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57th Grammy Awards Winner Predictions   Leave a comment

On Sunday (Monday morning here in Manila), music’s biggest night is about to happen. Well that’s an exaggeration of some sort truth be told, but hey despite what we rant about the Grammys 100+ categories or how there are more performances than awards every single year, we still give them a free pass when they give us moments like that of Daft Punk’s cool performance that had everyone bopping, or the reggae tribute two years ago with Sting, Bruno Mars, and Rihanna. So before we watch this year’s telecast that will feature performances from Kanye West, Rihanna, and Sir Paul McCartney to the Selma tribute of John Legend, Beyonce, and Common, we predict those who will be ending the night as Grammy winners in nine different fields.

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RECORD OF THE YEAR:
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

PREDICTION: “Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift) Shake It Off doesn’t really fit the mold of a ROTY winner, but then again this is a pretty weak lineup. I don’t see Fancy or All About That Bass winning this and Chandelier is more of a SOTY mold. You know we’re bound to get a Taylor ROTY now or in the future right? So let’s just keep this one off the Grammy’s bucket list already.

ALTERNATE: “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”  (Sam Smith) I don’t know if the Darkchild version will confuse voters or not, but if they love Sam Smith and will shower him with Grammys on that night, then expect at least an Adele type of winning for this ballad.

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ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
“Morning Phase”, Beck
“Beyonce”, Beyonce
“X”, Ed Sheeran
“In the Lonely Hour”, Sam Smith
“GIRL”, Pharrell Williams

PREDICTION: Beyonce, “Beyonce” This whole Beyonce era has been life-giving in so many ways that I think this is the perfect coronation night for Grammy’s most-nominated woman.

ALTERNATE: Beck, “Morning Phase” But hold on that weave, Bey. Sometimes, not because you’re the biggest artist means you’re taking the biggest award easily (see Arcade Fire over Eminem in 2010?). Beck has the respect and the critics to back him up. Either way, we’re getting a fantastic winner with these two.

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SONG OF THE YEAR
“All About That Bass,” (Meghan Trainor)
“Chandelier,” (Sia)
“Shake It Off,” (Taylor Swift)
“Stay with Me,” (Sam Smith)
“Take Me To Church,” (Hozier)

PREDICTION: Chandelier (Sia). I think Sia becoming a go-to songwriter of the biggest popstars gives her a bit of an advantage here. And not to discredit the song itself, it’s an equally deserving SOTY material.

ALTERNATE: Stay with Me (Sam Smith). That said, Stay with Me is such a Grammy catnip here that I won’t be surprised if they go with the straight ballad in this group.

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BEST NEW ARTIST
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Brandy Clark
HAIM
Sam Smith

PREDICTION: Sam Smith. They could have mailed him the actual Grammy since the announcement for all I know.

ALTERNATE: Brandy Clark. Never underestimate the country bloc especially someone who has been churning out hits for some of the biggest country names right now.

POP FIELD:

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POP SOLO PERFORMANCE:
John Legend, “All of Me (Live Version)”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy (Live Version)”

This one would be an easy win for Sam Smith regardless if he goes home with many Grammys or not. Maybe he’s shoo-in category after Best New Artist. Watch out for Oscar nominee John Legend though in one of the year’s biggest hits and vocal venues.

PREDICTION: “Stay with Me” (Sam Smith)
ALTERNATE: “All of Me (Live Version)” (John Legend)

POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP:
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Coldplay, “A Sky Full of Stars”
A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera, “Say Something”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang”
Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”

What an absurd category. It seems like except for Bang Bang, you can make a case for any of these songs. Fancy has the General Field nomination, but somehow it’s not a guarantee here. Let’s just go with the AC catnip here of Say Something.

PREDICTION: “Say Something” (A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera)
ALTERNATE: “Fancy” (Iggy Azalea ft. Chrali XCX)

POP VOCAL ALBUM:
Coldplay, Ghost Stories
Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
Ariana Grande, My Everything
Katy PerryPrism
Ed Sheeran, x
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

With two Album of the Year nominees here, it’s definitely between these two Brits. I give the advantage to Ed Sheeran though, as I see it is a consolation for his great year. Plus you know they’re dying to reward him with a Grammy already.

PREDICTION: “X” (Ed Sheeran)
ALTERNATE: “In the Lonely Hour” (Sam Smith)

TRADITIONAL POP ALBUM:
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek
Annie Lennox, Nostalgia
Barry Manilow, Night Songs
Johnny Mathis, Sending You a Little Christmas
Barbra Streisand, Partners

This one’s a bit tricky. The easiest name-checking would definitely be Bennett and Gags especially since Bennett is a regular winner here. But don’t underestimate Barbra Streisand’s strong narrative on her successful comeback album. I can see this one getting really close.

PREDICTION: “Cheek to Cheeck” (Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga)
ALTERNATE: “Partners” (Barbra Streisand)

DANCE/ELECTRONICA FIELD

dance recording

DANCE RECORDING
“Never Say Never,” Basement Jaxx
“Rather Be,” Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
“F For You,” Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige
“I Got U,” Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones
“Faded,” Zhu

Again, this one is a two-way race. Rather Be is the biggest hit in the lineup, but F for You has the name recognition. I give the slight edge to Rather Be,

PREDICTION: “Rather Be” (Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne)
ALTERNATE: “F For You” (Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige)

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DANCE ELECTRONICA ALBUM
“Syro”, Aphex Twin
“while(1<2)”, deadmau5
“Nabuma Rubberband”, Little Dragon
“Do It Again”, Royksopp & Robyn
“Damage Control”, Matt Zo

PREDICTION: “Syro” (Aphex Twin)
ALTERNATE: “while(1<2)” (deadmau5)

ROCK AND ALTERNATIVE FIELD

rock alternative

ROCK PERFORMANCE:
“Gimme Something Good”, Ryan Adams
“Do I Wanna Know?”, Arctic Monkeys
“Blue Moon”, Beck
“Fever”, The Black Keys
“Lazaretto”, Jack White

The logical choice is Beck, but if they’ll spread the wealth, this is the place where I can see them giving the win to another contender via Arctic Monkeys.

PREDICTION: “Do I Wanna Know?” (Arctic Monkeys)
ALTERNATE: “Blue Moon” (Beck)

ROCK SONG:
Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun”
Beck, “Blue Moon”
The Black Keys, “Fever”
Ryan Adams, “Gimme Something Good”
Jack White, “Lazaretto”

This one is an easy Beck win though regardless of competing against other familiar names and pop(!) hits.

PREDICTION: “Blue Moon” (Beck)
ALTERNATE: “Lazaretto” (Jack White)

ROCK ALBUM:
Ryan Adams, Ryan Adam
Beck, Morning Phase
The Black Keys, Turn Blue
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye
U2, Songs of Innocence

’tis a part of the Beck’s deserved Rock field sweep, so there ‘ya go.

PREDICTION: “Morning Phase” (Beck)
ALTERNATE: “Songs of Innocence” (U2)

ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM:
“This is All Yours”, alt-J
“Reflektor”, Arcade Fire
“Melophobia”, Cage the Elephant
“St. Vincent”, St. Vincent
“Lazaretto”, Jack White

St. Vincent has the most critical backing in this group, but I think that would be put into the sidelines when competing against two favorites. Thus, I gave the edge to Jack White here.

PREDICTION: “Lazaretto” (Jack White)
ALTERNATE: “Reflektor” (Arcade Fire)

R&B FIELD

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R&B PERFORMANCE
“Drunk In Love,” Beyoncé featuring Jay Z
“New Flame,” Chris Brown featuring Usher & Rick Ross
“It’s Your World,” Jennifer Hudson featuring R. Kelly
“Like This,” Ledisi
“Good Kisser,” Usher

Bey and Jay easily.

PREDICTION: “Drunk in Love” (Beyonce feat. Jay-Z)
ALTERNATE: “Good Kisser” (Usher)

TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE:
“As,” Marsha Ambrosius & Anthony Hamilton
“I.R.S,” Angie Fisher
“Jesus Children,” Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm Jamal Warner
“Nobody,” Kem
“Hold Up (Wait a Minute),” Antonique Smith

Robert Glasper pulled off an upset two years ago, so he’s definitely on the radar. Add the fact that Lalah also did last year, so maybe this is one underrated powerful collab?

PREDICTION: “Jesus Children” (Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm Jamal Warner)
ALTERNATE: “As” (Marsha Ambrosius & Anthony Hamilton)

R&B SONG
“Drunk In Love,” Beyonce ft. Jay Z
“Good Kisser,” Usher
“New Flame,” Chris Brown ft. Usher & Rick Ross
“Options (Wolfjames Version),” Luke James ft. Rick Ross
“The Worst,” Jhené Aiko 

Again, thanks for trying everyone but no one comes close to Bey and Jay.

PREDICTION: “Drunk in Love” (Beyonce feat. Jay-Z)
ALTERNATE: “Good Kisser” (Usher)

R&B ALBUM:
Islander, Bernhoft
Lift Your Spirit, Aloe Blacc
Love, Marriage & Divorce, Toni Braxton & Babyface
Black Radio 2, Robert Glasper Experiment
Give The People What They Want, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

I think the throwback to these two 90s R&B names would be enough to give them comeback Grammys since their last wins over a decade ago. Watch out for Aloe Blacc though just because he has the crossover appeal of The Man.

PREDICTION: “Love, Marriage & Divorce” (Toni Braxton & Babyface)
ALTERNATE: “Lift Your Spirit” (Aloe Blacc)

URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM:
Jhene Aiko, Sail Out
Beyonce, Beyonce
Chris Brown, X
Mali Music, Mail Is
Pharrell Williams, G I R L

Sorry Pharrell, but Beyonce has this one locked.

PREDICTION: “Beyonce” (Beyonce)
ALTERNATE: “GIRL” (Pharrell Williams)

RAP FIELD:

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RAP PERFORMANCE
“3005,” Childish Gambino
“0 To 100/ The Catch Up,” Drake
“Rap God,” Eminem
“i,” Kendrick Lamar
“All I Need Is You,” Lecrae

Rap God. End of discussion. EMinem might just steamroll to another Rap field Grammy domination.

PREDICTION: “Rap God” (Eminem)
ALTERNATE: “i” (Kendrick Lamar)

RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION:
“Blak Majik,” Common ft. Jhené Aiko
“The Monster,” Eminem ft. Rihanna
“Tuesday,” I Love Makonnen ft. Drake
“Studio,” ScHoolboy Q ft. BJ The Chicago Kid
“Bound 2,” Kanye West & Charlie Wilson

Let’s just go with the biggest hit in the group. And maybe a consolation since they lost for Love the Way You Lie in 2010. Otherwise, Kanye is the other big name here so maybe him.

PREDICTION: “The Monster” (Eminem and Rihanna)
ALTERNATE: “Bound 2” (Kanye West feat. Charlie Wilson)

RAP SONG
“Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj
“Bound 2,” Kanye West & Charlie Wilson
“i,” Kendrick Lamar
“We Dem Boyz,” Wiz Khalifa
“0 to 100/The Catch Up,” Drake

After his shutout last year, and with no Eminem in competition this year, then maybe it’s finally bound for a Kendrick Lamar Grammy win… unless they give Kanye another one.

PREDICTION: “i” (Kendrick Lamar)
ALTERNATE: “Bound 2” (Kanye West)

RAP ALBUM:
The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem
Because The Internet, Childish Gambino
The New Classic, Iggy Azalea
Blacc Hollywood, Wiz Khalifa
Oxymoron, Schoolboy Q
Nobody’s Smiling, Common

Eminem has the biggest album of the bunch, and this field loves to rubberstamp winners so there ‘ya go. Imagine the pandemonium among the people and the rap community though if Iggy Azalea wins this. LMAO.

PREDICTION: “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” (Eminem)
ALTERNATE: “The New Classic” (Iggy Azalea)

COUNTRY FIELD:

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COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE
“Give Me Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“Invisible,” Hunter Hayes
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Something In the Water,” Carrie Underwood
“Cop Car,” Keith Urban

Miranda has the biggest hit of the bunch, and her only Grammy is for a vocal performance, so I’m quite complacent with this one. Carrie poses a big threat, but last year proved she still loses (and even gets snubbed!) in this category.

PREDICTION: “Automatic” (Miranda Lambert)
ALTERNATE: “Something in the Water” (Carrie Underwood)

COUNTRY DUO/GROUP COLLABORATION:
“Gentle On My Mind,” The Band Perry
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood
“Day Drinking,” Little Big Town
“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s,” Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban ft. Eric Church

These are two of their favorite vocalists, so I say easy win for Team Girl Power?

PREDICTION: “Something’ Bad” (Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood)
ALTERNATE: “Raise ‘Em Up” (Keith Urban & Eric Church)

COUNTRY SONG
“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill

I think they’ll throw Eric Church a bone for having a great year as well so either this and/or Album would be the place to reward it.

PREDICTION: “Give Me Back My Hometown” (Eric Church)
ALTERNATE: “Automatic” (Miranda Lambert)

COUNTRY ALBUM:
Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church
The Way I’m Livin’, Lee Ann Womack
12 Stories, Brandy Clark
Platinum, Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert seems to be the default frontrunner, but she always seems to be sidetracked at the Grammys, so I’m going with either Eric Church or Brandy Field who has the General Field support.

PREDICTION: “The Outsiders” (Eric Church)
ALTERNATE: “12 Stories” (Brandy Clark)

SOUNDTRACK ALBUM:

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SONG WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURE
“Everything is Awesome,” (Tegan & Sara with The Lonely Island) from The LEGO Movie
“I See Fire,” (Ed Sheeran) from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (Glen Campbell) from Glen Campbell: It’ll Be Me
“Let It Go” (Idina Menzel) from Frozen
“The Moon Song,” (Karen O) from Her

To the other nominees, let it go. There’s no way you’re winning this over the instant fairy tale classic.

PREDICTION: “Let It Go” (Idina Menzel) from Frozen
ALTERNATE: “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (Glen Campbell) from Glen Campbell: It’ll Be Me

COMPILATION ALBUM:
American Hustle 
Guardians of the Galaxy
Frozen 
Get On Up: The James Brown Story 
The Wolf of Wall Street

Being one of the most-selling albums in this day and age would be enough to assure that this is another Frozen win, unless the sympathy is really high for the late James Brown.

PREDICTION: “Frozen” (Various Artists)
ALTERNATE: “Get On Up: The James Brown Story” (James Brown)

SCORE SOUNDTRACK:
Frozen (Christopher Beck)
Gone Girl (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Alexander Desplat)
Gravity (Steven Price)
Saving Mr. Banks (Thomas Newman)

At this point, I’m just predicting they’re gonna continue the Frozen love. But Steven Price must be considered as well as he’s the only other one with no wins in this category yet.

PREDICTION: “Frozen” (Christophe Beck)
ALTERNATE: “Gravity” (Steven Price)

MUSIC VIDEOS:

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MUSIC VIDEO
“We Exist,” Arcade Fire
“Turn Down for What,” DJ Snake & Lil Jon
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams
“The Golden Age,” Woodkid ft. Max Richter

This one seems like an easy win for Sia especially if she doesn’t win in her other nominations. Consider this as the template place to reward her.

PREDICTION: “Chandelier” (Sia)
ALTERNATE: “Happy” (Pharrell Williams)

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MUSIC FILM:
Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour, Beyoncé & Jay Z
Ghost Stories, Coldplay
20 Feet From Stardom, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Metallica: Through The Never, Metallica
The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne, Pink

Sorry Jay and Bey, but you have to sit this one out. You’re competing against the Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature. I’m sure one Grammy less won’t hurt your shelf.

PREDICTION: “20 Feet From Stardom” (Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill)
ALTERNATE: “On The Run Tour” (Beyonce)

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56th Grammy Awards Winner Predictions   Leave a comment

On Sunday, the 56th Grammy Awards will hand out their picks for the best in music. It’s quite ironic that it’s the award giving body that has the most categories (100+), but only ten categories will be presented on the main show. However, we will be treated with performances such as the collaborations of Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Madonna among others. As far as predicting goes, it’s difficult to see the trends in terms of Grammy choices as they have no precursors and they just pick anything they want. Anyway. here are my predictions in 30 different categories.

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RECORD OF THE YEAR:
“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
“Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
“Royals,” Lorde
“Locked Out of Heaven,” Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell

PREDICTION: Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven” This contains the instrumentation that this category loves to reward, and Bruno Mars isn’t a General Field winner yet so it’s hitting two birds with one stone.

ALTERNATE: Daft Punk, “Get Lucky” This is actually the more logical choice, but I’m wary if NARAS will reward Daft Punk in all of their nominated categories.

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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 and Ryan Lewis
“Red”, Taylor Swift

PREDICTION: Daft Punk, “Random Access Memories” They’re the veterans in the group in a critically acclaimed effort, and it seems like they’re overdue for a win here.

ALTERNATE: Taylor Swift, “Red” It’s difficult to bet against Taylor Swift who’s a past victor here and in an album that came out too long ago. It says a lot that they still reward it with a nomination and probably means it’s pretty popular within the Academy.

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SONG OF THE YEAR:
“Just Give Me A Reason,” (Pink featuring Nate Ruess)
“Locked Out of Heaven,” (Bruno Mars)
“Roar,” (Katy Perry)
“Royals,” (Lorde)
“Same Love,” (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis)

PREDICTION: Same Love (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert). The song is too low key though competing with four big hits, but it has sort of become an anthem that speaks volumes on different issues.

ALTERNATE: Royals (Lorde). It’s very likely to upset especially if they go with a critically acclaimed hit that has a teenage writing in it. It can also serve as a reward to Lorde’s surprise domination.

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BEST NEW ARTIST
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

PREDICTION: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. I’m aware how the NARAS has an aversion to rap and urban acts in general (see Maroon 5 over Kanye in 2004 and fun over Frank Ocean last year), but they’re also too mainstream to be considered full urban.

ALTERNATE: Ed Sheeran. He seems like someone who the industry loves to reward with a win and has built up enough momentum back from his surprise SOTY nod last year.

POP FIELD:

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POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
“Brave,” Sara Bareilles
“Royals,” Lorde
“When I Was Your Man,” Bruno Mars
“Roar,” Katy Perry
“Mirrors,” Justin Timberlake

PREDICTION: Lorde, Royals 
ALTERNATE: Bruno Mars, When I Was Your Man

POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP
“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
“Just Give Me A Reason,” Pink featuring Nate Ruess
“Stay,” Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
“Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell
“Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z

PREDICTION: Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams, Get Lucky
ALTERNATE: Pink, Nate Ruess, Just Give Me A Reason

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

PREDICTION:
 Bruno MarsUnorthodox Jukebox
ALTERNATE: Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Complete Experience

TRADITIONAL POP ALBUM
“Viva Duets”, Tony Bennett
“To Be Loved”, Michael Buble
“The Standards”, Gloria Estefan
“CeeLo’s Magic Moment”, CeeLo Green
“Now”, Dionne Warwick

PREDICTION:
Tony Bennett, Viva Duets
ALTERNATE: Michael Buble, To Be Loved

DANCE/ELECTRONICA FIELD

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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

PREDICTION:
Zedd featuring Foxes, Clarity
ALTERNATE: Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch, Sweet Nothings

DANCE ELECTRONICA ALBUM
“Random Access Memories”, Daft Punk
“Settle”, Disclosure
“18 Months”, Calvin Harris
“Atmosphere”, Kaskade
“A Color Map of the Sun”, Pretty Lights

PREDICTION: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
ALTERNATE: Calvin Harris, 18 Months

ROCK AND ALTERNATIVE FIELD

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ROCK PERFORMANCE
“Always Alright”, Alabama Shakes
“The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”, David Bowie
“Radioactive”, Imagine Dragons
“Kashmir (Live)”, Led Zeppelin
“My God Is the Sun”, Queens of the Stone Age
“I’m Shakin'”, Jack White

PREDICTION: Imagine Dragons, Radioactive
ALTERNATE: David Bowie, The Stars Are Out Tonight

ROCK SONG
“Ain’t Messin ‘Round”, Gary Clark Jr.
“Cut Me Some Slack”, Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear
“Doom and Gloom”, The Rolling Stones
“God Is Dead?”, Black Sabbath
“Panic Station”, Muse

PREDICTION:
Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear, Cut Me Some Slack
ALTERNATE: The Rolling Stones, Doom & Gloom

ROCK ALBUM
“13”, Black Sabbath
“The Next Day”, David Bowie
“Mechanical Bull”, Kings of Leon
“Celebration Day”, Led Zeppelin
“…Like Clockwork”,  Queens of the Stone Age
“Psychedelic Pill”, Neil Young with Crazy Horse

PREDICTION:
David Bowie, The Next Day
ALTERNATE: Kings of Leons, Mechanical Bull

ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
“The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You”, Neko Case
“Trouble Will Find Me”, The National
“Hesitation Marks”, Nine Inch Nails
“Lonerism”, Tame Impala
“Modern Vampires of the City”, Vampire Weekend

PREDICTION:
Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
ALTERNATE: Nine Inch Nails, Hesitation Marks

R&B FIELD

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R&B PERFORMANCE
“Love and War,” Tamar Braxton
“Best of Me,” Anthony Hamilton
“Nakamarra,” Hiatus Kaiyote
“How Many Drinks,” Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Something,” Snark Puppy, Lalah Hathaway

PREDICTION:  Tamar Braxton, Love and War
ALTERNATE: Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar, How Many Drinks

TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE
“Please Come Home,” Gary Clark Jr.
“Geit it Right,” Fantasia
“Quiet Fire,” Maysa
“Hey Laura,” Gregory Porter
“Yesterday,” Ryan Shaw

PREDICTION: Gary Clark Jr, Please Come Home
ALTERNATE: Fantasia, Get It Right

R&B SONG
“Best of Me,” Anthony Hamilton
“Love and War,” Tamar Braxton
“Only One,” PJ Morton featuring Stevie Wonder
“Pusher Love Girl,” Justin Timberlake
“Without Me,” Fantasia, Kelly Rowland, Missy Elliott

PREDICTION:  Justin TimberlakePusher Love Girl 
ALTERNATE: Tamar BraxtonLove and War

R&B ALBUM
“R&B Divas”,Faith Evans
“Girl on Fire”, Alicia Keys
“Love in the Future”, John Legend
“Better”, Chrisette Michele
“Three Kings”, TGT

PREDICTION: Alicia Keys, Girl on Fire
ALTERNATE: John Legend, Love in the Future

URBAN CONTEMPORARY R&B 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

PREDICTION: Rihanna, Unapologetic
ALTERNATE: Tamar Braxton, Love and War

RAP FIELD:

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RAP PERFORMANCE
“Started From The Bottom,” Drake
“Berzerk,” Eminem
“Tom Ford,” Jay Z
“Swimming Pools (Drank),” Kendrick Lamar
“Thrift Shop,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz

PREDICTION:
Macklemore and Ryan LewisThrift Shop
ALTERNATE: Kendrick Lamar, Swimming Pools (Drank) 

RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
“Power Trip,” J. Cole featuring Miguel
“Part II (On The Run,” Jay Z featuring Beyonce
“Holy Grail,” Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
“Now or Never,” Kendrick Lamar featuring Mary J. Blige
“Remember You,” Wiz Khalifa featuring The Weeknd

PREDICTION:
Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Holy Grail
ALTERNATE: Jay Z, Beyonce, Part 2 (On the Run)

RAP SONG
“Fuckin’ Problems,” (A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar)
“Holy Grail,” (Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake)
“New Slaves,” (Kanye West)
“Started From The Bottom,” (Drake)
“Thrift Shop,” (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz)

PREDICTION:
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Thrift Shop
ALTERNATE: Kanye West, New Slaves

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 and Ryan Lewis
“Yeezus”, Kanye West

PREDICTION:
Kendrick Lamargood kid m.A.A.d city
ALTERNATE: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, The Heist 

COUNTRY FIELD:

country

COUNTRY PERFORMANCE
“I Drive Your Truck,” Lee Brice
“I Want Crazy,” Hunter Hayes
“Mama’s Broken Heart,” Miranda Lambert
“Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker
“Mine Would Be You,” Blake Shelton

PREDICTION: Miranda Lambert, Mama’s Broken Heart
ALTERNATE: Darius Rucker, Wagon Wheel

COUNTRY GROUP COLLABORATION
“From This Valley,” The Civil Wars
“Don’t Rush,” Vince Gill featuring Kelly Clarkson
“Your Side Of The Bed,” Little Big Town
“Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
“You Can’t Make Old Friends,” Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton

PREDICTION: Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Highway Don’t Care
ALTERNATE: The Civil Wars, From this Valley

COUNTRY SONG
“Begin Again,” (Taylor Swift)
“I Drive Your Truck,” (Lee Brice)
“Mama’s Broken Heart,” (Miranda Lambert)
“Merry Go ‘Round,” (Kacey Musgraves)
“Mine Would Be You,” (Blake Shelton)

PREDICTION:
Kacey Musgraves, Merry Go Round
ALTERNATE: Taylor Swift, Begin Again

COUNTRYALBUM
“Night Train”, Jason Aldean
“Two Lanes of Freedom”, Tim McGraw
“Same Trailer Different Park”, Kacey Musgraves
“Based On A True Story”, Blake Shelton
“Red”, Taylor Swift

PREDICTION:
Taylor Swift, Red
ALTERNATE: Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer, Different Park

SOUNDTRACK

soundtrack

SONG WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURE
“Atlas,” (Coldplay)
“Silver Lining,” (Jessie J)
“Skyfall,” (Adele)
“We Both Know,” (Colbie Cailatt, Gavin DeGraw)
“Young and Beautiful,” (Lana del Rey)
“You’ve Got Time,” (Regina Spektor)

PREDICTION:
Adele, Skyfall
ALTERNATE: Lana del Rey, Young and Beautiful

COMPILATION ALBUM
Django Unchained
The Great Gatsby
Les Miserables
Muscle Shoals
Sound City: Real to Reel

PREDICTION: Sound City: Real to Reel
ALTERNATE: Les Miserables

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55th Grammy Awards Winners Predictions   Leave a comment

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Music’s biggest night, also known as the Grammys, will once again bestow who the top honors are for the past year in music. This year, which marks its 55th year of celebration, is quite difficult than before in terms of predicting because there are no certain frontrunners in most categories unlike last year when we figured out that Adele will steamroll her way with her domination. Nevertheless, the Grammys still remains as the most difficult to predict since you really have no idea on how the flow of the votes will go through. Sometimes they rely on buzz, while other times, they go with the critically acclaimed. And there are also times where they’ll just screw the hell out of prognosticators and choose something from the left field. With that said, here are my predictions for this year’s Grammy recipients (and an alternate for each category):

GENERAL FIELD

Record of the Year
PREDICTION: The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
ALTERNATE: Gotye featuring Kimbra, “Somebody That I USed to Know”

Album of the Year
PREDICTION: Mumford & Sons, “Babel”
ALTERNATE: Jack White, “Blunderbuss”

Song of the Year
PREDICTION: “We Are Young” (fun.)
ALTERNATE: “Call Me Maybe” (Carly Rae Jepsen)

Best New Artist
PREDICTION: Frank Ocean
ALTERNATE: The Lumineers

POP FIELD

Best Pop Solo Performance
PREDICTION: Adele, “Set Fire to the Rain” (Live)
ALTERNATE: Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”

Best Pop Vocal Album
PREDICTION: Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger”
ALTERNATE: fun., “Some Nights”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
PREDICTION: fun. feat. Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
ALTERNATE: Gotye feat Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used to Know”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
PREDICTION: Michael Buble, “Christmas”
ALTERNATE: Paul McCartney, “Kisses From The Bottom”

DANCE FIELD

Best Dance Recording
PREDICTION: Skrillex, “Bangarang”
ALTERNATE: Avicii, “Levels”

Best Dance/Electronica Album
PREDICTION: Skrillex, “Bangarang”
ALTERNATE: Deadmau5, “Album Title Goes Here”

ROCK FIELD

Best Rock Performance
PREDICTION: The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
ALTERNATE: Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”

Best Rock Album
PREDICTION: Jack White, “Blunderbuss”
ALTERNATE: The Black Keys, “El Camino”

Best Rock Song
PREDICTION: “Lonely Boy” (The Black Keys)
ALTERNATE: “I Will Wait” (Mumford & Sons)

ALTERNATIVE FIELD

Best Alternative Music Album
PREDICTION: Fiona Apple, “The Idler Wheel Is Wise….”
ALTERNATE: Gotye, “Making Mirrors”

R&B FIELD

Best R&B Performance
PREDICTION: Miguel, “Adorn”
ALTERNATE: Usher, “Climax”

Best R&B Album
PREDICTION: Robert Glasper Experiment, “Black Radio”
ALTERNATE: R. Kelly, “Write Me Back”

Best R&B Song
PREDICTION: “Adorn” (Miguel)
ALTERNATE: “Beautiful Surprise” (Tamia)

Best Traditional R&B Performance
PREDICTION: Beyonce, “Love on Top”
ALTERNATE: Anita Baker, “Lately”

Best Urban Contemporary Album
PREDICTION: Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange”
ALTERNATE: Miguel, “Kaleidoscope Dream”

RAP FIELD

Best Rap Performance
PREDICTION: Jay-Z & Kanye West, “N****s in Paris”
ALTERNATE: Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, & 2 Chainz, “Mercy”

Best Rap Album
PREDICTION: Nas, Life Is Good
ALTERNATE: Drake, “Take Care”

Best Rap Song
PREDICTION: “N****s in Paris” (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
ALTERNATE: “The Motto” (Drake, Lil’ Wayne)

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
PREDICTION: Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream, “No Church in the Wild”
ALTERNATE: Nas & Amy Winehouse, “Cherry Wine”

COUNTRY FIELD

Best Country Solo Performance
PREDICTION: Eric Church, “Springsteen”
ALTERNATE: Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
PREDICTION: Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars, “Safe & Sound”
ALTERNATE: The Time Jumpers, “On the Outskirts of the Town”

Best Country Album
PREDICTION: Miranda Lambert, “Four The Record”
ALTERNATE: Hunter Hayes, “Hunter Hayes”

Best Country Song: “Springsteen” (Eric Church)
ALTERNATE: “Blown Away” (Carrie Underwood)

AMERICAN ROOTS

Best Americana Album
PREDICTION: Mumford & Sons, “Babel”
ALTERNATE: The Lumineers, “The Lumineers”

MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
PREDICTION: The Muppets
ALTERNATE: Rock of Ages

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
PREDICTION: The Artist
ALTERNATE: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Song Written for Visual Media
PREDICTION: “Safe & Sound” from The Hunger Games
ALTERNATE:” Abraham’s Daughter” from The Hunger Games

MUSIC VIDEO

Short Form Music Video
PREDICTION: Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, “We Found Love”
ALTERNATE: MIA, “Bad Girls”

What are your predictions? Do you think the Black Keys will sweep? Will Beyonce win her 17th Grammy? And who will win the coveted Album of the Year award?

Do not forget to catch the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (Monday here in the Philippines, 9AM on Star World)!

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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”