The nominations for the 57th GRAMMY Awards were announced yesterday through Twitter. As you alredy know Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, and Sam Smith topped the nods with six each. Smith, on the other hand, became the 10th artist to receive nominations in all of the ‘big four’ categories in one year.
There were not many surprises or big snubs. And the first thing to notice is that the GRAMMYs have gone very commercial with radio-friendly pop songs dominating the general field. Furthermore, as far as my predictions concern; I didn’t do quite while and would say I got a 50% accuracy. Let’s take a look:
Record of the Year
The category was dominated by Billboard hits. And there was not much diversity as there’s only one ballad versus four ‘dance pop’ songs. Apart from Taylor Swift, who received her third nod in this category, the rest are first-timers.
I only had Taylor Swift and Sam Smith right. But there were no surprises except that no ‘live instrumentation’ entrant made the cut. The only snub would have been Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s “Drunk in Love”.
Album of the Year
The Album of the Year is represented by three fields this year (Pop, Rock and R&B). Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran are in for the very first time; last year’s winner, Pharrell Williams had his first nod as the main artist of an album; Beyoncé showed up for the second time; and Beck received his third nod and first since 2001.
In my predictions, I got three out of five right (Beyoncé, Sam Smith, and Pharrell). The only snub is probably Jack White’s Lazaretto. There were no big surprises as Sheeran and Beck were also considered potential contenders.
Song of the Year
This category has definitely gone commercial. There are two cheesy pop songs, one soul-esque ballad, one rock ballad, and one dance pop song. And just like Record of the Year, Taylor Swift is the only songwriter who received a prior nomination —back in 2010 for “You Belong with Me”.
I got Hozier’s “Take Me to Church”; Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me”; and Sia’s “Chandelier” right from my predictions. Swift’s “Shake it Off” and Meghan Trainor’s “All About that Bass” were in my ‘other contenders’ list.
The biggest shock (of the entire nominations) was not having “Let It Go” among the nominees.
Best New Artist
This category also had a diverse lineup: rap (Iggy Azalea); blue-eyed soul (Sam Smith); indie pop (Bastille); synth pop (HAIM); and country (Brandy Clark).
My predictions were terrible here since only Azalea and Smith received nods. HAIM and Bastille were on my ‘other contenders’ list, and Brandy Clark was probably the only surprise.
In other fields the big surprises are Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz for the Best Pop Vocal Album; no Skrillex in the Dance/Electronic field; Three nods by Ryan Adams in rock; and Blake Shelton snubbed in country.