Grammy Predictions

57th Grammy Awards
2015's Grammy Awards is going to one of the first in my life where I am actually versed in what is going on. This past year, I have really committed to broadening my musical horizons, and I ended up purchasing some of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year. A more appropriate title to this post would have been "Grammy Wining Wish List", but I will try to keep my biases to a minimum. Here is a selected list of who I think should win.

 Album of the Year

Morning Phase, Beck
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
X, Ed Sheeran
G I R L, Pharrell
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith

I am a forever fan of Beyonce, and her wonderful music making. I own all of these albums, except Beck's and I can truly say without a doubt that Beyonce is the clear winner here. The music in this album is some of the most complex R&B that has ever existed. The song structures are non-traditional, and exciting. Even the release of this album was groundbreaking. If this album does not win, then all faith in the Grammys will be lost.

Record of the Year

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

Sia's 1000 Forms of Fear is an album that deserves higher praise than what the Grammys have decided to bestow upon it. Chandelier as its lead single is one of the most refreshing pop ballads that have come out in a long time. Unfortunately for Sia, I'm pretty confident that Sam Smith might take this one home. For the record (pun intended): All About That Bass is a plagiarized mess of a song. Plagiarized things don't deserve to win awards. Shake it off is great. Fancy is my Jam. Stay With Me is a great cry yourself to sleep song. But Chandelier is golden. 

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

Here’s the deal with the record/song of the year confusion: Song of the Year is awarded to the songwriter of the song. Record of the year is awarded to the artist/production team. Sometimes artists are singer/songwriter (like Sia, Hozier, and that plagiarizer Megan Trainor). Sometimes they are not. Song of the year allows special recognition for these people.

Hozier came out of nowhere this year with his debut Take Me To Church. The composition of this song is astonishing. The content is metaphorical and interesting. This is a no brainer. I do think that Sam Smith might take this one as well unfortunately. Nothing against Smith, he just isn’t the best.

Best New Artist

Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
Sam Smith

If you have never heard of Haim, then you are missing out. Their Debut album Days Are Gone contains some of the most unique music that has come out this year. These sisters are also BFFS with Lorde and Taylor Swift, so you know they are legit. If I had my way, they would win. But I once again think this will go to Sam Smith.

I think this is a great time to point out that Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour is a fantastic display of music making. The songs are all great and he has such an interesting vocal timbre that mostly everyone enjoys. It just isn’t the best, but it will most likely be perceived as such. Iggy Azalea pleasantly surprised me this year with The New Classic which is also a great album. I will say the same about Bastille’s Bad Blood. All of these albums are great, I listen to them regularly. But Haim deserves this one. They are the clear winner. 

I don’t know who the fuck Brandy Clark is.

Best Pop Vocal Album

Ghost Stories, Coldplay
Bangerz, Miley Cyrus
My Everything, Ariana Grande
Prism, Katy Perry
X, Ed Sheeran
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith

Ed Sheeran is the most talented person on this list. X is a great album. Prism by Katy Perry is one of the biggest disappointments that happened this year. Ariana Grande will never be worthy especially with these contenders. Lol Miley. Bangerz is my Jam, but it’s also not worthy of this award. Sia should have a nomination here. Coldplay might win it. Sam Smith might as well. Ed Sheeran deserves this the most.

Best Traditional Pop Album 

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

I so appreciate Lady Gaga bringing traditional Jazz standards to the younger generations. These songs will live on for a long time because of her. I do however think that Barbra deserves this one. Partners is a phenomenal album with great collaborations.

Best Rap Album

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

I’m not exaggerating here when I say that Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet is one of the best albums that came out this year. The composition is world class in this album, and the content is some of the most relatable and believable rap that has come out in a long time. It’s just a good album. Go buy it.

There are of course so many more categories to weigh in on. These are the ones that I am most familiar with.

In general, I think Sam Smith will take the most Grammys home this year. His popularity has skyrocketed Grammy voter awareness. Unfortunately in major awards, it’s not always about the art, but about the popularity. We can only hope that the Grammy Voters truly vote for what they believe is the best.

Posted by Travis in Music & Audio
Apr 05, 2016 12:00am
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