The 57th Grammy Awards Predictions


Elias Kotsis, Editor-in-Chief

The 57th Grammy Awards will be presented this Sunday night. Just in case you wanted to know who is going to win so you don’t even have to bother watching (although it should be entertaining with the legendary likes of Rihanna, Kanye West, and Sir Paul McCartney performing together), here are my expert predictions:


Record of the Year:

Fancy – Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX

Chandelier – Sia

Stay With Me – Sam Smith

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor


Could Win: Stay With Me


Should Win: Chandelier


Will Win: Shake It Off


Sam Smith, this year’s breakout star, shows raw emotion on all of his tracks, especially “Stay With Me.” Regardless, there are better records in the category.This year, “Chandelier” has not received the recognition it deserves: it is the most impressively produced, mixed, written, and performed pop hit of the year. But come on, it’s Taylor Swift. She’s going to win. The question is: Was there a snub? The answer is: Yes, there was a snub. “Drunk in Love,” the collaboration from Beyoncé and Jay Z, should have been nominated.


Album of the Year:

Morning Phase — Beck

Beyoncé — Beyoncé

X — Ed Sheeran

In The Lonely Hour — Sam Smith

Girl — Pharrell Williams


Could Win: X

Should Win: Beyoncé

Will Win: Beyoncé


Ed Sheeran showed listeners that his range of composition and performance is massive. However, Beyoncé combined media in such a way that presents an entire audio album with visual accompaniment. With brilliant, powerful, get-stuck-in-your-head-all-day songs enhanced by an innovative flair, Beyoncé will make her way to the podium not just for this award, but for several others as well.

Song of the Year:

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor

Chandelier – Sia

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

Stay With Me – Sam Smith

Take Me to Church – Hozier


Could Win: Stay With Me

Should Win: Chandelier

Will Win: Take Me to Church


Again, where is “Drunk in Love”? Ignoring that, Sam Smith shared some incredible music and Sia has the best song of the year. The Song of the Year award recognizes the songwriter, and in this case Sia tops the rest. However, Hozier’s emotional performance, and impressive songwriting, brought his name to pop radio. Maybe his raw vocals were a better fit for Record of the Year? Regardless, his emotional song will give him the award.


Best New Artist:

Iggy Azalea


Brandy Clark


Sam Smith


Could Win: Iggy

Should Win: Sam Smith

Will Win: Sam Smith


I don’t quite get why, but people like Iggy…a lot. So of course, there is a chance that  just by popularity she could steal this category. But the modern crooner, Sam Smith, is the most talented artist in this category. He has brought an element of style and grace that pop radio has not heard for a long time. And he will certainly keep bringing it in years to come.


Best Pop Duo / Group Performance:

Fancy – Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX

Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay

Say Something – A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera

Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj

Dark Horse – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J


Could Win: Any of them

Should Win: Bang Bang

Will Win: Fancy


All of these songs have impressive structure, talent, and are wonderfully produced. All of them have a shot at the award. “Bang Bang” does the best job at sounding like a group song. Where in the other songs you hear one artist sing verse and another the chorus, “Bang Bang” gives off the vibe of three ladies performing their hearts out. It doesn’t hurt that the talent shown in “Bang Bang” is undeniable. But Fancy ruled the radio for weeks. Its bass line was probably the catchiest line of the year.

Best Rap Performance:

3005 – Childish Gambino

0 To 100 / The Catch Up – Drake

Rap God – Eminem

I – Kendrick Lamar

All I Need Is You – Lecrae


Could Win: I

Should Win: Rap God

Will Win: 0 to 100 / The Catch Up


Kendrick Lamar gives an impressive performance among a year he did not do much. Eminem comes back, and perhaps not better than ever, but lyrically and rhythmically right where he left off a decade ago on the original Marshall Mathers LP. Drake will win though. “0 to 100 / The Catch Up” is the most impressive single he has released this year and he is at the top of his game.


Best Rap Album:

The New Classic – Iggy Azalea

Because the Internet – Childish Gambino

Nobody’s Smiling – Common

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – Eminem

Oxymoron – Schoolboy Q

Blacc Hollywood – Wiz Khalifa


Could Win: The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Should Win: Because the Internet

Will Win: Because the Internet


Am I a biased Eminem fan? Maybe. But this album is impressive. It loses its ebb and flow on a track or two, but it has enough classic Eminem to definitely give it the chance to win. There is one standout among the rest though. Childish Gambino’s second album, Because the Internet, is one of the best albums I have ever heard. For some reason, the art of the album has truly been lost among many artists. Recent pop albums just sound like a random order of non-related songs. Gambino uses his album to tell a story. The record version even comes with a script and the script is available online as well. The songs are incredible and the story is captivating.


Best Rock Song:

Fever – The Black Keys

Blue Moon – Beck

Gimme Something Good – Ryan Adams

Ain’t It Fun – Paramore

Lazaretto – Jack White


Could Win: Ain’t It Fun

Should Win: Lazaretto

Will Win: Lazaretto


Paramore brought one of the most upbeat, catchiest songs to the radio in 2014. However, the Grammys normally do not like to go with pop radio hits in this category. Of the five nominees, Lazaretto rocks the hardest, by far. Jack White’s lyric “When I say nothing, I say everything,” is just one example from this song that shows the songwriter behind the song. He shows us that songs don’t have to just rock, but that they can mean something too. This category did show a snub though. “Come With Me Now” by the Kongos is one of the best rock songs to hit pop radio in a very long time. How it didn’t make the nominee list, I have no idea. It is certainly still worth a listen though.