Grammy Awards 2013: Nominees and Predictions

It’s almost award season, and what better way to kick it off than a giant concert! That’s right, the Grammy Award nominations were presented last night (all five of them), and has shown a relatively strong year for alternative music. So what are we waiting for, let’s get right into the big four!

  • Record Of The Year
    “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys
    “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson
    “We Are Young” by fun. feat. Janelle Monae
    “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye feat. Kimbra
    “Thinkin Bout You” by Frank Ocean
    “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift
  • -This one is pretty tough, so let’s break it down. Although Taylor Swift got a nod, I don’t see her winning – that moment felt like they needed it for the show. The Black Keys are going to do well elsewhere, and doesn’t really need this one this year. The last four is where it gets difficult. Gotye barely got any nods this year, so winning this isn’t completely out of reach. And the dominance of the other three almost makes this an up-in-the-air category. I’m picking fun. for this one.

  • Song Of The Year
    “The A Team” by Ed Sheeran
    “Adorn” by Miguel
    “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
    “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson
    “We Are Young” by fun. feat. Janelle Monae

  • -Another tough one. As much as I want fun. to sweep this year, I don’t think that they will take this one. Ed Sheeran and Miguel aren’t big enough to get the award (not like it stopped any lower act before from winning). But it will really come down to Carly Rae and Kelly Clarkson. And for some reason, I think everyone else will be a tad bit embarrassed to vote Carly Rae, so I’m going with Kelly Clarkson here.

  • Album Of The Year
    El Camino by The Black Keys
    Some Nights by fun.
    Babel by Mumford & Sons
    Channel ORANGE by Frank Ocean
    Blunderbuss by Jack White
  • It will be fun. versus Frank Ocean this year. They both have strong album, and I wish that both would win. But I will be giving Album Of The Year to fun. …only because…..

  • Best New Artist
    Alabama Shakes
    fun.
    Hunter Hayes
    The Lumineers
    Frank Ocean

  • …This is Frank Ocean’s award to win. Although fun. is also qualified (even though THEY ARE NOT NEW), this is Frank’s all the way.

    Below is a list of other big awards of the night. You can check out the full list here, and some more of my choices below:

  • Best Pop Solo Performance:
    “Set Fire To The Rain [Live]” by Adele
    “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson
    “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
    “Wide Awake” by Katy Perry
    “Where Have You Been” by Rihanna
  • Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
    “Shake It Out” by Florence + The Machine
    “We Are Young” by fun. feat. Janelle Monae
    “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye feat. Kimbra
    “Sexy And I Know it” by LMFAO
    “Payphone” by Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa
  • Best Pop Vocal Album
    Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
    Ceremonials by Florence + The Machine
    Some Nights by fun.
    Overexposed by Maroon 5
    The Truth About Love by Pink
  • Best Dance Recording
    “Levels” by Avicii
    “Let’s Go” by Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo
    “Bangarang” by Skrillex feat. Sirah
    “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin
    “I Can’t Live Without You” by Al Walser
  • Best Dance/Electronica Album
    Wonderland by Steve Aoki
    Don’t Think by The Chemical Brothers
    > Album Title Goes Here < by Deadmau5
    Fire & Ice by Kaskade
    Bangarang by Skrillex
  • Best Rock Performance
    “Hold On” by Alabama Shakes
    “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys
    “Charlie Brown” by Coldplay
    “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons
    “We Take Care Of Our Own” by Bruce Springsteen
  • Best Rock Song
    “Freedom At 21” by Jack White
    “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons
    “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys
    “Madness” by Muse
    “We Take Care Of Our Own” by Bruce Springsteen
  • Best Rock Album
    El Camino by The Black Keys
    Mylo Xyloto by Coldplay
    The 2nd Law by Muse
    Wrecking Ball by Bruse Springsteen
    Blunderbuss by Jack White

  • Best Alternative Album
    The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do by Fiona Apple
    Biophilia by Bjork
    Making Mirrors by Gotye
    Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming by M83
    Bad As Me by Tom Waits
  • Best Urban Contemporary Album
    Fortune by Chris Brown
    Kaleidoscope Dream by Miguel
    Channel ORANGE by Frank Ocean

  • Best Rap Album
    Take Care by Drake
    Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1 by Lupe Fiasco
    Life Is Good by Nas
    Undun by The Roots
    God Forgives, I Don’t by Rick Ross
    Based On A T.R.U. Story by 2 Chainz

  • So who do you think will win? Leave your choices and below and continue the conversation here and over on Twitter

    One thought on “Grammy Awards 2013: Nominees and Predictions

    1. How does K. Dot’s “good kid, M.A.A.D city” not get nominated for best rap album and 2 Chainz is a nominee?! GKMC was one of the best rap albums created in the last few years. 2 Chainz is barely coherent in his rhymes and there is absolutely nothing new or with substance on his album. I understand that 2 Chainz fits a niche in hip-hop, but he does not really have talent and I guess I just don’t understand his appeal.

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