The nominees for Music’s Biggest Night will be slugging it out for the next couple of months, and it’s going to be a rough and tumble fight. The field is so packed with the talented, the beautiful and the prolific that there’s really no way to know who’s going to take home the prize in each category. Trying to pick the winners of the GRAMMYs® is about ten times as hard as trying to pick the winners of the March Madness NCAA basketball tournament. There are just too many deserving candidates, and you never know who will be blessed with the statuette.
The awards show will be broadcast live on February 8 on CBS. Tickets for the show and after parties are for sale on the VIP Concierge website, in case you want to be there for all the excitement. In the meantime, I’m going to try to pick some of the winners.
In the Record of the Year category, the five candidates are Iggy Azalea featuring Charlie XCX for “Fancy,” Sia for “Chandelier,” Sam Smith for “Stay With Me,” Taylor Swift for “Shake It Off” and newcomer Meghan Trainor for “All About That Bass.” For me, it’s all about Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor. Swift is an awards show juggernaut with a record breaking new album, and Trainor has stepped out from the studio with her own cut, rather than supplying songs to established Nashville artists. Personally, I don’t think “Shake It Off” is as good a song as “All About That Bass,” but that doesn’t mean Swift won’t win. She’s revamped her style and is now mining the deep waters of pop music. However, I think Trainor is going to pull off the upset.