Grammy Predictions: Read This Before You Watch It

Grammy Predictions: Read This Before You Watch It

The Grammys are a time to celebrate the high (and sometimes low) points of the past year’s music. From chart-topping hits that many can sing from heart, like “Call Me Maybe” to lesser known indie singles like “Lonely Boy”, this year is sure to have plenty of surprises and upsets. Here are my predictions for the four main categories.

Record Of The Year Nominees
“Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson
“We Are Young” by fun.
“Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra
“Thinkin Bout You” by Frank Ocean
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift

Prediction: There are two types of people in the world; people who admit to humming Somebody That I Used To Know incessantly for around two months and liars. This song kind of popped out of nowhere, with everyone scratching their heads asking themselves, who is Gotye and why is this song so frighteningly catchy?

Album Of The Year Nominees
El Camino by The Black Keys
Some Nights by fun.
Babel by Mumford and Sons
Channel Orange by Frank Ocean
Blunderbass by Jack White

Prediction: Mumford and Sons have been nominated the past two years for their outstanding debut album Sigh No More, but have lost to more experienced artists. Babel is a solid album that some may call “vanilla” or “boring” but it’s a safe bet that the Academy will choose this banjo filled, lyrically strong album.

Song Of The Year Nominees
“The A Team” by Ed Sheeran
“Adorn” by Miguel Pimentel
“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepson
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson
“We Are Young” by fun.

Prediction:“We Are Young” has become sort of a national anthem for teens who wanted a song that promotes living life to the fullest extent, without the phrase YOLO. Alternative music has now become a staple this year on radio stations, all thanks to the late 2011 release of this smash single. The strong vocals by lead singer Nate Ruess and carefully timed musical entrances, “We Are Young” is definitely one of the best songs of the year.

Best New Artist Nominees
Frank Ocean
Hunter Hayes
Alabama Shakes
The Lumineers

Prediction:Frank Ocean proved that sexual orientation should never prevent you from doing what you love and pursuing your dream, especially in the notoriously homophobic hip hop industry. Big name supporters like Beyonce and Jay-Z applauded his courageous letter, detailing his coming out and his first love, who was a man. But what really stands out about Frank Ocean is his story telling lyrics and his soulful melodies, and that alone makes him worthy of this Grammy.