Grammy Predictions

By Stephen Everest

I am going to be 100% accurate
By: Stephen Everest ’15

Photo created by William Rodriguez '16
Photo created by William Rodriguez '16

This year, the 57th annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 8, 2015. Taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the biggest music stars in the world will gather to enjoy music’s most prestigious night. This year’s host is LL Cool J and performances will be given by Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Hozier, Sam Smith, Kanye West, and Rihanna. However, that is not the point of this article. The point is to make my predictions for who will win each major award. Also, because I like rap, I will give my picks for those awards as well. Here goes nothing!
Record of the Year – “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
I am neutral on Swift’s music, but I have a hunch she will win another Grammy for this hit song. It is catchy, radio-friendly, and simple; basically it is the perfect, non-controversial song to win this award. Also, Ms. MacGarva will certainly be rooting for her, and that has to count for something!
Sleeper: “Stay with Me” by Sam Smith

Album of the Year – Beyonce by Beyonce
This was the most popular album of the year, bar-none. I would be very shocked if this does not win, especially because of Beyonce’s immense popularity. The album was well-done and revolutionary, as it featured an exclusive iTunes release for a few weeks before its official release date. Beyonce has had a big year, and she will cap it off by winning this award.
Sleeper: “X” by Ed Sheeran

Song of the Year – “Take Me to Church” by Hozier
In my opinion, this is by far the best song in the category. It is an epic piece of musical genius and should hands down win the award. The chorus is catchy and emotional, and the entire song is a work of art. This would definitely be my vote.
Sleeper: “Stay with Me” by Sam Smith
Best New Artist – Sam Smith

I am torn in this category. Even though I have great disdain for Iggy Azalea’s music, her popularity is off the charts. She had one of the greatest Billboard runs ever this year with her songs “Fancy” and “Black Widow.” However, Sam Smith makes better music and is more appealing to Grammy voters (they historically do not vote for rappers in general categories). He also released “Stay with Me,” which is my sleeper pick to win a lot of awards.
Sleeper: Iggy Azalea

Best Rap Performance – “Rap God” by Eminem
This was not the best choice in this category, but Eminem is the most popular rapper of all time. The Grammy’s are a popularity contest, so this is my pick. However, personally, there is no doubt in my mind that Drake’s “0 to 100 / The Catch Up” is the best rap performance. He is also immensely popular, so he could easily take this award.
Sleeper: “0 to 100 / The Catch Up” by Drake

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration – “The Monster” by Eminem and Rihanna
This is my pick for the same reasons as above. When arguably the two biggest pop icons on the planet do a song together, they are going to win an award. I don’t know if any other song has a chance in this category, but we’ll see. In my opinion, “Studio” by Schoolboy Q and BJ the Chicago Kid should win, as it was the best song of the bunch.
Sleeper: “Studio” by Schoolboy Q and BJ the Chicago Kid

Best Rap Song – “0 to 100 / The Catch Up” by Drake
This was the best rap song of the year. Kanye West’s “Bound 2” was also pretty good, and Kendrick Lamar’s “i” has a chance because he is popular, but this is the no-brainer choice in this category.
Sleeper: “i” by Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap Album – “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” by Eminem
Eminem seems to win this award no matter the quality of this album. His last effort, “Recovery,” beat Drake and Jay-Z’s albums in 2011. His popularity is immense and the album was pretty good, so this is the winner. Iggy Azalea is also the sleeper due to her great popularity.
Sleeper: “The New Classic” by Iggy Azalea.