Your Grammy Awards Handbook

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Your Grammy Awards Handbook
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The 56th Annual Grammy Awards are coming up and they're not nearly as fun to watch if you don't know who to root for. To help you out, we've compiled a quick guide to the biggest Grammy category nominations so that when it's time to tune in, you'll be in the know. 

 

Record of the Year (record = track):

"Get Lucky" - Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

This was the song that played all over the radio last summer with a disco vibe. 

 

"Radioactive" - Imagine Dragons

The catchiest rock song of the year featuring intense vocals paired with a heavy rock/electronic beat and apocalyptic themes. "I'm radioactive, radioactive!"

 

"Royals" - Lorde

The song launched the singer's career with a new take on pop music, in which lyrics have deeper meaning and melodies don't always have to be upbeat.

 

"Locked Out of Heaven" - Bruno Mars

It was that reggae/funk/rock groove that you wished a man would sing to you someday. It also sounded like The Police.

 

"Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell

You definitely heard this '70s-inspired R&B song at least 100 times in 2013 and you probably hate it now. That means it'll probably take the win.

 

Who we think will win: Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell for "Blurred Lines"

Who we want to win: Lorde for "Royals"

Album of the Year (album = long play albums only):

The Blessed Unrest - Sara Bareilles

The same Sara Bareilles, unheard of since 2007, made a huge comeback with this album that debuted at number two on the Billboard 200.

 

Random Access Memories - Daft Punk

Possibly the most anticipated album of the year, it was Daft Punk's first release in eight years and went to number one on 25 different charts across the world.

 

Good Kid, M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar

The album got a lot of attention because of all the haterade the rapper displayed in tracks like "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" and "Poetic Justice."

 

The Heist - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

This is their first album together and it broke the Seattle duo into the hip-hop and pop scenes. The best part is that they released it all by themselves.

 

Red - Taylor Swift

T. Swift set all kinds of records with this album, like being the only artist since The Beatles to spend six weeks or more at number one with three consecutive studio albums.

 

Who we think will win: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for "The Heist"

Who we want to win: Daft Punk for "Random Access Memories"

Song of the Year (for the singers and songwriters only):

"Just Give Me a Reason" - Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess

The duet, sung by Pink and fun.'s lead singer Nate Ruess, was a surprise combination from the two artists. 

 

"Locked Out of Heaven" - Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars' voice pulled at your heartstrings with that smooth melody and catchy lyrics.

 

"Roar" - Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter 

As is the same for many Katy Perry hits, it's just so catchy!

 

"Royals" - Joel Little & Ella Yelich-O'Connor

Lorde conveyed deeper feelings about celebrity culture that made us all question our idols.

 

"Same Love" - Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis

Beautifully written message about gay rights that speaks to people of all ages.

 

Who we think will win: Joel Little & Ella Yelich-O'Connor for "Royals"

Who we want to win: Joel Little & Ella Yelich-O'Connor for "Royals"

Best New Artist (pretty self-explanatory):

James Blake

A talented British singer-songwriter who has seen a lot of success abroad and is just starting to break into the US market.

 

Kendrick Lamar

The rapper has been around for a minute and is probably the most hyped new voice in the game.

 

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

These two are doing hip-hop their own way and it has catapulted them to stardom.

 

Kacey Musgraves

The country singer-songwriter already won New Artist of the Year at the Country Music Awards but she might not be big enough yet to get this Grammy.

 

Ed Sheeran

This Brit has red hair, Taylor Swift's support and his talented voice to thank for this nomination.

 

Who we think will win: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Who we want to win: James Blake

So now you know. When you tune in on Sunday, you can school the rest of the room with your knowledge. You don't have to thank us. You're already welcome. 

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