The 57th GRAMMY’s

The GRAMMY’s are tonight. And whether or not you believe the GRAMMY’s still matter (unfortunately, they do) here are my picks for the winners tonight. These are not predictions of who I think will win, but who I think should win. I’ve listened to the music in every category I’m listing. I’m skipping most categories because, frankly, I don’t care about them (especially Country; I hate country music; all of it; a lot). So here goes nothing. Let me know who you think should win in the comments section.

EDIT: My choices will appear in bold. All GRAMMY winners will appear in italics as they are announced.

Record of the Year (A Producer and Engineer’s Award)

Fancy – Iggy Azalea
Chandelier – Sia
Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) – Sam Smith
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor

NOTE: A producer should serve the music and stay out of its way. That’s way I have to give this one to Sam Smith’s team.

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Album Of The Year

Morning Phase – Beck
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
X – Ed Sheeran
In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
Girl – Pharrell Williams

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Song Of The Year (A Songwriter’s Award)

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
Chandelier – Sia
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) – Sam Smith
Take Me To Church – Hozier

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Best New Artist

Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Brandy Clark
Haim
Sam Smith

NOTE: I love Haim. Days Are Gone was one of my favorite albums from this past year. And I didn’t think Sam Smith’s album was that great on the whole. But damn it if I don’t think as an artist he’s going to take the cake here.

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Best Pop Solo Performance

All Of Me (Live) – John Legend
Chandelier – Sia
Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) – Sam Smith
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Happy (Live) – Pharrell Williams

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Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Fancy – Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
A Sky Full Of Stars – Coldplay
Say Something – A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera
Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj
Dark Horse – Katty Perry feat. Juicy J

NOTE: I care for neither Ariana Grande nor Nicki Minaj, but this track is hot fire.

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Best Pop Vocal Album

Ghost Stories – Coldplay
Bangerz – Miley Cyrus
My Everything – Ariana Grande
Prism – Katy Perry
X – Ed Sheeran
In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith

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Best Dance Recording

Never Say Never – Basement Jaxx feat. ETML
Rather Be – Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
F For You – Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige
I Got U – Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones
Faded – Zhu

NOTE: There was something quite special about this track. Maybe it’s because the members of Clean Bandit actually play cello and violin. You can’t beat live instruments.

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Best Rock Performance

Gimme Something Good – Ryan Adams
Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys
Blue Moon – Beck
Fever – The Black Keys
Lazaretto – Jack White

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Best Rock Song

Ain’t It Fun – Paramore
Blue Moon – Beck
Fever – The Black Keys
Gimme Something Good – Ryan Adams
Lazaretto – Jack White

NOTE: Is “Blue Moon” really “Rock”? I don’t know.

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Best Alternative Music Album

This Is All Yours – Alt-J
Reflektor – Arcade Fire
Melophobia – Cage The Elephant
St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Lazaretto – Jack White

NOTE: I didn’t like St. Vincent before this record. The only time I really appreciated her voice was on Andrew Bird’s “Lusitania” and on “Who” with David Byrne. But this record really drew me into her world and made me take a second look at her earlier albums.

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Best R&B Performance

Drunk In Love – Beyoncé feat. Jay Z
New Flame – Chris Brown feat. Usher and Rick Ross
It’s Your World – Jennifer Hudson feat. R. Kelly
Like This – Ledisi
Good Kisser – Usher

NOTE: “It’s Your World” is a really close second.

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Best R&B Song

Drunk In Love – Beyoncé feat. Jay Z
Good Kisser – Usher
New Flame – Chris Brown feat. Usher and Rick Ross
Options – Luke James feat. Rick Ross
The Worst – Jhené Aiko

NOTE: My friend made the comment that Jhené never really sings, but rather makes “sleepytime rap”. That’s pretty accurate, I’d say. But in a year of massively over-produced records, “The Worst” stands out as something simple. Plus, the off-beat timing of the chorus really caught my ear the first time I heard it.

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Best Urban Contemporary Album

Sail Out – Jhené Aiko
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
X – Chris Brown
Mali Is – Mali Music
Girl – Pharrell Williams

NOTE: This category has gotten significantly less interesting since its inaugural year in 2013

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Best Rap Performance (the most exciting category)

3005 – Childish Gambino
0 to 100/The Catch Up – Drake
Rap God – Eminem
i – Kendrick Lamar
All I Need Is You – Lecrae

NOTE: Fuck! This was hard to pick. The “Catch Up” part of Drake’s smash is the best few minutes of rap I’ve heard in a long time. Eminem absolutely slays the entirety of “Rap God”. 3005 is that indie rap that’s been growing on me. But come on. “I”. There isn’t anything like it on the charts. There are so many flows on that song. The song is everything. And it’s been my anthem since it dropped.

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Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Black Majik – Common feat. Jhené Aiko
The Monster – Eminem feat. Rihanna
Tuesday – ILOVEMAKONNEN feat. Drake
Studio – Schoolboy Q feat. BJ The Chicago Kid
Bound 2 – Kanye West and Charlie Wilson

NOTE: There is no rapping on “Tuesday”. Why the fuck is it in this category?

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Best Rap Song

Anaconda – Nicki Minaj
Bound 2 – Kanye West and Charlie Wilson
i – Kendrick Lamar
We Dem Boyz – Wiz Khalifa
0 to 100/The Catch Up

NOTE: See Best Rap Performance.

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Best Music Video

We Exist – Arcade Fire
Turn Down For What – DJ Snake and Lil Jon
Chandelier – Sia
Happy – Pharrell Williams
The Golden Age – Woodkid feat. Max Richter

NOTE: A lot of people will want to award this to “We Exist” simply because of it’s message about transgendered people. I’m allabout equality. But a political message does not a good music video make.

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