Each year, Grammys are handed out to artists based on their genre. However, the most prestigious awards aren’t specific to any genre, thus creating more competition, which makes these awards more valuable. Those awards are Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.
Award shows like these are normally followed by mixed reactions and debates over the winners and losers. If you look at the nominees, it’s easy to pick personal favorites. The following is a list that takes into account personal favorites, the nominees that should win, and those likely to win.
Record of the Year
Personal favorite: ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
The song’s retro sound, along with the use of modern slang, brought together the geezers, the teens, and people from all the generations in between. Don’t lie, even after hearing the song a million times, you couldn’t help but scream the lyrics as Mars sang, “Say my name, you know who I am!”
Who will win: ‘Blank Space’ – Taylor Swift
#Hollywood’s it-girl and serial dater Taylor Swift knew that it was time to stop writing songs about having her heart broken by boys. This time around, she followed a different formula and came up with a song about breaking boys’ hearts instead. The end product is her most successful single to date. The Charli XCX-influenced chorus was enough to get middle-aged men to sing along, and though it isn’t her best song, it’ll win simply for its influence on pop culture.
Album of the Year
Personal favorite: ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’ – The Weeknd
After an underwhelming response for his second album ‘Kissland,’ The Weeknd decided to take a more pop-infused route while making his third album, ‘Beauty Behind the Madness.’ Although he stayed true to his image, The Weeknd was able to pull off the trick, and he created the most compelling album of 2015. The Weeknd is an artist of many influences and he was able to hide an alternative R&B album behind Michael Jackson-esque songs like ‘Can’t Feel My Face,’ and ‘In the Night,’ as well as sneaking Wes Craven film references into his song ‘The Hills.’
Who will win: ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ – Kendrick Lamar
Though The Weeknd delivered a solid pop album, and lesser-known fellow nominees Alabama Shakes delivered a colorful and beautifully produced album, Lamar will win for more than what the album sounds like. It’s a hip-hop album that features influences from jazz, funk, and spoken word poetry. Its socially conscious lyrics won the hearts of many critics and fans.
Song of the Year
Personal favorite: ‘Thinking Out Loud’ – Ed Sheeran
This is a personal favorite by default, since neither The Weeknd’s ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ nor Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’ is nominated. The Song of the Year award is given to people who showcase great melodies and lyrics. ‘Thinking Out Loud’ is both easy to sing along to and is the most relatable, as it transcends anyone’s background and age, which is the reason behind its success.
Who will win: ‘Alright’ -- Kendrick Lamar
If Lamar wins, he’ll be the first rapper to ever win this award. Now would be the perfect time to award an entertainer like Lamar, who uses his voice to educated others and speak for a community who has been left out of the mainstream for many years and to shed light on the Black Lives Matter movement. Lamar is nominated 11 times at this years Grammys. Expect him to walk away with more than a few awards, including this one.
Best New Artist
Personal favorite: Meghan Trainor
Meghan Trainor's catchy #Music took over radio waves in late-2014, leaving her with all of 2015 to dominate. Her 50's-inspired music is fun to dance and sing to, but not what the Grammys usually award.
Who will win: James Bay
The 25-year-old sings with a signature rasp and vibrato, which brings more depth to his already great music. In the vein of artists like Hozier and George Ezra, Bay’s music is arena ready, and soulful enough to fill arenas and stadiums worldwide. #Celebrities