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55th Grammy Awards: The nominees, who will win, and who deserves to win

Nominations for the 55th Grammy Awards were announced Wednesday night, and it’s almost as if the Academy has actually been listening to music this year. Denver-based folk group, the Lumineers, scored two huge nominations for Best Americana Album and Best New Artist. R&B singer, Frank Ocean, who released his debut album, “Channel Orange,” this year after two years with the indie hip hop collective, OFWGKTA, scored five nominations including Album Of The Year and Best New Artist. Unlike last year’s predictable Grammy night, with Kanye West and Adele sweeping the awards, the categories are far more contentious in 2013.

Here’s a look at the nominations for the big five categories with, of course, some predictions:

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

Will win: Gotye. This song is terrifyingly catchy. Anyone reading this is probably already humming that melody, and don’t complain because you love it. “Somebody That I Used To Know” burrowed itself into our brains this year and you can bet the Academy will be whistling those chorus falsettos while voting.

Should win: Frank Ocean. With brutally honest, passionately delivered lyrics, R&B has a new superstar in Ocean. He has the songwriting skills and the vocal talent to lead the genre’s next generation. Even though a few singles from his debut charted, it’s a stretch to say he’ll be able to pull out a win against his competitors who have had some of the most downloaded songs of all time.

Album Of The Year

El Camino — The Black Keys

Some Nights — fun.

Babel — Mumford & Sons

Channel Orange — Frank Ocean

Blunderbuss — Jack White

 

Will win: Mumford & Sons. Expect the Academy to take the safe bet with Mumford & Sons for Album Of The Year. The widespread appeal of the band’s clean, pop-repackaging of folk music is the easiest sell for the Grammys.

Should win: Again, Frank Ocean. Taken as an entire concept — a full work of art — Ocean’s “Channel Orange” is an experience and an actual “album.”

Song Of The Year

The A Team — Ed Sheeran

Adorn — Miguel

Call Me Maybe — Carly Rae Jepsen

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) — Kelly Clarkson

We Are Young — fun.

Will win: fun. There’s no stand-out winner in this category, but it sure would be funny if “Call Me Maybe” won. With all the play “We Are Young” got this year, fun. deserves this one. Like Mumford, the Academy isn’t going to pass up something with mass appeal.

Should win: Miguel. Why not stick with the R&B theme with the “should win” prediction? Miguel’s “Adorn” is ridiculously romantic, almost creepily so, but it has just enough hints of darkness to make it a compelling track.

Best New Artist

Alabama Shakes

fun.

Hunter Hayes

The Lumineers

Frank Ocean

Will Win: Frank Ocean. Ocean will pull out a win in the category that the Grammys normally take the biggest risk in. Remember last year when everyone was asking who Bon Iver was after winning the award (even though Justin Vernon’s group has been making great music for five years)?

Should Win: The Lumineers. Have to give credit to the hometown band here. Hopefully if the group can continue the success from the solid, gang vocal heavy, “Ho Hey,” this will be the first of many appearances on the Grammy list.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/BobiSwiftie Daniel Bobis

    Taylor Swift Will Win !!