I get giddy around awards season. And my absolute favorite show to watch is the Grammys because, you know, all those amazing performances. I especially love to see who they pair up each year to make some music history. But most importantly, music plays a huge role in my life. My husband and I met through music. We connected through music. And now, we spend each day exposing our daughter to some of our favorite music with nightly dance parties as the vinyl spins during bed time. It’s a ritual, if you will. So watching the Grammys together is a fun bonding experience for the whole family.
And this year, well, this year we’ve added gobs of amazing new sounds to our vinyl collection. I have to say that 2012 has been very good to us with the onslaught of talented artists, new and old, releasing stellar tunes. So of course I couldn’t resist giving my two cents on who I think will win a Grammy this Sunday, where my head and my heart battle it out over who I want to win and who I think really will win.
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NOTE: There are certain genres I know nothing about, nor am I that into, so I think it’s only fair for my predictions to be based on my personal knowledge/experience. I'd love if you'd add your thoughts on your favorite categories in the comments.
Album of the Year: This is so damn tough. My heart says that Mumford & Sons should win for Babel, but my head says that The Black Keys’ El Camino has had huge successes this year. Then both my head and heart have a love for Jack White’s Blunderbuss. He’s just so inventive and creative and out of the box. As much as I don’t want to, I’m going with my head on this one and predicting The Black Keys will win.
Record of the Year: (Note: Record of the year goes to the artist and producer, recording engineer, and/or the mixer.) This is a big toss up for me between The Black Keys’ “The Lonely Boy,” and Fun. featuring Janelle Monae in “We Are Young.” I’m going to go with the latter, and call Fun. for winning Record of the year. This song has become somewhat of an anthem of 2012 and I love it to pieces!
Best New Artist: I’m currently obsessed with The Alabama Shakes, and as much as my gut would love for them to win, I think that I’m more so contemplating either Fun. or The Lumineers. This is the deal, though. I own both of their albums. And while Fun. has great hits with “We Are Young,” “Some Nights,” and “Carry On,” I don’t see much more beyond those hits on the album. However, The Lumineers deliver on the entirety of their self-titled debut album, so I’m calling The Lumineers as best new artist.
Best Pop Vocal Album: As far as pop is concerned, though, I feel like Fun. has this one in the bag. I’ve heard great songs from Florence and the Machine’s Ceremonials and Pink’s The Truth About Love, but overall, Fun. has taken over the radio waves and appeals to so many groups of listeners.
Song of the Year: (Note: Song of the year goes to the song writer.) Once again, I’m going with Fun. on this one with their song “We Are Young.” No wavering at all.
Best Rock Performance: Next to my printed out list of the nominations, I wrote the word, “Yikes!” next to this category. There is just so much amazingness going on. I mean Alabama Shakes for “Hold On,” The Black Keys for “The Lonely Boy,” Coldplay for “Charlie Brown,” Mumford & Sons for “I Will Wait,” and Bruce Springsteen for “We Take Care of Our Own.” I’ve seen all of these groups perform as we do a lot of music/concert watching at home. I’m going to go out on a limb, and root for the underdog, obviously going with my heart on this one. I predict/want Alabama Shakes to win for “Hold On.”
Best Rock Song: This is another “Yikes!” category for me. There is Jack White’s “Freedom at 21,” Mumford & Sons’ “I Will Wait,” The Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy,” Muse’s “Madness,” and Bruce Springsteen’s “We Take Care of Our Own.” Sigh. So much goodness. Out of all those songs, though, the one that stands out to me for being different and unique and cutting edge, is Jack White’s “Freedom at 21,” so I think/hope he takes this category.
Best Rock Album: Well, I only own two of the five albums nominated in this category, and those belong to The Black Keys and Jack White, and I’ve heard a lot from Springsteen’s album as well. So I’m going to give this category a shot. I really really really want Jack White’s Blunderbuss to win, but my head is saying The Black Keys will take this one for El Camino. Can I choose both?
So there they are. My 2013 Grammy predictions. What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with me? Are you as torn as I’ve felt, with my head and heart battling along the way? And what about all those other categories I have no knowledge of? R&B? Rap? Country? Share your expertise! What are your 2013 Grammy predictions?
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