As the Grammy awards approach (over two months out) the official nominations list is released on the official website. With this list I will be making my predictions but there are some heavy hitters on this list such as the Weekend and K-Dot (Kendrick Lamar) who are up for “Album of the year” but are still up against little ole Taylor Swift and the Alabama Shakes. My winner predictictions will be in bold with some links attached to the bolded. Here is the list (Categories I want to see):
Song Of The Year Kendrick Lamar, "Alright" Taylor Swift, "Blank Space" Little Big Town, "Girl Crush" Wiz Khalifa f. Charlie Puth, "See You again" Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
Album Of The Year Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly Chris Stapleton, Traveller Taylor Swift, 1989 The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
Best New Artist Courtney Barnett James Bay Tori Kelly Meghan Trainor Sam Hunt
Record Of The Year D'Angelo and The Vanguard, "Really Love" Mark Ronson f. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk" Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud" Taylor Swift, "Blank Space" The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"
Best Rap Performance J. Cole, "Apparently" Drake, "Back To Back Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen" Kendrick Lamar, "Alright" Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and Drake, "Truffle Butter" Kanye West, "All Day"
Best Rap Song Kanye West, "All Day" Kendrick Lamar, "Alright" Common and John Legend, "Glory" Drake, "Energy" Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"
Best Rap Album
Cole,2014 Forest Hills Drive
Dr. Dre, Compton
Drake, If Youre Reading This Its Too Late
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
Rap/Sung Collaboration Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend, “One Man Can Change the World,” Common and John Legend, “Glory,” Jidenna, “Classic Man,” Kendrick Lamar, “These Walls,” Nicki Minaj, “Only”
Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Ship to Wreck,” Florence + the Machine “Sugar,” Maroon 5 “Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars “Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar “See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
Traditional Pop Vocal Album
“The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern,” Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap “Shadows in the Night,” Bob Dylan “Stages,” Josh Groban “No One Ever Tells You,” Seth MacFarlane “My Dream Duets,” Barry Manilow (and Various Artists)
Pop Vocal Album
” Piece by Piece,” Kelly Clarkson “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful,” Florence + the Machine ” Uptown Special,” Mark Ronson “1989,” Taylor Swift “Before This World,” James Taylor
“We’re All We Need,” Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston “Go,” the Chemical Brothers “Never Catch Me,” Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar “Runaway (U & I),” Galantis “Where Are U Now,” Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber
“Our Love,” Caribou “Born in the Echoes,” the Chemical Brothers “Caracal,” Disclosure “In Colour,” Jamie XX “Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U,” Skrillex and Diplo
“If I Don’t Have You,” Tamar Braxton “Rise Up,” Andra Day “Breathing Underwater,” Hiatus Kaiyote “Planes,” Jeremih featuring J. Cole “Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey),” the Weeknd
Traditional R&B Performance
“He Is,” Faith Evans “Little Ghetto Boy,” Lalah Hathaway “Let It Burn,” Jazmine Sullivan “Shame,” Tyrese “My Favorite Part of You,” Charlie Wilson
“Coffee,” Brook Davis and Miguel Pimentel, songwriters (Miguel) “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville and Abel Tesfaye, songwriters (the Weeknd) “Let It Burn,” Kenny B. Edmonds, Jazmine Sullivan and Dwane M. Weir II, songwriters (Jazmine Sullivan) “Really Love,” D’Angelo and Kendra Foster, songwriters (D’Angelo and the Vanguard) “Shame,” Warryn Campbell, Tyrese Gibson and DJ Rogers Jr., songwriters (Tyrese)
Urban Contemporary Album
“Ego Death,” the Internet “You Should Be Here,” Kehlani “Blood,” Lianne La Havas “Wildheart,” Miguel “Beauty Behind the Madness,” the Weeknd
“Coming Home,” Leon Bridges “Black Messiah,” D’Angelo and the Vanguard “Cheers to the Fall,” Andra Day “Reality Show,” Jazmine Sullivan “Forever Charlie,” Charlie Wilson
Lamar: 11 Nominations
Swift: Seven Nominations
the Weeknd: 7 Nominations
After reviewing this list along with listening to the music again I think what I have predicted to be winners. On the other hand some of the categories I had to battle mentally to pick a winner. I think that this will be a big winner for the Weekend due to the fact that he put out so many hits along with his “Fifty Shades of Grey” feature (Earned It). I am surprised Drake and Adele wasn’t on this list more than once for “Hotline Bling”and “Hello” possibly there is a criteria nominations go by but for “Trap Queen” to be on there that is kind of different for the Grammy’s but I am still a fan of the song. I will be watching and I will be posting if I was right or not along with my Red Carpet Review…STAY TUNED!!!
SPEAKING ON IT!!!