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GRAMMY WATCH: Adam Predicts The Big Four at the 57th Annual Grammys

A Gram slam.

A Gram slam.

When good ol’ September 30 comes around again, we all know that it marks the completion of the eligibility period for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards. So, being that it’s the day after, it’s the perfect time to make some new predictions and take a look what’s been happening this year in music. Though the big show doesn’t air until February 8 and a usual nominations special doesn’t air until December (I think it’s been renewed), here are some of my early favorites, and let me know what you think below!

Here’s what I’m thinking could be in this year’s Big Four awards…

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Barbra Streisand, Partners (Columbia)
Beyoncé, Beyoncé (Columbia)
Coldplay, Ghost Stories (Parlophone/Atlantic)
Ed Sheeran, X (Atlantic)
Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour (Capitol)

Given Streisand’s recent strong sales for her effort and that shining achievement of having #1 albums in six decades, I think the upper demo will get in on this one for a nod. (It would be her first nomination since The Broadway Album in 1987 and seventh overall.) The surprise release Beyoncé put out last December and the multi-Platinum success of the album should carry it to a nod, as well as some key nods in the R&B and Rap fields. Of course, Coldplay are GRAMMY darlings at this point, so it’ll likely be between them and U2 for who gets nominated. I’ll give the edge to the Brits; they have the biggest opening of 2014 so far and their biggest hit since “Viva La Vida” on the charts. The debut of Sheeran’s second album was also notable – he’s been nominated two years in a row in the Big Four, so he shouldn’t miss it. Lastly, there’s Sam Smith, another given. Obviously, this was a huge breakout year for him and he’ll be rewarded well.

Other contenders:
Eric Church, The Outsiders (EMI Nashville)
Jack White, Lazaretto (Third Man/Columbia)
Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence (Interscope)
Smokey Robinson, Smokey & Friends (Verve)
U2, Songs Of Innocence (Interscope)

RECORD OF THE YEAR
Coldplay, “A Sky Full Of Stars” (Parlophone/Atlantic)
Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy” (Def Jam)
Katy Perry featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse” (Capitol)
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me” (Capitol)
Sia, “Chandelier” (RCA)

SONG OF THE YEAR
Eminem featuring Rihanna, “The Monster” (Aftermath/Interscope)
Idina Menzel, “Let It Go” (Walt Disney)
Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy” (Def Jam)
Lorde, “Team” (Lava/Republic)
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me” (Capitol)

There’s usually some overlap in these two categories, so don’t be surprised if some of my predictions swap places. For now, Coldplay and Sam Smith seem like no-brainers since both have albums that are early favorites for AOTY. There is certainly no denying that impact of “Fancy” and what it achieved on the charts this summer, so it may be that it ends up in both fields for Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX, but it could also leave voters wondering about possibilities of Ariana Grande’s “Problem”, which features Azalea, and Charli XCX’s own “Boom Clap” for nods as well. I guess we’ll wait and see. Katy Perry’s collaboration with Juicy J and Sia’s solo track both stick out from a production standpoint and could make it in somewhere. Eminem and Rihanna were nominated for “Love The Way You Lie” several years ago, and since   “The Monster” was just as big, they’ll make it in. Finally, there’s the endless talk of “Let It Go” and Frozen. Singer Idina Menzel should at least catch a nomination, while the soundtrack won’t be as lucky (the panel’s pretty inconsistent over the years.) The only Disney affiliated song to win the prize was “A Whole New World” (from Aladdin) in 1994.

Other contenders:
A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera, “Say Something” (Epic)
Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea, “Problem” (Republic)
Beyoncé featuring Jay Z, “Drunk In Love” (Columbia)
Hozier, “Take Me To Church” (Columbia)
KONGOS, “Come With Me Now” (Epic)
MAGIC!, “Rude” (RCA)
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass” (Epic)
Nico & Vinz, “Am I Wrong” (Warner Bros.)
Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun” (Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic)
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off” (Big Machine/Republic)

BEST NEW ARTIST
Charli XCX
Iggy Azalea
Jhene Aiko
KONGOS
Sam Smith

Three of the nominations are straight-forward in this category: Charli XCX, Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith were all strong on the charts this year and are all worthy contenders for the Award. The other two slots require a little more thinking. I’m going for Aiko because “The Worst” hit #1 at Urban radio and both her EP, Sail Out, and full-length album, Souled Out, had top ten debuts on the Billboard 200 within this period. KONGOS also makes for a solid rock entry here, only because “Come With Me Now” is going to have a hard time competing in the ROTY/SOTY categories. That being said, I think they’ll be around for a while on the Alternative scene and that should get them a second look over.

Other contenders:
A Great Big World
American Authors
Bastille
Cole Swindell
Vance Joy

Other notes:
Arctic Monkeys and The Black Keys should see some major love in the Alternative/Rock categories. A.M. from the Monkeys isn’t eligible due to a release last September, but “Do I Wanna Know?” should get a nod or two, as well as “Fever” from the Keys.
– Really hoping to see “Hideaway” by Kiesza and “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne in the category of Best Dance Recording. Both were hugely successful in Europe and also crossed over here. (We’ll likely see some of the usual suspects as well: Avicii, Calvin Harris, Skrillex, etc.)
– The R&B field will be packed with Beyoncé a plenty, though male stars Trey Songz and Usher could get in on the action. “She Came To Give It To You” from the latter singer, featuring Nicki Minaj, would be a great candidate.
– I really want Barbra Streisand‘s Partners and Kelly Clarkson‘s Wrapped In Red locked in an epic battle for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga‘s Cheek To Cheek should pop up there too.

That’s it for now… once again, let me know you think below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab.

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GRAMMY Flashback: Decades Of Hits, No GRAMMY Wins

The Dogg days aren't over yet.

The Dogg days aren’t over yet.

Welcome to GRAMMY Week! This week, from Monday to Friday, you’ll be treated to some special GRAMMY related topics, from the past to the present, all leading up to the music’s biggest night on Sunday at 8PM eastern on CBS. Let’s dive into today’s post…

A lot of pages are out there about classic acts who never had the chance to win a GRAMMY for one reason or another. Some of those artists and bands include Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Queen. This post, however, is focused on the acts who have been in the industry for at least a decade yet are still recording new material and making the hits. One big thing has eluded them: a win at the GRAMMY Awards. In fact, a few of the performers on this list haven’t even been nominated before. Here are ten acts of different genres who you swore won something, but came up empty:

BLAKE SHELTON
Born in Oklahoma, Shelton’s racked up 12 number-one hits on the Country chart since his debut single, “Austin”, in 2001. He’s also a judge on NBC’s hit reality series The Voice. Shelton’s won plenty of Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Awards, and though he had three GRAMMY nominations last year, he lost all of them. This year, he’s up for Best Country Solo Performance for his #1 single, “Over”. I don’t think this is going to be one to do it for him, but he’s on such a hit streak now that a win can’t be far behind. Besides, his wife, Miranda Lambert, won a GRAMMY Award two years ago. He has to catch up while he still can!

DIERKS BENTLEY
Hard to believe that it was 2003 when Dierks Bentley scored a #1 single on the Country Chart with his first record, “What Was I Thinkin'”. Bentley’s had nine nominations over four different ceremonies, all in various Country categories, but he’s hasn’t picked up one single Award. Bentley has one nomination this year, his tenth, for Best Country Solo Performance for the #1 hit, “Home”. That one is a pretty strong contender and could be the one to break his losing streak. Bentley will be performing with Miranda Lambert on the live broadcast (perhaps a sign of a win?) and they’ll be in tour together this year.

GAVIN DEGRAW
Singer-songwriter DeGraw signed to J Records and put his first album, Chariot, in 2003. He’s best known for his 2004 single “I Don’t Want To Be”, which went to #10 on the Hot 100 and #1 at CHR radio. The guy has a solid fan base, but he’s never been nominated for a GRAMMY Award. Though his album sales have diminished over the year, his leadoff singles still chart decently on the national charts, so perhaps he’ll be due for a nomination in a lesser category sometime in the future.

GOO GOO DOLLS
With a new single “Rebel Beat” picking up some airplay gains in the last few weeks, the band out of Buffalo is looking for another winner as they enter their nineteenth year on the charts. The Dolls have been nominated for four GRAMMY Awards, including Record and Song Of The Year for their 1998 hit, “Iris”, but the band lost all four and haven’t been nominated since 2000. However, they’ve still managed to release several top ten albums and a handful of Hot 100 entries since then. Clearly past their peak, they won’t likely receive any more nominations in the future, but they’ll still get some airplay here and there even if it’s not as impacting as their 90’s material.

JENNIFER LOPEZ
She’s an actress, a dancer, a singer, and a television personality and she’s excelled in all of those departments. When it comes to Awards, however, she sometimes falls a little bit short. Case in point: the GRAMMY Awards. Lopez has been nominated just twice even though she’s been on the charts since 1999, and both came in the field of Best Dance Recording. In 2000, it was “Waiting For Tonight”, and in 2001, it was “Let’s Get Loud”, both from her On The 6 album. None of her new material from last year received a nomination at the upcoming ceremony. With more music in the works for this year, Lopez should eventually get something. It’s just a matter of what the competition looks like.

KENNY CHESNEY
He’s been on the Country Chart cranking out top ten hits for nearly twenty years and he still hasn’t won a GRAMMY. Huh? He scored his first big single in 1995, but Chesney wasn’t even nominated for his first Award until 2005, and all four of his nominations have been limited to collaborations with other performers. His most recent, last year, was “You And Tequila” with Grace Potter. He isn’t up for anything this year. I’m sure that doesn’t bother him one bit, though. Someday, he might announce his retirement and only then will he win a GRAMMY. Yes, it’s bothersome, but the Academy will do what they do.

LIFEHOUSE
This quartet turned trio turned quartet again made their chart debut in 2001 with the mega-hit “Hanging By A Moment”, but the Academy left them hanging when the song couldn’t propel them to a Best New Artist nomination at the 2002 Awards. In fact, they’ve never received a single nomination to date, which is surprising considering that they’re six albums deep into their career. Their latest release, Almería, came out in December, though lead single “Between The Raindrops” with Natasha Bedingfield hasn’t seen much attention. Will they ever take home a coveted prize? It’s looking less likely as time goes on.

PITBULL
It was back in 2004 that a then 23-year-old Pitbull hit the scene with “Culo”, which sampled the Coolie Dance riddim which about a thousand different acts used around that time. (Nina Sky‘s “Move Ya Body” was the biggest, hitting #4 on the Hot 100.) The rapper’s developed a big following at popular radio since 2009 with big songs like “Give Me Everything” with Afrojack, Nayer and Ne-Yo. He’s been nominated at the Latin GRAMMY Awards in two categories, though he lost both of them. I can’t ever see him being nominated for Album or Song Of The Year, but you’d think he would’ve at least been nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at least once by now. I guess it just proves that it’s a dog eat dog world.

SNOOP DOGG
Now, this one is a head-scratcher. How the heck does Snoop Dogg not have a GRAMMY Award? The Doggfather has been nominated fourteen times since 1994 on both featured and main credit singles, but nothing has been able to win the Award. Twelve of those nominations were in rap categories, with the most recent two of the fourteen being for a guest appearance on Katy Perry‘s hit, “California Gurls”. He’s up for a fifteenth nomination at this year’s awards for Best Rap Song on “Young, Wild, and Free” with rapper Wiz Khalifa and singer Bruno Mars. Could this finally give the guy his long-awaited recognition by the Academy? Don’t count on it, but hey, it would be a nice surprise if it happened.

THE KILLERS
Brandon Flowers and the boys have been on the scene since 2004 with several big albums in a row and hit singles like “Human” and “Mr. Brightside”. Between 2005-2007, the quartet received seven nominations in genre-specific categories (four singles, one album), though nothing managed to pick up an Award. Flowers also put out a solo album that didn’t garner any nominations. Last year, the band released Battle Born, which hasn’t done particularly well commercially, so it’s no surprise that the Academy snubbed them for another year. Their material won’t be recognized for any of the big categories, but I think they’re bound to win a lesser category if they keep putting out the great material.

Are there any performers that you think should be highlighted? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel. Stay tuned for more GRAMMY posts as the week continues!

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So, How’d I Do? The GRAMMYs Prediction Post, Revisited (Actual Nominees Included)

Thinking bout some GRAMMY wins.

Still swimming good.

A few days ago, I wrote a little post where I made my predictions for the “Big Four” categories at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, a few days before the GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!, which just aired tonight. Well, one Freshly Pressed award, several hundred views and five dozen likes later, it’s time to see how I did! (P.S. I’m very happy to be recognized by WordPress and all of you who reacted to the post, so many thanks!)

The guide shall go like this:
Successful Nominee Prediction or Close Call
Not Picked
Prediction To Win The Category

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Fun. – Some Nights
Frank Ocean – Channel ORANGE
Jack White – Blunderbuss
Mumford & Sons – Babel
The Black Keys – El Camino

I got a fair amount of this category right, successfully predicting Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons and The Black Keys, as well as Fun. as a close call. Jack White was the only one I didn’t consider, but I never actually heard his album. It was pretty critically acclaimed though, so it deserves to be there. Of my original predictions, Bob Dylan and Coldplay are nowhere to be seen. Don’t know what went wrong there since the two of them are GRAMMY darlings. Ah, well. Coldplay‘s album garnered a Best Rock Album nod and has a Best Rock Performance nod for single “Charlie Brown”. I’ll keep Babel as the winner for this Award.

RECORD OF THE YEAR
fun. featuring Janelle Monae – We Are Young
Frank Ocean – Thinking Bout You
Gotye featuring Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know
Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
The Black Keys – Lonely Boy

Little bit of a curveball there with six nominees in the category instead of five. I successfully predicted two nominees (fun. and Frank Ocean) and had two as close calls (Frank Ocean and The Black Keys.) I’m happy for Kelly Clarkson as I really liked “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”, just didn’t expect it in the Record Of The Year category. Taylor Swift‘s entry in the category is very surprising though. I, personally, don’t think it’s worthy of being in there compared to the rest of the entries. It’s a throwaway tune, even if it did really well. Then again, it isn’t going to win, so no need to worry there. Adele, Drake featuring Rihanna, and Mumford & Sons weren’t nominated as I predicted they would be. I thought Mumford would for sure be in there; that’s a shock. I’m still thinking “Somebody That I Used To Know” will carry the win for the category. It’s simply too big of a single to be ignored.

SONG OF THE YEAR
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
Ed Sheeran – The A-Team
fun. featuring Janelle Monae – We Are Young

Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
Miguel – Adorn

Eeek! I predicted one correctly (Carly Rae Jepsen) and one close call (Kelly Clarkson). That Ed Sheeran nomination came out of nowhere, but I would love it if that one won. Miguel is totally not going to win this category; I’m not even sure how that one made it in there. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a likable song, but I thought it would only be a threat to the R&B categories. fun. and Janelle Monae are no surprise, but I think that they’ll get blocked out by “Stronger” in this category. Kelly needs to take home at least one award, right? The four of my original predictions that didn’t make it in are Bruce Springsteen, Frank Ocean (who I predicted to win), Katy Perry and Mumford & Sons.

BEST NEW ARTIST
Alabama Shakes
Frank Ocean
Fun.
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers

This one I pretty much predicted correctly, getting three right (Frank Ocean, Fun. and Hunter Hayes) and one as a close call (Alabama Shakes.) “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers is still gaining at CHR radio, so I thought it would be too new for them to be considered as Best New Artist, but well done to them. Gotye and One Direction from my original predictions didn’t make it in. The former is a few albums into his career, so I guess the panel took that into consideration, and I’m not too fussed about the latter not getting in. I’m sticking with my prediction of Fun. to win the category, but Frank Ocean will put up a fight for it.

Well, this is why I’m not a psychic for a living, but I certainly did alright. Thanks for checking back and congrats to everyone who was nominated this year!

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