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Music Tap: GRAMMYs Predictions!

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Because it’s fun and will most likely result in some creative comments/arguments, I thought I’d give it a shot at some Grammy predictions!

In the last year, surprisingly, the selection of popular artists oversaturating the radio waves has been (at least) filled with some unique and out-of-the-norm songs.

For example, I would never have imagined that Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” — with its vintage funk grooves – would be nominated for Record of the Year. The same thing goes for 17-year-old new-comer Lorde, whose “Royals” first debuted No. 1 in New Zealand and then went on to win America’s heart. She’s expected to win big Sunday.

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However, as many Grammy watchers know, the Grammys is one tough award show to predict. Sometimes, the popular artist does actually get passed over for a more indie/obscure artist (i.e. Bon Iver over Nicki Minaj).

Below, I’ve listed the nominations, given my predictions on who will win and who I think should win. In the comments section, let me know who you think will win!

Record Of The Year

“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk
“Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
“Royals” – Lorde
“Locked Out Of Heaven” – Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell

WHO WILL WIN: “Royals” – Lorde
WHO SHOULD WIN: “Get Lucky” – Daft Punk

Daft Punk’s single might be the song of the summer in 2013, but Lorde’s explosion into the music scene is far too good of a story for the GRAMMYs not to select “Royals.”

Album Of The Year

“The Blessed Unrest” – Sara Bareilles
“Random Access Memories” – Daft Punk
“Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” – Kendrick Lamar
“The Heist” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“Red” – Taylor Swift

WHO WILL WIN: “The Heist” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
WHO SHOULD WIN: “Random Access Memories” – Daft Punk

I’d bet that most of you have heard numerous songs off of Macklemore’s album playing repetitively on indie radio stations — as well as the mainstream. There were far too many catchy — and daring — songs on the album to not get the nod here.

Best New Artist

James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

WHO WILL WIN: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
WHO SHOULD WIN: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Come on now, Macklemore just made the biggest splash.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
“Just Give Me A Reason” – Pink Featuring Nate Ruess
“Stay” – Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell
“Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake & Jay Z

WHO WILL WIN: “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell
WHO SHOULD WIN: “Get Lucky” – Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers

Pharrell seems to have the golden touch, so I wouldn’t be surprised if either of these songs win.

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Brave” – Sara Bareilles
“Royals” – Lorde
“When I Was Your Man” – Bruno Mars
“Roar” – Katy Perry
“Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake

WHO WILL WIN: “Royals” – Lorde
WHO SHOULD WIN: “Royals” – Lorde

Because, of course. The other songs pale in comparison to the reign of “Royals.”

Song Of The Year (Songwriter’s Award)

“Just Give Me A Reason” – Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess
“Locked Out Of Heaven” – Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars
“Roar” – Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter
“Royals” – Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor
“Same Love” – Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis

WHO WILL WIN: “Royals” – Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor
WHO SHOULD WIN: “Same Love” – Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis

“Royals” may just be the song of the year, but the subject matter in “Same Love” reflects what might possibly be the biggest story of 2013.

ONE LAST THING: The Minnesota Orchestra was nominated for Best Orchestral Performance, so, obviously, I’m gonna have to show my bias and hope that they win that category! Let’s all send some collective Minnesotan good vibes their way.

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Local Music Tap is a new blog aimed at promoting Minnesota-based musicians, bands, shows and events. If you have music blog ideas, please email cepremo@wcco.com or leave a comment below. Also, follow the Local Music Tap on Twitter and on YouTube.

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