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Completely Subjective Grammy Predictions

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Here’s who I would love to see take home all of those golden gramophones on Sunday night.

Completely Subjective Grammy Predictions

In a little over three hours, the Grammys will be awarded out in Los Angeles. Will everyone agree on the winners? Of course not. With so much music made every year and so many differing opinions on what is the best, it's difficult enough to come to a consensus on the nominees, let alone the winners. While I may not agree with all of the nominees (I mean LMFAO is one of the nominees this year), someone has to win. 

That being said, those winners might not be the ones I'd choose. So I'm going to give you my completely subjective list of who I'd like to see recognized among those nominated, starting with the "big three" of Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.

Record of the Year - "We Are Young," Fun. Fun. is nominated in all three of these categories, but most think the lovable group is going to come away empty-handed. I don't agree with that. Sure, "We Are Young" might have gotten beaten to death by radio play and over-commercialization, but that doesn't take away from the fact that it's a great song. Fun. deserves some recognition for the monster year they've had, and this award would be nice.

Album of the Year - channel ORANGE, Frank Ocean. From start to finish, Ocean mesmerizes on his debut album. It doesn't have the commercial buzz, but Ocean deserves this.

Song of the Year - "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen. Don't judge.

Best New Artist - Alabama Shakes. Brittany Howard should not be denied, even though she probably will in this category to a flashier group like Fun. (even though they have been around since 2008).

Best Pop Solo Performance - "Set Fire to the Rain [Live]", Adele. If Adele is nominated, she should win. That should be common knowledge by now. Plus, Adele wins mean crazy Adele acceptance speeches (if she's there).

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance - "Shake It Out" Florence & the Machine. I can't get enough of Florence Welch's great pipes, but it's hard to see her taking the Grammy home tonight.

Best Pop Vocal Album - Some Nights, Fun. I'm not sure how much hardware these guys are going to come away with, but they probably deserve more than one Grammy. I have them capturing two, but that might be wishful thinking.

Best Dance Recording - "Levels" Avicii. Don't fight it.

Best Dance/Electronica Album - >Album Title Goes Here, Deadmau5. I just want to see if he shows up with his mouse helmet or not.

Best Rock Performance - "Hold On" Alabama Shakes. I love The Black Keys, but "Hold On" is just so, so good.

Best Rock Song - "Lonely Boy" The Black Keys. I'm not in love with the nominees here (the fact that Mumford & Sons are nominated in the Americana field and the Rock field tells you something about the Grammys) but The Black Keys belong, and this track is hot fire.

Best Rock Album - Blunderbuss by Jack White. White's first solo album was pretty special, and should be recognized. But I feel like Mumford is going to win for some reason.

Best Alternative Music Album - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. by M83. When I first heard this album, I thought it should win Album of the Year, but I would settle for at least one win. Anthony Gonzalez and his group made an album too beautiful and stirring not to get something for it. As Josh Kurp wrote over at UPROXX, this is one of the most compelling categories of the night with five worthy nominees.

Best Urban Contemporary Album - channel ORANGE, Frank Ocean. Again, this album can't get enough awards tonight, even in categories where I'm not sure what the title means. Plus, this would piss Chris Brown off even more.

Best Rap Performance - "Daughters" by Nas. Kanye loses twice in this category. 

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - "No Church in the Wild" Jay-Z & Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean and The Dream. This one has a good shot of winning, I think, and deservedly so. From the killer beat to Ocean's hooks and Jay and Ye's verses, this one is the class of the group.

Best Rap Song - "N****s in Paris" Jay-Z & Kanye West. They played it a million times in a three-month span for a reason.

Best Rap Album - Life is Good, Nas. It's crazy that Nas hasn't taken home a Grammy yet. Hopefully he can get one tonight.

Best Americana Album - The Lumineers, by The Lumineers. Lots of deserving nominees here, including Mumford and The Avett Brothers, but The Lumineers broke through with one of the finest albums of the year regardless of genre.

And that's all I've got. I don't have much faith that this is how the proceedings will carry out, but I can dream, right? The Grammys take place tonight at 8 pm on CBS, and there will be plenty of great live performances. Here's the complete rundown:

Travis Barker, Chuck D, LL Cool J, Tom Morello, and DJ Z-Trip
Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert
The Black Keys
Zac Brown, Brittany Howard, Elton John, Mumford & Sons, and Mavis Staples (Levon Helm tribute)
Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, and Kenny Garrett (Dave Brubeck tribute)
Kelly Clarkson
Dr. John, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and the Black Keys
Fun.
Elton John with Ed Sheeran
Juanes
Alicia Keys and Maroon 5
The Lumineers
Bruno Mars, Rihanna, and Sting
Miguel and Wiz Khalifa
Mumford & Sons
Frank Ocean
Rihanna
Taylor Swift
Justin Timberlake
Carrie Underwood
Jack White

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