55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Preview

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Tonight is GRAMMY night, which means it’s one of my favorite nights of the year. As an avid and passionate follower of the music industry, I’m excited to see what surprises the show will have in store. The great thing about the GRAMMYs is that, over the years, the academy has smartly trimmed down the sluggish award-giving routine in favor of adding more live music performances. The performance line-up this year is impressive, as we’ll be treated to performances by many of the night’s most prolific nominees (e.g Mumford & Sons, Fun., Jack Black, Frank Ocean, Gotye), a comeback return to the stage from Justin Timberlake, and interesting pairings like that of Ed Sheeran and Elton John.

As far as the awards go, unlike last year when Adele predictably (albeit deservedly) swept the night’s biggest categories, tonight’s show promises to offer at least a few unexpected moments when it comes to handing out the awards. The nominees for the night’s biggest categories as well as my picks for who should and will win. To listen to song from all of the 2013 Grammy nominated artists, subscribe to my playlist on Spotify. 

Record of the Year

WHO SHOULD WIN: SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW – GOYE FEATURING KIMBRA
WHO WILL WIN: WE ARE YOUNG – FUN. FEATURING JANELLE MONAE

Lonely Boy – The Black Keys

The Black Keys & Danger Mouse, producers; Tom Elmhirst & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers; Brian Lucey, mastering engineer
Track from: El Camino
Label: Nonesuch

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson

Greg Kurstin, producer; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Greg Kurstin & Jesse Shatkin, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Label: RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited

We Are Young – Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe

Jeff Bhasker, producer; Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dawson, Ken Lewis, Pawel Sek & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Track from: Some Nights
Label: Fueled By Ramen

Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye Featuring Kimbra

Wally De Backer, producer; Wally De Backer & Francois Tetaz, engineers/mixers; William Bowden, mastering engineer
Track from: Making Mirrors
Label: Universal Republic

Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean & Shea Taylor, producers; Jeff Ellis, Mark “Spike” Stent, Pat Thrall & Marcos Tovar, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
Track from: Channel Orange
Label: Def Jam

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, producers; Serban Ghenea, Sam Holland, Michael Ilbert & John Hanes, engineer/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
Label: Big Machine Records

Album of the Year

WHO SHOULD WIN: CHANNEL ORANGE – FRANK OCEAN
WHO WILL WIN: BABEL – MUMFORD & SONS

El Camino – The Black Keys

The Black Keys & Danger Mouse, producers; Tchad Blake, Tom Elmhirst & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers; Brian Lucey, mastering engineer
Label: Nonesuch

Some Nights – Fun.

Janelle Monáe, featured artist; Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Jake One & TommyD, producers; Jeff Bhasker, Pete Bischoff, Jeff Chestek, Rich Costey, Andrew Dawson, Emile Haynie, Ken Lewis, Manny Marroquin, Sonny Pinnar, Pawel Sek & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Label: Fueled By Ramen

Babel – Mumford & Sons

Markus Dravs, producer; Robin Baynton & Ruadhri Cushnan, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
Label: Glassnote

Channel Orange – Frank Ocean

André 3000, John Mayer, Earl Sweatshirt & Tyler, The Creator, featured artists; Om’Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean, Pharrell & Shea Taylor, producers; Calvin Bailif, Andrew Coleman, Jeff Ellis, Doug Fenske, Om’Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean, Ken Oriole, Philip Scott, Mark “Spike” Stent, Pat Thrall, Marcos Tovar & Vic Wainstein, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
Label: Def Jam

Blunderbuss – Jack White

Jack White, producer; Vance Powell & Jack White, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
Label: Third Man/Columbia Records

Song of the Year

WHO SHOULD WIN: ADORN – MIGUEL
WHO WILL WIN: WE ARE YOUNG – FUN. FEATURING JANELLE MONAE

The A Team

Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)

Track from: +
Label: Elektra; Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Adorn

Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)

Label: RCA/Bystorm Entertainment; Publisher: Art Dealer Chic

Call Me Maybe

Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)

Label: 604 Records/Schoolboy Records/Interscope; Publishers: Jepsen Music Publishing, Regular Monkey Productions, Crowe Music Publishing

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)

Label: RCA/19 Recordings; Publishers: Universal Music Publishing MGB Scandinavia, Perfect Storm Music Group/Sony ATV Music Publishing Scandinavia, BMG Gold Songs, Kurstin Music/EMI April Music

We Are Young

Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe)

Track from: Some Nights
Label: Fueled By Ramen; Publishers: WB Music, FBR Music, Bearvon Music/Rough Art/Shira Lee Lawrence Rick Music/Way Above Music/Sony ATV Songs

Best New Artist

WHO SHOULD WIN: FRANK OCEAN
WHO WILL WIN: FRANK OCEAN

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