2014 Grammy Awards: Who Will Win?

Tomorrow is the biggest day in music! The 56th Grammy Awards will be televised across the globe and we’ve got your list of nominees and who we think should win…. and let’s be honest, we know our Pop Culture. Hit the jump for the full list of the 2014 Grammy Awards Nominations. 
Album of the Year

“The Blessed Unrest” — Sara Bareilles
“Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk
“Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” — Kendrick Lamar
“The Heist” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“Red” — Taylor Swift

PCW Predicts: This will be a VERY tough call. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis changed the entire game, choosing to independently release their album and having THREE #1 singles off of it, delivering a solid album. Kendrick Lamar released the best album of the year, but will the Grammy Voters go for it? PCW thinks that Kendrick Lamar will take it home with Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City.

Record of the Year

“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons
“Royals” — Lorde
“Locked Out Of Heaven” — Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams

PCW Predicts: This is another tough one. Daft Punk & Pharrell had an out of nowhere smash with “Get Lucky”, but so did Robin Thicke (and Pharrell) with “Blurred Lines”. The copyright lawsuit against Blurred Lines may have hurt it’s chances, however.. Lorde delivered with “Royals” an ode to anti-bling in the industry but Bruno Mars seems to be the best bet with “Locked Out Of Heaven“.

Song of the Year (A Songwriters Award)
“Just Give Me A Reason” — Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)
“Locked Out Of Heaven” — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
“Roar” — Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
“Royals” — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
Same Love” — Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert)

PCW Predicts: While Pink is always amazing, we’re not expecting this one to go to her. Roar’s controvery over being a rip off of Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” probably won’t win it a songwriters award. Same Love is what Grammys exist for. Expect Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (& Mary Lambert) to take home this one.

Best New Artist

James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

PCW Predicts: Most of the mainstream audience wouldn’t have heard of James Blake, Kacey Musgraves or Ed Sheeran. Which brings it down to Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. While Kendrick Lamar is one of the greatest artists to come out in quite some time, so is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The duo also have the advantage of being a bit more mainstream, so expect them to take the win.

POP

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Brave” — Sara Bareilles
“Royals” — Lorde
“When I Was Your Man” — Bruno Mars
“Roar” — Katy Perry
“Mirrors” — Justin Timberlake

PCW Predicts: These are all great songs, but none had the impact (& performance) that JT did with Mirrors.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
“Just Give Me A Reason” — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess
“Stay” — Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams
“Suit & Tie” — Justin Timberlake & Jay Z

PCW Predicts: Suit & Tie will win the Rap Duo performance, knocking them out of this one. Daft Punk & Pharrell will take this one home.

Best Pop Vocal Album

“Paradise” — Lana Del Rey
“Pure Heroine” — Lorde
“Unorthodox Jukebox” — Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke
“The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience” — Justin Timberlake

PCW Predicts: While Justin Timberlake’s return to music after a waaaay too long absence was a huge event, The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 was a disappointment to most critics. It also failed to spawn a Top 20 hit. Whether the amazing first part can make up for the lackluster second part is up in the air. Lorde’s album is excellent, but still unproven. Bruno Mars will take this one.

DANCE

Best Dance/Electronica Album

Random Access Memories — Daft Punk
Settle — Disclosure
18 Months — Calvin Harris
Atmosphere — Kaskade
A Color Map Of The Sun — Pretty Lights

PCW Predicts: Daft Punk came back in a huge way….bigger in fact, then they’ve been in their 20 year career. The critics have been praising the album since it came out. Calvin Harris though, is the darling boy of
the dance world and released a string of highly successful dance hits. This one is a toss up as the Grammy voters often go for the tried and true artists, like Daft Punk. We’re calling it for Calvin Harris, though.

Best Dance Recording
“Need U (100%)” — Duke Dumont Featuring A*M*E & MNEK
“Sweet Nothing” — Calvin Harris Featuring Florence Welch
“Atmosphere” — Kaskade
“This Is What It Feels Like” — Armin Van Buuren Featuring Trevor Guthrie
“Clarity” — Zedd Featuring Foxes

PCW Predicts: And then Daft Punk isn’t even nominated for Best Dance Recording, which they easily would have won. Personally, we’d love to see this go to This Is What It Feels Like by Armin Van Buuren and Trevor Guthrie, but expect it to go to Calvin Harris & Florence Welch’s Sweet Nothing.

R&B

Best R&B Performance

“Love And War” — Tamar Braxton
“Best Of Me” — Anthony Hamilton
“Nakamarra” — Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip
“How Many Drinks?” — Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Something” — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway

PCW Predicts: While “How Many Drinks?” is an amazing R&B song, “Love And War” is even better. More importantly, it’s the type of song the members usually vote for.  Expect Tamar Braxton to bring it home.

Best Urban Contemporary Album

“Love And War” — Tamar Braxton
“Side Effects Of You” — Fantasia
“One: In The Chamber” — Salaam Remi
“Unapologetic” — Rihanna
“New York: A Love Story” — Mack Wilds

PCW Predicts: Fantasia has this one coming to her. She delivered a great solid album.

Best R&B Album

R&B Divas — Faith Evans
Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys
Love In The Future — John Legend
Better — Chrisette Michele
Three Kings — TGT

PCW Predicts: Let’s face it, John Legend was made for this award.

Best R&B Song (A Songwriters Award)

“Best Of Me” — Anthony Hamilton & Jairus Mozee, songwriters (Anthony Hamilton)
“Love And War” — Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper, Jr., LaShawn Daniels & Makeba Riddick, songwriters (Tamar Braxton)
“Only One” — PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton Featuring Stevie Wonder)
“Pusher Love Girl” — James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)
“Without Me” — Fantasia Barrino, Missy Elliott, Al Sherrod Lambert, Harmony Samuels & Kyle Stewart, songwriters (Fantasia Featuring Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliot)

PCW Predicts: Anthony Hamilton’s got this one in the bag.

RAP

Best Rap Performance

“Started From The Bottom” — Drake
“Berzerk” — Eminem
“Tom Ford” — Jay Z
“Swimming Pools (Drank)” — Kendrick Lamar
“Thrift Shop” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

PCW Predicts: Another tough one. Tom Ford isn’t Jay Z’s best performance, while “Berzerk” is considered one of Eminem’s best, but isn’t nearly as commercial. Kendrick Lamar definitely deserves to take this one home with Swimming Pools (Drank).

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

“Power Trip” — J.Cole Featuring Miguel
“Part II (On The Run)” — Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé
“Holy Grail” — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake
“Now Or Never” — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige
“Remember You” — Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd

PCW Predicts: Besides being a commercial smash, “Holy Grail” was the perfect combination of vocals and hip hop. Expect Jay Z and Justin Timberlake to take this one.

Best Rap Album

Nothing Was The Same — Drake
Magna Carta…Holy Grail — Jay Z
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar
The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Yeezus — Kanye West

PCW Predicts: This one has GOT to go to Kendrick Lamar. No questions asked.

Best Rap Song (A Songwriters Award)

“F***in’ Problems” — Tauheed Epps, Aubrey Graham, Kendrick Lamar, Rakim Mayers & Noah Shebib, songwriters (ASAP Rocky Featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)
“Holy Grail” — Shawn Carter, Terius Nash, J. Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic, songwriters) (Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake)
“New Slaves” — Christopher Breaux, Ben Bronfman, Mike Dean, Louis Johnson, Malik Jones, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Che Smith, Kanye West & Cydell Young, songwriters (Anna Adamis & Gabor Presser, songwriters) (Kanye West)
“Started From The Bottom” — W. Coleman, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Bruno Sanfilippo, songwriter) (Drake)
“Thrift Shop” — Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)

PCW Predicts:  The Whore’s mind is all jumbled here because all 5 of these are “best in class” songs. It’s really anyone’s game in this one, but we’re going to give it to New Slaves by Kanye.

COUNTRY MUSIC

Best Country Solo Performance

“I Drive Your Truck” — Lee Brice
“I Want Crazy” — Hunter Hayes
“Mama’s Broken Heart” — Miranda Lambert
“Wagon Wheel” — Darius Rucker
“Mine Would Be You” — Blake Shelton

PCW Predicts: Mama’s Broken Heart was written to win this award. ‘Nuff said.

Best Country Album

Night Train — Jason Aldean
Two Lanes Of Freedom — Tim McGraw
Same Trailer Different Park — Kacey Musgraves
Based On A True Story — Blake Shelton
Red — Taylor Swift

PCW Predicts: Taylor Swift is probably way to pop with Red then the Country members would like for this award. The Whore think this one will go to Kacey Musgraves.

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

“From This Valley”— The Civil Wars
“Don’t Rush” — Kelly Clarkson Featuring Vince Gill
“Your Side Of The Bed” — Little Big Town
“Highway Don’t Care” — Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
“You Can’t Make Old Friends” — Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton

PCW Predicts: While the Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton team up may be Grammy heaven, Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill is going to get this one.

Best Country Song (A Songwriters Award)

Begin Again” — Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
I Drive Your Truck” — Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Jimmy Yeary, songwriters (Lee Brice)
“Mama’s Broken Heart” — Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
“Merry Go ‘Round” — Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
“Mine Would Be You” — Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Deric Ruttan, songwriters (Blake Shelton)

PCW Predicts: This would be another one where Mama’s Broken Heart wins.

MUSICAL THEATER

Best Musical Theater Album

“Kinky Boots”
“Matilda: The Musical”
“Motown The Musical”

PCW Predicts: There is no one who shook up Broadway this year more then Cyndi Lauper did with Kinky Boots. This should be an easy win.

MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

Django Unchained
The Great Gatsby (Deluxe Edition)
Les Misérables (Deluxe Edition)
Muscle Shoals
Sound City: Real To Reel

PCW Predicts:  There is not one film or TV show that mixed music and visuals better then The Great Gatsby did. This one’s in the bag.

Best Song Written For Visual Media

“Atlas” from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” — Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters (Coldplay)
“Silver Lining” from “Silver Linings Playbook” — Diane Warren, songwriter (Jessie J)
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”– Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)
“We Both Know” from “Safe Haven” — Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw, songwriters (Colbie Caillat Featuring Gavin DeGraw)
“Young And Beautiful” from “The Great Gatsby” –Lana Del Rey & Rick Nowels, songwriters (Lana Del Rey)
“You’ve Got Time” from Orange Is The New Black – Regina Spektor, songwriter (Regina Spektor)

PCW Predicts: Young And Beautiful perfectly fit into The Great Gatsby…as in…PERFECTLY. It needs to win!

PRODUCTION

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Rob Cavallo — “All That Echoes” (Josh Groban), “Bright Lights” (Gary Clark Jr.). “¡Dos!” (Green Day), “If I Loved You” (Delta Rae featuring Lindsey Buckingham), “Love They Say” (Tegan and Sara), “Things Are Changin'” (Gary Clark Jr.), “¡Tré!” (Green Day), “When My Train Pulls In” (Gary Clark Jr.), “You’ve Got Time” (Regina Spektor)
Dr. Luke — “Bounce It” (Juicy J Featuring Wale & Trey Songz), “Crazy Kids” (Kesha), “Fall Down (will.i.am featuring Miley Cyrus), “Give It 2 U” (Robin Thicke featuring Kendrick Lamar), “Like Nobody´s Around” (Big Time Rush) , “Roar” (Katy Perry), “Rock Me” (One Direction), “Wrecking Ball” (Miley Cyrus)
Ariel Rechtshaid — “Days Are Gone” (Haim), “Everything Is Embarrassing” (Sky Ferreira), “Lost in My Bedroom” (Sky Ferreira), “Modern Vampires of the City” (Vampire Weekend), “Reincarnated” (Snoop Lion), “True Romance” (Charli XCX), “You’re No Good” (Major Lazer featuring Santigold, Vybz Kartel, Danielle Haim and Yasmin)
Jeff Tweedy — “The Invisible Way” (Low), “One True Vine” (Mavis Staples), “Wassaic Way” (Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion)
Pharrell Williams — “BBC” (Jay-Z), “Blurred Lines” (Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell), “Happy” (Pharrell Williams), “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” (Jennifer Hudson featuring T.I.), “Nuclear” (Destiny’s Child), “Oceans” (Jay-Z featuring Frank Ocean), “Reach Out Richard” (Mayer Hawthorne), “The Stars Are Ours” (Mayer Hawthorne)

PCW Predicts: This one has got to be between Pharrell Williams and Dr. Luke. Both had outstanding years and delivered the biggest hits of their careers (a feat in itself). It’s a tossup. But we’re hoping it’s Pharrells year.

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