The 55th Annual Grammy Awards take place this Sunday, February 10th at the Los Angeles Staples Center, and the anticipation builds as the date quickly approaches.
In early December, we found out all the nominees for this year’s ceremony, and as of this week the performers lineup was still being revealed. There will definitely be a copious amount performances on Sunday evening, including those by Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Alicia Keys, Sting, and Maroon 5. (See full lineup here.)
As a spoiler, Rihanna, Mars and Sting will be performing a special tribute to the late Bob Marley.
Regarding the nominations, this year’s competition is pretty stiff. There were many great songs, great albums and overall, great artists. Here’s who I think will take home a golden gramophone this weekend out of the biggest categories:
Album of the Year
- The Black Keys – ‘El Camino’
- fun. – ‘Some Nights’
- Mumford & Sons – ‘Babel’
- Frank Ocean – ‘Channel Orange’
- Jack White – ‘Blunderbuss’
I predict that Frank Ocean will be taking home the Grammy for Album of the Year for ‘Channel Orange’. The album, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 back in July, scored universal acclaim upon its release and was named ‘one of the best albums of 2012 by The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and NPR.
Record of the Year
- The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
- Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn”t Kill You)”
- fun. – “We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe)”
- Gotye – “Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)”
- Frank Ocean – “Thinkin bout You”
- Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Getting Back Together”
Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know”, featuring Kimbra, will probably win Record of the Year. Since being released in July of 2011, the song has spent eight weeks atop the Hot 100 and has sold an impressive 6.7 million copies. Not only is the song catchy, but it actually has substance and is brilliantly produced.
Song of the Year (For Songwriters)
- Ed Sheeran – “The A Team” (Ed Sheeran)
- Miguel – “Adorn” (Miguel Pimentel)
- Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe” (Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen and Josh Ramsay)
- Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn”t Kill You)” [Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin and Ali Tamposi]
- fun. – “We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe)” (Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost and Nate Ruess)
Miguel redefined R&B with his hit single “Adorn”. Written and produced all by himself, the song is a fan and critic favorite. “Adorn” peaked at No. 17 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song logged more than a record 20 weeks atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and is easily Miguel’s most successful single to date. Furthermore, the song has earned two other nominations at this year’s Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance.
Best New Artist
- Alabama Shakes
- Hunter Hayes
- The Lumineers
- Frank Ocean
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Frank win Best New Artist. Judging by how well the critics received his album, I think that is a big enough sign that he’ll win this award.
Best Pop Vocal Album
- Kelly Clarkson – ‘Stronger’
- Florence & the Machine – ‘Ceremonials’
- fun. – ‘Some Nights’
- Maroon 5 – ‘Overexposed’
- Pink – ‘The Truth About Love’
Pink! I hope to see Pink win Best Pop Vocal Album for ‘The Truth About Love’. The album was not the typical bubblegum pop that we hear, and is filled with beautifully-written songs with great vocal performances. For example, listen to the song “Just Give Me a Reason“, featuring fun. lead singer Nate Ruess.
Best R&B Album
- Robert Glasper Experiment – ‘Black Radio’
- Anthony Hamilton – ‘Back To Love’
- R. Kelly – ‘Write Me Back’
- Tamia – ‘Beautiful Surprise’
- Tyrese – ‘Open Invitation’
I actually haven’t heard any of these albums…but I think that R. Kelly will win because…he’s R. Kelly.
What do you think?