WHO WILL WIN: JT easily. It will be one of those sweep wins for his big night. This win will also put him on a tie with Eminem as the most rewarded act in the history of this category with three wins apiece.
RUNNER UP: 
Robin Thicke. Turning out to be the song of the year by far, they can easily throw him a bone here.
MY CHOICE:  
Ed Sheeran. Let’s throw him a vote come on guys. 🙂

 

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

* Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
* Demi Lovato, “Heart Attack”
* Pink (featuring Nate Ruess), “Just Give Me A Reason”
* Rihanna (featuring Mikky Ecko), “Stay”
* Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”

WHO WILL WIN: Taylor Swift. It will probably be an easy win for Taylor as she’s sure to end up with a moonman on Sunday. The only scenario I see that lets her lose here is if she wins Video of the Year inside.
RUNNER UP: 
Miley Cyrus. This song is peaking at the right time, and her legion of fans will propel this to a win.
MY CHOICE:  
Rihanna. Probably the best video in this bunch. Simple and effective.

ARTIST TO WATCH

* Iggy Azalea, “Work”
* Austin Mahone “What About Love”
* Twenty One Pilots, “Holding Onto You”
* The Weeknd, “Wicked Games”
* Zedd (featuring Foxes), “Clarity”

WHO WILL WIN: Austin Mahone. Catering the left over conservative Bieber fanbase and opening for Taylor Swift can propel him to a win here.
RUNNER UP: 
Zedd. Clarity is the biggest hit in this group and he can benefit from that.
MY CHOICE:  
Maybe Zedd. But where’s Macklemore and Ryan Lewis here? This would have been an easy win for them.

BEST POP VIDEO

* Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
* fun., “Carry On”
* Selana Gomez, “Come and Get It”
* Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
* Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”

WHO WILL WIN: Miley Cyrus. I think she has better chance here than in Female since her fans are the most active among this bunch unless…
RUNNER UP:
this is still part of the Timberlake sweep so he can easily take this one too.
MY CHOICE:  
fun I guess. I’m not a fan of most of the videos here.

BEST ROCK VIDEO

* 30 Seconds to Mars, “Up in the Air”
* Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark”
* Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
* Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”
* Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young”

WHO WILL WIN: No idea, but the combo of recent rise to popdom and being the most recent here, I’m thinking Imagine Dragons.
RUNNER UP: 
Jared Leto is on the show as a presenter, so that’s one assured nominee who’ll show up so maybe 30 Seconds to Mars?
MY CHOICE:  
Vampire Weekend probably since they’re the ones I like the most in this group.

BEST HIPHOP VIDEO

* A$AP Rocky, “Fuckin’ Problems”
* J.Cole, “Power Trip”
* Drake, “Started From the Bottom”
* Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools”
* Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, “Can’t Hold Us”

WHO WILL WIN: As a result of their good breakout year and as the other most nominated act (aside from Justin that is), this is Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to lose.
RUNNER UP: 
Probably Drake since he’s still 0 in terms of VMA wins.
MY CHOICE:  
Can’t Hold Us is one of my favorite jams this year.

BEST COLLABORATION VIDEO

* Calvin Harris/Ellie Goulding, “I Need Your Love”
* Pink/Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”
* Pitbull/Christina Aguilera, “Feel This Moment”
* Robin Thicke/Pharell/TI, “Blurred Lines”
* Justin Timberlake/Jay Z, “Suit and Tie”

WHO WILL WIN: With the VMAs being held in Jay Z’s place this year, there’s no better way to give back to Jay than by giving him the moonman adding up to JT’s domination on Sunday, so I say Suit and Tie wins.
RUNNER UP: 
Blurred Lines since it’s the biggest hit in this line up.
MY CHOICE:  
I’d probably throw Pink and Nate a bone here and give them my vote.

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE

* Beyonce, “I Was Here”
* Kelly Clarkson, “People Like Us”
* Macklemore and Ryan Lewis/Mary Lambert, “Same Love”
* Miguel, “Candles in the Sun”
* Snoop Lion, “No Guns Allowed”

WHO WILL WIN: An easy win for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Plus, it talks about a hot topic that’s really rampant right now.
RUNNER UP: 
Beyonce just to make this more ridiculous as she wins for a live video. Oh and remember we’re in Brooklyn.
MY CHOICE:  
Same Love is the best song here and the only one deserving of a win.

blurred lines

BEST SONG OF THE SUMMER

* Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
* Daft Punk, “Get Lucky”
* Selena Gomez, “Come and Get It”
* Calvin Harris/Ellie Goulding, “I Need Your Love”
* One Direction, “Best Song Ever”
* Robin Thicke/Pharell/TI, “Blurred Lines”

WHO WILL WIN: Two words: BLURRED LINES.
RUNNER UP: 
Maybe Miley comes closest to Blurred Lines here. Though she’s far and away a distant runner up.
MY CHOICE:  
Daft Punk and VMA only happens once in a blue moon, so why not grab the chance to vote for it?

There you have it! Are you excited for the 30th VMAs? Don’t forget to watch the show on Sunday!

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The 55th Grammy Awards Nominations: The Good, the Bad, and the Interesting   2 comments

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The nominees for the 55th Grammy Awards were just announced hours ago, and as always, it has elicited a lot of wild reactions from music lovers. After all, the Grammy is probably every musician’s dream and is still regarded as the highest recognition one can get as a recording artist. Like what I did last year, I will divide it into three parts:

THE GOOD

* The whole Album of the Year line up. Holy moly. With the current surge of female pop artist who had a big year which automatically translates to an AOTY nom the past years (Beyonce, Katy Perry, Rihanna), it’s very refreshing to see a line up of really good albums here. Yes, one can still nitpick here, but come on! It’s not as if we got Bieber or Maroon 5 here.

* The love for Frank Ocean. Screw the genre category for ignoring him. At least he got 3/4 general nods, and he’s even the frontrunner in Best New Artist. This man deserves all the praise for his album, so I’m glad decided not to skip him.

* Speaking of skip, yay for the Bieber snub. Glad the Grammys weren’t so desperate for ratings this year by snubbing him. I’d argue though that the One Direction deserved a BNA nod at least.

* Kelly Clarkson resurgence! Woot woot. Record and Song of the Year! Who said it was the end for Kelly? HA-HA-HA. In your face!

* Anything The Black Keys, Florence + the Machine, and Mumford and Sons related since it’s better than a lot of what we hear on the radio.

* ED EFFIN SHEERAN. Who saw it coming? Nobody! But is her deserving for a SOTY nod? Absofuckinglutely!

* The nominations of Safe and Sound and Abraham’s Daughter in Original Soundtrack. Even if The Hunger Games was snubbed as a whole, these two songs are worthy of mentions and nominations.

* Adele still rocking it with a Pop Vocal Solo nomination for Set Fire to the Rain. I love you Kelly Clarkson, but that is Adele’s ninth Grammy.

* Miguel’s nods for Adorn. Sure I don’t like him as much as Frank Ocean, but I like Adorn, and it’s one of the best R&B songs of the year.

* The Short Form Music video is probably the strongest since its inception. There’s  a lot of interesting videos there, and even mainstream video like that of Rihanna’s We Found Love is deserving of a nomination.

* Probably my favorite category of the year, Alternative Album is full of hidden gems in it. You have Bjork, Fiona Apple, Gotye, and (my latest addiction) M83! Admittedly, I haven’t heard Tom Waits’ Bad As Me yet, but it is in good company, so I’ll give it a listen sometime.

THE BAD

* Pink only received one nod. I thought for sure this year will finally give her the best Grammy out pour in her career, yet they took her for granted again. Oh well, she can take pride at her three Grammys home.

* Again, no One Direction? Hahaha. Sorry, but they’re real guilty pleasure. If you can give Bieber and Jonas Brothers Best New Artist nods, why not these guys? Though I guess Hunter Hayes getting in was their “One Direction” spot already. After all, hes young, and he’s country, so that’s hitting two birds with one stone.

* Nicki Minaj snub all throughout. This girl think she can settle away with free passes pretending as a rap artist? Bish please. You’re a pop artist now, and glad to know you received nada.

* Call Me Maybe for Song of the Year? Really? Those lyrics!?!? I get that it’s a big song yada yada, but that’s where the Record of the Year is for.

* Why was Miranda Lambert’s Over You snubbed all throughout? Over You is gaining momentum the past few weeks, it’s a good written song, and she’s already a Grammy winner. I guess I must be happy with her Country Album nomination.

* It sucks to have a Pop Vocal Performance then three of the five nominees were Carly Rae Jepsen, Rihanna, and Katy Perry. Vocals eh?

* I still don’t see the purpose behind the Urban Contemporary Album especially it only had three nominees, and Chris Brown isn’t even deserving. They should have retired it altogether. Though it’s an easy win for Frank Ocean.

* They really should not combine Vocals category in some genres. Take for instance Pop Vocal. It had five female nominees. Pop is a female centered genre, but we have lots of deserving male vocals this year like Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars, John Mayer, and Philip Phillips, and I guess a filler spot for Bieber. Same goes for the Rock’s hard on for male singers and Country’s preference of male vocalists unless your name is Carrie Underwood. Wrong move at all.

THE INTERESTING

* This is the first time in a long time where no female album is nominated for the top award. It’s also two decades ago when the Best New Artist line up had no solo female artist in it.

* Fun, Jay Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, and The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach tied for the most nominated act with six nominations each.

* The following people are nominated for a Grammy this year: Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, Ellen Degeneres, Janis Ian, Kathy Griffin, Jimmy Fallon, Margaret Cho, Bernadette Peters, Audra McDonald, Matthew Broderick, and Elizabeth Mitchell.

* Ever since its inception 53 years ago, this is the only time that record of the Year had six nominees in it.

In case you want to see the complete list of nominees, you can check them here.

All in all, there are more things I like about the nominations this year than I had the past few years. With that said, we still have to wait come February for the winners to be revealed. My first post-nom predictions for the General Field winners are Somebody That I Used to Know (Record of the Year), We Are Young (Song of the Year), Mumford & Son’s Babel (Album of the Year), and Frank Ocean as the Best New Artist.

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55th Grammy Awards Nominations Predictions   Leave a comment

Later tonight, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Inc. (NARAS) will be announcing the nominees for the top honor in music. In its 55th year now, the Grammy Awards have always been regarded as the biggest achievement one can receive for music performers. While it was an easy sweep for Adele last year, here are my current predictions for this year’s awards:

album of the year

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
The Black Keys, “El Camino”
Fun, “Some Nights”
Mumford & Sons, “Babel”
Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange”
Pink, “The Truth About Love”

NEXT: Florence + the Machine, “Ceremonials”; Drake, “Take Care”; Lionel Richie, “Tuskegee”; Miranda Lambert, “Four the Record”

record of the year

RECORD OF THE YEAR:
Adele, “Set Fire to the Rain (Live)”
The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
fun featuring Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Gotye featuring Kimbra, “Somebody that I Used to Know”
Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”

NEXT: Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”; Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”; Florence + the Machine, “Shake It Out”; Frank Ocean, “Thinking Bout You”

song of the year

SONG OF THE YEAR:
Florence + the Machine, “Shake it Out”
fun featuring Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Miranda Lambert, “Over You”
Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”
Frank Ocean, “Thinkin Bout You”

NEXT: The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”; Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Getting Back Together”; Bruce Springsteen, “We Take Care of Our Own”; Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”

best new artist

BEST NEW ARTIST
fun
Gotye
Frank Ocean
One Direction
Emeil Sandé

NEXT: Carly Rae Jepsen, Ellie Goulding, Lana del Rey, Ed Sheeran

pop performance

POP PERFORMANCE:
Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
Adele, “Set Fire To The Rain (Live)”
Jason Mraz, “I Won’t Give Up”
Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Pink, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”

NEXT: Bruno Mars, “It Will Rain”; Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”; Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, Philip Phillips, “Home”

pop group

POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
Florence + The Machine, “Shake It Out”
fun. featuring. Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Gotye featuring Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone”
One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”

NEXT: Train, “Drive By”; Coldplay featuring Rihanna, “Princess of China”; No Doubt, “Settle Down”; Lionel Richie featuring Shania Twain, “Endless Love”

pop album

POP VOCAL ALBUM
Justin Bieber, “Believe”
fun, “Some Nights”
Maroon 5, “Overexposed”
One Direction, “Up All Night”
Pink, “The Truth About Love”

NEXT: Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger”; Florence + the Machine, “Ceremonials”; Rihanna, “Talk That Talk”; John Mayer, “Born and Raised”

dance recording

DANCE RECORDING
Avicii, “Levels”
Deadmau5 featuring Gerard Way, “Professional Griefers”
Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo, “Let’s Go”
Midnight City, “M83”
Skrillex featuring Sirah, “Bangarag”

NEXT: Martin Solvieg, “The Night Out”; Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin, “Don’t You Worry Child”; The Chemical Brothers, “Superflash”

dance electronica album

DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM
Deadmau5, “Album Title Goes Here”
Justice, “Audio Video Disco”
M83, “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”
Skrillex, “Bangarang”
Martin Solveig, “Smash”

NEXT: Pet Shop Boys, “Elysium”; Dev, “The Night the Sun Came Up”; Purity Ring, “Shrines”

rock performance

ROCK PERFORMANCE
The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
Coldplay. “Charlie Brown”
Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”
Bruce Springsteen, “We Take Care of Our Own”
Jack White, “Freedom at 21”

NEXT: Muse, “Madness”; Dave Matthews Band, “Mercy”; Green Day, “Oh Love”; Imagine Dragons, “It’s Time”

rock song

ROCK SONG
The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
Coldplay. “Charlie Brown”
Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”
Muse, “Madness”
Bruce Springsteen, “We Take Care of Our Own”

NEXT: Jack White, “Freedom at 21”; Of Monsters and Men, “Little Talks”

rock album

ROCK ALBUM
The Black Eyes, “El Camino”
Coldplay, “Mylo Xyloto”
Dave Matthews Band, “Away from the World”
Bruce Springsteen, “Wrecking Ball”
Jack White, “Blunderbuss”

NEXT: Green Day, “Uno”; Muse, “The 2nd Law”; Neil Young & Crazy Horse, “Americana”

alternative album

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM
Fiona Apple, “The Idler Wheel”
Bjork, “Biophilia”
Gotye, “Making Mirrors”
Passion Pit, “Gossamer”
The Shins, “Port Of Morrow”

NEXT: The xx, “Coexist”; Silversun Pickups, “Neck Of The Woods”

americana album

BEST AMERICANA ALBUM
Alabama Shakes, “Boys & Girls”
Bob Dylan, “Tempest”
The Lumineers, “The Lumineers”
Mumford & Sons, “Babel”
Bonnie Raitt, “Slipstream”

rnb performance
R&B PERFORMANCE
Estelle, “Thank You”
Faith Evans, “Tears of Joy”
Miguel, “Adorn”
Frank Ocean, “Thinkin Bout You”
Usher, “Climax”

NEXT: Beyonce, “Love on Top”; Elle Varner, “Refill”; Melanie Fiona, “Wrong Side of a Love Song”; Mary J Blige, “Don’t Mind”

rnb traditional performance

TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE
Anita Baker, “Lately”
Anthony Hamilton, “Pray for Me”
Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, “Celebrate”
R. Kelly, “Feeling Single”
Emeli Sandé, “My Kind of Love”

NEXT: Tyrese,”Stay”; Tamia, “Beautiful Surprise”; Faith Evans, “Tears of Joy”

rnb song

R&B SONG
Beyonce, “Love on Top”
John Legend featuring Ludacris, “Tonight”
Miguel, “Adorn”
Frank Ocean, “Thinkin Bout You”
Usher, “Climax”

NEXT: Anthony Hamilton, “Woo”; Estelle, “Thank You”

rnb album

R&B ALBUM
Mary J. Blige, “My Life II – The Journey Continues”
Estelle, “All of Me”
Anthony Hamilton, “Back to Love”
R. Kelly, “Write Me Back”
Tyrese, “Open Invitation”

NEXT: Melanie Fiona, “The MF Life”

urban contemporary album

URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
Chris Brown, “Fortune”
Miguel, “Kaleidoscope Dreams”
Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange”
Emeli Sandé, “Our Version of Events”
Usher, “Looking for Myself”

NEXT: Elle Varner, “Perfectly Imperfect”; Trey Songz, “Chapter 5”

rap performance

RAP PERFORMANCE
Drake featuring Lil’ Wayne, “The Motto”
Nicki Minaj featuring 2 Chainz, “Beez In The Trap”
Nas, “Daughters”
Kanye West & Jay-Z. “Niggas in Paris (Live)”
Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz “Mercy”

NEXT: Wiz Khalifa, “Work Hard, Play Hard”; Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools (Drank)”

rap sung collaboration

RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
Drake featuring The Weekend, “Crew Love”
Jay-Z, Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean, “No Church In The Wild”
Alicia Keys featuring Nicki Minaj, “Girl on Fire”
John Legend featuring Ludacris, “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)”
Snoop Dogg featuring Wiz Khalifa & Bruno Mars, “Young, Wild, & Free”

NEXT: J. Cole featuring Missy Elliott, “Nobody’s Perfect”; Rihanna featuring Jay-Z, “Talk That Talk”

rap song

RAP SONG
Drake featuring Lil’ Wayne, “The Motto”
J. Cole featuring Missy Elliott, “Nobody’s Perfect”
Nas, “Daughters”
Kanye West & Jay-Z. “Niggas in Paris (Live)”
Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz “Mercy”

rap album

RAP ALBUM
2 Chainz, “Based on a T.R.U. Story”
Drake, “Take Care”
G.O.O.D Music, “Cruel Summer”
Nas, “Life is Good”
Wale, “Ambition”

country solo

COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE
Dierks Bentley, “Home”
Miranda Lambert, “Over You”
Blake Shelton, “Over”
Taylor Swift, “Ours”
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”

country group

COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
Eli Young Band, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”
Little Big Town, “Pontoon”
Gloriana, “(kissed You) Good Night”
Lionel Richie featuring Willie Nelson, “Easy”
Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars, “Safe & Sound”

country song

COUNTRY SONG
Dierks Bentley, “Home”
Eric Church, “Springsteen”
Miranda Lambert, “Over You”
Little Big Town, “Pontoon”
Taylor Swift, “Ours”

country album

COUNTRY ALBUM
Dierks Bentley, “Home”
Vince Gill, “Guitar Slinger”
Miranda Lambert, “Four The Record”
Little Big Town, “Tornado”
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”