With this year’s nominations for Best New Artist I was pleasantly surprised with Kelsea Ballerini’s nomination and the Chainsmokers, but was rather disappointed that Cam didn’t get nominated. I find the Chainsmoker’s nomination rather intriguing because they never actually released a full-length album…
Anyway, the nominees are:
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Who Should Win: The Chainsmokers
The Chainsmokers have come a long way since “#Selfie” with hit songs “Don’t Let Me Down (feat. Daya)” and “Closer (feat. Halsey).” Their work has been rather refreshing and 2016 was really their year, so I’d say they deserve the Grammy.
Who Will Win: I have no idea
I really don’t know who could win, they seem so even. If I had to choose, I’d guess the Chainsmokers, but for some reason I have a gut feeling Anderson .Paak may win…I’m not really good at guessing this category.
Who Should Win: “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots
I would be totally fine with Beyoncé, Adele, or Twenty One Pilots winning Record of the Year, but as a fake Grammy voter I cast my ballot for “Stressed Out” because find the instrumentation of it great – the synthesis string work is a real ear-grabber, and the rapped verses and sung chorus really work.
Who Will Win: “Hello” by Adele
Again, I predict Adele will win all her nominations simply because she doesn’t typically lose. But, hey, “Hello” is an incredible record.
If I were a Grammy voter, I would determine my vote for Record of the Year by looking at the production of the song, the performance, the message, and it’s impact in music and pop culture. I would see which song left it’s mark and would essentially be remembered in the future. Essentially which song was embraced the most by listeners (which is why “Shake it Off” should’ve won last year…anyway…).
This year is full of songs that each fulfill those qualities, but my vote goes to “Blank Space” because it has, I would say, the most unique production style and is structured perfectly to transcend the joke. Also, I think it has the most impact on pop culture because we still refer to it, it’s still on radio, and it’s music video still gets views on YouTube. Meanwhile, I don’t think I’ve heard “Uptown Funk” for over a year.
Who Will Win: “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd.
Like I said before, this is a close category and I could see most of these nominees winning. “Can’t Feel My Face” is no different because it features a great bass lines and drum beats that sets it apart, plus I think The Weeknd’s lower register vocals grabs the listener in. Also, it just fits a pattern I kind of noticed over the past few winners, style wise.
I will say that “Uptown Funk” is a close second to “Can’t Feel My Face” in terms of likelihood of winning…but I felt I should put my money on one song…. I’m 60% “Can’t Feel My Face” and 40% “Uptown Funk.”
Performance categories are always hard for me because each artist has a different singing style, so you can’t judge based on their vocal quality. I mean, if you put Adele in the category (I know she’s not this year, but next year…) she’d win because Adele could sing my grocery list and it’d be flawless. Therefore, I’d have to judge this based on which performance grabbed me in the most and had struck me the most, and Ed Sheeran did that. He doesn’t hold back and really grabs the listener into his song. When he sings on this track, it feels like time stands still.
Who Will Probably Win: “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd
I feel like I’m going to write this a lot, but any one of these nominees could win. They each have very emotive performances, so it probably will come down to politics…
Still, The Weeknd, does have an exceptional vocal performance on “Can’t Feel My Face.” I personally enjoy when he sings in his lower register. Still, I’d prefer to see Ed Sheeran win because he does this vocal thing in the last chorus that feels more real than The Weeknd’s performance. But, again, it’s a gut feeling…
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