56th Annual Grammy Award Predictions: The Big Four

Kendrick Lamar lands multiple Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist.

Grammy predictions for Record of the year, Album of the year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards Broadcast takes place on Sunday, January 26th.   Previously, following the announcements of the nominations, I made predictions in regards to who I thought would walk out with statues.  After sitting on it a while, it is time to make one last set of predictions before Sunday’s broadcast.  Here goes nothing!  Picks are in bold.

Record of the Year 

“Get Lucky”, Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers

“Radioactive”, Imagine Dragons

“Royals”, Lorde

“Locked Out of Heaven”, Bruno Mars

“Blurred Lines”, Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell

41FJb1q2VyL._SL500_AA280_The Record of the Year category is one of the most stacked categories, no questions asked.  Honestly, any of these five songs are worthy of being THE ‘record of the year’.  Many times in the past, a rock or rock-oriented record has been victorious here.  That would bode well for the monster Imagine Dragons record “Radioactive” (I’m singing it in my head right now!).  However, this being the sole big-time song nomination for “Get Lucky”, I’ll go with Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, and Nile Rodgers FTW. “Get Lucky” was a tremendous crossover hit, regardless of missing the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

Album of the Year 

The Blessed Unrest, Sara Bareilles

Random Access Memories, Daft Punk

Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, Kendrick Lamar

The Heist, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Red, Taylor Swift

41FJb1q2VyL._SL500_AA280_Ultimately, four of these nominations make sense as legitimately deserving recognition as album of the year.  While Sara Bareilles’ The Blessed Unrest was a solid album, doesn’t this seem like this should’ve been Justin Timberlake or Bruno Mars’ nomination to represent the pop category?  Again, if I were picking, I’d choose Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, which I consider one of the best rap albums in some time.  However, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘did work’ too, and likely the two cancel each other out.   Thinking like the voters though, probably The Heist might outscore Good Kid M.A.A.D. City whether it should or not.

Because I’m not feeling the power of The Blessed Unrest, that leaves Red and Random Access MemoriesRed was a great album, BUT, Taylor Swift has already been awarded the Grammy’s most prestigious award, and I’m not sure that a few short years later (incredibly quick) she’ll be awarded again.  That would leave Random Access Memories as the victor.  It’s a fantastic album and would definitely make a statement for electronic music, which is incredibly popular currently.  

Song of the Year 

“Just Give Me A Reason” (Pink featuring Nate Ruess)

“Locked Out of Heaven” (Bruno Mars)

“Roar” (Katy Perry)

“Royals” (Lorde)

“Same Love” (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert)

41XAtgtU1xL._SL500_AA280_This is another fantastic category – sigh.  Again, all five songs are deserving of recognition and any of the five could be victorious.   Personally, P!nk seems to be incredibly underrated when it comes to Grammy-love, and my gut tells me that “Just Give Me A Reason” will be underrated here.  “Locked Out Of Heaven” is a superb song by Bruno Mars, but it’s up against some big-time juggernauts that materialized later in 2013.  That leaves “Roar”, “Royals” and “Same Love”.   Of the three, “Same Love” is arguably the most legit song, singing about socially relevant subject matter.  That said is “Same Love” too big of a leap for voters particularly being a hip-hop song?  That leaves the youthful Lorde and the multiple times nominated Katy Perry.  “Roar” is Perry’s most serious and mature song to date, and perhaps if “Royals” weren’t so unique, she’d leave victorious.  With “Royals” possibly losing Record of the Year, Lorde comes up victorious by the slightest edge in Song of the Year.

Best New Artist 

James Blake

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Kacey Musgraves

Ed Sheeran

51BomNkKT2LThe Best New Artist category is another strong one by all means.  What makes this category incredibly unique is the fact that none of the artists in this category are nominated for record or song of the year; two are nominated for album of the year though.  It’s nice to see an artist like James Blake receive a nomination here; particularly considering the British DJ/producer/singer is still a relative unknown in the U.S.  That said, don’t place bets that Blake will be victorious, particularly if Ed Sheeran has anything to do with it.  My gut tells me Sheeran is a dark horse, as the fight for this award seems to be between hip-hop heavyweights/album of the year nominees Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.   As for Kacey Musgraves, I’ve heard nothing but good things about the rebellious country artist.  Again, like James Blake, I doubt Musgraves comes out on the winning end.  I’ll vote with my heart and give Kendrick Lamar the win, but I could definitely see Macklemore & Ryan Lewis accepting the statue as well.

So here’s the scorecard:

Record of the Year:  “Get Lucky”, Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers

Album of the Year: Random Access Memories, Daft Punk

Song of the Year: “Royals”, Lorde

Best New Artist: Kendrick Lamar

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