Who Should Win The Grammys
Tonight brings the 57th annual Grammy Awards. A Grammy is awarded by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievements in the music industry. This year, there are 83 awards to be given away, 1 more than last year. Who could win the most? Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams, and Beyonce are nominated in 6 categories, and a handful of artists such as Jack White, Sia, Beck, and Drake could win 4 trophies.
The More Than The Melody team recently got together to vote on who should win the Grammys. This is not a prediction, but instead a vote for who we want to win. We didn't vote on every category either, just on those that we felt qualified to vote on (picking a best spoken word album might be a bit difficult for us). Check out our picks and let us know what you think!
Album of The Year:
In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
- This year we saw a lot of great new albums. Out of those nominated, In The Lonely Hour seems a step above due to Sam's versatility and abrupt leap onto the scene
Best New Artist:
- These girls are proficient, talented musicians who know what they’re doing with an instrument in their hands. On stage, Haim do away with their songs’ complexities and turn into real rock & rollers.
Best Pop Solo Performance:
"All of Me" by John Legend
- Each time John Legend performs his latest hit there's never a lack of emotion or passion. The way his draws a crowd in with this performance deserves top honors.
Best Dance Recording:
"Rather Be" by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
- This category was one of the harder choices for More Than The Melody. Zhu, Disclosure, Duke Dumont and Basement Jaxx all had big hits. However, when it comes down to it, "Rather Be" was the best dance recording; It immediately became everyone's favorite summer track.
Best Rock Performance:
"Fever" by The Black Keys
- Seeing The Black Keys perform is always a treat, and adding "Fever" to their arsenal took their show to another level. Dancing to Rock and Roll became fun again.
Best Rock Album:
Turn Blue by The Black Keys
- After a good year for Rock music, this category is another difficult choice. Turn Blue wins because The Black Keys took a gamble that payed off. It gets more psychedelic on tracks like "Weight of Love" and "Bullet in the Brain", yet continues to rock out with "Fever" and "Gotta Get Away". The concept album came back in a big way.
Best Alternative Music Album:
This is All Yours by Alt-J
- Alt-J's sophomore album is so wonderfully refreshing and original that no one really expected what it turned out to be. That’s what Alt-J does; they create a new space and go onto excel in it.
Best Rap Album:
Oxymoron by Schoolboy Q
- In a category that seems a bit empty this year, Oxymoron is the obvious choice. Schoolboy Q changed the game this year with Oxymoron.
Best Rap Performance:
"I" by Kendrick Lamar
- We were all waiting for something new from Kendrick, and then he performed "I" on stage. The wait was definitely worth it.
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media:
Guardians of the Galaxy
- Just look at the track list:
1. "Hooked on a Feeling" - Blue Swede
2. "Go All the Way" - Raspberries
3. "Spirit in the Sky" - Norman Greenbaum
4. "Moonage Daydream" - David Bowie
5. "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" - Elvin Bishop
6. "I'm Not in Love" - 10cc
7. "I Want You Back" - The Jackson 5
8. "Come and Get Your Love" - Redbone
9. "Cherry Bomb" - The Runaways
10. "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" - Rupert Holmes
11. "O-o-h Child" - Five Stairsteps
12. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
- A bit against the norm here, but the score for Grand Budapest Hotel added humor to an already hilarious film.
Best Music Video:
"Chandelier" by Sia
- A great song combined with a unique and fantastic music video deserves to win this category.