58th Annual GRAMMY Predictions

The 58th Annual GRAMMY Award nominations have been announced and Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with 11 nominations, the most since Michael Jackson was nominated 12 times in 1984 (MJ won 8 that night). Hopefully, it's redemption night for Kendrick and his amazing album—To Pimp A Butterfly—wins big, but you never know with The GRAMMYs. Check out my predictions of some important categories and some notable snubs below.

(My predictions of who WILL win are in bold, My thoughts on who SHOULD win are italicized.)

Album of the Year

  • Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes
  • To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
  • Traveller – Chris Stapleton
  • 1989 – Taylor Swift
  • Beauty Behind the Madness – The Weeknd

Record of the Year

  • "Really Love" – D'Angelo and the Vanguard
  • "Uptown Funk" – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
  • "Thinking Out Loud" – Ed Sheeran
  • "Blank Space" – Taylor Swift
  • "Can't Feel My Face" – The Weeknd

Song of the Year

  • "Alright"- Kendrick Lamar
  • "Blank Space"- Taylor Swift
  • "Girl Crush"- Little Big Town
  • "See You Again"- Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
  • "Thinking Out Loud"- Ed Sheehan

Best R&B Performance

  • "If I Don't Have You" – Tamar Braxton
  • "Rise Up" – Andra Day
  • "Breathing Underwater" – Hiatus Kaiyote
  • "Planes" – Jeremih feat. J. Cole
  • "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" – The Weeknd

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • "He Is" – Faith Evans
  • "Little Ghetto Boy" – Lalah Hathaway
  • "Let It Burn" – Jazmine Sullivan
  • "Shame" – Tyrese
  • "My Favorite Part of You" – Charlie Wilson

Best R&B Song

  • "Coffee"- Miguel
  • "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)"- The Weeknd
  • "Let It Burn"- Jazmine Sullivan
  • "Really Love"- D'Angelo & The Vanguard
  • "Shame"- Tyrese

Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • Ego Death – The Internet
  • You Should Be Here – Kehlani
  • Blood – Lianne La Havas
  • Wildheart – Miguel
  • Beauty Behind the Madness – The Weeknd

Best R&B Album

  • Coming Home – Leon Bridges
  • Black Messiah – D'Angelo and The Vanguard
  • Cheers to the Fall – Andra Day
  • Reality Show – Jazmine Sullivan
  • Forever Charlie – Charlie Wilson

Best Rap Performance

  • "Apparently" – J. Cole
  • "Back to Back" – Drake
  • "Trap Queen" – Fetty Wap
  • "Alright" – Kendrick Lamar
  • "Truffle Butter" – Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne
  • "All Day" – Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

  • "One Man Can Change The World" – Big Sean featuring Kanye West & John Legend
  • "Glory" – Common & John Legend
  • "Classic Man" – Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur
  • "These Walls" – Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat
  • "Only" – Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

Best Rap Song

  • "All Day"- Kanye West
  • "Alright"- Kendrick Lamar
  • "Energy"- Drake
  • "Glory"- Common & John Legend
  • "Trap Queen"- Fetty Wap

Best Rap Album

  • 2014 Forest Hills Drive – J. Cole
  • Compton – Dr. Dre
  • If You're Reading This It's Too Late – Drake
  • To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
  • The Pinkprint – Nicki Minaj

Best Music Video

  • "LSD" – ASAP Rocky
  • "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)" – The Dead Weather
  • "Alright" – Kendrick Lamar
  • "Bad Blood" – Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • "Freedom" – Pharrell Williams

SNUBS:

Best New Artist:
Fetty Wap

Song Of The Year:
"Hotline Bling"- Drake (apparently the submission form never got to Cash Money)

Best Rap Album:
Tetsuo & Youth- Lupe Fiasco
Dark Sky Paradise- Big Sean
RTJ2- Run The Jewels
Wale- The Album About Nothing

The GRAMMYs will air on CBS at 8/7c on February 15, 2016. Head here for the full list of nominees.

-AO

 

 

 

 

 

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

-HB

2011 Grammy Nominations

Album of the Year
21 – Adele
Doo-Wops & Hooligans – Bruno Mars
Born This Way – Lady Gaga
Wasting Light – Foo Fighters
Loud – Rihanna

Record of the Year
“Rolling in the Deep” – Adele
“Grenade” – Bruno Mars
“Holocene” – Bon Iver
“The Cave” – Mumford & Sons
“Firework” – Katy Perry

Song of the Year
“Rolling in the Deep” – Adele
“Holocene” – Bon Iver
“Grenade” – Bruno Mars
“The Cave” – Mumford & Sons
“All of the Lights” – Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Best New Artist
Bon Iver
The Band Perry
Nicki Minaj
J. Cole
Skrillex

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Someone Like You” – Adele
“Yoü and I” – Lady Gaga
“Grenade” – Bruno Mars
“Firework” – Katy Perry
“F***in’ Perfect” – Pink

Best Pop Vocal Album
21 – Adele
The Lady Killer – Cee Lo Green
Born This Way – Lady Gaga
Doo-Wops & Hooligans – Bruno Mars
Loud – Rihanna

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group
“Body and Soul” – Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
“Dearest” – The Black Keys
“Paradise” – Coldplay
“Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster the People
“Moves Like Jagger” – Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera

Best R&B Performance
“Far Away” – Marsha Ambrosius
“Pieces of Me” – Ledisi
“Not My Daddy” – Kelly Price & Stokley
“Is This Love” – Corinne Bailey Rae
“You Are” – Charlie Wilson

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Sometimes I Cry” – Eric Benét
“Fool for You” – Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
“Radio Message” – R. Kelly
“Good Man” – Raphael Saadiq
“Surrender” – Betty Wright & The Roots

Best Rap Performance
“Look at Me Now” – Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
“Otis” – Jay-Z & Kanye West
“The Show Goes On” – Lupe Fiasco
“Moment 4 Life” – Nicki Minaj & Drake
“Black and Yellow” – Wiz Khalifa

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Party” – Beyoncé & André 3000
“I’m on One” – DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
“I Need a Doctor” – Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey
“What’s My Name?” – Rihanna & Drake
“Motivation” – Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne
“All of the Lights” – Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Best Rap Song
“All of the Lights” – Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie
“Black and Yellow” – Wiz Khalifa
“I Need a Doctor” – Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey
“Look at Me Now” – Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
“Otis” – Jay-Z & Kanye West
“The Show Goes On” – Lupe Fiasco

Best Rap Album
Watch the Throne – Jay-Z & Kanye West
Tha Carter IV – Lil Wayne
Lasers – Lupe Fiasco
Pink Friday – Nicki Minaj
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West

Best Short Form Music Video
“Rolling in the Deep” – Adele
“Yes I Know” – Memory Tapes
“All Is Not Lost” – OK Go
“Lotus Flower” – Radiohead
“First of the Year (Equinox)” – Skrillex
“Perform This Way” – “Weird Al” Yankovic

Best Long Form Music Video
I Am…World Tour – Beyoncé
Foo Fighters: Back and Forth – Foo Fighters
Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon – Kings Of Leon
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest – A Tribe Called Quest
Nine Types of Light – TV on the Radio

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Danger Mouse
Paul Epworth
The Smeezingtons
Ryan Tedder
Butch Vig

So…. here’s my problem. I’m starting to think the Grammy’s nomination choices do not reflect the truth. Why is “MBDTF” not nominated for “Album of The Year”, but yet Bruno Mars is? Why are “Tha Carter IV” and “Pink Friday” nominated for “Best Rap Album”? I think it’s true, the Grammy’s is becoming more like the VMAs or the MTV Awards. All mainstream nominations, not too many of the people that really deserve it. You can’t sit here and tell me “MBDTF” doesn’t deserve at least a nod for “Album of The Year” even if it doesn’t win…. This is ridiculous. AND WHERE IS BEYONCE?! FOR REAL? I’ll post my predictions later. Enjoy.

-HB