TNGG’s Grammy Preview: Who will win?

When the Grammys air on Feb. 12, no doubt Twitter and Facebook will explode with “Does anyone still watch the #Grammys?” in varying degrees of grammatical correct-ness. The thing is, people do watch the Grammys. Last year 26.55 million people watched, the highest rating since 2001. The last time that many people tuned in, ‘N Sync was still topping the charts.

Like it or not, the Grammys are back. And despite being the most overrated night in the music industry, its exposure on national television will give it major leverage over the musical trends for the next 365 days…except for the inexplicable success of people like Ke$ha, Biebomez and Nickelback.

Here’s a round-up of the nominees in each of the “big” categories and predictions about who will win.

Record of the Year

Nominees:

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

Who should win: Mumford & Sons. “The Cave” is a haunting and beautiful track worthy of more Grammy recognition than a mere nomination. Marcus Mumford’s voice is something to cherish.

Who will win: Adele. She’s going to be the golden girl of the Grammys this year. The Grammys will kiss her ass until their lips are chapped.

(For those playing the home game, the difference between song of the year and record of the year is simple: song of the year is for the songwriters, record of the year is for the performers.)

Song of the Year

Nominees:

  • “All of the Lights” Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West
  • “The Cave” Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston
  • “Grenade” Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Andrew Wyatt
  • “Holocene” Justin Vernon
  • “Rolling in the Deep” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth

Who should win: Adele. A song this sophisticated deserves to be recognized for the craftsmanship of the writing.

Who will win: Adele

Album of the Year

Nominees:

  • “21” Adele
  • “Wasting Light” Foo Fighters
  • “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” Bruno Mars
  • “Loud” Rihanna

Who should win: Lady Gaga. Where the eff is “Born this Way”??? It sold 1,108,000 copies in its first week–the highest sales week since 2005 and only the 17th album EVER to sell a million copies in its first week. Seriously. Rihanna and Bruno over Gaga? What gives.

Who will win: Adele…again. The Grammys are going to ride Adele’s success all the way to the bank. Unless the Grammy voters decide the new Foo album is better, which they could. Toss up.

Best New Artist

Nominees:

  • The Band Perry
  • Bon Iver
  • J. Cole
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Skrillex

Who should win: Skrillex. Talk about taking the music industry by storm this year.

Who will win: Bon Iver, because the Grammys have zero imagination.

Best Pop Solo Performance

Nominees:

  • “Someone Like you” Adele
  • “You and I” Lady Gaga
  • “Grenade” Bruno Mars
  • “Firework” Kay Perry
  • “Fuckin’ Perfect” Pink

Who should win: Gaga. “You and I” is an amazing song. The best off her album. It’s an old-school jazz piano ballad–a refreshing addition to this year’s smut.

Who will win: Gaga. I think the Grammy people will agree with me….although it’s entirely plausible that Adele will take this one, too.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Nominees:

  • “Body and Soul” Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse
  • “Dearest” The Black Keys
  • “Paradise” Coldplay
  • “Pumped Up Kicks” Foster the People
  • “Moves Like Jagger” Maroon 5

Who should win: Bennett and Winehouse for very obvious reasons.

Who will win: Bennett and Winehouse.

Best Pop Vocal Album

Nominees:

  • “21” Adele
  • “The Lady Killer” Cee Lo Green
  • “Born This Way” Lady Gaga
  • “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” Bruno Mars
  • “Loud” Rihanna

Who should win: Adele. That voice is incomparable.

Who will win: Adele, unless the Grammy people don’t want her to sweep, then Gaga.

Best Rock Performance

Nominees:

  • “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” Coldplay
  • “Down by the Water” The Decemberists
  • “Walk” Foo Fighters
  • “The Cave” Mumford & Sons
  • “Lotus Flower” Radiohead

Who should win: The Decemberists. They scored their first #1 album this year and that’s something to be recognized and appreciated in the form of a golden gramophone statue.

Who will win: Radiohead, thanks to the airplay due to Thom Yorke’s ridiculous dancing in the video.

Best Rock Song

Nominees:

  • “The Cave” Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston
  • “Down by the Water” Colin Meloy
  • “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin
  • “Lotus Flower” Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Phil Selway & Thom Yorke
  • “Walk” Foo Fighters

Who should win: Foo Fighters. “Walk” is a great, great song–the best the Foos have ever written.

Who will win: “The Cave,” for reasons previously stated.

Best Rock Album

Nominees:

  • “Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul” Jeff Beck
  • “Wasting Light” Foo Fighters
  • “Come Around Sundown” Kings of Leon
  • “I’m With You” Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “The Whole Love” Wilco

Who should win: Foo Fighters

Who will win: Wilco. Because, again, the Grammys have no imagination.

Best Alternative Album

Nominees:

  • “Bon Iver” Bon Iver
  • “Codes and Keys” Death Cab for Cutie
  • “Torches” Foster the People
  • “Circuital” My Morning Jacket
  • “The King of Limbs” Radiohead

Who should win: My Morning Jacket. What a fucking great album. Seriously. Download it. Now.

Who will win: Bon Iver will get another pat on the back from the Grammy powers that be.

Best R&B Album

Nominees:

  • “F.A.M.E.” Chris Brown
  • “Second Chance” El DeBarge
  • “Love Letter” R. Kelly
  • “Pieces of Me” Ledisi
  • “Kelly” Kelly Price

Who should win: Anyone but Chris Brown.

Who will win: Anyone but Chris Brown.

Best Rap Album

Nominees:

  • “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

Who should win: Jay-Z and Kanye. Great album.

Who will win: Jay-Z and Kanye, even the Grammy people aren’t stuck up enough to mess this one up.

Best Country Album

Nominees:

  • “My Kinda Party” Jason Aldean
  • “Chief” Eric Church
  • “Own the Night” Lady Antebellum
  • “Red River Blue” Blake Shelton
  • “Here for a Good Time” George Strait
  • “Speak Now” Taylor Swift

Who should win: George Strait–can’t mess with tradition and experience.

Who will win: Some puffball crap i.e. Lady Antebellum or TayTay.

The rest of the nominees for all 78 categories can be seen here. Who will win those?

Caitlin Tremblay I work at Thomson Reuters in NYC and I'm a 2011 graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. I could live off of Ring Pops and cucumbers and I still pay for music. I think tattoos, Chuck Klosterman, Rolling Stone, red pens, day planners and Shakespeare are rad. You can find me on Twitter (@CTrembz).

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3 Responses to “TNGG’s Grammy Preview: Who will win?”

  1. Caitlin

    I apparently can’t read lists. Yes it is nominated. It should win…but it won’t. It will go to Adele.

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  2. Levi

    If Gaga doesn’t win album of the year I’m going to be so disappointed. But we all know Adele will win.

    Reply

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