56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominations

Well, the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominations concert happened yesterday. Leading the nominations this year is Jay Z with 9, followed by Macklemore, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, and Justin Timberlake, each with 7. I’ve been watching the GRAMMYs for a bit now, so I’m fully prepared for many surprises and mostly disappointments. Regardless, it was a good year for music and this is bound to be an interesting show. Below I’ve posted the nominees for all the awards that I think are most important/I know the most about, and I’ve bolded who I think will win. I would like to point out: these are my predictions, not my preferences. Also, here’s some insight into the difference between “Song of the Year” and “Record of the Year:” “Song of the Year” is for the songwriters and composers of the song, while “Record of the Year” is more related to the finished product and goes to the singers, engineers, and producers. Enjoy.

Record of the Year

"Get Lucky"- Daft Punk, Pharrell

"Radioactive"- Imagine Dragons

"Royals"- Lorde

"Locked Out Of Heaven"- Bruno Mars

"Blurred Lines"- Robin Thicke, T.I., Pharrell

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

Song of the Year

"Just Give Me a Reason"- Jeff Bhasker, Pink, Nate Ruess

"Locked Out Of Heaven"- Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars

"Roar"- Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry, Henry Walter

"Royals"- Joel Little, Lorde

"Same Love"- Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert

Best New Artist

James Blake

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Kacey Musgraves

Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Solo Performance

"Brave"- Sara Bareilles

"Royals"- Lorde

"When I Was Your Man"- Bruno Mars

"Roar"- Katy Perry

"Mirrors"- Justin Timberlake

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

"Get Lucky"- Daft Punk, Pharrell

"Just Give Me a Reason"- Pink, Nate Ruess

"Stay"- Rihanna, Mikky Ekko

"Blurred Lines"- Robin Thicke, T.I., Pharrell

"Suit & Tie"- Justin Timberlake, Jay Z

Best Pop Vocal Album

Paradise-Lana Del Rey

Pure Heroine- Lorde

Unorthodox Jukebox- Bruno Mars

Blurred Lines- Robin Thicke

The 20/20 Experience- The Complete Experience- Justin Timberlake

Best R&B Performance

"Love And War"- Tamar Braxton

"Best Of Me"- Anthony Hamilton

"Nakamarra"- Hiatus Kaiyote, Q-Tip

"How Many Drinks?"- Miguel, Kendrick Lamar

"Something"- Snarky Puppy, Lalah Hathaway

Best R&B Song

"Best Of Me"- Anthony Hamilton, Jairus Mozee

"Love And War"- Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper, Jr., LaShawn Daniels, Makeba Riddick

"Only One"- PJ Morton

"Pusher Love Girl"- James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake

"Without Me"- Fantasia Barrino, Missy Elliott, Al Sherrod Lambert, Harmony Samuels, Kyle Stewart

Best R&B Album

R&B Divas- Faith Evans

Girl On Fire- Alicia Keys

Love In The Future- John Legend

Better- Chrisette Michele

Three Kings- TGT

Best Rap Performance

"Started From The Bottom"- Drake

"Berzerk"- Eminem

"Tom Ford"- Jay Z

"Swimming Pools (Drank)"- Kendrick Lamar

"Thrift Shop"- Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Wanz

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

"Power Trip"- J. Cole, Miguel

"Part II (On The Run)"- Jay Z, Beyonce

"Holy Grail"- Jay Z, Justin Timberlake

"Now Or Never"- Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige

"Remember You"- Wiz Khalifa, The Weeknd

Best Rap Song

"Fuckin’ Problems"- A$AP Rocky, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Noah Shebib

"Holy Grail"- Jay Z, The-Dream, J. Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake, Ernest Wilson, (Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic)

"New Slaves"- Frank Ocean, Ben Bronfman, Mike Dean, Louis Johnson, Malik Jones, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Che Smith, Kanye West, Cydell Young, (Anna Adamis, Gabor Presser)

"Started From The Bottom"- W. Coleman, Drake, Noah Shebib, (Bruno Sanfilippo)

"Thrift Shop"- Macklemore, Ryan Lewis

Best Rap Album

Nothing Was The Same- Drake

Magna Carta Holy Grail- Jay Z

good kid, m.A.A.d city- Kendrick Lamar

The Heist- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Yeezus- Kanye West

Best Music Video

"Safe And Sound"- Capital Cities

"Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film"- Jay Z

"Can’t Hold Us"- Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Ray Dalton

"Suit & Tie"- Justin Timberlake, Jay Z

"I’m Shakin’"- Jack White