Best New Artist–James Blake
Out of names such as Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, Kacey Musgraves and Ed Sheeran, it seems highly unlikely a generic-sounding James Blake would win. However, my mind keeps going back to Esperanza Spalding, the winner of Best New Artist in 2010, which was predicted to go to Justin Bieber. Having been a few years, I believe the academy voting members are hoping to surprise audiences again.
Record of the Year–Get Lucky
Record of the Year details the success of those behind the mixing boards, and the incredible diversity of the beats created by Daft Punk and their team of sound engineers is indeed successful. The song is award-winning in its danceability and unique personality. Listening to the track, one can imagine the skill it takes to mix it.
Album of the Year: The Heist
“The Heist’s” (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) tracklist features several chart-topping hits such as “Thrift Shop”, “Same Love” and “White Walls”. Though the album’s chart position is not considered, the same qualities in the tracks make up the album. Although this album is diverse and interesting, Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City has a chance. The lyrics have made an impression on the public and have most likely done the same for the judging panel.
Song of the Year–Same Love
This award celebrates the ability of the songwriter, and no song quite made a statement like Same Love (Performed by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert). The relevance of the lyrics to the evolution of gay rights in America makes for a perfect listening opportunity, as well as an award-winning opportunity. The lyrics are straightforward, socially liberal, and backed up by human logic and emotion. Throughout the whole song, the bars are dripping with social commentary: “And God loves all his children, and somehow forgotten. But we paraphrase a book written 3500 years ago.” However, if Grammy judges decide to turn away from this message, “Just Give Me a Reason’s” (Performed by P!nk, Nate Ruess) universal romantic sentiment just might fit the bill.