So far predictions for the general field and all of the radio-friendly fields (Pop, Rock, Rap, Country, etc…) had been covered. However the GRAMMY Awards features a total of 83 categories that ranges from less-mainstream music genres to production. I wish I could predict all of them but I’m not such an expert. Not even the Academy members vote for every single category.
For that reason I’ve selected four more categories (Best Americana Album, Best Song Written for Visual Media, Best Remixed Recording and Best Recording Package) to share and discuss with you in order to wrap up my predictions for the year. There’s exactly one week to go until the nominees are revealed. Let’s take a look at them:
BEST AMERICANA ALBUM
Off course the top contender here is The Civil Wars for their self-titled album which could easily grab a spot in the Album of the Year album. The heated-up duo could be also be among this year’s most nominated artists considering the big amount of submissions they have. The other front-runner is veteran John Fogerty for his critically-acclaimed record Wrote A Song for Everyone (one of the best of the year). In order of likelihood the rest could be Harry Connick, Jr. (Smokey Mary); Marvis Staples (One True Vile) and Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell (Old Yellow Moon).
BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA
Ok this one will be very easy. Oscar-winner “Skyfall” (from Skyfall) by Adele and Paul Epworth. We all know why I’d even bet $1,000 on this but I won’t win much. Despite this, we need four more nominees which could be: “Young and Beautiful” (from The Great Gatsby) by Lana del Rey which was possibly the most successful original song from a movie of the year and stand high chances to get a Golden Globe or Academy nod. Furthermore we have last year’s winners T-Bone Burnett and The Civil Wars for “Long Time Gone” (from A Place in the Table) because the Academy loves roots songs in here. Other likely entrants are Hollywood Film Award-winner “Atlas” (from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) by Coldplay; Oscar-nod “Pi’s Lullaby” (from Life of Pi) by Mycael Danna and Bombay Jayashri; “Almost Home” (from Oz the Great and Powerful) by Mariah Carey, Justin Gray, Simone Porter, Lindsey Rey, and Stargate. Apparently “Suddenly” (from Les Miserables) was not submitted. But if it was then it’s a shoe-in.
BEST REMIXED RECORDING
This category awards the remixers of a single track only. And if finding the submissions for all the other categories is a though task. This one is nearly impossible as the nominees are selected by a special committee. Anyhow we still can make our bets. First of all we have the Billboard number-one Dance hits: “Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)” (performed by Lana del Rey) and “Alive (Zedd Remix)” (performed by Empire of the Sun). On the other hand EDM-experts have listed the rest as the “best remixes of the year”: “Stay (Branchez Remix)” (performed by Rihanna); “You & Me (Flume Remix)” (performed by Disclosure); “Easy (Lemaitre Remix)” (performed by Mat Zo & Porter Robinson). I’d also add “Play Hard (New Version)” remixed by David Guetta (performed by David Guetta ft. Akon & Ne-Yo) because he always gets here and is one of only two musicians to win this category twice.
BEST RECORDING PACKAGE
The Best Recording Package category is a craft’s field award presented to the art director of an album. The five albums I’ve selected for the run at this category are a combination of what music magazines, Pinterest users, and myself are recognized as the best album covers of the year. Have a look here:
From left to right: Long.Live.A$ap (A$ap Rocky); Planta (CSS); Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros); Trouble Will Find Me (The National); Woman (Rhye).