We're only a few days away from the start of the annual GRAMMY season that formally kicks off in style this Friday when the nominees for the 56th GRAMMY Awards are being announced during a live CBS telecast at 10 p.m. EST. The 56th GRAMMY Awards will air live from Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on January 26, 2014 on CBS. Mark your calendar! This Friday, the nominations in all 81 GRAMMY categories will be announced and it's shaping up to be a very competitive race in most categories with many exciting newcomers vying for GRAMMY glory.
Let's stare for a moment in our crystal ball and have a look at some of the artists, songs and productions that are in pole position to grab a coveted GRAMMY nomination. Note that the eligibility period for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards is October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013. The final GRAMMY nominees are selected by multiple review committees consisting of recording industry professionals and voted for by the thousands of members of The Recording Academy (NARAS).
★ Record of the Year - Traditionally, this is considered a top GRAMMY prize that awards outstanding "artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry." It is an award for all the people that are responsible for the making of a record, including singer(s), songwriter(s) and producer(s). This year, it looks like "Same Love" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and "Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake are top contenders in the category. However, also expect nominations for "Royals" by Lorde, "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons and possibly "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke & Pharrell. (According to reports, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis did not submit "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us" for GRAMMY consideration.)
★ Song of the Year - Previous winners in this category have been "We Are Young" by .fun, "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele, "Need You Know" by Lady Antebellum and "Single Ladies" by Beyonce. I think that this category will mimic the Record of the Year nominees but I would not surprised if "Roar" by Katy Perry or "Just Give Me A Reason" by Pink featuring Nate Ruess would make the final selection. "Locked Out Of Heaven" by Bruno Mars that was released on October 1, 2012 and is eligible for consideration may also make the final cut. Other potential nominees are "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus, "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift, "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly and "Wake Me Up" by Avicii. Believe it or not, GRAMMY fave Adele may once again get nominated with "Skyfall"
★ Album Of The Year - There are five very strong contenders in this category including Justin Timberlake "The 20/20 Experience" (that was submitted by RCA as a double LP), Macklemore and Ryan Lewis "The Heist," Taylor Swift's "Red," Drake's Nothing Was The Same" and Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox" that had both critics and fans raving. Dark horse candidates in this category include Daft Punk "Random Access Memories," Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" and Kendrick Lamar's "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City."
★ Best New Artist - This is always a fun category to speculate about. There are so many great new artists that are eligible and deserving in this category. I feel Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons and Philip Philips are very likely nominees, followed by Ed Sheeran, Kacey Musgrave and Florida Georgia Line. Other contenders include Emeli Sande, Icona Pop and possibly Arianna Grande who is a potential GRAMMY darling for years and years to come.
★ Also look for the following: I suspect that GRAMMY voters will show very little love for Kanye West "Yeezus" and Jay-Z's "Magna Carta... Holy Grail" in the general categories. Jay Z's "Holy Grail" featuring Justin Timberlake will likely receive a few nominations in the hip hop category (including Best Rap/Sung Collaboration). Avicii's "Wake Me Up" is solid in the lead in the Best Dance Recording category and I believe Disclosure's "Settle," Daft Punk "Random Access Memories" and Icona Pop "This Is" will lead in the Best Electronic/Dance Album category.
Who do you hope will get nominated? Let's discuss.