And the Grammy Goes to…
by Emma Martin on Friday, February 6th, 2015
Believe it or not, it’s already time for the Grammys again. The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 8, 2015—this Sunday—at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, broadcasted by CBS. For the fourth consecutive year, rapper LL Cool J will host the awards. This entertaining, annual event celebrates the best in the music industry, rewarding the supreme with a golden accolade symbolizing all of the entertainers’ accomplishments. In reviewing the nominations and reflecting over my predictions, I have to admit that I am profoundly surprised and disappointed by some of the nominees. Nonetheless, here are a few categories in which I’ll discuss my predictions.
For the best new artist of the year, the five nominees are Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Brandy Clark, Haim, and Sam Smith. Sam Smith is a very talented artist, particularly because he relies more on his unedited vocal abilities than the other nominees do. Hopefully the Grammy will go to Smith, who I believe to be the most talented of the bunch.
For the Best Rap Album, the nominees are: Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” Childish Gambino’s “Because The Internet,” Iggy Azalea’s “The New Classic,” Wiz Khalifa’s “Blacc Hollywood,” Schoolboy Q’s “Oxymoron,” and Common’s “Nobody’s Smiling.” Personally, I like all the albums except Azalea’s, but I hope Eminem wins. I’ve been a longtime fan of his music, and I believe this release to be among his top three or four albums.
Moving on to the Best Rap Song, the nominations are Kanye West’s “Bound 2,” Kendrick Lamar’s “i,” Wiz Khalifa’s “We Dem Boyz,” Drake’s “0 to 100,” and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda.” I personally have no idea how “Anaconda” snuck onto the list; the first time I heard it, I thought it was a parody. Of the list, “i” would have to be my favorite because of its catchy rhythm and feel-good message.
Finally, for Song of the Year, I am especially disappointed by the selection: “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor, “Take Me To Church” by Hozier, “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift, “Chandelier” by Sia, and “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith. While I would have to go with “Take Me To Church” above the others, I really don’t know what a song like “All About That Bass” is doing occupying such a significant place in music history. Though I do like Sam Smith’s music, I just don’t think that “Stay With Me” is among his best songs. Overall, I was surprised by the low caliber of this year’s nominations. Regardless of the nominees’ strengths, some great performances are scheduled for the Grammys this year. Most of the performers have been announced, including Usher, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams, Miranda Lambert, Common, John Legend, Madonna, Ed Sheeran, AC/DC, Eric Church, and Ariana Grande, but the songs these artists plan to perform are still largely unknown. I personally can’t wait for the Usher, Sam Smith, and AC/DC performances. There are also a host of collaborations planned including appearances by Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Hozier & Annie Lennox, Jessie J & Tom Jones, and Adam Levine & Gwen Stefani. These duos will blend genres and styles to hopefully create an even more powerful performance. Regardless of the lackluster strength of many of the year’s nominated artists, the 57th Grammy Awards will undoubtedly be an epically entertaining celebration of the best talents in today’s music that you won’t want to miss.
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