Grammy nominations haven’t even occurred yet, but in my mind, there are scenarios already brewing. After looking at the categories and looking back over the year, here are some key categories and who I think will come out on top. Yeah, this is a dumb post as there are no nominations yet, but at least it’s a fun dumb post that has some realistic possibilities.
Record of the Year: Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
“Happy” has to win something, and this seems like a category it could be hard to beat.
Album of the Year: Beyoncé, Beyoncé / Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Beyoncé seems due for album of the year, particularly with Beyoncé, her most cutting-edge album to date. That said, Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour is a ‘beast’ in itself. Don’t count out Pharrell either.
Song of the Year: Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
John Legend kills it on “All of Me,” but it’s hard to imagine Smith not being a near-lock.
Best New Artist: Sam Smith
Best Pop Solo Performance: Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Write it down, this is Smith’s to lose (if he’s nominated for it).
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang”
There are plenty of great collaborative performances, but this is one of the best.
Best Pop Vocal Album: Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Sorry Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, and Lana Del Rey – Smith takes this one if he takes nothing else.
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Barbra Streisand, Partners
Maybe Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett could almost taste that Grammy win, but Streisand edges them.
Best Rock Album: Jack White, Lazaretto
Rock wasn’t anywhere near being at juggernaut status, but Jack White was. He should still win even if The Black Keys are nominated alongside him again.
Best Alternative Music Album: Arcade Fire, Reflektor
If The Black Keys are moved to this category, they have a shot. Beck’s Morning Phase is deserving, but will probably be ignored. Reflektor isn’t an album of the year nominee from my perspective, but could take this category easy.
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Pharrell Williams, G I R L / Beyoncé, Beyoncé
This is a game of who is nominated where. If Beyoncé is nominated in this category, she wins hands down against everybody. If she isn’t, it opens up this category to a much deserving Pharrell Williams.
Best R&B Album: Beyoncé, Beyoncé / Prince, ART OFFICIAL AGE
For Prince, Beyoncé scoring a nomination in the Urban Contemporary category would be good news. If Beyoncé is nominated here, it is hard to see anybody beating her, particularly if she is shut out of the big categories.
Best Rap Album: Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2
This category has no definitive winner for me this year. It would be great to see Common or Childish Gambino go home victorious, but Eminem seems like a likely choice.
Best Country Album: Miranda Lambert, Platinum
Eric Church has an argument, but Lambert may have the voter’s support.
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