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58th Grammy Awards Nominations Predictions   Leave a comment

On December 7, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences will be unveiling the nominees for the 58th Grammy Awards. The Grammy, currently considered as the top award in music, will be given in more than 70 different categories for the music eligibility period of October 1, 2014 up to September 30, 2015. I think Taylor Swift and The Weeknd will lead this year’s nominees. Here are my nominee predictions in 31 different categories.

GENERAL FIELD:

01 AOTY

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
“Sonic Highways” (Foo Fighters)
“To Pimp A Butterfly” (Kendrick Lamar)
“Traveller” (Chris Stapleton)
“1989” (Taylor Swift)
“Beauty Behind the Madness” (The Weeknd)

NEXT IN LINE: “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” (Florence + the Machine), “Sound and Color” (Alabama Shakes), “Black Messiah” (D’Angelo and the Vanguard), “Uptown Special” (Mark Ronson)

02 ROTY

RECORD OF THE YEAR:
“See You Again” (Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth)
“Uptown Funk” (Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars)
“Thinking Out Loud” (Ed Sheeran)
“Blank Space” (Taylor Swift)
“Can’t Feel My Face” (The Weeknd)

NEXT IN LINE: “Love Me Like You Do” (Ellie Goulding), “Lean On” (Major Lazer and DJ Snake), “FourFiveSeconds” (Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney), “Shut Up and Dance” (Walk the Moon)

03 SOTY

SONG OF THE YEAR:
“Girl Crush” (Little Big Town)
“Fight Song” (Rachel Platten)
“Uptown Funk” (Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars)
“Thinking Out Loud” (Ed Sheeran)
“Blank Space” (Taylor Swift)

NEXT IN LINE: “Alright” (Kendrick Lamar), “Can’t Feel My Face” (The Weeknd),”See You Again” (Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth), “Glory” (John Legend and Common)

04 BNA

BEST NEW ARTIST:
Leon Bridges
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor
Walk the Moon

NEXT IN LINE: Hozier, Fetty Wap, CHVRCHES, FKA Twigs

POP FIELD:

05 Pop Solo

POP SOLO PERFORMANCE:
Justin Bieber, “What Do You Mean?”
Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do”
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift, “Black Space”
The Weeknd,”Can’t Feel My Face”

NEXT IN LINE: Ariana Grande, “One Last Time”, Jason Derulo, “Want To Want Me”, Meghan Trainor, “Lips Are Movin”, Pharrell Williams, “Freedom”, Tori Kelly, “Should’ve Been Us”, Rachel Platten, “Fight Song”, Sia, “Alive”

06 Pop Group Collab

POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE:
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney, “FourFiveSeconds”
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”
Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend, “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”

NEXT IN LINE: Maroon 5, “Sugar”, Walk the Moon, “Shut Up And Dance (Acoustic)”, Sam Smith featuring John Legend, “Lay Me Down”, Major Lazer, DJ Snake featuring MO, “Lean On”, Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd, “Love Me Harder”, Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink, “Worth It”

07 Pop Album

POP VOCAL ALBUM:
Jason Derulo, “Everything is 4”
Florence and The Machine, “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”
Mark Ronson, “Uptown Special”
Taylor Swift, “1989”
Meghan Trainor, “Title”

NEXT IN LINE: Carly Rae Jepsen, “E•MO•TION”, Kelly Clarkson, “Piece By Piece”, Lana Del Rey, “Honeymoon”, Tori Kelly, “Unbreakable Smile”

DANCE/ELECTRONICA FIELD:

08 Dance Recording

DANCE RECORDING:
Alesso featuring Tove Lo, “Heroes (We Could Be)”
The Chemical Brothers, “Go”
Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne, “Real Love”
Disclosure, “Bang That”
Skrillex & Diplo featuring Justin Bieber, “Where Are U Now”

NEXT IN LINE: Calvin Harris ft. John Newman, “Blame”, Royksopp & Robyn, “Monument”, Valentino Khan, “Deep Down Low”, Zedd featuring John Bellion, “Beautiful Now”

09 Electronic Album

DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUM:
The Chemical Brothers, “Born In the Echoes”
Disclosure, “Caracal”
Jamie xx, “In Colour”
Royskopp, “The Inevitable End”
Skrillex & Diplo, “Skrillex and Diplo Present
Jack U”

NEXT IN LINE: Galantis, “Pharmacy”, Hot Chip, “Why Make Sense?”, Zedd, “True Colors”, Kaskade, “Automatic”

ROCK AND ALTERNATIVE FIELD:

10 Rock Performance

ROCK PERFORMANCE:
Ryan Adams, “Bad Blood”
Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight”
Foo Fighters, “Something From Nothing”
Hozier, “Someone New”
Mumford & Sons, “Believe”

NEXT IN LINE: Fall Out Boy, “Uma Thurman”, Muse, “Mercy”, Tame Impala, “Let It Happen”, Imagine Dragons, “I Bet My Life”, AC/DC, “Rock or Bust”

11 Rock Song

ROCK SONG:
Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight”
James Bay, “Hold Back the River”
Foo Fighters, “Something From Nothing”
Mumford & Sons, “Believe”
Muse, “Mercy”

NEXT IN LINE: Hozier, “Someone New”, Fall Out Boy, “Uma Thurman”, Florence and The Machine, “What Kind Of Man”, Tame Impala, “Let It Happen”

12 Rock Album

ROCK ALBUM:
Ryan Adams, “1989”
Foo Fighters, “Sonic Highways”
Hozier, “Hozier”
Imagine Dragons, “smoke + Mirrors”
Mumford & Sons, “Wilder Mind”

NEXT IN LINE: Muse, “Drones”, AC/DC, “Rock or Bust”, James Bay, “Chaos and the Calm”, Twenty One Pilots, “Bluryface”

13 Alternative Album

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM:
Alabama Shakes, “Sound & Color”
Björk, “Vulnicura”
Tame Impala, “Currents”
Sufjan Stevens, “Carrie & Lowell”
Wilco, “Star Wars”

NEXT IN LINE: FKA Twigs, “M3LL155X”, Beach House, “Depression Cherry”, Modest Mouse, “Strangers To Ourselves”, Father John Misty, “I Love You, Honeybear”

R&B FIELD:

14 RNB Performance

R&B PERFORMANCE:
Beyonce, “7/11”
D’Angelo and the Vanguard, “Really Love”
Miguel, “Coffee”
Rihanna, “Bitch Better Have My Money”
The Weeknd, “Earned It”

NEXT IN LINE: Omarion featuring Chris Brownand Jhene Aiko, “Post to Be”, Ciara, “I Bet”, Drake featuring PartyNextDoor, “Wednesday Night Interlude, Mark Ronson feat. Keyone Star, “I Can’t Lose”

15 Traditional RNB

TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE:
Leon Bridges, “Coming Home”
D’Angelo and the Vanguard, “Ain’t That Easy”
Lalah Hathaway, “Little Ghetto Boy”
Jill Scott, “Back Together”
Tyrese, “Shame”

NEXT IN LINE: Jazmine Sullivan, “Let it Burn”, Gary Clark Jr., “Our Love”, Babyface, “We’ve Got Love”, Charlie Wilson, “My Favorite Part of You”

16 RNB Song

R&B SONG:
D’Angelo and the Vanguard, “Really Love”
Empire Cast featuring Estelle & Jussie Smollett, “Conqueror”
Omarion feat. Jhene Aiko & Chris Brown, “Post to Be”
Tyrese, “Shame”
The Weeknd, “Earned It”

NEXT IN LINE: Rihanna, “Bitch Better Have My Money”, Leon Bridges, “Coming Home”, Babyface, “We’ve Got Love”

17 RNB Album

R&B ALBUM:
Mary J. Blige, “The London Sessions”
Leon Bridges, “Coming Home”
D’Angelo and the Vanguard, “Black Messiah”
Jill Scott, “Woman”
Jazmine Sullivan, “Reality Show”

NEXT IN LINE: Tyrese, “Black Rose”, Tamia, “Love Life”, Charlie Wilson, “Forever Charlie”, Gary Clark Jr., “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim”

18 Urban Contemporary

URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM:
Ciara, “Jackie”
The Internet, “Ego Death”
Miguel, “Wildheart”
The Weeknd, “Beauty Behind the Madness”
Tinashe, “Aquarius”

NEXT IN LINE: Chris Brown and Tyga, “Fan of a Fan: The Album”, Bilal, “In Another Life”, Lianne La Havas, “Blood”, Snoop Dogg, “Bush”

RAP FIELD:

19 Rap Solo

RAP PERFORMANCE:
Drake, “Energy”
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
J. Cole, “Apparently”
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom, & Paul McCartney, “All Day”

NEXT IN LINE: Nicki Minaj feat. Drake & Lil Wayne, “Truffle Butter”, Eminem, “Phenomenal”, Big Sean featuring Drake, Kanye West, “Blessings”, Rae Sremmurd, “No Type”

20 Rap Sung Collab

RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION:
ASAP Rocky featuring Rod Stewart, Miguel and Mark Ronson, “Everyday”
Big Sean featuring Kanye West & John Legend, “One Man Can Change the World”
Common and John Legend, “Glory”
Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise, & Thundercat, “These Walls”
Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, & Chris Brown, “Only”

NEXT IN LINE: Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur, “Classic Man”, Wale featuring Usher, “The Matrimony”, Meek Mill ft. Chris Brown & Nicki Minaj, “All Eyes On You”, Chris Brown & Tyga , “Ayo”

21 Rap Song

RAP SONG:
Common and John Legend, “Glory”
Drake, “Energy”
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Nicki Minaj featuring Beyonce, “Feeling Myself”
Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom, & Paul McCartney, “All That”

NEXT IN LINE: Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”, J.Cole, “Apparently”, Wale featuring Usher, “The Matrimony”, Big Sean featuring E-40, “I Don’t Fuck With You”

22 Rap Album

RAP ALBUM:
Drake, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”
Dr. Dre, “Compton”
J.Cole, “2014 Forest Hills Drive”
Kendrick Lamar, “To Pimp a Butterfly”
Nicki Minaj, “The Pinkprint”

NEXT IN LINE: Big Sean, “Dark Sky Paradise”, Fetty Wap, “Fetty Wap”, Drake & Future, “What A Time to be Alive”, A$AP Rocky, “At.Long.Last.A $AP”

COUNTRY FIELD:

23 Country Solo

COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE:
Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time”
Kacey Musgraves,”Dime Store Cowgirl”
Chris Stapleton, “Traveller”
Carrie Underwood, “Smoke Break”
Keith Urban,”John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16″

NEXT IN LINE: Luke Bryan, “Strip It Down”, Eric Church, “Talladega”, Blake Shelton, “Sangria”

24 Country Group Collab

COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE:
Don Henley featuring Dolly Parton, “When I Stop Dreaming”
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Kacey Musgraves featuring Willie Nelson, “Are You Sure”
Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe, “Lonely Tonight”
Zac Brown Band, “Homegrown”

NEXT IN LINE: Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild, “Home Alone Tonight”, Lady Antebellum, “Long Stretch of Love”, Florida George Line, “Sun Daze”

25 Country Song

COUNTRY SONG:
Luke Bryan, “Strip It Down”
Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time”
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Kacey Musgraves,”Dime Store Cowgirl”
Chris Stapleton, “Traveller”

NEXT IN LINE: Zac Brown Band, “Homegrown”, Eric Church, “Talladega”, Carrie Underwood, “Smoke Break”, Blake Shelton, “Sangria”

26 Country Album

COUNTRY ALBUM:
Sam Hunt, “Montevallo”
Little Big Town, “Painkiller”
Kacey Musgraves, “Pageant Material”
Chris Stapleton, “Traveller”
Zac Brown Band, “Jekyll + Hide”

NEXT IN LINE: Luke Bryan, “Kill the Lights”, Jason Aldean, “Old Boots New Dirt”, Garth Brooks, “Man Against Machine”, Ashley Monroe, “The Blade”

MUSIC VIDEO/FILM FIELD:

27 Soundtrack

SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA:
Common and John Legend, “Glory” (from Selma)
Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do” (from 50 Shades of Grey)
Lady Gaga, “Til It Happens to You” (from The Hunting Ground)
The Weeknd, “Earned It” (from 50 Shades of Grey)
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, “See You Again”(from Furious 7)

NEXT IN LINE: Sam Smith, “The Writing’s on the Wall” (from Spectre), Jessie J, “Flashlight” (from Pitch Perfech 2), Coldplay, “Miracles” (from Unbroken), Pink, “Today’s the Day” (from Ellen), Empire Cast,”No Apologies” (from Empire)

28 Soundtrack Album

COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK ALBUM:
50 Shades of Grey
Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1
Into the Woods
Music from Love & Mercy
Pitch Perfect 2

NEXT IN LINE: Home, Southpaw, Furious 7, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1, Beyond the Lights

29 Score Album

SCORE SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA:
Antman
Birdman
Jurassic World
Inside Out
Interstellar

NEXT IN LINE: Mad Max, Cinderella, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Fury

MUSIC VIDEO/FILM FIELD:

30 Music Video

MUSIC VIDEO:
Big Sean featuring Kanye West & John Legend, “One Man Can Change the World”
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Sia, “Elastic Heart”
Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”

31 Movie Film

MUSIC FILM:
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, “Cheek to Cheek”
Foo Fighters, “Sonic Highways”
Ed Sheeran, “Live at Wembley Stadium”
James Taylor, “There We Were: The Recording Of James Taylor’s “Before This World””
Neil Young, “The Monsanto Years”

NEXT IN LINE: Miley Cyrus, “Bangerz”, Nicki Minaj, “YMCMB & Beats By Dre Presents: The Pinkprint Movie”, Annie Lennox, “Nostalgia: An Evening With Annie Lennox”

Talk to me about your predictions by leaving a comment below or tweeting me: @nikowl

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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?

 

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”