Update 2: We’ve finished our live blog, but you can still read all our witty insights right here. Start from the bottom and work your way up!
Update: We’ve started our 2014 Grammy live blog. Follow our commentary from the bottom up, as we discuss what’s in store for tonight and recap the pre-awards.
This Sunday, Jan. 26, please join Tom Lundregan and I at Tactile Tracks as we provide live coverage of the 2014 Grammy Awards. Our amateur commentary will begin at 7:30 pm ET with a half-hour recap of the nominations (and a little red carpet gawking). This year’s awards telecast, beginning at 8 pm on CBS, will feature nearly a dozen performances including: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr; Daft Punk with Nile Rodgers; Robin Thicke and Chicago (seriously); Katy Perry; and will conclude with a collaboration by Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Lindsey Buckingham. Also, Lorde will probably battle a dragon or something.
In between performances, Tom and I will breakdown this year’s award snubs and surprises. Can Daft Punk upset Macklemore for Album of Year? Why was Justin Timberlake shut out of the major award nominations? Will Lorde win multiple Grammys but not the award for Best New Artist? How many of my predictions did I get correct? And why on earth was “Roar” nominated for anything?
Let’s find out together, shall we?
For nominee information, check out Grammy.com/nominees
Good night Tom. Next year we coronate Queen Bey.
I hope we entertained someone besides each other. But even if we didn’t, I had a blast and plan to be back here next year. Let’s go listen to some robots, Dan.
Well, the house lights are coming on. Tom, I’m exhausted, but this has been quite a pleasure.
Bit of a tragedy that Queens of the Stone Age walk away with no Grammys this year. They’re one of the few bands with really good rock albums in 2013. I thought …Like Clockwork was largely underrated.
She’s seriously talking over this. Well shit.
Also, agreed on “Copy of a” Tom.
Well, we’re really going out on a high not right here. First a surprise win by a deserving album. Now Trent Reznor his bringing his excellent stage show out.
This was my favorite song off the last NIN album, in case anyone cares.
And they let the guy who no one but me had ever heard of do the speech. Perfect.
(I enjoyed Daft Punk hold someone’s had while they walked stage since they can’t see out of those helmets.)
Wow, even though I predicted it, that’s still really impressive. And the robots seemed legitimately happy.
And so many frickin’ hats – I’m going to do a Hat Ranking article for Tactile Tracks later this week.
Nice call, Dan!
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“The Blessed Unrest” – Sara Bareilles
“Random Access Memories” – Daft Punk *** Winner
“Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” – Kendrick Lamar
“The Heist” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“Red” – Taylor Swift
Where does Yoko’s hat rank for you tonight Tom? I put her a solid third behind Pharrell and Madge.
This is it. The big one. You’re right with Daft Punk, I’m right with Macklemore, we’re both wrong with Kendrick. Or I throw my laptop into the TV.
Popular threat of mine.
Tom, what kind of rube do you take me for?
Regarding Wagon Wheel – since I know you have a special place in your heart for Bob Dylan, Dan, I’ll point out here that he was the original architect of that song before Old Crow Medicine Show fleshed it out.
here’s a little pick-me-up for the commercial break
Glad they did right by you there, Tom. Makes up for giving Hootie a Grammy for “Wagon Wheel.”
This is as good a place as any, in seeing all these jazz and blues artists who passed this year to actually give some props to the Grammy folks. The winner of best jazz vocal album was Gregory Porter and the winner for best improvised jazz solo was Wayne Shorter. Both of whom I wrote about extensively in 2013 and in Tactile Tracks Year in Jazz – http://tactiletracks.com/2013/12/19/the-year-in-review-best-jazz-of-2013/
I forgot we lost Richie Havens this year. He was a favorite of mine.
I’m afraid I agree. Best part about it? Just like when you’re a Redskins fan – there’s always next year.
And next year, we get to talk about Beyonce a lot more.
Beyonce is gonna burn this thing down next year.
I think I’m ready to call it Tom. 2013 was a great year for pop music, but a pretty shitty Grammys.
Uh, I was under the impression that Queen Latifah's title was purely ceremonial?
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 27, 2014
Just thinking the same thing, Dan. We’re going to have a downer with in memoriams, then AOTY, then the big rocker closing.
I’m surprised they saved Billie Joe Armstrong and Miranda Lambert for so late in the telecast.
That was definitely the most visually impressive performance so far.
Keith Urban is crying. I think I’m kind of in love with him.
I think she was supposed to perform with Willie Nelson but overslept or something.
Holy shit, Madonna is 80 years old.
Madonna making a late play for best hat.
Strip away the cliches and the various reasons that people don’t like this song, I’m still left with the fact that this is frankly a pretty ballsy song. I actually think people will remember this song, if not much else from The Heist, 20 years from now.
What’s the protocol here? I wonder where all these people are registered. Can I get them all the same thing?
As to your performance comment, the whole thing has seemed to take a step back this year. I didn’t agree with how a lot of the awards shook out, and the performances have trended a little old and boring. The highlight performances to me have tended to be the younger artists.
I’d rather be wrong, if you’re right. Or if we’re both wrong and it’s Kendrick.
Let’s watch some people get married now.
I’m still betting Daft Punk for AOTY. Looks like you and I have picked our champions.
Where are you with AOTY at this point, Dan?
Just realized I’d rather watch Janelle perform Q.U.E.E.N. in a Target commercial, than some of the stuff I’ve seen tonight.
Two guys in space helmets and another in a beret, and still the most noticeable headgear on stage is Pharrell's 20-gallon hat.
— Josh Jackson (@joshjackson) January 27, 2014
Yup – you had that one. I’m going to stay with Macklemore on Album. Daft Punk got theirs, Sara doesn’t belong with the others, Taylor’s been rewarded and it came out like 8 years ago. The real wild card, the real bold move, the saving of this whole thing would be giving it to Kendrick Lamar. But I’m afraid they don’t.
By my account we have one award (AOTY), 4 performances, and 35 wedding ceremonies left. I figure they can knock that all out in half an hour.
I called this one early Tom. ROTY incorporates production, and RAM can’t be topped in that regard. Now that SOTY and ROTY have been awarded, what are you thinking now for best album?
RECORD OF THE YEAR
“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers ** Winner
“Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
“Royals” – Lorde
“Locked Out of Heaven” – Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams
I am on a wicked roll.
I think Daft Punk gets back here.
I only know Metallica's early lawsuits…
— Yinka Adegoke (@YinkaWrites) January 27, 2014
This is performance/match up is pretty good, but really doesn’t fit in with the rest of show.
Hmm. I like Metallica, but I’m not feeling the tie to Lou Reed at all, unless I missed something.
That Jethro Tull beating Metallica in a Metal category is a true story, by the way.
At some point in the past 25 years Metallica got old.
This is not butt rock. This is straight up Rock and Roll. Unless it’s up against Jethro Tull in the Best Metal Album category.
That was a short but sweet tribute for Lou.
I bet if you scour Twitter you’ll find some “who the fuck is Lew Reid?”
There it is – thanks, Dan.
Twitter has answered your call, Tom.
Ok who the fuck is Carol King?!?
— Rachel Ohlsson (@OhRachE) January 27, 2014
Yeah, I can see that.
Before the nominations came out I would have bet everything I had on “Mirrors” winning song of the year.
What would you have liked to see there, Dan? A different nominee or a song that got snubbed (like say, something from JT or Janelle Monae)?
SONG OF THE YEAR (Songwriter’s award)
“Just Give Me a Reason” – Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters
“Locked Out of Heaven” – Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters
“Roar” – Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters
“Royals” – Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters *** Winner
“Same Love” – Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters
I’m pretty disappointed here. To me, Royals is the kinda song a 16-year-old would write. Which is great if you’re 16, but ….
Whew. Laptop lives on.
Ok – one of the big three here. It’s Lorde right? Because if it’s “Roar” I’m throwing my laptop into the TV.
That song works much better as a poignant song about the struggle of coming out rather than a vehicle for KP to prance around in a Tarzan suit.
Ha, Carole King I know. She was big in my house growing up (although a little edgy for my parents). They sounded great. I’m betting Macklemore is up next.
This is very gracious of Sara B and Carole K performing a Katy Perry song together.
Dan – you’re not going to now tell me (and everyone else) that you don’t really know who Carole King is, right?
This is how Cyndi sounded in the pre-show. I mean, she gave it her best, it was just very awkward. And when you watch the preshow streaming live, they don’t bleep out her f-bombs.
Spin just tweeted that Daft Punk look like the sperm in Woody Allen’s Sleeper.
I can sign up for that Tom. Jay-Z has been far more enjoyable to watch the Taylor Swift’s action shots.
Absolutely – when it’s not live, you get a lot of time with no one watching to get everything into the bottle.
The awkwardness of that performance makes me appreciate how well executed RAM actually was. That was a lot of lightening in a tiny little bottle.
I mean, Jay-Z should be to the Grammys what Jack Nicholson used to be for the Oscars – front row every year for great reaction shots.
Daft Punk is on my bucket list, right behind Prince. I’m enjoying watching the people in the audience more than watching the set right now.
From the crowd shots it appears this is something you have to be there for.
What do you think of this set design Tom? It’s not doing it for me.
The organizers for Governors Ball did an AMA earlier this week and said Daft Punk was going to consider doing some dates after they got the Grammys out of the way. But I gotta say, not real impressed so far.
Here we go, a RARE Daft Punk performance. Watch for Omar Hakim on the drums.
Here we go. Bring it Daft Punk.
Everyone has Taylor winning this one, but I say watch out for both Blake and Kacey. Kacey’s album was really good.
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
“Night Train” – Jason Aldean
“Two Lanes of Freedom” – Tim McGraw
“Same Trailer Different Park” – Kacey Musgraves *** Winner
“Based on a True Story” – Blake Shelton
“Red” – Taylor Swift
You should. I mean, God bless Merle and Blake, but when Willie and Kris had Johnny Cash and Waylon, there was a country supergroup. No extra polish or any of that Nashville glitz, just four guys with guitars and singing real songs like Desperadoes Waiting for a Train.
So here are the performances that are left by my count:
A RARE performance by Daft Punk
The Macklemore Wedding Superjam
NIN, QOTSA, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham
and Trombone Shorty in there somewhere too
Willie Nelson, whether you like that type of music or not, has to be in the top ten iconic voices in music over the past 50 years.
Tom, I’m embarrassed to admit I don’t actually know anything about the Highway Men. Sounds bacon-y to me. I’ll put that on tomorrow’s to do.
I forgot about the Metallica performance with Lang Lang – that could be really interesting as well.
If Kendrick Lamar hadn’t just turned it up to 11, I might have been switching to True Detective anyway.
By the way, if we were doing this before the era of DVRs, despite my love for all things music, I would be abandoning you now to catch True Detective.
I was thinking the same thing – I’ve always thought Bruno tried to hard to emulate the MJ thing, but he is definitely talented – I don’t have any problem at all for the win there.
Nice to see Bruno win one. He makes mom-pop, but he makes good mom-pop. But I agree JT or Janelle Monae would have been my preferences.
A bit of an upset here. JT and Lorde were probably the favorites for this category. Janelle Monae was the big snub for this category, to me.
BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
“Paradise” – Lana Del Rey
“Pure Heroine” – Lorde
“Unorthodox Jukebox” – Bruno Mars *** Winner
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke
“The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience” – Justin Timberlake
I’m surprised they didn’t do any Beatles work. A lot of people are gonna be disappointed by that.
No surprise with Pharrell as producer of the year, right? I mean he had his hand in everything last year.
Who will be this year’s “who the hell is Bonny Bear/Arcade Fire/Paul McCartney?”
The light display they’re performing in front of is from that album as well, which was a really great cover as well
Yeah – NEW was actually an underrated album last year.
Hard to believe this was only two years ago http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/who-is-paul-mccartney
Dan – I know we’ve talked about the Beatles a lot lately – I am really looking forward to this CBS 50th anniversary special in a couple weeks. I heard the Eurythmics are reuniting to pay tribute, among a bunch of other acts.
I’m a little surprised the Beatles are just now receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. Also, the album Sir Paul put out this year was really pretty excellent.
Thinking back to that Kendrick/Imagine Dragons song – I think what makes stuff like that work is when the two artists really seem like they tried to do their own thing but still integrate with the other thing. Sometimes, it just sounds like the two artists are just doing their own things and it doesn’t connect.
This is the “Roar” of commercials.
Side note – I’d rather watch more Katy Perry than Deion/Terry Bradshaw commercials.
Ok, Kendrick and Kacey – we’re picking up a little here. And we’ve gotten Jay-Z and Taylor out of their seats.
I wish they would have played in my front yard during Christmas. I wouldn’t have had to get all that crap out of the attic.
Kacey in her band might win best dressed. Her boots are killer.
I need a cigarette
Totally agree. Performance of the night so far.
Holy shit. Remember when we were talking about how bad Frank Ocean was last year? This is the complete opposite.
After Taylor, Kendrick has the most upside for young performers with long careers.
Imagine Dragons are playing like a band that just got their street cred boosted by being on the same stage with Kendrick.
This is dope, I’m ashamed to have doubted if for a second. Kendrick could perform with Winger as his back up band and crush it.
Kendrick is rapping like a man that just got screwed out of Best Rap Album.
Remember when Jay-Z and Linkin Park did that album together? The mid-00s appear to be hot again.
Uh oh – I kind of like this so far.
That would be my guess. I mean if he were there, would he have even gone up for the Holy Grail win?
This should be interesting – I think Kendrick and Imagine Dragons are up next.
I find it interesting that even though Justin Timberlake was nominated for 7 Grammys, and has now won 4, he didn’t even bother to show up presumably because he got snubbed in the major category nominations.
No he lost best rap song to Macklemore’s Thrift Shop. Best song is a songwriting award, and with the amount of Nirvana used in Holy Grail, Nirvana is credited on the song. But Jay-Z lost that one.
Why’s that? Did Jay win any awards pre-show? Cause he’s up to at least 18 total, but has never won in the three major categories.
So do you realize the if Holy Grail had also won Best Rap Song, then Nirvana would have won a rap Grammy?
Two guys whose names should end in one letter but end in two. Foxx. Starr. Get it?
True or False: Ringo has always been the best dressed Beatle. (The answer is true)
That’s what really got Barbara Bach’s eye, not the drums. They’ve been married for 32 years now.
Has he lost his mind?
Can he see or is he blind?
Can he walk at all,
Or if he moves will he fall?
Is he alive or dead?
Has he thoughts within his head?
We’ll just pass him there
why should we even care?
Holy crap, they’re letting Ringo sing.
I have no idea what those scary looking men just said.
By my count, it looks like Lorde could win 3 more, ROTY, SOTY, and Best Pop Vocal Album.
Oh and Daft Punk with Stevie and Nile and Pharrell.
I’m in for the long haul – I’m still excited to see how the big three categories turn out. And there’s still Paul/Ringo, the rock closing, and Kendrick Lamar to come.
Tom, we’ve reached the halfway point. How you feeling? My fiancee got bored and started ironing, so safe to say she hasn’t thought much of the telecast.
Agree. I’d honestly have been okay with anything except Roar there.
Lorde is a deserving winner here. A unique and interesting vocal performance.
Okay – that’s not fair, my computer was hung up!
BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
Brave – Sara Bareilles
Royals – Lorde ** Winner
When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars
Roar – Katy Perry
Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
He looked like a cleaned up version of squeaky voiced teen http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/scale_small/0/9493/2498439-212ceca52b7b4c91d0e0f6ad00837f17.jpg
I don’t think they’ve played this together a lot – too much reading each other’s queues to stay on the same page with the vocals.
Nate – just because one can grow a mustache, does not mean it should be grown.
Tom, if you don’t say something nice about Pink and Nate Ruess quick, I’m gonna make us both look real mean.
There you go, Dan.
Pink lip-synching while doing aerials. My, isn’t this new and different.
Bruno Mars was just introduced as the “Super Bowl Halftime Performer.” Of course, he “invited” his friends the Red Hot Chili Peppers to join him at the last minute.
So is Queen Latifah the one officiating all the marriages taking place during Macklemore and Ryan’s Same Love?
Do it again . The hair thing. Just once more …. Please.
— Mo Rocca (@MoRocca) January 27, 2014
Absolutely. Vocally, this is the best performance so far of the night.
Jokes aside, of all the performers so far she’s got the longest career ahead of her. And she’s definitely in the mix for AOTY.
Wait. Check that.
Come back, Dan. She’s rocking now – hair is flying everywhere.
Taylor is doing a solid Little Mermaid impression right here.
Two piano ballads in a row = time for another beer.
We get it LL. You and TayTay go way back.
Considering this is the only Rock award in the telecast, no surprise the winners are also performers tonight.
I thought Gary had a chance on this one.
There you go, Dan. You were right on with that one.
Best Rock Song
“Ain’t Messin ‘Round” – Gary Clark Jr.
“Cut Me Some Slack” – Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic, & Pat Smear *** Winner
“Doom and Gloom” – Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
“Panic Station” – Muse
“God Is Dead” – Black Sabbath
Pretty song though for sure.
So Is John Legend the first Grammy performer in history who gets to take a song he wrote about a woman and literally sing it directly to her?
So James Blake was probably the least known of the best new artist nominees. But across the pond, he’s much bigger. He won the Mercury Prize which is the UK’s version of best album. I think he’s great – check this out on the commercial
I think I liked Keith Urban, but Robin Thicke may have just been that bad.
Ok – I actually kind of liked that.
Gary Clark Jr is making a good showing in the unnecessary headwear department, but Pharrell and Daft Punk brought guns to a knife fight.
Just alerting our “butt-rock” friends there is a guitar currently being played on the Grammys.
St. Vincent just tweeted that the Katy Perry performance was like a cross between Wicked and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I don’t know if that was an insult or a compliment.
Who ever green lit this Chicago/Robin Thicke performance was either drunk or on fire.
I wonder if Chicago is listening to themselves and wishing they’d rather have Peter Cetera back instead of Robin Thicke
“Justin Timberlake couldn’t be here today (cause we snubbed him). Please enjoy some Robin Thicke instead”
I agree – Roar is not a good song, and further it’s a complete theft from Sara Bareilles
I can’t believe Katy got a best song nomination for “Roar.” Max Martin has written a lot of hits for Katy Perry and Britney Spears, and I haven’t liked any of them.
nice to see Drew taking a break from sports for a minute.
And Katy Perry – well, yeah, she’s doing what all she does. Silly lyrics and overly scripted stiff dancing with a lot of theatrics. Just not the same amount of substance behind her, like there is with other pop superstars.
Katy Perry commands you to find a shrubbery.
— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) January 27, 2014
Good point on Daft Punk.
Well, Daft Punk has three awards, themselves.
This Katy Perry performance is a little much. By that I mean typical Katy Perry.
It has to be Macklemore at this point, right?
Given what you’ve seen so far, have you changed your pick for AOTY?
Well one more for the robot heads from France. I just want to know who’s going to speak.
I’d like to think this is Daft Punk’s to win, but it’s a pretty stacked category. This is actually duo/group.
BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
Get Lucky – Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers ** winner
Just Give Me A Reason – Pink Featuring Nate Ruess
Stay – Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake & Jay Z
I’m just surprised that passes for country these days.
This song is getting some advance press because it’s about being bullied and he’s done some pre-interviews about his own history of being a victim of bullies. I don’t like the song, but I’m ok with anything promoting speaking up against bullying.
If you’re a country pop fan or a 12 year old girl, yes. Otherwise, probably not.
I wonder if Hunter’s voice will crack up and down like it did when he played the last time.
Should I know who Hunter Hayes is Tom?
While we’re on commercial break, here’s “Suit and Tie” which won for best video in the pre-show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsUsVbTj2AY
Really felt bad for Frank Ocean – don’t know what he was thinking a/doing Forrest Gump and b/creating that weird running man setup. Hope he comes back strong one of these days.
She just showed some creative depth I wasn’t convinced she had. I don’t mind being wrong though, I think she’s a great vocal talent.
Good question – I don’t see anyone on the docket that has that potential other than Lorde. And she just aced it.
Lorde was my bet, but she’s passing with flying colors right now.
I got admit, I’m not a big fan of Lorde, but this performance is pretty impressive. Think anyone will give a Frank Ocean-style career killing performance tonight?
Lorde is probably “newer” than any of the other nominees, has two major noms tonight, is performing but wasn’t in the best new artist category. That’s all you need to know about how weird that category is.
This is gonna be a blowout night for Macklemore. Think we’ll actually remember him in 5 years? The best new artist winners aren’t a historically successful bunch.
Well, that’s a wrap folks. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are on a roll already.
BEST NEW ARTIST
[b]Macklemore & Ryan Lewis[/b]
There is a new Twitter account already called “Pharrellhat”
That was not planned, folks.
Speaking of hats. Whoa Pharrell.
Speaking of hats …. Pharrell with a 10 gallon
Seriously, I don’t watch NCIS: Los Angeles – does he wear that hat on the TV show too?
Nothing more comforting than seeing LL’s same hat every year. Nothing weirder than seeing 2 guys in robot helmets in the audience.
So who looked goofier right there, Jay-Z or Taylor Swift?
Except it was also the lights – not just the sound.
I’m guessing those production issues are CBS’s FCC compliance-goon hitting the “naughty word” button.
Yeah – but maybe they’ll have the production issues worked out by the time he comes out.
The worst part of this song is the verse Jay-Z is about to drop. I’ve been very unimpressed with his guest verses lately.
Perfect opener. I hope voters remember her album next October.
Oh, damn, this Beyonce performance.
I actually usually like the Red Carpet stuff – but it was a little dull tonight. The new “show us your fingernails” box was weird.
Oh, I’m hearing the surprise duet is Beyonce and Jay-Z. Look for Beyonce’s recent album to win everything in 2015 (it came out too late for this year’s awards).
I gotta say, that E! red carpet coverage was painfully dull.
I’m also looking forward to Merle Haggard performing with Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Blake Shelton. I’m guessing that surprise duet will just be Billie Joe Armstrong and Miranda Lambert doing a tribute to Phil Everly, but I guess we’ll find out soon.
No more Ryan Seacrest – time to move over to CBS. Now.
As to performances in general, I’m highly intrigued by a lot of them – but I don’t see how they’re going to get them all in. It’s the most live performances in the history of the telecast. We’re definitely going at least 30 minutes over tonight. Very intrigued by Stevie Wonder on the Daft Punk performance and the closing performance. There’s also the either “that was cool” or “that was a train wreck” opportunities with Robin Thicke and Chicago, Billy Joe Armstrong with Miranda Lambert, and Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons.
Well I just heard there’s a surprise duet that will open the Grammys – don’t know if they’re on that list or if it’s something else that’s been kept under wraps.
Here’s what I think the final list of performances is http://www.grammy.com/news/your-grammy-performer-checklist
Tom, lets switch to talking about performances. I was reading this morning that Macklemore’s performance of the song tonight will feature 34 couples getting married. Maybe I’m just not being charitable, but that strikes me as kinda crummy and gimmicky. I am, however, looking forward to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Daft Punk and friends. What are your thoughts?
I’m betting “Cut Me Some Slack” wins for rock song. I know it seems to be another safe choice, but it’s actually a solid song.
Don’t forget Black Sabbath in the Rock Song category. You think Gary Clark can win awards in both rock and blues this year? Not sure if anyone has done that in a while.
I hope not, Dan. The rock category is tough – but let’s be honest, there were a lot of “safe” choices in the pre ceremony awards.
However, the trophy for Best Rock Song should be awarded during the telecast, and that field looks pretty good:
“Ain’t Messin ‘Round” – Gary Clark Jr.
“Cut Me Some Slack” – Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic, & Pat Smear
“Doom and Gloom” – Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
“Panic Station” – Muse
I wonder if we’ll regret starting this blog talking about how much the Grammys have improved the past few years. Best Rock Album has always been a bit of a blind spot for the voters though.
Let me be clear – I’m a huge Led Zeppelin fanboy, but I can take off the blinders to say that the award this year should be for music made this year. Queens of the Stone Age probably had the best album of “rock” music this year, but they were facing Bowie, Zeppelin, and Sabbath. It was like 1975 all over again.
So start with the Led Zeppelin award first. Does it say more about the state of rock and roll today or more about the voters that a band that broke up over 30 years ago wins best rock album?
I was also pretty disappointed that Tig Notaro didn’t take home the award for Best Comedy Album.
While we’re talking about the awards from the pre-show, here are a few more that have already been handed out:
Best Rock Album: “Celebration Day” – Led Zeppelin
Best Alternative Album: “Modern Vampires of the City” – Vampire Weekend
Best R&B Album: “Girl on Fire” – Alicia Keys
Best Rap Album: “The Heist” – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Glad to see Vampire Weekend get their much deserved trophy.
Well I hope this is one of those years where record and song get split. Honestly, Daft Punk SHOULD win for record of the year, and then give the songwriting award, best song, to Lorde. But Lorde is riding a real wave right now. I like your thought of “Same Love” coming in and snagging best song, I just have this vision of Lorde taking both. However, with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis already winning three in the pre-ceremony today, Lorde may be on the outside looking in with a Macklemore sweep.
I’m actually picking “Get Lucky” to win best record. It seems crazy now, but it really was a breakthrough hit for Daft Punk. That said I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see Lorde win here. And generally the best record winner also takes home the Song of the Year Grammy, and Lorde seems like she has a good shot at taking home both awards (Bruno Mars is the only other artist nominated in both categories). That said, despite “Royals” peaking at just the right time, I don’t think she’ll win either best record or song. I see “Same Love” taking the Grammy for best song.
Speaking of Lorde and Macklemore, they’re the two artists I’m most curious to watch this year. Just how many awards are they going to win before it’s all over? Macklemore already swept the rap awards and is up for Album of the Year, Best New Artist, and Song of the Year. I was honestly shocked to see him win the Best Rap Album award. He was up against some monster competition.
Dan, I couldn’t agree more. While I don’t think they got all the nominations correct in most categories, you’re right that the Grammys seem to be getting out of their comfort zone over the past few years. And this is a good thing. The album of the year category is interesting this year. With Bruno and JT not even getting nominations – Sara Bareilles (how’d she get there?) is the only one here who’d really shock me if it won. My money is on Macklemore, though never count out Taylor Swift when it comes to the Grammy voters. I actually think Daft Punk and Kendrick Lamar are the two best albums here so it’d be nice to see either of those take home AOTY.
I’m always fascinated by the record of the year. As opposed to song of the year, this is based on some combination of a single’s popularity and production so it’s always hard to predict. If you went by sheer number of downloads, it’d be Imagine Dragons and “Radioactive.” I have to believe, though, with her absence from best new artist (I’m guessing we’ll talk more about this later), Lorde will get the nod here with “Royals.”
So Tom, we already have a lot to talk about, so let’s get right to it, shall we? Each year the Grammys appear to be marketed as a star-studded live music telethon, and the awards are an afterthought. I’m certainly excited for the live performances, but the awards are still the draw for me. I feel that in the past few years the Grammys have been shaking their reputation for only recognizing old men and bubblegum pop, but the early awards have been a little surprising.
I’m most excited to see what happens in the Album of the Year category. In my Grammy Preview article, I wrote that Justin Timberlake was going to be the favorite here. In a surprise to nearly everyone, he didn’t even draw a nomination here. Now that Macklemore has swept the rap awards in the pre-telecast, he’s the clear favorite, but my money is still on Daft Punk to take a surprise victory. The album has a combination of strong sales, broad critical appeal, and strong performances which I think will sway voters. What are your thoughts on this year’s awards?
Hey Dan – this is going to be fun. Potentially.
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