Grammy nominations: How did I do (2013-14 edition)

The nominations are in for the 56th Grammy Awards. Jay-Z leads the pack with nine nominations followed by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams, who have seven each.

Prior to the nominations announcement last night, I predicted who would make each of the Big 4 categories of Album, Record and Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Let’s see how I did:

Album of the Year

The Heist - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis earned seven Grammy nominations including Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

I predicted
Bruno Mars – Unorthadox Jukebox
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
Taylor Swift – Red

The nominees (click each for my album review)
Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d City
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
Taylor Swift – Red

My score
Three stars

Surprises
Sara Bareilles was the surprise title in this category with The Blessed Unrest. Along with a Pop Vocal Performance nomination, Sara has two nominations this year, bringing her career total to five. She was previously nominated for Song of the Year in 2009 with Love Song so she’s not a total stranger to the Big 4 categories.
Also surprising is the lack of both Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake in this category.


Record of the Year

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Daft Punk received four Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for Get Lucky.

I predicted
Adele – Skyfall
Daft Punk f/Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us

The nominees
Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
Lorde – Royals
Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell – Blurred Lines

My score
Two Stars

Surprises
None of the actual nominations for this category are surprising. The most surprising absence might be with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis who were nominated in the other three major categories (and had seven in total anyway).
Also somewhat surprising but not really is Adele‘s lack of major nominations. In fact, her only nomination is in Best Song Written for Visual Media for Skyfall. A less pop-oriented year for the Grammys may have seen Skyfall in this category.


Song of the Year

Lorde - Pure Heroine

Lorde received four Grammy nominations including both Record of the Year and Song of the Year for Royals.


I predicted
Adele – Skyfall
fun. – Carry On
Lorde – Royals
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/Mary Lambert – Same Love
Robin Thicke f/Pharrell Williams & T.I. – Blurred Lines

The nominees
Pink f/Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason
Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
Katy Perry – Roar
Lorde – Royals
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/Mary Lambert – Same Love

My score
Two Stars

Surprises
I’m most surprised by the number of correct predictions I had considering last year I was 0/5. Otherwise, the biggest shock comes in the way of Katy Perry‘s Roar, which seems to be a shared sentiment across the board this morning. The song received some criticism for its comparisons to Sara Bareilles’ Brave when it was initially released (Sara’s Album of the Year nomination might be the last laugh except Prism wasn’t eligible this year), however both songs are nominated in Best Pop Vocal Performance so it’s the final showdown.


Best New Artist

Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, Maad City

Kendrick Lamar got seven Grammy nominations including Album of the Year and Best New Artist

I predicted
Emeli Sande
Florida Georgia Line
HAIM
Lorde
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

The nominees
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

My score
One Star

Surprises
Lorde was shut out of this one. I’m sure she’s not terribly upset considering she got nominations in two of the major categories and has four overall. Also considering the confusion regarding who’s actually eligible, maybe next year she’ll get in. Afterall, last year’s Song of the Year nominee Ed Sheeran is in here this year.

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