I’ve been a Meghan Trainor fan for a couple different reasons. Yes, she comes from my neck of the woods so I feel a certain kinship to her, but I’m really inspired how she combines elements from different genres into her own to transpire her personality. She is the only artist this year who really expanded the definition of the all encompassing pop music. I mean, she added horns, the caribbean kettle drum, acoustic bass, ’50s doo wop, and sass to her album to reimage what we’ve called pop for many years.
I can’t say that Trainor’s album or artistry is the supreme best, but out of all the nominees I feel she rose to a level of defining her genre of music in her own terms.
Who Will Win: I don’t really know.
I know, great prediction. But this is one category where I seriously have no idea who will win. Partly because Best New Artist is such a loose category in that your not really judging the artist on one particular song or album or piece of work, your judging them on their whole artistry. This year, they managed to nominated five incredible artists. And after listening to all their albums (I’m very proud of myself for doing that…usually I skim through, but I made myself do that…partly out of dedication but also because I was stuck in massive traffic and had nothing else to do…) I could see each one easily winning it.
“Blank Space” by Max Martin, Shellback, and Taylor Swift (Taylor Swift, artist)
“See You Again” by DJ Frank E, Charlie Puth, Wiz Khalifa, and Andrew Cedar (Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, artists)
“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, artist)
“Girl Crush” by Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey, and Liz Rose (Little Big Town, artist)
“Alright” by Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears, and Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar, artist)
Should Win: “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, artist)
While all the nominees this year are very strong contenders and each could easily win the Grammy as each made their mark in the 2014-2015 period, “Thinking Out Loud” is by far the most timeless song. Whether you listen to it in the car tomorrow on the way to work or in fifty years while you watch your grandchildren grow up, “Thinking Out Loud” will always be relevant. The magic behind it is that it draws you in and makes you feel something in your heart. Whether you’re in love or not, it makes feel the warmth and passion that is Sheeran’s love.
Will Probably Win: “See You Again” by DJ Frank E, Charlie Puth, Wiz Khalifa, and Andrew Cedar (Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, artists)
I just got a gut feeling on this one. As much as I think Sheeran deserves this Grammy and I would love to see Swift up there (specifically because she successfully utilized satire in “Blank Space” while crafting a ingenious pop song), I feel like the fact “See You Again” was a tribute to Paul Walker will lead it to victory.
But, as I said, it’s really close and I wouldn’t be shocked to see any one of these songs winning.
On a random but fun note, Liz Rose, a cowriter of “Girl Crush,” was a long time cowriter with Swift. They wrote the majority of Swift’s first album together. They were nominated together for “You Belong with Me” in 2010 for Song of the Year and the won the Grammy for Best Country Song for “White Horse” that year. Funny how they’re nominated against each other this year.
"Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve." – JK Rowling