September 3, 2014 at 9:23 pm #400897
Pls explain. I’m dying to hear everybody’s thoughts at this point.September 3, 2014 at 11:40 pm #400899
These are the ONLY tracks I see possible to win ROTY, in the order of likeliness:
1. Idina Menzel “Let It Go” – this is a no-brainer… the song was huge, truly a cultural phenomenon. It reminds me of “My Heart Will Go On” in 1998… Even though I think most people wouldn’t agree with it as the best recording of the year, it’s popularity pushed it over the edge. It has an Oscar win going for it, the soundtrack sold like hot cakes, and it’s performed by a Tony-winning, extremely talented Broadway star. The Grammys have already proved that they will award songs from movies in the General Field, i.e. “A Whole New World” ROTY and SOTY in 93, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?”, if the work is good enough. I really believe this to be the obvious frontrunner.
2. Sam Smith “Stay With Me” – The vocals, the chart power, the introduction of a young UK artist (“Chasing Pavements”, anyone?). Also a no-brainer, and a lock for a nomination, although I think the acoustic version of “Latch” should be in ROTY, not this.
3. Pharrell Williams “Happy” – another cultural phenomenon from a film, and (obviously) a positive message. The only things I think it has going against it for a ROTY win is, 1) it’s been around FOREVER (since Despicable Me 2 in July of last year), and 2) Would the Grammys really award another upbeat Pharrell track as ROTY two years in a row?
4. Sia “Chandelier” – Although its chances of winning are very slim, I could still see it happening. Such a powerful vocal and it’s the first solo song by Sia to really put her on the map.
5. A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera “Say Something” – Gosh, I hope not.
6. Beyonce f/ Jay-Z “Drunk on Love” – this has little to no chance of winning, but if it’s a Beyonce love fest year, that could give it an edge.
I’d love to hear from others on this race. We’ve heard a lot about nominations, but who has a shot of winning??September 4, 2014 at 12:01 am #400900
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Problem – Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea
Chandelier – Sia
Latch – Disclosure ft. Sam Smith
Drunk in Love – Beyonce ft. Jay Z
Mark my words, Chandelier is the frontrunner here and deserved to win if Happy isn´t elegible. Problem will be shut out here and best pop duo/group performance, they wont give them a grammy for that. Jay Z killed Drunk in Love, no grammy for him in this category. Latch deserves a nomination. I have the feeling that The Walker by Fitz and The Tantrums should be here.September 4, 2014 at 12:47 am #400901
A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera, “Say Something”
– In such a weak year, this was one of the standouts. Peaked at #4. This song should resonate really well with the academy.
Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX, “Fancy”
– This is the biggest hit of the year. It spent a bunch of weeks at #1. NARAS loves to nominate hit songs in this category.
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
– This song peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. He gives off a cool, Adele-type vibe that voters will love.
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
– I could not even think of five nominees. This has been such a horrible year in music. The nominees will reflect that.
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
Not sure if this song is eligible. If it is, it’s a slam dunk for a Record of the Year nomination for obvious reasons.September 4, 2014 at 1:13 am #400902
As of now, I am predicting Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” to win the Grammy for Record of the Year.
Because practically everyone loves him… all demographics/genres, young people, old people, pop fans, urban fans, adult contemporary fans. He’s the biggest artist of the year. His album has consistently stayed in the Top 10 since it’s release. Everyone from Katy Perry to Ed Sheeran to Mary J. Blige have co-signed on his talent.
“Stay With Me” is a major hit, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, he has had other sucess in his debut year on two other singles “Latch” with Disclosure and “La La La” with Naughty Boy… both Top 40 hits as well.
As we all know (or should know by now at least), the Grammys ALWAYS go for a conservative choice in Record of the Year and “Stay With Me” fits that mold. At the very least, I see it as the frontrunner for now unless something stronger is released.
As for the record’s main competitors:
“Happy” probably won’t win, because Pharrell was just awarded this Grammy last year and this song will have been extremely old by the time the Grammys come along.
“Let It Go” is a little too Broadway and Disney to win. I think that if “Let it Go” manages to breakthrough into the general categories, its nomination will be its reward.
“Chandelier” …a great track and would be my personal second (maybe even first place) contender for the win. I’m afraid this track will not be conservative enough of a choice for voters.
“Fancy” …will be nominated, but won’t win. …Rap songs never win here.
Darkhorse contender: A Great Big World & Christina Agueliera – “Say Something” …this a great track/recording/song… it is also conservative sounding and played on mulitple formats at radio. However, I think the ceremoy will be too far away for voters to want to remember this track and award it (especially if they’ve seen that the band hasn’t been able to come out with another hit/track since its success.September 4, 2014 at 2:02 am #400903
Anaconda. Really?September 4, 2014 at 4:03 pm #400904
“Stay with Me” by Sam Smith = GRAMMY Bait.
Other strong contenders: “Happy” (Pharrell Williams), “Chandelier” (Sia), “Fancy” (Iggy Azalea f/ Charli XCX), “Drunk in Love” (Beyonce f/ JAY-Z)September 4, 2014 at 7:12 pm #400905
Happy isn’t eligiable. It was released with Despicable Me 2 last summer. Or is there a loophole?
Drunk in Love
Let it Go
Stay With Me
All About That Bass
All of Me
Something else coming out this month (Possibly Adele’s new single if it comes out in time)September 4, 2014 at 7:23 pm #400906
^ ^ ^ “Happy” can be submitted off of “G I R L” instead of the “Despicible Me 2” soundtrack, making it eligible throughout.September 4, 2014 at 8:39 pm #400907
Ok then Happy I think will boot out Fancy off of my list into the possiblesSeptember 4, 2014 at 11:10 pm #400908
I think Happy is the frontrunner for Record of the Year. It was a huge song and had a big impact. It is a really catchy track the resonates with a lot of demographics. Pompeii would be a close second but it may not be eligible.September 5, 2014 at 8:15 am #400909
“Stay With Me” is the frontrunner for winning. I could also see “Let It Go” or “Happy” winning as well, although I think “Let It Go” is more likely to show up in Song.
I think Pharell fatigue will set in. Calling it now.September 5, 2014 at 9:42 am #400910
Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” is so winning Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The song has no competition.September 5, 2014 at 10:03 am #400911
Likelihood of Winning ROTY (not of being nominated):
1. Happy (if eligible)
2. Stay With Me
3. Drunk in Love
(huge gap here, as I think one of those four will win)
5. Let it Go
Songs like Fancy, Shake It Off, All About That Bass, or Problem may very likely be nominated, but none will stand a chance at winning.