Who I think should win the Grammys (since the nominees this year aren’t horrid)

Album of the Year
» The Black Keys – El Camino
» Fun. – Some Nights
» Mumford & Sons – Babel
» Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
» Jack White – Blunderbuss

I can’t decide. Both are GOLD. I lean slightly Jack White though. I think.

Record of the Year
» The Black Keys – "Lonely Boy"
» Kelly Clarkson – "Stronger"
» Fun. feat. Janelle Monae – "We Are Young"
» Gotye feat. Kimbra – "Somebody That I Used to Know"
» Frank Ocean – "Thinkin Bout You"
» Taylor Swift – "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"

As overplayed as it was, this song was the most experimental, yet universally relevant thing we heard all year. That song is SO unlike anything else on the radio. Frank Ocean came close though.

Best New Artist
» The Alabama Shakes
» Fun.
» Hunter Hayes
» The Lumineers
» Frank Ocean

What can I say? These guys deserve it. Their stuff is creative and fresh, and Nate Ruess is an indie vocal PRO (despite that crap auto-tune in “Some Nights”—which was unnecessary since he can hit those notes anyway).

Best Pop Vocal Album
» Kelly Clarkson – Stronger
» Florence and the Machine – Ceremonials
» Fun. – Some Nights
» Maroon 5 – Overexposed
» Pink – The Truth About Love

I’m sorry, but altogether, that M5 album had more great hooks than I’ve ever heard on a pop album in a WHILE, and all the songs weren’t COMPLETELY synthcrap. Heavily produced? Yes. Somewhat tasteful? Surprisingly so.

Song of the Year
» Ed Sheeran – "The A Team"
» Miguel – "Adorn"
» Carly Rae Jepsen – "Call Me Maybe"
» Kelly Clarkson – "Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)"
» Fun. – "We Are Young"

These songs were all horribly overplayed, but this Fun. track was the least annoying, and was original, with soulful singing and multiple tempo changes; not too common on the radio.

Best Pop Solo Performance
» Adele – "Set Fire to the Rain (Live)"
» Kelly Clarkson – "Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)"
» Carly Rae Jepsen – "Call Me Maybe"
» Katy Perry – "Wide Awake"
» Rihanna – "Where Have You Been"

Real music, especially live, will always win over Carly Rae Crapson and Dr. Luke junk.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
» Florence and the Machine – "Shake It Out"
» Fun. – "We Are Young"
» Gotye feat. Kimbra – "Somebody That I Used to Know"
» LMFAO – "Sexy and I Know It"
» Maroon 5 – "Payphone"

This band is just cool. And really different from all others. I already rooted for Fun. and Gotye in other categories, so I think Florence deserves this one. That is all.

Best Dance/Electronic Album
» Steve Aoki – Wonderland
» The Chemical Brothers Don’t Think
» deadmau5>Album Title Goes Here<
»
Kaskade Fire & Ice
» Skrillex Bangarang

I don’t know, I just liked it best.

Best Rock Performance
» Alabama Shakes – "Hold On"
» The Black Keys – "Lonely Boy"
» Coldplay – "Charlie Brown"
» Mumford & Sons – "I Will Wait"
» Bruce Springsteen – "We Take Care of Our Own"

I may be slightly leaning towards this one because it isn’t nominated elsewhere, but honestly, I’ve seen live performances of all of these songs online, and there’s nothing quite like watching Alabama Shakes absolutely NAIL every note. A truly talented band. Charlie Brown is one of my favorite songs of the year, but it’s not as rootsy-rock and organic as the Rock Performance of the Year should be.

 

Best Rock Song
» Jack White – "Freedom at 21"
» Mumford & Sons – "I Will Wait"
» The Black Keys – "Lonely Boy"
» Muse – "Madness"
» Bruce Springsteen – "We Take Care of Our Own"

This one was hard to choose. All of these songs (except for “I Will Wait”) were standout tracks for me this year. “21” was great and innovative track on Blunderbuss, with a cool doubled-drumbeat that made an otherwise sweetly-vintage song modern and fresh. Madness was anthemic and crucial to gluing Muse’s 2nd Law album together with a great catchy single. And, of course, Wrecking Ball was Springsteen’s finest in years, and the opening track is a strong contender in this category.

However, Lonely Boy is the best example of a no-frills straight up- rock and roll song I’ve heard in a LONG time. This song is 100% rock and roll. Just listen to it and tell me it doesn’t just scream ‘50s classic rock! This one simply takes the cake.

Best Rock Album
» The Black Keys, El Camino
» Muse, The 2nd Law
» Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto
» Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball
» Jack White, Blunderbuss

The hardest category to choose. These were all favorite albums of the year for me. El Camino was a great blues-rock masterpiece, The 2nd Law was Muse’s best radio-friendly, yet experimental attempt yet, Mylo Xyloto was the electronic Viva La Vida that was simply entrancing, and Wrecking Ball just proved Springsteen still kick major butt at writing good old Americana anthems. But honestly, the rootsy rock and roll of White’s solo debut had me rocking it solidly in my headphones for two months or so, so he wins.

Best Alternative Music Album
» Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
» Bjork, Biophilia
» Gotye, Making Mirrors
»
M83, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
» Tom Waits, Bad As Me

This album is perfect. Go listen to it. All the songs sample old records and stuff, and the atmosphere is out-of-this-world. The sequencing alone wins this category. “Eyes Wide Open” into “Somebody”? Album gold.

Best R&B Performance
» Estelle – "Thank You"
» Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Ledisi – "Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)
» Luke James – "I Want You"
» Miguel – "Adorn"
» Usher – "Climax"

To be honest, I don’t know much in this category, but “Climax” was a great song. I’m not an Usher fan either.

Best Urban Contemporary Album
» Chris Brown, Fortune
» Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream
» Frank Ocean, Channel Orange

I feel like this one explains itself. I never even listened to Fortune or Dream, but I can tell you there was nowhere near the hype and success for those that Frank Ocean brought about with his debut album. Plus, this one was up for album of the year! Clearly it’s the best from THIS category!

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
» Flo Rida feat. Sia – "Wild Ones"
» Jay-Z & Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean & The-Dream – "No Church in the Wild"
»
John Legend feat. Ludacris – "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)"
» Nas feat. Amy Whinehouse – "Cherry Wine"
» Rihanna feat. Jay-Z – "Talk That Talk"

I like the questioning this song brings up…and it’s the only memorable track of this bunch.

Best Rap Song
» Nas – "Daughters"
» Wale feat. Miguel – "Lotus Flower Bomb"
» Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz – "Mercy"
» Drake feat. Lil’ Wayne – "The Motto"
» Jay-Z & Kanye West – "N—as In Paris"
» Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars – "Young, Wild & Free"

Just don’t let “Young Wild and Free” win. Such a dumb song. So freakin’ dumb.

Best Rap Album
» Drake, Take Care
» Lupe Fiasco, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1
» The Roots, Undun
»
Nas, Life Is Good
» Rick Ross, God Forgives, I Don’t
» 2 Chainz, Based on a T.R.U. Story

Dang it, I know they won’t win. But still, these guys are something else. Musically innovative, yet so classic-sounding. Not to mention they are the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. But I suppose that’s irrelevant…

Best Country Song
» Carrie Underwood – "Blown Away"
» Ronnie Dunn -"Cost of Livin’ "
» Eli Young Band – "Even If It Breaks Your Heart"
» Alan Jackson – "So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore"
» Eric Church – "Springsteen"

The Grammy should go to a third-party will will evenly distribute the statue to everyone in this category by smashing it over each of their heads.

Best Americana Album
» The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter
» John Fullbright, From the Ground Up
» The Lumineers, The Lumineers
» Mumford & Sons, Babel
» Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream

Ho Hey. End of story. The rest of the album is great though. Seriously. And they are brand new, so it’s impressive they are even nominated. I’m going with them, if not just because I listened to the album non-stop for a week when it came out.

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