Our Grammys contest winner explains how Beck pulled off Album of the Year upset

Still surprised by Beck‘s shocking win for Album of the Year at the Grammys? Don’t be. “This win is in the long time Grammy tradition of seeming to honor veterans who had not received such recognition from the Grammy Awards,” explains Gold Derby’s latest contest champ Roosevelt Stacy (RSHouston is his username) who scored the best while predicting the 2014 Grammy Awards.

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Stacy, a 56-year-old social worker counselor from Houston, Texas, earned the #1 position on our Grammys leaderboard thanks to his 71% accuracy and 8,194 point score. His prize is a $100 Amazon gift certificate and a spot on Gold Derby’s winners list. (See all of Stacy’s predictions here. To see how you scored, click here.)

Stacy continues, “Other Grammy Album of the Year recipients who were surprises were Herbie Hancock for ‘River: The Joni Letters’ besting Amy Winehouse‘s critically and commercially successful album ‘Back to Black,’ and Steely Dan‘s ‘Two Against Nature’ besting Eminem‘s ‘The Marshall Mathers Album’ and Radiohead‘s classic ‘Kid A.’”

“I am amazed how accurate my predictions were,” gushes Stacy. “Mostly I relied on my gut intuition. Also, the Grammy Awards tend to honor veterans (e.g., Beck), some critically acclaimed artists (e.g., St. Vincent), and new artists (e.g., Sam Smith). And finally the stars and my predictions aligned in my favor.”

Stacy is most proud of his correct predictions for Pharrell Williams for Pop Solo and Urban Contemporary Album over frontrunner Beyonce. He explains, “In my view, Williams’ song ‘Happy’ was the most widely heard — from toddlers to seniors — in 2014. Plus he’s been a powerful force in the music field for a long time.”

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“For this entertainment lover, never a dull moment. Thanks again for being a great website for channeling my love of music and movies and entertainment in general,” concludes Stacy.

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