Event Details: 55th Annual Grammy Awards, February 10, 8pm EST, CBS (check your local listings)

We are happy for all of this year’s Grammy nominees but especially Frank Ocean, and Jack White with his debut album, Blunderbuss. All of whom have been featured on this site.  The Grammy Awards may be politically charged at times, but it is still the preeminent award show for music and attracts a global audience and hosts some of the most memorable performances in music history.  As such, we are very excited to present this year’s nominees and our predictions. (our picks are BOLD)

Record Of The Year

  • Lonely Boy – The Black Keys
  • Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
  • We Are Young – Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe
  • Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye Featuring Kimbra
  • Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean
  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

doodledandy:  We Are Young is going to be an anthem for the youth in the future. A song that will last long. Though it’s a lil bit forgettable, isn’t it? Glee also helps the song to get good airplay.

Album Of The Year

  • El Camino -The Black Keys
  • Some Nights – Fun.
  • Babel – Mumford & Sons
  • Channel Orange – Frank Ocean
  • Blunderbuss – Jack White

doodledandy:  I love Jack White’s Blunderbuss. But Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange stole the whole plot. Frank got the momentum.

Song Of The Year

  • The A Team – Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
  • Adorn – Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
  • Call Me Maybe – Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)
  • Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly
  • Clarkson)
  • We Are Young – Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun.Featuring Janelle Monáe)
doodledandy:  We Are Young is going to be an anthem for the youth in the future. A song that will last long. Though it’s a lil bit forgettable, isn’t it? Glee also helps the song to get good airplay.

Best New Artist

  • Alabama Shakes
  • Fun.
  • Hunter Hayes
  • The Lumineers
  • Frank Ocean
doodledandy: This is one of the toughest category. Frank actually has a shot at this one. But Channel Orange is his second album.  Some Nights also Fun’s second album.  Alabama Shakes brings back the root of the blues to where it belongs. Our vote for Alabama Shakes.

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • Set Fire To The Rain [Live] – Adele
  • Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
  • Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Wide Awake – Katy Perry
  • Where Have You Been – Rihanna
doodledandy:  Adele or Katy? Katy or Adele? Katy it is. Adele has enough awards last year. But she still will have another one at Oscars.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • Shake It Out – Florence & The Machine
  • We Are Young – Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe
  • Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye Featuring Kimbra
  • Sexy And I Know It – LMFAO
  • Payphone – Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa
doodledandy:  It’s a subjective category for me. I want Flo to win this one. Nuff said.

Best Dance Recording

  • Levels – Avicii
  • Let’s Go – Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-Yo
  • Bangarang – Skrillex Featuring Sirah
  • Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin
  • I Can’t Live Without You – Al Walser
doodledandy:  It’s Skrillex because my friend told me he’s good. And i don’t listen to other nominees.

Best Dance/Electronica Album

  • Wonderland – Steve Aoki
  • Don’t Think – The Chemical Brothers
  • > Album Title Goes Here < – Deadmau5
  • Fire & Ice – Kaskade
  • Bangarang – Skrillex
Our vote for Deadmau5. I think Trent Reznor would agree with me.

Best R&B Performance

  • Thank You – Estelle
  • Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) – Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Ledisi
  • I Want You – Luke James
  • Adorn – Miguel
  • Climax – Usher
Best Traditional R&B Performance
  • Lately – Anita Baker
  • Love On Top – Beyoncé
  • Wrong Side Of A Love Song – Melanie Fiona
  • Real Good Hands – Gregory Porter
  • If Only You Knew – SWV
doodledandy:  No further explanation needed.

Best R&B Song

  • Adorn – Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
  • Beautiful Surprise – Tamia Hill, Claude Kelly & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Tamia)
  • Heart Attack – Benjamin Levin, Rico Love & Tremaine Neverson, songwriters (Trey Songz)
  • Pray For Me – Antonio Dixon, Kenny Edmonds, Anthony Hamilton & Patrick “jQue” Smith,
  • songwriters (Anthony Hamilton)
  • Refill – Darhyl “DJ” Camper, Elle Varner & Andrew “Pop” Wansel, songwriters (Elle Varner)
doodledandy:  Miguel should take this even though the competition is stiff.

Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • Fortune – Chris Brown
  • Kaleidoscope Dream – Miguel
  • Channel Orange – Frank Ocean
doodledandy:  If it brings me to my knees listening “Bad Religion”, well.. we couldn’t agree more.

Best R&B Album

  • Black Radio – Robert Glasper Experiment
  • Back To Love – Anthony Hamilton
  • Write Me Back – R. Kelly
  • Beautiful Surprise – Tamia
  • Open Invitation – Tyrese
Best Rap Performance
  • HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right) – Drake Featuring Lil’ Wayne
  • N****s In Paris – Jay-Z & Kanye West
  • Daughters – Nas
  • Mercy – Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
  • I Do – Young Jeezy Featuring Jay-Z & André 3000
doodledandy:  Jay-Z & Kanye West is very dangerous. Give it to them, niggas!

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

  • Wild Ones – Flo Rida Featuring Sia
  • No Church In The Wild – Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream
  • Tonight (Best You Ever Had) – John Legend Featuring Ludacris
  • Cherry Wine – Nas Featuring Amy Winehouse
  • Talk That Talk – Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
doodledandy:  Jay-Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean. How can you resist them NARAS?

Best Rap Song

  • Daughters – Nasir Jones & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Patrick Adams, Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer & Paul Leka, songwriters) (Nas)
  • Lotus Flower Bomb – Olubowale Akintimehin, S. Joseph Dew, Jerrin Howard, Walker Johnson & Miguel Jontel Pimentel, songwriters (Wale Featuring Miguel)
  • Mercy – Sean Anderson, Tauheed Epps, Stephan Taft, James Thomas, Terrence Thornton & Kanye West, songwriters (Denzie Beagle, Winston Riley & Reggie Williams, songwriters) (Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)
  • The Motto – Dwayne Carter, Aubrey Graham & Tyler Williams, songwriters (Drake Featuring Lil’ Wayne)
  • N****s In Paris – Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis & Kanye West, songwriters (W.A. Donaldson, songwriter) (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
  • Young, Wild & Free – Calvin Broadus, Chris Brody Brown, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Peter Hernandez & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (T. Bluechel, M. Borrow, T. Griffin, K. Jackson, N. Lee & M. Newman, songwriters) (Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars)
doodledandy:  Lyrics alone, we are going with Nas.

Best Rap Album

  • Take Care – Drake
  • Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1 – Lupe Fiasco
  • Life Is Good – Nas
  • Undun – The Roots
  • God Forgives, I Don’t – Rick Ross
  • Based On A T.R.U. Story – 2 Chainz

doodledandy:  It was clearly 2Chainz’s year. The mid-30′s rapper who rebranded himself and got down with a dope crew really made a splash this year. I guess.

Best Blues Album

  • 33 1/3 – Shemekia Copeland
  • Locked Down – Dr. John
  • Let It Burn – Ruthie Foster
  • And Still I Rise – Heritage Blues Orchestra
  • Bring It On Home – Joan Osborne

Best Short Form Music Video

  • Houdini – Foster The People
  • No Church In The Wild – Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream
  • Bad Girls – M.I.A
  • We Found Love – Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris
  • Run Boy Run – Woodkid

Best Long Form Music Video

  • Big Easy Express – Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros & Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Emmett Malloy, video director; Bryan Ling, Mike Luba & Tim Lynch, video producers
  • Bring Me Home – Live 2011 – Sade
  • Radio Music Society – Esperanza Spalding
  • Get Along – Tegan & Sara
  • From The Sky Down – U2

doodledandy: You’d agree with my vote if you have seen the video

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance

  • I’m Alive – Anthrax
  • Love Bites (So Do I) – Halestorm
  • Blood Brothers – Iron Maiden
  • Ghost Walking – Lamb Of God
  • No Reflection – Marilyn Manson
  • Whose Life (Is It Anyways?) – Megadeth
doodledandy: I don’t know but Megadeth always has a place in my heart. Dave Ellefson is back. It’s a good album since Countdown To Extinction.

Best Rock Song

  • Freedom At 21 – Jack White
  • I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
  • Lonely Boy – Black Keys
  • Madness – Muse
  • We Take Care Of Our Own – Bruce Springsteen

doodledandy: My blues hero is now Jack White since John Mayer has too much dramas in his life.

Best Rock Album

  • El Camino – The Black Keys
  • Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay
  • The 2nd Law – Muse
  • Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen
  • Blunderbuss – Jack White

Best Alternative Music Album

  • The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do – Fiona Apple
  • Biophilia –

    Björk
  • Making Mirrors –

    Gotye
  • Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming –

    M83
  • Bad As Me –

    Tom Waits

Best World Music Album

  • Folila – Amadou & Mariam
  • On A Gentle Island Breeze – Daniel Ho
  • Jabulani – Hugh Masekela
  • Traveller – Anoushka Shankar
  • The Living Room Sessions Part 1 – Ravi Shankar
doodledandy: RIP Master of World Music. This one is for you, Mr Ravi Shankar. I know George Harrison is smiling right now in heaven.
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
  • The Descendants – Various Artists
  • Marley – 
    Bob Marley & The Wailers
  • Midnight In Paris –
    Various Artists
  • The Muppets
    Various Artists
  • Rock Of Ages –

    Various Artists

doodledandy: To celebrate his birthday: It’s Marley!
  • The Adventures Of Tintin – The Secret Of The Unicorn – John Williams
  • The Artist –

    Ludovic Bource, composer
  • The Dark Knight Rises –

    Hans Zimmer
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo –

    Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
  • Hugo –

    Howard Shore, composer
  • Journey –

    Austin Wintory, composer
Best Song Written For Visual Media
  • Abraham’s Daughter (From The Hunger Games) – Arcade Fire
  • Learn Me Right (From Brave) – Mumford & Sons
  • Let Me Be Your Star (From Smash) – Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
  • Man Or Muppet (From The Muppets) – Bret McKenzie
  • Safe & Sound (From The Hunger Games) –  Taylor Swift

image and prologue from soulhead.com

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