You Can Call Me Nostradamus…

2991218905Okay, maybe not Nostradamus, maybe Carnac the Magnificent?  Anyway, last night (Feb. 10th) was the 55th Grammy Awards, and on Friday (Feb. 8th) I made some predictions as to who I thought should win, and who I thought would win in some of the bigger, more popular categories.  So, how did I do?  Well, you can see the results below.  All in all, I think I did pretty damn good.   Here’s how I graded my predictive abilities:

    • Nailed it! = I got both who I thought should and who would win the award correct.
    • Spot on. = I missed who should win, but I got who would win.
    • Close. = My who should win pick won, but I missed on who would win.
    • Swing and a miss. = I missed both who should win and who would win.

Record of the Year

I think the winner should be – Lonely Boy by The Black Keys

The winner will probably be – Lonely Boy by The Black Keys

Actual winner was – Somebody that I Used to Know, by Gotye feat. Kimbra.

My predictive abilities – A swing and a miss.  I should have known it would have won, because “Somebody that I Used to Know” was a massive hit, spawning several covers, including Walk Off the Earth’s viral video cover, which; dare I say; is better than the original.

Song of the Year

I think the winner should be – We are Young, by Fun.

The winner will probably be – Call Me Maybe, by Carly Rae Jepsen

Actual winner was – We are Young, by Fun., feat. Janelle Monae.

My predictive abilities – Close.  I am actually a little pleasantly surprised here.  Even though I thought “We are Young” should win, I was fairly certain that “Call Me Maybe” would win, because it seemed like you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing that song, or something about it – though “We are Young” was pretty huge too.

Best New Artist

I think the winner should be – Alabama Shakes

The winner will probably be – Fun.

Actual winner was – Fun.

My predictive abilities – Spot on.  Not too terribly surprising here, Fun. is definitely worthy of winning the New Artist category, and they did release several songs from their “Some Nights” album which received plenty of air play.  Alabama Shakes really only had the one song, “Hold On,” that was played on the radio, and even then it never really got as much air play as any of Fun.’s songs, but I do think Alabama Shakes are awesome.

Album of the Year

I think the winner should be – El Camino, by The Black Keys

The winner will probably be  – El Camino, by The Black Keys

Actual winner was – Babel, by Mumford & Sons.

My predictive abilities – A swing and a miss.  This kind of surprised me, not to take anything away from Mumford & Sons, who I do enjoy listening to, but I really thought “El Camino,” by The Black Keys was a much better album; obviously the Grammy voters felt differently.

Best Pop Solo Performance

I think the winner should be – Set Fire to the Rain [Live], by Adele

The winner will probably be – Set Fire to the Rain [Live], by Adele

Actual winner was – Set Fire to the Rain [Live], byt Adele.

My predictive abilities – Nailed it!  Great song and great performance; If “Set Fire to the Rain” didn’t win this category I would begin to think that the something was amiss with the Grammy voters – not corrupt, but maybe a bit of lunacy.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

I think the winner should be – Somebody that I Used to Know, by Gotye, Featuring Kimbra

The winner will probably be – We are Young, by Fun., Featuring Janelle Monae

Actual winner was – Somebody that I Used to Know, by Gotye, feat. Janelle Monae.

My predictive abilities – Close.  Again, Gotye’s song was a huge hit, bigger than “We are Young,” but I kind of figured the voters would’ve been more partial to “We are Young.”  Apparently the voters and I were on the same wave length, but I didn’t have enough faith that the voters would make the “right” choice, but they did.

Best Pop Vocal Album

I think the winner should be – Some Nights, by Fun.

The winner will probably be – The Truth About Love, by Pink

Actual winner was – Stronger, by Kelly Clarkson.

My predictive abilities – Swing and a Miss.  That was a big swing and a miss by me; as is evident by the voters’ selection and my apparently weak predictions.  Nothing against Kelly Clarkson, but I figured that the voters would have been more partial to Pink’s album in this category – I was obviously wrong.

Best Dance Recording

I think the winner should be – Don’t Worry Child, by Swedish House Mafia, featuring John Martin

The winner will probably be – Bangarang, by Skrillex, featuring Sirah

Actual winner was – Bangarang, by Skrillex, feat. Sirah.

My predictive abilities – Spot on.  No real surprise here, while I thought “Don’t Worry Child” was a tad better, “Bangarang” is definitely damn good too, and Skrillex is a more recognizable name.

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance

I think the winner should be – No Reflection, by Marilyn Manson

The winner will probably be – Love Bites (So Do I), by Halestorm

Actual winner was – Love Bites (So Do I), by Halestorm.

My predictive abilities – Spot on.  Of the nominees, Halestorm seemed to be the more accessible to a wider audience (and there is nothing wrong with that), which is why I thought “Love Bites” would be the winner.  That being said, of the nominees, I thought “No Reflection” is a better Hard Rock/Metal piece, and I say that as one who doesn’t particularly like Marilyn Manson.

 Best Rock Performance

I think the winner should be – Hold On, by Alabama Shakes

The winner will probably be – Lonely Boy, by The Black Keys

Actual winner was – Lonely Boy, by The Black Keys.

My predictive abilities – Spot on.  Despite the difference between who I thought should win, and who would win, I knew that “Lonely Boy” had to win this category.  I chose “Hold On,” by Alabama Shakes as the “should win” because I really want this band to get more critical acclaim.  That being said, there really isn’t a Black Keys song that I’ve heard that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy, and “Lonely Boy” is definitely an awesome song.

Best Rock Song

I think the winner should be – Lonely Boy, by The Black Keys

The winner will probably be – Freedom at 21, by Jack White

The actual winner was – Lonely Boy, by The Black Keys.

My predictive abilities – Close.  Again, I love this song, but I just kind of figured that the Grammy voters would throw Jack White some love here – apparently I was wrong.  To be perfectly honest though, “Lonely Boy” is a better song than “Freedom at 21,” and I mean no disrespect to Jack White in saying that.

Best Rock Album

I think the winner should be – El Camino, by The Black Keys

The winner will probably be – El Camino, by The Black Keys

The actual winner was – El Camino, by The Black Keys.

My predictive abilities – Nailed it!  Of the nominees, I really couldn’t see how there could be any other winner than “El Camino.”  It had far more commercial success, and more air played/released singles than the other nominees, and again, I really haven’t heard a track on that album that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed listening to.

Best Alternative Music Album

    • • The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do – Fiona Apple
    • • Biophilia – Björk
    • • Making Mirrors – Gotye
    • • Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. – M83
    • • Bad As Me – Tom Waits

I think the winner should be – Biophilia, by Bjork

I think the winner will be – Making Mirrors, by Gotye

Actual winner was – Making Mirrors, by Gotye.

My predictive abilities – Spot On.  I think it is pretty safe to say that Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know” is what won this category for him.  However, when I think alternative, I think Björk, but maybe that is just me.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

I think the winner should be – No Church in the Wild, by Jay-Z & Kanye West, featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream

I think the winner will be – No Church in the Wild, by Jay-Z & Kanye West, featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream

Actual winner was – No Church in the Wild, by Jay-Z & Kanye West, feat. Frank Ocean & The-Dream.

My predictive abilities – Nailed it!  Of the nominees I really didn’t how “No Church” could lose this category.  It frankly just sounds the best, is better produced, better lyrically, and seems the most original piece of all of the other nominees.

Best Rap Song

I think the winner should be – Mercy, by Kanye West, featuring Big Sean, Pusha T, & 2 Chainz

The winner will probably be – N*****s in Paris, by Jay-Z & Kanye West

The actual winner was – “N*****s in Paris, by Jay-Z & Kanye West.

My predictive abilities – Spot on.  Again, of the nominees I really couldn’t see how this song could not win this category.  Like the previous category, this song simply sounds the best, seems better produced, though I think “Mercy,” by Kanye West sounds a bit more original; and I say that as one who isn’t a particular fan of Kanye.

Best Rap Album

    • • Take Care – Drake
    • • Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1 – Lupe Fiasco
    • • Life Is Good – Nas
    • • Undun – The Roots
    • • God Forgives, I Don’t – Rick Ross
    • • Based On A T.R.U. Story – 2 Chainz

I think the winner should be – Undun, by The Roots

The winner will probably be – Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1, by Lupe Fiasco

The actual winner was – Take Care, by Drake.

My predictive abilities – Swing and a miss.  This was another swing and a miss on my part.  I thought The Roots should win simply because I personally prefer them.  I thought Lupe Fiasco would win simply because I thought the voters would be more partial to him and his music.  Apparently I should quit thinking, because I was obviously way off.

Best R&B Performance

I think the winner should be – Adorn, by Miguel

The winner will probably be – Climax, by Usher

The actual winner was – Climax, by Usher.

My predictive abilities – Spot on.  This really doesn’t surprise me, but I thought “Adorn,” by Miguel was better, just a personal preference though; “Climax” is definitely a good song.

Best Country Solo Performance

I think the winner should be – Blown Away, by Carrie Underwood

The winner will probably be – Wanted, by Hunter Hayes

The actual winner was – Blown Away, by Carrie Underwood.

My predictive abilities – Close.  I honestly thought that the voters would go with Hunter Hayes.  Glad to see that the voters and I knew that Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” should (and did) win this category.

Best Country/Duo Group Performance

I think the winner should be – Pontoon, by Little Big Town

The winner will probably be – Safe & Sound, by Taylor Swift, featuring The Civil Wars

The actual winner was – Pontoon, by Little Big Town.

My predictive abilities – Close.  Again, it seems that the voters and I were on the same page, as far as which song should (and did) win this category.  That being said though, “Safe & Sound,” by Taylor Swift, feat. The Civil Wars is a pretty damn good song, and I really don’t particularly care for Taylor Swift’s music.

Best Country Song

I think the winner should be – Blown Away, by Carrie Underwood

The winner will probably be – Blown Away, by Carrie Underwood

The actual winner was – Blown Away, by Carrie Underwood.

My predictive abilities – Nailed it!  I think it is safe to say that I hit this one out of the park.  That being said though, I couldn’t really see any of the other nominees possibly winning this category.  Not to sound too critical of the other nominees, and not to take anything away from “Blown Away,” but the competition seemed pretty weak in this category – but that is just my opinion, I could be wrong.

Best Country Album

I think the winner should be – Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, by Jamey Johnson

The winner will probably be – Hunter Hayes, by Hunter Hayes

The actual winner was – Uncaged, by the Zac Brown Band.

My predictive abilities – Swing and a miss.  Well, here is another giant wiff on my part.  Again, I really thought that the voters would’ve gone for Hunter Hayes, and I thought “Living for a Song,” by Jamey Johnson was/is a good listen; shows you what I know.  This is not to take away from the Zac Brown Band and them winning this category though, because I thought the competition in this category was pretty strong.