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So, it is that special time of year again. The time of year when all of our favorite pop acts come together and celebrate the year in music and the best of the best are awarded with coveted Grammy.
This past year, the world of pop music has seen some pretty amazing acts.
We saw the birth of Australian raptress Iggy Azalea. We saw the birth of Meghan Trainor and all her bass, hips and lips. We saw Beyonce… oh, did we see Beyonce. And, we can not forget, we saw Country teen dream Taylor Swift morph herself into a 1989 pop phenom. It’s been a great year. But who did 2014 the best? I’m here to break down my picks and why I think they deserve to win. And, if they don’t, it is because the awards are rigged and no one likes to see Beyonce or her dad (who is a voting member of the Grammy council) mad.
** = who I want to win
* = who could possibly win
Best Pop Solo Performance
All Of Me (Live)- John Legend
Chandelier – Sia**
Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) – Sam Smith*
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Happy (Live) – Pharrell Williams
Past winners of this category include Macy Gray and Christina Aguilera, two powerhouse vocalist. Based on that fact, I’d say Sam Smith is set to win this category. However, I’d love to see “I won’t show my face” queen Sia win an award just because I would love to see if see gives her acceptance speech facing away from the crowd.
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Iggy Azalea ft. Charlie XCX – Fancy**
Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars
A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera – Say Something*
Jessie ft. Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – Dark Horse
This category is quite lackluster. Due to the fact that “Fancy” reigned supreme in 2014, I’d love to see Iggy win. Plus, she is such a baddie I just want to hear her acceptance speech and hear that glorious Australian accent! And though I do love me so Katy Perry, “Dark Horse” does not hold a candle to “Fancy”. However, the Grammy’s have blinded us before and gone with the less interesting couplings. In this case, A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera. But, if Aguilera won another Grammy that means I lose my six year bet with my mom! THIS CAN NOT HAPPEN!
Best Pop Vocal Album
Coldplay – Ghoststories
Miley Cyrus – Bangerz
Ariana Grande – My Everything
Katy Perry – Prism
Ed Sheeran – X
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour**/*
This is an easy one – Sam Smith. And he probably will win. Compared to the other acts in this group, Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour trumps over them all vocally. Miley has done way better vocal presentations then anything that can be found on Bangerz and Ariana Grande’s My Everything is really nothing compared to Smith’s effort. And don’t even get me started on Prism.
Record of The Year
Iggy Azalea ft Charlie XCX – Fancy**
Sia – Chandelier
Sam Smith – Stay With Me*
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
Though I do love me some Taylor Swift pop music delights, her latest effort 1989 and all the offerings from it are too new to be considered for “Record of The Year” award in my opinion. Though, Swift is the only artist in the category to really have a large catalog of music behind them. So, I rule out “Shake It Off”. Again, I would love to see “Fancy” win because I’ve been a huge supporter of miss I G G Y since her Ignorant Art EP. However, the vocal ability and success of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” is undeniable. So, he’ll probably be the winner, which I am absolutely okay with.
Album of The Year
Beck – Morning Phase
Beyonce – Beyonce*
Ed Sheeran – X
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour**
Pharrell Williams – Girl
Why is Beyonce’s album nominated? That album, a masterpiece indeed, came out two years ago. We all know it is only nominated this year because her daddy is up in there whipping all that work for his baby girl. In other words: CONFLICT OF INTEREST. I don’t think she’ll win considering she’s up against Sam Smith, but she is Beyonce and Beyonce is a female version of a hustla. I want Sam Smith to win because that album as a whole deserves to be praised and recognized for it’s deep, true and artistic content. However, Beyonce is Beyonce and Beyonce gets what Beyonce wants. Beyonce.
For the full list of nominees click here.
The 2015 Grammys are set to air Sunday Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. on CBS.