December may have seemed a long way away when the Grammy nominations came out, but believe it or not, the famous awards are upon us. So, I’ve decided to go through and select some of the probable winners (in Bold) within this year’s categories. Note — not all categories are mentioned below.
Album of the Year
- The Black Keys — “El Camino”
- Fun. — “Some Nights”
- Mumford & Sons — “Babel”
- Frank Ocean — “Channel Orange”
- Jack White — “Blunderbuss”
While all of these albums enjoyed critical and popular success, “Babel” dominated the charts. Remember when Arcade Fire won a Grammy, and everyone went angry and took to Twitter and Facebook to whine and complain? Yeah, that might happen again.
Record of the Year
- The Black Keys — “Lonely Boy”
- Kelly Clarkson — “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
- Fun. feat. Janelle Monáe — ”We Are Young”
- Gotye feat. Kimbra — “Somebody That I Used to Know”
- Frank Ocean — “Thinkin’ Bout You”
- Taylor Swift — “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
No other song pervaded popular culture as viciously as “Somebody That I Used to Know.” Realistically though, Gotye might get some stiff competition from Fun., but for the most part, it should take home the gold.
Best New Artist
- Alabama Shakes
- Hunter Hayes
- The Lumineers
- Frank Ocean
Frankly, he deserves it (no pun intended). Channel Orange was a huge success, and he deserves to get the nod for best new artist. I mean, if the hipster “gods” at Pitchfork gave Ocean a 9.5, he’s got to be doing something right.
Best Dance Recording
- Avicii — “Levels”
- Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo — “Let’s Go”
- Skrillex feat. Sirah — ”Bangarang”
- Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin — “Don’t You Worry Child”
- Al Walser — “I Can’t Live Without You”
If Al Walser wins this Grammy, I think the heads of EDM fans across the globe will explode. It’s highly unlikely, but his nomination was unlikely — so, who knows what’s going to happen. However, considering the success Skrillex enjoyed at last year’s Grammys, it’s fair to say that they’ll will go home with the prize. Plus, if “Levels” wins, MY head will literally explode.
Best Dance/Electronic Album
- Steve Aoki — “Wonderland”
- The Chemical Brothers — “Don’t Think”
- Deadmau5 — “> Album Title Goes Here <”
- Kaskade — “Fire & Ice”
- Skrillex — “Bangarang”
Now, it’s safe to say that The Chemical Brothers will probably not go home with the Grammy, but they should. They’ve been pioneering the big beat electronic sound for years, and when compared with the other nominees in this category, they should win out of sheer principle.
Best Rock Song
- Jack White — ”Freedom at 21″
- Mumford & Sons — ”I Will Wait”
- The Black Keys — ”Lonely Boy”
- Muse — ”Madness”
- Bruce Springsteen — ”We Take Care of Our Own”
Two reasons: this song kicks ass and it wasn’t overplayed several thousand times for movie trailers, commercials and ESPN. Considering the fact that this song has been out for more than a year, that may or may not hurt its chances for victory.
Best Rock Album
- The Black Keys — ”El Camino”
- Muse — ”The 2nd Law”
- Coldplay — ”Mylo Xyloto”
- Bruce Springsteen — “Wrecking Ball”
- Jack White — ”Blunderbuss”
Jack White’s departure into the solo world was a highly successful one, leaving The White Stripes just a nostalgic memory in musical history. On the other hand, White put out arguably the best rock album of 2012 and deserves this win as much as, if not more than, any of the other nominees, considering its versatility.
Best Alternative Music Album
- Fiona Apple — “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do”
- Björk — “Biophilia”
- Gotye — “Making Mirrors”
- M83 — “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”
- Tom Waits — “Bad As Me”
M83 flies under the radar, but his album this year was simply stunning. While the competition is rigid, M83 made waves in the world of indie electronica, and that deserves some credit.
Best Rap Song
- Nas — “Daughters”
- Wale feat. Miguel — ”Lotus Flower Bomb”
- Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz — “Mercy”
- Drake feat. Lil’ Wayne — “The Motto”
- Jay-Z & Kanye West — “N****s In Paris”
- Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa feat. Bruno Mars — “Young, Wild & Free”
Honestly, it’s either “Mercy” or “N****s in Paris” because Kanye needs to win a Grammy or he’ll go on another embarrassing tirade.
Best Rap Album
- Drake — “Take Care”
- Lupe Fiasco — ”Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1″
- The Roots — ”Undun”
- Nas — ”Life Is Good”
- Rick Ross — ”God Forgives, I Don’t”
- 2 Chainz — ”Based on a T.R.U. Story”
Ideally, Nas should win from straight talent and history, but that’s not the way the Grammys work. So, I expect either Rick Ross or 2 Chainz will take home the prize.