Christa42 Posted December 4, 2014 Share Posted December 4, 2014 The 2015 Grammy nominations will be announced on Friday and Coldplay's Ghost Stories is on all the prediction lists. Here is a blog from Yahoo for what categories they might be nominated in: For Pop and Dance: Full Link https://www.yahoo.com/music/grammy-predictions-pop-dance-104103361166.html "With the 2014 Grammy nominations being announced this Friday, Dec. 5, it’s time to deep-dive into the individual categories and predict who will come out on top. Here’s a look at which pop stars have a shot this year. BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM As likely finalists in the overall Album of the Year category, Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour, Ed Sheeran's x, and Ariana Grande's My Everything are sure things here. Smith’s debut album has climbed as high as #2 on the Billboard 200. The Sheeran and Grande albums, both sophomore releases, both reached #1. Two other #1 albums — Coldplay's Ghost Stories and Katy Perry's PRISM — will probably round out the field. This would be Perry’s second album in a row to be nominated in this category. (Curiously, Perry has yet to bring home her first Grammy, despite 11 previous nominations.) Coldplay has has had an interesting Grammy history. The band’s first two studio albums won for Best Alternative Music Album. Its fourth album, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, won for Best Rock Album. Now its sixth album is vying for a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. Has the band’s music changed that much, or has the music scene shifted around it?" Album of the year - Full link https://www.yahoo.com/music/grammy-predictions-the-big-four-categories-104085366351.html ALBUM OF THE YEAR Three albums seem like sure things to be nominated: Sam Smith's debut album, In the Lonely Hour; Beyoncé's fifth studio album, Beyoncé; and Ed Sheeran's sophomore album, x. Beyoncé is a longtime Grammy favorite (17 awards). Her album may get bonus points for its innovative, no build-up marketing strategy. Sheeran is fast becoming a Grammy favorite. He was nominated for Song of the Year two years ago and for Best New Artist last year. Miranda Lambert's Platinum, which was voted Album of the Year by the Country Music Association, also has a good shot. It was Lambert’s first #1 album on the all-genre Billboard 200. It even put her on the cover of Rolling Stone. The panel of Grammy insiders that selects the final nominees in the Big Four categories usually strives for diversity in its picks. Lambert is the strongest country representative. Ariana Grande's sophomore album, My Everything, may round out the field. The album, which has spawned three top 10 hits, consolidated her 2013 breakout success. (The only potential problem: I already have two pop albums — Smith’s and Sheeran’s — in the finals. Will the panelists want to have three?) That could also work against the Frozen soundtrack, which is the best-selling album so far this year. Another factor working against Frozen: recent Grammy history. In the past 20 years, just two soundtracks have received Album of the Year nominations — Waiting to Exhale and O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Both of those soundtracks were overseen by producers with long lists of album credits — Babyface and T Bone Burnett, respectively. By contrast, Frozen is the work of movie music pros who aren’t as well known in recording circles. U2 has a strong track record in this category: Four of the band’s last eight studio albums were nominated for Album of the Year; two of them won. But the album never recovered from the iTunes gaffe — where the album was placed in iTunes users’ music libraries without their consent. That criticism seemed overblown, but it left a mark. If the panel wants to include a rock (or rock-ish) album, there are many other choices. Among them: The Black Keys' Turn Blue, Beck's Morning Phase, Coldplay's Ghost Stories, Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes, Paul McCartney's New, Jack White's Lazaretto, Arcade Fire’s Reflektor, and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ Hypnotic Eye. Record of the Year - Full link https://www.yahoo.com/music/grammy-predictions-the-big-four-categories-104085366351.html RECORD OF THE YEAR Sam Smith's gospel-tinged ballad “Stay With Me” is sure to be nominated. Meghan Trainor's “All About That Bass,” which calls for women to accept their bodies even if they don't conform to society's ideal, may be Smith's strongest competition. Taylor Swift's kiss-country-goodbye pop smash “Shake It Off” also has a very good shot. Swift's “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” was nominated in this category two years ago. Ariana Grande's “Problem” (featuring Iggy Azalea) is also likely to make the finals. It would be only the second all-female collaboration in Grammy history to receive a Record of the Year nom. The first was “The Boy is Mine” by Brandy & Monica in 1998. (Two other all-female collabos have a shot this year: Azalea’s “Fancy” (featuring Charli XCX) and “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Grande, and Nicki Minaj.) KONGOS' alternative rock hit “Come With Me Now,” which became a leftfield pop hit, may round out the field. "Let It Go" from Frozen has a chance to become the first Oscar-winner for Best Song to be nominated for Record and/or Song of the Year since Eminem's “Lose Yourself” was nominated in both categories in 2003. I tend to think that Idina Menzel's hit single will just miss in the Record category, but that the song will come through in the Song category. Coldplay's “A Sky Full of Stars” (which was co-produced and co-written by Avicii) is also a strong candidate. The band won in this category with 2003’s “Clocks” and was nominated with 2008’s “Viva La Vida.” Song of the Year - Full link https://www.yahoo.com/music/grammy-predictions-the-big-four-categories-104085366351.html SONG OF THE YEAR For the most part, the same works are under consideration for both Record of the Year (which honors a specific recording) and Song of the Year (which honors the song itself). With that in mind, I can see the final five being “Stay With Me,” “All About That Bass,” “Let It Go,” “Shake It Off,” and “A Sky Full of Stars.” Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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