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It’s finally here… the week before the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, airing on Sunday, January 26 at 8PM Eastern on CBS. This week on POP! Goes The Charts, we’ll be taking a look at nearly half the categories on the list and laying out who I think will taking home a prize or two or five (maybe!) on the big day. Today, we start out with the fields for Packaging and Visual Media.
(For a full list of nominations, check it out on GRAMMY.com along with more interactive features. You can also order the 2014 GRAMMY Nominees album, from Atlantic Records.)
56. Best Musical Theater Album
Kinky Boots (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
Matilda: The Musical
Motown: The Musical
PREDICTION: Much like the Tony Awards back in June, I think Best Musical winner Kinky Boots will be the winner in this category. This would mark singer and songwriter Cyndi Lauper‘s first GRAMMY win since claiming Best New Artist way back in 1985.
57. Best Companion Soundtrack for Visual Media
Quentin Tarantino, compilation producer
The Great Gatsby (Deluxe Edition)
Baz Luhrman, compilation producer
Les Misérables (Deluxe Edition)
Cameron Mackintosh, Lee McCutcheon & Stephan Metcalfe, compilation producers
Stephan Badger & Greg Camalier, compilation producers
Sound City: Real To Reel
Butch Vig, compilation producer (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
PREDICTION: I was going back and forth between Luhrman and Vig for this Award, as both soundtracks have the star power to win, but I’ll give the edge to The Great Gatsby on this one. As a stand-alone work, it’s quite inspired and did well commercially.
58. Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Alexandre Desplat, composer
The Great Gatsby
Craig Armstrong, composer
Life Of Pi
Mychael Danna, composer
John Williams, composer
Thomas Newman, composer (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
Zero Dark Thirty
Alexandre Desplat, composer
PREDICTION: Five out of the six nominations (minus Danna) are by previous winners in the category; that is some serious competition. However, I’m giving it to Lincoln. The movie was fantastic and Williams did an exceptional job setting the mood for it.
59. Best Song Written for Visual Media
“Atlas” (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
Performed and Written by: Coldplay (Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin)
“Silver Lining (Crazy ‘Bout You)” (Silver Linings Playbook)
Performed by: Jessie J
Written by: Diane Warren
Performed by: Adele
Written by: Adkins & Paul Epworth (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“We Both Know” (Safe Haven)
Performed and Written by: Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw
“Young And Beautiful” (The Great Gatsby)
Performed by: Lana Del Rey
Written by: Del Rey & Rick Nowels
“You’ve Got Time” (Orange Is The New Black)
Performed and Written by: Regina Spektor
PREDICTION: This is a pretty hard category – two of the selections in here went to #1 on my personal chart. As much as I want “Atlas” to take the prize, I am going with “Skyfall”. The GRAMMY’s wouldn’t be complete without an Adele win, would they?
63. Best Recording Package
Geneseo, Automatic Music Can Be Fun
Mike Brown, Zac DeCamp, Brian Grunert & Annie Stoll, art directors
Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon
Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
Jay Z, Magna Carta… Holy Grail
Brian Roettinger, art director
Metallica, Through The Never (Music From The Motion Picture)
Bruce Duckworth, Sarah Moffat, Brian Steele & David Turner
David Bowie, The Next Day
Jonathan Barnbrook, art director
PREDICTION: All five sets have pretty unique artwork even though I don’t know two of the acts in the category. I do believe David Bowie has the best chance of a win here. I liked the campaign based around it; it’s a simple piece, yet it’s also mysterious.
64. Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Rolling Stones, The Brussels Affair
Charles Dooher & Scott Sandler, art directors
Mayer Hawthorne, How Do You Do (Limited Edition Box Set)
Mayer Hawthorne, art director
Mumford & Sons, The Road To Red Rocks (Special Edition)
Ross Stirling, art director
Various Artists, The Smith Tapes
Masaki Koike, art director
Wings, Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)
Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
PREDICTION: There’s some major GRAMMY darlings in here, and of course, my dream win would be for Hawthorne. Yet, I’ll be realistic here and say Wings Over the other four. Hey, I even got the “Maybe I’m Amazed” 12″ for Record Store Day last year.
81. Best Music Video
“Safe And Sound”, Capital Cities
Grady Hall, video director; Buddy Enright, Javier Jimenez, Danny Lockwood & Daniel Weisman, video producers
“Picasso Baby” (A Performance Art Film), Jay Z
Mark Romanek, video director; Shawn Carter & Aristides McGarry, video producers
“Can’t Hold Us”, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
Jon Jon Augustavo, Jason Koenig & Ryan Lewis, video directors; Tricia Davis, Honna Kimmerer & Jenny Koenig, video producers
“Suit & Tie”, Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z
David Fincher, video director; Timory King, video producer (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“I’m Shakin'”, Jack White
Dori Oskowitz, video director; Saul Levitz & Candice OvaKnine, video producer
PREDICTION: Of the five entries here, only one music video helped me to like the song better, and that would be “Safe And Sound” by Capital Cities. With a clip featuring dancers from multiple eras, the nostalgia should prove to be positive with the committee.
82. Best Music Film
Coldplay, Live 2012
Paul Dugdale, video director; Jim Parsons, video producer
Green Day, ¡Cuatro!
Tim Wheeler, video director; Tim Lynch, video producer
Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite, I’m In, I’m Out And I’m Gone: The Making Of Get Up!
Danny Clinch, video director; Ben Harper, video producer
Paul McCartney, Live Kisses
Jonas Åkerlund, video director; Violaine Etienne, Aron Levine & Scott Rodger, video producers (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
Mumford & Sons, The Road To Red Rocks
Nicolas Jack Davies & Frederick Scott, video directors; Dan Bowen, video producer
PREDICTION: I only own one of these (Coldplay), but I think Mumford & Sons will take it. I saw the special when it aired on HBO; besides being a fan of them, it’s a high quality film and edited together well. Their past GRAMMY history also helps the cause.
Check back tomorrow to see what I’m thinking for the Alternative, Rock and Country categories! Until then, follow the blog below and find us on social media by click the “Get Social!” tab.