Music’s biggest night is almost upon us! Whether you’re from an aggressively passionate online fandom or an aggressively indignant indie band, the Grammys are undoubtedly the most important event in Western music. With a great lineup of performers, who cares about anything else? Oh right.. the awards themselves. But really, with Beyoncé and Madonna rumoured to be joining the stellar list of artists performing on awards night, the 56th Grammys are shaping up to be one of the most memorable nights in music history.
The gaping void in the record industry, caused by an awkward absence of pop’s biggest acts in the earlier half of 2013, was eagerly filled by indie artists. The summer period is seen as auspicious for musicians hoping to catch their big break; and with talent, attitude, and lots of blind faith, 2013 has seen many new artists breaking out from anonymity into the glaring spotlight of mainstream success.
The Grammys are centred on 4 main awards, known as the General Field (or the ‘Big Four’). Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year have been presented since the inaugural Grammy Awards in 1959 (Best New Artist was added the year after). While 2013 had been a tremendously successful year for lesser-known artists, all these fresh faces had better cherish their nominations before Adele makes a comeback, after her clean sweep of THREE General Field awards (Record, Album, and Song of the Year) shocked the world at the 54th Grammy Awards back in 2012.
With unabashedly high levels of bias and a lot of uncalculated guesstimation, here are the General category nominees in the 56th Grammy Awards, with winner predictions in bold!
Record of the Year – Apart from the artist, this award is also presented to the producer, mastering engineer, engineer and/or mixer behind the hit
Royals – Lorde
Get Lucky – Daft Punk ft. Pharrell (However, EDM may still be a genre not yet fully accepted by all members of the mainstream public)
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars (I swear this song’s been around FOREVER)
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell (Ohgodno)
Album of the Year – This is the reason why most albums are released near the end of the year. With a string of successful singles artists can stretch their chances of nomination across two or more years. Of course, the less commercial folks don’t engage in such shenanigans.
The Blessed Unrest – Sara Bareilles (Maybe.. just maybe)
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City – Kendrick Lamar (Widely praised but not everyone’s cup of tea)
The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Red – Taylor Swift (This felt like ages ago too, but given the massive impact the record had she’s surely a shoe in)
Song of the Year – Presented to the best singer-songwriters who wrote and performed their own hits
Just Give Me A Reason – P!nk ft. Nate Ruess (This one deserves to win)
Roar – Katy Perry (But this one is probably winning)
Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars
Royals – Lorde (Or this one)
Same Love – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (The song’s strong, overt message for marriage equality might just help them bag this award)
Best New Artist – Pretty self-explanatory
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (“Yes, Yes, Yes. Three Yesses you’re going to Hollywood!”)
Ed Sheeran (Kinda weird seeing him here on the New Artist list considering he performed at the previous Grammys with Sir Elton John)
DISCLAIMER: All predictions may or may not be accurate. Please do not place any bets based solely on this information.
Other things to look out for include Gaga‘s
red carpet ridiculousness absence (ARTPOP’s 6 November 2013 release date missed the nominations’ cut off date), the Best Pop Solo Performance category (it’s Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” vs Katy Perry‘s suspicious sound-alike “Roar” ), and of course, Rihanna‘s outfit/hair. That girl KILLS it.
WATCH the 56th Grammy Awards LIVE from the Staples Center, LA on Monday, 27th January 2014, at 9:00am (Singapore time) on STAR WORLD (SingTel mioTV Channel 301/StarHub Channel 501), with a repeat at 5:05pm.
FOLLOW the official Grammy Awards Twitter account at @TheGRAMMYs