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With the award season vastly approaching (The GRAMMY Awards are this Sunday, with the OSCARS a couple weeks away), it’s time to take a look at the major categories and predict who will take home the Golden Gramophone. Keep in mind these picks are who I think will win if I were a betting man, not so much who I personally want to win. Here we go:

Record of the Year:

Fancy – Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX

Chandelier – Sia

Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) – Sam Smith

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor

Winner: Sam Smith. He exploded early in the year, is still getting tons of radio play, millions of downloads, and has spent 43 weeks on the charts.

Album of the Year:

Morning Phase – Beck

Beyoncé – Beyoncé

X – Ed Sheeran

In Lonely Hour – Sam Smith

Girl – Pharrell Williams

Winner: Beyoncé. As much as I personally want Beck to win, Beyoncé’s 2014 album stood tall throughout the entire year, and it would be difficult to see anyone else bring her down.

Song of the Year:

(for clarification purposes, Song of the Year recognizes the songwriters, while Record of the Year recognizes the artist’s performance along with the contributions of the producers, engineers, etc.)

All About That Bass – Kevin Kadish and Meghan Trainor (performed by Meghan Trainor)

Chandelier – Sia Furler and Jesse Shatkin (performed by Sia)

Shake It Off – Max Martin, Shellback, and Taylor Swift (performed by Taylor Swift)

Stay With Me – James Napier, William Phillips, and Sam Smith (performed by Sam Smith)

Take Me To Church – Andrew Hozier-Byrne (performed by Hozier)

Winner: Sam Smith, for reasons explained earlier. He’s got so much momentum with this song, it’s hard to imagine him losing this category. Personally I’d like to see Hozier win this one, but his entrance to mainstream radio may have been too late for a solid push.

Best New Artist:

Iggy Azalea

Bastille

Brandy Clark

Haim

Sam Smith

Winner: Sam Smith. He’s so hot right now.

Best Pop Solo Performance

All Of Me (Live) – John Legend

Chandelier – Sia

Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) – Sam Smith

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

Happy (Live) – Pharrell Williams

Winner: Pharrell Williams. Happy took over the airwaves once it was released, and the guy knows how to win awards.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

Fancy – Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX

A Sky Full Of Stars – Coldplay

Say Something – A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera

Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj

Dark Horse – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J

Winner: Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX. Both artists broke big in 2014, and provided a banger on the pop charts with Fancy.

Best Pop Vocal Album:

Ghost Stories – Coldplay

Bangerz – Miley Cyrus

My Everything – Ariana Grande

Prism – Katy Perry

X – Ed Sheeran

In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith

Winner: Katy Perry. With her fastest-selling album to date and a different sound compared to her previous albums, she should be able to take this category.

Best Rock Performance:

Gimme Something Good – Ryan Adams

Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys

Blue Moon – Beck

Fever – The Black Keys

Lazaretto – Jack White

Winner: Jack White. Although I would not be surprised at all to see the Black Keys take this category with their strong showing in 2014. 

Best Rock Song:

Ain’t It Fun – Hayley Williams and Taylor York (performed by Paramore)

Blue Moon – Beck Hansen (performed by Beck)

Fever – D. Auerbach, B. Burton, and P. Carney (performed by The Black Keys)

Gimme Something Good – Ryan Adams (performed by Ryan Adams)

Lazaretto – Jack White III (performed by Jack White)

Winner: The Black Keys. A fantastic song written by both members and producer Brian Burton, (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) should take home this award.

Best Rock Album:

Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams

Morning Phase – Beck

Turn Blue – The Black Keys

Hypnotic Eye – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Songs Of Innocence – U2

Winner: The Black Keys. A solid effort from beginning to end in a category that seems a little on the light side this year.

Best Alternative Music Album:

This Is All Yours – Alt-J

Reflektor – Arcade Fire

Melophobia – Cage The Elephant

St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Lazaretto – Jack White

Winner: St. Vincent. The newest album from Annie Clark has been hot on the Alternative and College charts since its release last February. 

Best Urban Contemporary Album: 

Sail Out – Jhené Aiko

Beyoncé – Beyoncé

X – Chris Brown

Mali Is… – Mali Music

Girl – Pharrell Williams

Winner: Beyoncé. Her album is just so strong from start to finish, it’s hard to imagine anyone else winning.

Best R&B Performance:

Drunk In Love – Beyoncé featuring Jay Z

New Flame – Christ Brown featuring Usher and Rick Ross

It’s Your World – Jennifer Hudson featuring R. Kelly

Like This – Ledisi

Good Kisser – Usher

Winner: Beyoncé featuring Jay Z. The king stay the king, am I right?

Best R&B Song:

Drunk In Love – Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor, and Brian Soko (performed by Beyoncé featuring Jay Z)

Good Kisser – Ronald “Flip: Colson, Warren “Oak” Felder, Usher Raymond IV, Jameel Roberts, Terry “Tru” Sneed, and Andrew “Pop” Wansel (performed by Usher)

New Flame – Eric Bellinger, Chris Brown, James Chambers, Malissa Hunter, Justin Booth Johnson, Mark Pitts, Usher Raymond IV, William Roberts, Maurice “Verse” Simmonds, and Keith Thomas (performed by Chris Brown featuring Usher and Rick Ross)

Options (Wolfjames Version) – Dominic Gordon, Brandon Hesson, and Jamaica “Kahn-Cept” (Performed by Luke James)

The Worst – Jhené Aiko Chilombo, Mac Robinson, and Brian Warfield (performed by Jhené Aiko)

Winner: Beyoncé featuring Jay Z. Beyoncé’s big year continues.

Best Rap Album:

The New Classic – Iggy Azalea

Because The Internet – Childish Gambino

Nobody’s Smiling – Common

The Marshall Mathers LP2 – Eminem

Oxymoron – Schoolboy Q

Blacc Hollywood – Wiz Khalifa

Winner: Iggy Azalea. She’s been all over the radio and the charts, and has made an impressive impact in the rap genre.

Best Rap Performance:

3005 – Childish Gambino

0 To 100 / The Catch Up – Drake

Rap God – Eminem

I – Kendrick Lamar

All I Need Is You – Lecrae

Winner: Kendrick Lamar. The Compton rapper’s new body of work is just as genius as his debut.

Best Rap Song:

Anaconda – Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Onika Maraj, Marcos Palacios, and J. Solone-Myvett (performed by Nicki Minaj)

Bound 2 – Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Malik Jones, Che Pope, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, John Stephens, Kanye West, Charlie Wilson, Ernest Wilson, and Cydel Young (performed by Kanye West and Charlie Wilson)

I – K. Duckworth and C. Smith (performed by Kendrick Lamar)

We Dem Boyz – Maurice Brown, Kemion Cooks, N. Fisher, and C. Thomaz (performed by Wiz Khalifa)

0 To 100 / The Catch Up – A. Feeney, Aubrey Graham, A. Hernandez, P. Jefferies, M. Samuels, and Noah Shebib (performed by Drake)

Winner: Kendrick Lamar.

Best Country Album:

Riser – Dierks Bentley

The Outsiders – Eric Church

12 Stories – Brandy Clark

Platinum b – Miranda Lambert

The Way I’m Livin’ – Lee Ann Womack

Winner: Eric Church. The heavy hitter takes home his first Grammy this year.

Best Country Solo Performance:

Give Me Back My Hometown – Eric Church

Invisible – Hunter Hayes

Automatic – Miranda Lambert

Something In The Water – Carrie Underwood

Cop Car – Keith Urban

Winner: Carrie Underwood. The former American Idol contestant’s powerful vocals and long-running No.1 hit are going to make it difficult for anyone to take this one from her.

Best Country Song:

American Kids – Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally (performed by Kenny Chesney)

Automatic – Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, and Miranda Lambert (performed by Miranda Lambert)

Give Me Back My Hometown – Eric Church and Luke Laird (performed by Eric Church)

I’m Not Gonna Miss You – Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond (performed by Glen Campbell)

Meanwhile Back At Mama’s – Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston, and Jeffrey Steele (performed by Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill)

Winner: Glen Campbell. Campbell’s final goodbye to music as he battles Alzheimers is heartfelt and brilliant.

Producer of the Year:

Paul EpworthPendulum (FKA Twigs), Queenie Eye (Paul McCartney), Road (Paul McCartney), Save Us (Paul McCartney)

John HillAll You Never Say (Birdy), Burning Gold (Christina Perri), Can’t Remember To Forget You (Shakira featuring Rihanna), Goldmine (Kimbra), Guts Over Fear (Eminem featuring Sia), Strange Desires (Bleachers), Voices (Phantogram), Water Fountain (Tune-Yards)

Jay Joyce – About Last Night (Sleeper Agent), It Goes Like This (Thomas Rhett), Melophobia (Cage The Elephant), Montibello Memories (Matrimony), Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song (Amos Lee), The Outsiders (Eric Church)

Greg Kurstin – Beating Heart (Ellie Goulding), Chandelier (Sia), Double Rainbow (Katy Perry), Gunshot (Lykke Li), Money, Power, Glory (Lana Del Rey), 1000 Forms Of Fear (Sia), Sheezus (Lily Allen), Wrapped In Red (Kelly Clarkson)

Max Martin – Bang Bang (Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj), Break Free (Ariana Grande featuring Zedd), Dark Horse (Katy Perry), Problem (Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea), Shake It Off (Taylor Swift), Unconditionally (Katy Perry)

Winner: Max Martin. He’s had a hand in some of the biggest chart-toppers over the past year, and it’s going to get him that golden gramophone.

That does it for my Grammy predictions, so be sure to tune in Sunday night to see how wrong I am. There’s tons of performances as well, including: Katy Perry, Hozier, AC/DC, Tony Bennett, Imagine Dragons, Eric Church, Brandy Clark, Common, Lady Gaga, John Legend, John Mayer, Adam Levine, Questlove, Ed Sheeran, Usher, Pharell Williams, and many more.

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Nick was born and raised in Amish country, has a beard, but isn't Amish. He's a fan of winter as long as he's at the top of a mountain with a board under his feet. He's an avid sports fan, movie junkie, tv bum, and music enthusiast who still purchases CDs for some reason.