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My 2016 Grammy Nominations Predictions

The 2016 Grammy nominations are being announced Monday and I decided to list out my predications of who might be nominated like I do every year.  The list is not complete, these are just brain waves I had and wanted to put out there.

Album of the Year

1989 – Taylor Swift

To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar

The Beauty Behind the Madness – The Weeknd

If You Reading This It’s Too Late – Drake

Song of the Year

“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)

“Here” by Andrew “Pop” Wansel, Isaac Hayes, Warren “Oak” Felder, Alessia Caracciolo, Terence Lam, Samuel Gerongco, Robert Gerongco, and Coleridge Tillman (Alessia Cara, artist)

“Glory” by John Stephens, Lonnie Lynn, and Che Smith (John Legend feat. Common, artists)

“Girl Crush” by Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey, and Liz Rose (Little Big Town, artist)

“Fight Song” by Rachel Platten and Dave Bassett (Rachel Platten, artist)

Record of the Year

“Blank Space” or “Bad Blood (feat. Kendrick Lamar)” by Taylor Swift

“Here” by Alessia Cara

“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

“See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth

“Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd

“FourFiveSeconds” by Rihanna feat. Kanye West and Paul McCartney

“Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

Best New Artist

Meghan Trainor

Hozier

Elle King

The Weeknd

Tori Kelly

Walk the Moon

Fetty Wap

Sam Hunt

Best Pop Vocal Album

1989 – Taylor Swift

Title – Meghan Trainor

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful – Florence and the Machine

Beauty Behind the Madness – The Weeknd

Honeymoon – Lana Del Rey

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Blank Space” by Taylor Swift

“Lips Are Movin'” by Meghan Trainor

“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

“Here” by Alessia Cara

“Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

“Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar

“Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend

“See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth (*they may put this under the Rap category)

Best Song Written For a Visual Media

From Selma, “Glory” by John Stephens, Lonnie Lynn, and Che Smith (John Legend feat. Common, artists)

From Furious 7, “See You Again” by DJ Frank E, Charlie Puth, Wiz Khalifa, and Andrew Cedar (Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, artists)

From Spectre, “Writing’s on the Wall” by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes (Sam Smith, artist).

Anyway, those are the thoughts I had at the moment and I’ll add to it until Monday when they release the official list.  Some of these probably won’t be nominated, but I figure they deserve a shout out because they were great in 2015.  Just as a fun fact, Adele cannot be nominated this year for “Hello” or 25 because both were released well outside the nomination period.  She’ll definitely be nominated for the 2017 Grammys.

Early 2016 Grammy Predictions

I was out biking this morning as usual, listening to my biking playlist on shuffle.  Rachel Platten’s song “Fight Song” came on, and I started to think about how great that song is.  It just has such passion and a ring of freedom, and I wondered if it would be nominated for any Grammys the coming year.  I know the Grammys are months away, but the entry period is ending in September, so I was thinking about which songs/artists will get nominations in December.  While reflecting on all that, there are some definite contenders that seem sure to get nominated.

I’m not sure if Rachel Platten will get any nominations.  I know she deserves it and I’d be a proud fan to see her there, but the only categories I think she could qualify for are Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance (all for “Fight Song”).  My gut is telling me she won’t get nominated (I’m not really sure why, I just have a feeling), but my head thinks that she deserves at least a nod for Song of the Year as the song is so well written musically and lyrically.  Plus it has a great, timeless message (like last year’s nominee “Shake it Off,” which deserved those Grammys…).  But, there were so many great songs this year by other, more-known artists, and while I think fame shouldn’t be a judging factor, I sometimes feel these awards shows are slightly biased and political.  Then again, none of the music blogs I saw (except mine) thought Meghan Trainor had a chance for either of her Grammy nominations last year for “All About That Bass,” and a lot of people were shocked.  So, you never know.

Anyway, I wanted to kind of make note of which artists I think are most likely to get nominated so far.  Again, it’s early and probably too soon to call, but it’s fun for me:

Taylor Swift:  With out a doubt, Taylor Swift will be nominated for several awards, especially Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for 1989.  In all sincerity, 1989 is by far one of the best albums put out in a decade and is so cohesively and thematically well done it should be no surprise that it will get nominations.  I also feel Swift has a chance again this year to pick up a nomination for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance, though I’m not quite sure which song.  I totally thought “Blank Space” could be nominated for Record of the Year, but with the recent success of “Bad Blood (feat. Kendrick Lamar),” I think that could be nominated.  I also think she could get her first nomination for Best Music Video, again either for “Blank Space” or “Bad Blood.”  I think she has a better shot at it being for “Bad Blood” since it has such a strong theme of feminism; “Blank Space,” I believe is Swift’s most viewed music video on Youtube/Vevo, so that may be nominated over “Bad Blood.”  Similarly, “Bad Blood” could be nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (or Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, depending on how they categorize it…I mean, it’s a pop song, but Kendrick Lamar does have a fair amount of rapping and I’m not sure of the official rule).  Anyway, I’m not sure about the song/video categories, but I’m almost certain that 1989 will get those two album nominations.  If not, then I’m boycotting the Grammys because it seriously deserves it.

Meghan Trainor: While Meghan Trainor was a surprise at last year’s Grammys, I think she quite honestly deserves a Best New Artist nomination.  She couldn’t qualify last year because her “significant work” (aka Title) was not released during the period.  Since Trainor has really incorporated a lot of different twists into her music and defined pop music in a new way, she definitely deserves some sort of nomination.  I also think she could get nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album for Title because her vocal work is incredible on that album.  There is the possibility she could get nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her duet with John Legend “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.”  I doubt “Lips Are Movin,'” her follow up hit to “All About That Bass” will get any nominations despite it being a great song, but there is always the possibility it could get a Best Pop Solo Performance, Song of the Year, and/or Record of the Year nomination.

Mark Ronson:  Who can forget “Uptown Funk.”  Literally, every radio station in my area played it non-stop for like four months.  So, I think “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars could get nominated for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Wiz Khalifa: “See You Again” was such a huge anthem this year that it definitely deserves nods in Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and possibly Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (or Best Rap/Sung Collaboration…again, I’m not sure how they define that).  It also could be nominated for Best Song Written for a Visual Media because I believe it was written for Furious 7.

Kendrick LamarTo Pimp a Butterfly was another huge album this past year, and I think Kendrick Lamar will be nominated for Best Rap Album, and quite possibly Album of the Year again.

The Weeknd:  Undoubtedly the Weeknd had an incredible year with the release of his massive hits “Earned It,” “Can’t Feel My Face,” and “The Hills,” as well has album Beauty Behind the Madness.  His works definitely makes him a contender for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album (or whatever genre they categorize his album) for Beauty Behind the Madness, and possibly Song and Record of the Year for either “Can’t Feel My Face” or “The Hills.”  I personally think he’ll get the nomination for “Can’t Feel My Face” for Record of the Year and has a good shot at winning it.  I also think he could perhaps get a nod (and maybe win) Best New Artist, but I don’t know if he qualifies.  Best New Artist is one of those categories that I’m not sure how the Grammys defines the qualifications.  It’s supposed to be an artist who releases a breakthrough album that establishes the artist during the Grammy period, like the Weeknd seemed to do, although he did have a big debut with his first album Kiss Land.    However, Ed Sheehan released “The A Team” and was nominated for Song of the Year a couples years ago and then the following year after that nomination he was nominated for Best New Artist, even though the prior year would have been the year he “established” himself.  There have been other instances like that were it doesn’t quite add up.  But, I definitely think the Weeknd should fit that category.

 

Anyway, those are the thoughts that I had while biking this morning, and I just wanted to put them out there…if I have anymore brainwaves, I’ll add to the list.  Again, take this all with a grain of salt because I’m getting way ahead of myself and you never really know who will get nominated.  Although, I’d like to point out that I predicted all the nominees last year for Record of the Year (and I was pretty spot on with the others, but Record of the Year was the only category I guessed them all right).

2015 Song of the Year Nominees!

  • Kevin Kadish and Meghan Trainor for “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor

  • Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Shellback for “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift

  • Sia Furler and Jesse Shatkin for “Chandelier” by Sia

  • Sam Smith, James Napier, William Phillips for “Stay with Me” by Sam Smith

  • Andrew Hozier-Byrne for “Take Me to Church” by Hozier

Best New Artist 2015 Nominees!

  • Bastille
  • Iggy Azalea
  • Sam Smith
  • HAIM
  • Brandy Clark

I was right about Iggy and Sam Smith….I actually had considered Bastille…I don’t know why I didn’t put them down.

I’m going to say it again, this “let’s tweet out the nominees” is really stressful because you have to keep refreshing…

The Grammy Nominations Are In (Sort Of)

The Grammys usually just have a little concert/ceremony-thing some night in December where they present the major nominees, and then the full list is available online the next morning.  It’s like the Super Bowl for me.  But this year they’re making it more interactive.  Or should I say complicated.  So far they’ve announced the following:

Record of the Year:

Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX for “Fancy”

Sia for “Chandelier”

Sam Smith for “Stay with Me (Darkchild Remix)”

Taylor Swift for “Shake it Off”

Meghan Trainor for “All About That Bass”

Best Pop Solo Performance:

John Legend for “All of Me (Live Version)”

Sia for “Chandelier”

Sam Smith for “Stay with Me”

Taylor Swift for “Shake it Off”

Pharrell Williams for “Happy”

Best Country Album:

Riser by Dierks Bentley

The Outsiders by Eric Church

12 Stories by Brandy Clark

Platinum by Miranda Lambert

The Way I’m Livin’ by Lee Ann Womack

Best Pop Vocal Album

Ghost Stories by Coldplay

Bangerz by Miley Cyrus

My Everything by Ariana Grande

Prism by Katy Perry

X by Ed Sheeran

In the Lonely Hour by Sam

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Sail Out by Jhené Aiko

Beyoncé by Beyoncé

X by Chris Brown

Mali Is by Mali Music

G I R L by Pharrell Williams

Best Rock Song

Hayley Williams & Taylor York for “Ain’t it Fun” by Paramore

Beck Hansen for “Blue Moon” by Beck

Dan Auerback, Brian Burton, & Patrick Carney for “Fever” by The Black Keys

Rayan Adams for “Gimme Something Good”

Jack White for “Lazaretto”

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Apparently they’ll be tweeting out random nominees through the day, and post a full list (with the exception of Album of the Year) at 2 pm.  They are holding the nominations for Album of the Year until tonight after some Christmas special they’re doing on CBS.

I shouldn’t really be surprised they’re dragging this out, but for a college kid/music lover who has a  final today and massive amounts of homework/studying to do, this isn’t really fun.  It’s stressful.

I am kind of surprised/excited/happy that Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande got some Grammy love;  they aren’t really the kind of artists you see get nominated.  As for Meghan Trainor, I was one of the few music blogs who said she’d get nominated for “All About That Bass,” so, you know…just saying…  I mean, she wasn’t even on Billboard‘s prediction list….

Anyway, I’ll try to post the other major categories as I see them, but I’m a bit behind the eight ball because of this little thing college students call “finals.”

The Frozen Album of the Year

We’re so close to the release of the  2015 Grammy Nomination list, and the wait is starting to kill me.  I’ve been cruising other music blogs, including Billboard, seeing who music critics are predicting will get nominated, particularly for the biggest award of the night, Album of the Year.  There seems to be great consent Beyoncé by Beyoncé and X by Ed Sheeran will get nominated.  A couple think Jack White’s Lazaretto will get a nod, as well as Pharrell William’s G I R L.

However, many critics/bloggers/experts think The Frozen Soundtrack will get nominated for Album of the Year and “Let it Go” will see a nod for Record of the Year (which Idina Menzel’s vocal performance alone deserves a Grammy).  I never considered Frozen for the Grammys…I thought it could probably get a nod in the Best Song Written for a Visual Media for “Let it Go,” but I didn’t think we’d see it in the major categories.

I don’t know why it would come as a surprise, considering ten soundtracks for movies have been nominated for the big award, two of them actually winning.  The last soundtrack to be nominated for Album of the Year was the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which actually won the Grammy back in 2002.  And considering the Frozen soundtrack has been one of the biggest selling albums of this year, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see it nominated.

We’ll just have to wait until December 5th to see who gets the nominated! Fingers crossed for our girl Idina Menzel and the rest of everyone from Frozen.

The soundtracks that have been nominated for Album of the Year were from the following films: Breakfast at Tiffany'sWest Side StoryThe Sound of MusicDr. ZhivagoStar WarsGreaseFlashdanceBeauty and the BeastThe Bodyguard**O Brother, Where Art Thou?**
**indicates the soundtrack won the Grammy for Album of the Year

Read my Grammy nomination predictions here.

2015 Grammy Predictions

It’s that time of year again.  In one month, the Grammys will announce the nominees for the 57th Grammys.  I really get into watching the Grammys and predicting who will get nominated and who will win (and I am actually pretty good at it).  While sometimes it feels like the Grammys are rigged and sometimes I wonder how some songs even get nominated, I think they occasionally do a good job at honoring great music .  For me, the Grammys are a great way to be introduced to new music and/or different genres.  I’m in the process of creating my list of potential nominees, so I will update/edit this as I think of nominees, but look out for the real list December 5th!

I base my nomination predications on looking at past actions of the Academy and looking at past nominees; I’m not predicting nominations because I personally think they’re awesome (some of them I actually don’t), but because they’re just likely to get chosen.

Below are some categories with potential nominees as I think of them (there is no order, and I’m not capping the nominees at 5 like the Grammys will…I’m good, but not that good).  Again, it’s not who I think will or should be nominated, it’s more a list of who could be and has a good shot at being nominated, and it’s not a complete list because I haven’t finished thinking about it, so it will grow/be edited until the actual nominations are released .

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x out June 23rd!!!

If you follow Ed Sheeran on Twitter (@edsheeran), you’ve probably read over the past year about how Ed has been recording his new album.  And that he finished his album.  And that he would release details soon.  Well, he finally did.

Ed Sheeran’s second studio album is entitled x and will be out June 23rd!!!

I like the fact that Ed Sheeran is sticking to a theme for his album titles: his first album was +  and now his second album is x.  I was wondering if he was planning on naming his albums different symbols, kind of like how Adele names her albums after her age (i.e. 19 and 21) [incidentally, I read reports (rumors, rather) that Adele’s new album, which should be out sometime this year, is to be titled 24 or 25, although I did read a quote from Adele that said she wasn’t going to name her third album after her age].  I think giving his albums different symbols like + and x is really cool because it shows there is a link between his albums, but that his music is still growing or expanding.

Sheeran also announced that his first sing is entitled “Sing” and is being released to radio as we speak…but there is no word yet when it will but on iTunes for purchase.

Preview of “Sing:”

In anticipation for x, you should check out Sheeran’s first album, which earned him two Grammy nominations (he was nominated for Song of the Year for “The A Team” and for Best New Artist; he also received a nomination of Album of the Year for being a featured artist on Taylor Swift’s album Red).  Highlights from the album  include “The A Team,” “Lego House,” “Grade 8,” and “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” (“Lego House” was actually a  #PhillipsSongOfTheDay…check out that here)

 

UPDATE!!!!

x is on iTunes for Preorder!  Check it out here