Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2014 Grammy Nominations

On December 6, nominees for the 2014 Grammy Awards were announced. There were many exciting inclusions and I've become very pleased with the ever-increasing presence of independent music in these awards. Be sure to tune in January 26 on CBS for the show!

Below, are some of the categories that I will be keeping an eye on (and I've starred my personal favorites to win)! Keep in mind, I long ago abandoned the idea that the Grammy's are supposed to reflect either mine or popular tastes. It is an industry award, though still fun to follow!

Record of the Year
*Daft Punk - "Get Lucky"
Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive"
Lorde - "Royals"
Bruno Mars - "Locked Out of Heaven"
Robin Thicke - "Blurred Lines"

Album of the Year
Sara Bareilles - The Blessed Unrest
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
*Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d City
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist
Taylor Swift - Red

Best New Artist
*James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
*Disclosure - Settle
Calvin Harris - 18 Months
Kaskade - Atmosphere
Pretty Lights - A Color Map of the Sun

Best Rock Performance
Alabama Shakes - "Always Alright"
*David Bowie - "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"
Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive"
Led Zeppelin - "Kashmir"
Queens of the Stone Age - "My God Is the Sun"
Jack White - "I'm Shakin'"

Best Rock Album
Black Sabbath - 13
*David Bowie - The Next Day
Kings of Leon - Mechanical Bull
Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
Neil Young with Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill

Best Alternative Music Album (I'd be pretty happy regardless of who wins this one!)
*Neko Case - The Worse Things Get
*The National - Trouble Will Find Me
*Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks
*Tame Impala - Lonerism
*Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

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