The Grammy nominees were announced today with Bon Iver picking up three different nominations in Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. I would have to agree that Bon Iver created one of the best albums of the year; however, I find it rather interesting that a year after The Arcade Fire won a surprise victory for Album of the Year for “The Suburbs”, Bon Iver is now up for a rather large award himself. How has the Grammy Awards become such an indie forward event?
Taking a look at each award, it will be interesting to see who comes away with the victory.
Record of the Year: Bon Iver – Holocene ; Adele – Rolling in the Deep ; Bruno Mars – Grenade ; Mumford and Sons – The Cave ; Katy Perry – Firework
I can see a few different people taking the award here. If we are going off radio hits and singles, then Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, or Adele could take it. If we are looking at a music integrity point of view, Bon Iver, Adele, or Mumford and Sons could take it. I wish I could say that Bon Iver is a lock to win here; however, I would be more than happy to see Mumford take it home as well. I can’t help but think that Katy Perry and Bruno Mars would be the prom king and queen vote.
Song of the Year: Kanye West (and supporting artists) – All of the Lights ; Bon Iver- Holocene ; Adele – Rolling in the Deep ; Mumford and Sons – The Cave ; Bruno Mars – Grenade
Aside from one artist, this category looks basically the same. Somehow Kanye makes it in here. Now I’m not really a big Kanye fan. I enjoyed his early stuff, but I really begin to dislike people the bigger their head gets. I have a feeling a lot the same theory will apply in this category from the last one. As far as songs go, I feel like most of these could win this category. I have a feeling this one could be even harder for Bon Iver to win. He doesn’t get really any radio play, and I can’t help but think this would work against him. Like last time, I would still be happy to see Mumford win this one too.
Artist of the Year: The Band Perry ; Bon Iver ; Skrillex ; Niki Minaj ; J. Cole
I feel like with Niki Minaj in this category there is very little chance that Bon comes out with a win here. I personally can’t stand Niki. I feel like she would fit nicely into the most overrated category; however, I watched the American Music Awards the other week and she pretty much cleaned up. For me, the real two contenders should be The Band Perry and Bon Iver. I think Perry has a much more legit sound, and they are actually somewhat enjoyable to me. Therefore, I would be kind of okay to see them win. I have to be honest that I have no idea what Skrillex or J.Cole sound like.
In the end, I would love to see Bon Iver walk out with something. Personally, I doubt he walks out with three awards, but I think he has a much better chance to walk away with at least one. If The Arcade Fire can pull off Album of the Year, then I definitely think Bon needs at least one awards. There are some other good nominees in other categories, such as The Decemberists, The Black Keys, and Foo Fighters nominated for various awards. I’ll definitely be watching, so look out for a little follow up review of the awards in February.
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