My 2014 Grammy Predictions

As is tradition, the week leading up to the Grammys is heavy with discussion on who will win, who will be snubbed and who the best performers will be. As per usual, here are my predictions on who I think will take home the awards from a selection of categories. Also for fun, I’ve included who I think should win each award as well. My predictions last year didn’t go so well as I scored 6/16. Let’s see how I do this year:

GrammyALBUM OF THE YEAR
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

Daft Punk received the most buzz of the selections in this category but the thought of the Grammys voting in a pair of “robots” for their most important category feels unlikely. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the big underdog success story of the year and everyone likes an underdog but Taylor Swift has won this before and while I think hers is the least deserving of the lot, she’s most likely to be both known and liked enough to get it.
Should win: Daft Punk
Will win: Taylor Swift

RECORD OF THE YEAR
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers – Get Lucky
Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
Lorde – Royals
Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell – Blurred Lines

Lorde has the benefit of being one of the biggest names in music at the moment and Bruno Mars is a class act sure to woo voters but I think this award is down to Blurred Lines and Get Lucky. Blurred Lines at this point has overstayed its welcome, giving Get Lucky the edge and Daft Punk the unavoidable Grammy.
Should win: Daft Punk
Will win: Daft Punk

SONG OF THE YEAR
Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason (Pink featuring Nate Ruess)
Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven (Bruno Mars)
Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter – Roar (Katy Perry)
Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor – Royals (Lorde)
Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis – Same Love (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert)

This feels like a particularly weak year for the category meant to highlight and praise the songwriting. Nate Ruess won this award last year with the songwriters of We Are Young by fun. and has since built up a larger profile as a songwriter and go-to featured artist. However, Same Love received a LOT of attention and became a legitimate hit despite an uphill battle – even though it’s the only of the nominees in this category that didn’t hit #1.
Should win: Ben Haggerty (Macklemore), Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis
Will win: Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess

BEST NEW ARTIST
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

The toughest category to predict nominations for and even tougher to guess who the winner will be. Some years, the voters go for the more unlikely pick while others they pick someone who’s on a role. I’m betting they’ll go for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis this year.
Should win: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Will win: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
Sara Bareilles – Brave
Lorde – Royals
Bruno Mars – When I Was Your Man
Katy Perry – Roar
Justin Timberlake – Mirrors

All eyes will be on this category to see who wins between Katy and Sara, or between Justin and Bruno. Unfortunately, there is one other song in this category and voters may want to avoid creating a bigger imaginary rift between the two pairs by just picking Lorde. If not Lorde, I think Bruno.
Should win: Bruno Mars
Will win: Lorde

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers – Get Lucky
Pink featuring Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason
Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko – Stay
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell – Blurred Lines
Justin Timberlake & Jay Z – Suit & Tie

The only legitimate duo or group in this category is Daft Punk but since the Grammys dropped the Pop Collaboration category a few years back, those titles have jumped to this category. I think Daft Punk will be one of the multiple winners this year and this category will help them.
Should win: Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
Will win: Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
Lana Del Rey – Paradise
Lorde – Pure Heroine
Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox
Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience

Justin Timberlake has the benefit of having two of this albums combined into one for this category. He’s up against Robin Thicke and Bruno Mars for the win but I think Bruno will edge out with this one.
Should win: Bruno Mars
Will win: Bruno Mars

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE
Drake – Started From The Bottom
Eminem – Berzerk
Jay Z – Tom Ford
Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz – Thrift Shop

It’s strange to see only one title in this category with featured artists. I think Kendrick Lamar has the strongest song in this one where Macklemore & Ryan Lewis has the benefit of being the bigger hit. I can see either Jay Z or Drake taking this one though.
Should win: Kendrick Lamar
Will win: Drake

BEST RAP ALBUM
Drake – Nothing Was The Same
Jay Z – Magna Carta…Holy Grail
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
Kanye West – Yeezus

This is the strongest category at this year’s Grammys with all five albums having been listed as contenders for the Album of the Year category, with two of them making it in (Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis). Whoever wins this one is deserving of it but the strongest album is Kendrick Lamar’s.
Should win: Kendrick Lamar
Will win: Drake

I’ll likely be live blogging the Grammys on Sunday night because I love award shows and I like blogging. Let’s compare our predictions with the winners as they get announced. Make your predictions below.

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