Grammy Winners (compared to my predictions)

Record of the Year: (ugh. This category has some really weak nominees this year)
* Really Love – D’Angelo And The Vanguard
* Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
* Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
* Blank Space – Taylor Swift
* Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd

Should win: Really Love
Will win: Uptown Funk
Did win: Uptown Funk
Too bad. Uptown Funk was at the top of my worst list.

Album of the Year: (on the other hand, Album only has one lame nominee)
* Sound and Color – Alabama Shakes
* To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
* Traveller – Chris Stapleton
* 1989 – Taylor Swift
* Beauty Behind The Madness – The Weeknd

Should win: Sound and Color
Will Win: To Pimp a Butterfly
Did Win: 1989

Song of the Year:
* Alright – Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
* Blank Space – Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
*Girl Crush – Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)
* See You Again –  Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth)
* Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)

Should Win: Girl Crush
Will Win: Thinking Out Loud
Did Win: Thinking Out Loud

Best New Artist:
* Courtney Barnett
* James Bay
* Sam Hunt
* Tori Kelly
* Meghan Trainor

Should Win: James Bay
Will Win: Courtney Barnett
Did Win: Meghan Trainor
Meh. Sam Hunt would have been less deserving, and so would Tori Kelly. But Title is not a great album overall and not as strong as either of the ones I pointed out.

Best Pop Solo Performance:
* Heartbeat Song – Kelly Clarkson
* Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
* Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
* Blank Space – Taylor Swift
* Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd

Should Win: Thinking Out Loud
Will Win: Blank Space
Did Win: Thinking Out Loud

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
* Ship To Wreck – Florence + The Machine
* Sugar – Maroon 5
* Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
* Bad Blood – Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar
* See You Again – Wiz Khalifa Ft. Charlie Puth

Should Win: Ship To Wreck
Will Win: Uptown Funk
Did Win: Uptown Funk

 

Best Pop Vocal Album:
* Piece by Piece – Kelly Clarkson
* How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful – Florence + The Machine
* Uptown Special – Mark Ronson
* 1989 – Taylor Swift
* Before This World – James Taylor

Should Win: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Will Win: 1989
Did Win: 1989

Best Rock Performance:
* Don’t Wanna Fight – Alabama Shakes
* What Kind of Man – Florence + The Machine
* Something from Nothing – Foo Fighters
* Ex’s & Oh’s – Elle King
* Moaning Lisa Smile – Wolf Alice

Should Win: Don’t Wanna Fight
Will Win: Something From Nothing
Did Win: Don’t Wanna Fight

Best Rock Song:
* Don’t Wanna Fight – Alabama Shakes, songwriters (Alabama Shakes)
* Ex’s & Oh’s – Dave Bassett & Elle King, songwriters (Elle King
* Hold Back the River – Iain Archer & James Bay, songwriters (James Bay)
* Lydia – Richard Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)
* What Kind of Man – John Hill, Tom Hull & Florence Welch, songwriters (Florence + The Machine)

Should Win: Don’t Wanna Fight
Will Win: Don’t Wanna Fight
Did Win: Don’t Wanna Fight

Best Rock Album:
* Chaos and The Calm – James Bay
* Kintsugi – Death Cab for Cutie
* Mister Asylum – Highly Suspect
* Drones – Muse
* 5: The Gray Chapter – Slipknot

Should Win: Drones
Will Win: Drones
Did Win: Drones

Best Alternative Music Album:
* Sound and Color – Alabama Shakes
* Vulnicura – Bjork
* The Waterfall – My Morning Jacket
* Currents – Tame Impala
* Star Wars – Wilco

Should Win: Currents
Will Win: Currents
Did Win: Sound and Color
I’m glad Alabama Shakes is being recognized. But they aren’t an alternative band.

Best Country Solo Performance:
* Burning House – Cam
* Traveller – Chris Stapleton
* Little Toy Guns – Carrie Underwood
* John Cougar, John Deere, and John 3:16- Keith Urban
* Chances Are – Lee Ann Womack

Should Win: Traveller
Will Win: Traveller
Did Win: Traveller

Best Country Album:
* Montevallo – Sam Hunt
* Pain Killer – Little Big Town
* The Blade – Ashley Monroe
* Pageant Material – Kasey Musgraves
* Traveller – Chris Stapleton

Should Win: Traveller
Will Win: Traveller
Did Win: Traveller

Best American Roots Performance:
* And Am I Born To Die – Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
* Born To Play Guitar – Buddy Guy
* City of Our Lady – The Milk Carton Kids
* Julep – Punch Brothers
* See That My Grave is Kept Clean – Mavis Staples

Should Win: Any of them are worthy. This is the category so far that has been strongest top to bottom. But I’m leaning And Am I Born To Die
Will Win: See That My Grave is Kept Clean
Did Win: See That My Grave is Kept Clean
Mavis is always a favorite.

Best American Roots Song:
* All Night Long – Raul Malo, songwriter (The Mavericks)
* The Cost of Living –  Don Henley & Stan Lynch, songwriters (Don Henley & Merle Haggard)
* Julep -Chris Eldridge, Paul Kowert, Noam Pikelny, Chris Thile & Gabe Witcher, songwriters (Punch Brothers)
* The Travelling Kind – Cory Chisel, Rodney Crowell & Emmylou Harris, songwriters (Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell)
* 24 Frames – Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell)

Should Win: The Travelling Kind
Will Win: The Cost of Living
Did Win: 24 Frames
Didn’t love the song. But the voters did, evidently. z

Best Americana Album:
* The Firewatcher’s Daughter – Brandi Carlisle
* The Travelling Kind – Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
* Something More Than Free – Jason Isbell
* Mono – The Mavericks
* The Phosphorescent Blues – Punch Brothers

Should Win: The Travelling Kind
Will Win: Mono
Did Win: Something More Than Free
Not my choice, but doesn’t surprise me either.

Best Folk Album:
* Wood, Wire, & Words – Norman Blake
* Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn – Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn
* Tomorrow is My Turn – Rhiannon Giddens
* Servant of Love – Patty Griffin
* Didn’t He Ramble – Glen Hansard

Should Win: Servant of Love
Will Win: Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn
Did Win: Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn

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