December 6, 2015

MY 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY NOMINATIONS PREDICTIONS:


 
First let me say that Adele will not be nominated tomorrow..."Hello" and the massive "25" (which is now the first album/artist to sell more than 1 million copies in its first AND 2nd weeks on the charts...just 3.4 million and 1.2 million respectively) are not eligible this year -- but it's pretty much a sure bet that 2017 will be the Adelmmy Awards...

Album of the Year
Taylor Swift -- 1989 (Shake it Off was the only thing eligible last year and she got shut out as far as Record and Song of the Year noms went) BUT...add Blank Spaces, Style, Bad Blood, Wildest Dreams...oh, and the fact that it's been in the top 10 on iTunes consistently over the past year and this is a shoo-in!)

Kendrick Lamar -- To Pimp a Butterfly (since its release this has been one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the eligibility period and one of the most successful albums of the year)

The Weekend -- Beauty Behind the Madness (from 50 Shades of Gray Soundtrack to "Can't Feel My Face" this year, it didn't matter if it were a Monday or a Thursday because every day was The Weekend!

Foo Fighters -- Sonic Highway (critically acclaimed and they've been nominated twice for Album of the Year previously without a win; Grammy voters love this group and they want a nom that's alt rock so their voting appears/ feels inclusive ;)

Alabama Shakes -- Sound + Color (face it, Swifty is all Pop so they need a country-sounding act in this category even tho they are alt rock:) well, feel inclusive ;))

MAYBES:
Meghan Trainor's "Title" has spawned massive hits from "All About that Bass" (which was nominated for Record and Song of the Year but shut out last year), "Lips are Movin'" "Dear Future Husband" "I'm Gonna Love You (duet with John Legend) and she's loved by fans and the industry (FYI: "Title" was released in this year's eligibility period only "Bass" was eligible last year). Swifty has cornered the girl pop category but there are a lot of men represented above so the Academy may go for her too.

James Taylor's latest release saw his highest chart debut on Billboard in a very long and successful recording career.  Grammy voters like the iconic/nostalgic acts but over the past few years it seems there has to be some sales quantity/radio play/continued buzz for an album of the year nod...there wasn't much fire after the initial rain with this one.

RECORD OF THE YEAR
"Blank Spaces" -- Taylor Swift ('nuff said)

"Uptown Funk" -- Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars (14 weeks at #1.  Bruno Mars. Nuff said.)

"Thinking Out Loud" -- Ed Sheeran (sure the album from which "Thinking" comes already was nominated for Album of the Year last year (didn't win) but the single was released this year and he's become an industry darling -- expect this to receive several nods)

"See You Again" -- Wiz Kalifa (w/ Charlie Puth): became an anthem for lost loved ones and an ode to "Furious" actor Paul Walker who died tragically (in a high speed car accident of all things after leaving a charity event) while filming the latest installment of the franchise.  Charlie Puth also is the current "it" kid (and rumored to be dating Ms. Trainor)  

5TH SPOT POSSIBILITIES:
"I Can't Feel My Face" -- The Weekend (just because that would be cool to have as a nomination in this field and people will want to shower The Weekend with lots of nods to show how cool they are)

"Alright" -- Kendrick Lamar (one of the best songs of 2015 and another opp for voters to show him their love)

"Honey, I'm Good" -- Andy Grammer (not a lot of music "experts" are talking about this one but with pop and country cross-over this might stand a chance -- and 52 million people LOVED the video)

"Glory" -- John Legend and Common (won the Oscar earlier this year but wasn't eligible for GRAMMY nomination because it wasn't released until December 2014)

"Girl Crush" -- Little Big Town (they need a country act in here)

"Ghost Town" -- Madonna.  Long shot.  But a surprise move that could show the Academy actually knows what it's doing! 

SONG OF THE YEAR
(BTW:  Record of the Year is for the overall production of a song meaning the Grammy goes to the artist, producer and engineer(s); Song of the Year is for the songwriting and only goes to the songwriter(s) -- if the artist who performed a Song of the Year winner didn't write or co-write the song then that artist doesn't win the GRAMMY, too)

"Blank Spaces" - Taylor Swift ('nuff said)
"Alright" -- Kendrick Lamar
"See you Again" -- Wiz Kalifa (feat Charlie Puth)
"Thinking Out Loud" --  Ed Sheeran
"Glory" -- John Legend and Common (won the Oscar, not eligible last year for a GRAMMY nom because it was released in December 2014)

MAYBE:
"Here" -- Alissia Cara
"I Can't Feel My Face" -- The Weekend
"Girl Crush" -- Little Big Town
"Uptown Funk" -- Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars (there are 11 co-writers on this song which might turn voters off for this category)

If the Academy is feeling especially nostalgic then Rihanna, Paul McCartney and Kanye's "FourFiveSeconds" might show up in the Song and Record categories as well...

BEST NEW ARTIST
Meghan Trainor
Sam Hunt
Leon Bridges
Fetty Wap

5TH SPOT POSSIBILITIES:
Tori Kelly
Alissia Cara
Hozier

I would have put Pentatonix, the most successful a capella group with hundreds of millions of YouTube fans and views and now 2 #1 albums under their belts (last year's biggest holiday album and their first full length album on a major lable this year) as a sure  bet in this category but they won a GRAMMY last year for best arrangement so they are ineligible...RATS!)

Those are my predictions.  Best of luck to everyone!!