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The battle for the 2013 Grammy Awards

February 7th, 2013

The Grammys give us two things every year: a chance to showcase the previous year’s talent and to award music excellence. The process is subjective, and different genres and styles battle it out for prestigious honor. Here are some of my nominees and predicitons:

Best New Artist

 Alabama ShakesFun.

Hunter Hayes

The Lumineers

Frank Ocean

Who will win: It’s a toss up between Alabama Shakes and Hunter Hayes. Both are so unknown that they could pass for ‘new’ artists.

Who should: Fun. was the most financially successful, but that usually proves to be a limiting factor in this category.

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Set Fire To The Rain” (Live) - Adele

“Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen

“Stronger” (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson

“Wide Awake” – Katy Perry

“Where Have You Been” – Rihanna

Album of the Year

“El Camino” – The Black Keys

“Some Nights” – Fun.

“Babel” – Mumford & Sons

“Channel Orange” – Frank Ocean

“Blunderbuss” – Jack White

Who will win: Either the Black Keys or Frank Ocean will walk away with this one. Mumford & Sons and Fun. don’t have the judges and critics that the previous two offer.

Who should: Honestly, none of these albums scream ‘album of the year,’ but if I had to pick one, I would pick Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange.”

Record of the Year

“Lonely Boy” – The Black Keys

“Stronger” (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson

“We Are Young” – Fun. featuring Janelle Monae

“Somebody That I Used To Know” - Gotye featuring Kimbra

“Thinkin Bout You” – Frank Ocean

“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” – Taylor Swift

Who will win: I’m predicting that Fun. will sweep the Grammys this year. Their multi-platform music and exciting demeanor might sway the judges.

Who should: Gotye brought instruments to mainstream music that haven’t ever been used. His piece was one of the best creative processes of pop music.