RLITM Grammy Thoughts: Who Rob Wants, And Who He Thinks Will, Win!

February 12, 2017

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I’m on the edge about this year’s Grammys. 

First off because I thought 2016 was a bit of a down year for music.  As I look back at the Top 100 HOT AC songs (songs that stations like STAR 102.5 played) of the past year I see no more than 15 that people will go out of their way to hear 5 years down the road.  Lots of disposable music.  But, that’s often been the case.  The Good old days weren't always as good as they seem in the rear-view mirror!

Secondly, because of the political environment we are in, I fear that the Grammys will turn into the second coming of the Golden Globes.  I hope not.  I hope that musicians realize people turn to music and performance to forget the issues of the day, not be reminded of them.  At the same time, revolution and anger have been the benchmarks of some of the greatest songs from all music genres. But if it does get too political, I might be going to bed early.  Having said that…here are my Grammy picks:

Album Of The Year:

25 — Adele
Lemonade — Beyoncé
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Views — Drake
A Sailor's Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson

I want Bieber to win as his album was totally transitional for his career.  “Purpose” made Bieber music listenable to adults.  But Adele will win. No surprise.  And if I’m Sturgill Simpson, I’m just happy to be with the other 4.


Record Of The Year:

"Hello" — Adele
"Formation" — Beyoncé
"7 Years" — Lukas Graham
"Work" — Rihanna Featuring Drake
"Stressed Out" — Twenty One Pilots

Record of the Year is for the total package, vocal, writing, production.  The fact that “Work” is nominated in this category is a total joke.  It’s semi-novelty. I can think of about 20 songs more deserving.   I like Lukas Graham as the underdog choice.  Adele and the Producers of “Hello” will win…again. 


Song Of The Year:

"Formation" — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
"Hello" — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
"I Took A Pill In Ibiza" — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
"Love Yourself" — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
"7 Years" — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

This is the award for best writing. I sooooo want Mike Posner to win for “Ibiza”.  That song has always struck me as the modern day “Margaritaville”.  Quirky, different, fun.  But it won’t win.  Adele’s Hello will…again.


Best New Artist:

Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance The Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson .Paak

This is between Chance The Rapper, Chainsmokers, and Maren Morris.  I choose Chainsmokers, but Chance gets it.  But the good news is I think at least 3 of these artists will still be around in 7 years.


Best Pop Vocal Album:

25 — Adele
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Dangerous Woman — Ariana Grande
Confident — Demi Lovato
This Is Acting — Sia

If the word VOCAL is in the title of the award, just hand it to Adele…again!

Best Pop Solo Performance:

"Hello" — Adele
"Hold Up" — Beyonce
"Love Yourself" — Justin Bieber
"Piece By Piece (Idol Version)" — Kelly Clarkson
"Dangerous Woman" — Ariana Grande

I’m just wondering if Kelly Clarkson can sneak in here.  Her Idol performance was AMAZING.  Let’s go with the underdog, and hope.


Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

"Closer" — The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
"7 Years" — Lukas Graham
"Work" — Rihanna Featuring Drake
"Cheap Thrills" — Sia Featuring Sean Paul
"Stressed Out" — Twenty One Pilots

These are all VERY STRONG candidates.  Even though “WORK” is  a crappy song, the performance was good.  Soft Spot for Lukas Graham.  I like Cheap Thrills too, but not as much.


Best Rock Performance:

"Joe (Live From Austin City Limits)" — Alabama Shakes
"Don't Hurt Yourself" — Beyoncé Featuring Jack White
"Blackstar" — David Bowie
"The Sound Of Silence" — Disturbed
"Heathens" — Twenty One Pilots

I’m betting Bowie wins every category he’s in.  Only seems right, in that he helped structure and create GLAM ROCK.


Best Rock Song:

"Blackstar" — David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)
"Burn the Witch"  —Radiohead, songwriters (Radiohead)
"Hardwired" — James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica)
"Heathens" — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
"My Name Is Human" — Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)

The songs in this category tell me Mainstream Rock/Pop is just about dead.  But “Thank you” to U2, Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day, and any band with a guitar for trying to keep it alive!


Best Rock Album:

California — Blink-182
Tell Me I'm Pretty — Cage The Elephant
Magma — Gojira
Death Of A Bachelor — Panic! At The Disco
Weezer — Weezer

Wait, isn’t this the best ALTERNATIVE album category?  How come no one with a Best Rock Song nomination is in the Best Rock Album category? Strange.                                                      And I’ve never heard of Gojira.  Even stranger!


Best Alternative Music Album:

22, A Million — Bon Iver
Blackstar — David Bowie
The Hope Six Demolition Project — PJ Harvey
Post Pop Depression — Iggy Pop
A Moon Shaped Pool — Radiohead

Wait, David Bowie’s album is nominated for Alternative, but his song is in the Best Rock Song category?   Grammy people, this is where your system needs work.  Serious work.