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Grammy Predictions 2015: Final Predictions

Thanks to a Grammy voting member over on GoldDerby, we now know a lot of the submissions for the Grammy categories. It made it much easier to guess who would be nominated. The biggest news to come out of those submissions was Pharrell Williams & John Legend’s biggest hits, “Happy” & “All of Me” wouldn’t be eligible. I think they were originally submitted last year, but didn’t become monster hits until this one. It’s a weird thing with the music awards and that often happens. Otherwise, I’m pretty set with these nominees. We’ll see how well I did when they are announced on December 5th.

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Record of the Year:
Beyonce featuring Jay-Z – “Drunk in Love”
Katy Perry featuring Juicy J – “Dark Horse”
Sia – “Chandelier”
Sam Smith – “Stay with Me”
Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”

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Album of the Year:
Beyonce – Beyonce
Frozen: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Various Artists
In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
Platinum – Miranda Lambert
Reflektor – Arcade Fire

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Song of the Year:
“Chandelier” – Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin (Sia)
“Drunk in Love” – Boots, Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyonce Knowles, Timothy Mosley, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko (Beyonce featuring Jay-Z)
“Fancy” – Charlotte Aitchison, George Astasio, Amethyst Kelly, Kurtis McKenzie, Jason Pebworth & Jon Shave (Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX)
“Let It Go” – Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez (Idina Menzel)
“Stay with Me” – James Napier, Wiliam Phillips & Sam Smith (Sam Smith)

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Best New Artist:
Iggy Azalea
Tove Lo
Sam Smith


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Best Pop Vocal Album:
Bangerz – Miley Cyrus
In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
1000 Forms of Fear – Sia
Prism – Katy Perry
x – Ed Sheeran

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Best Pop Solo Performance:
Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”
Idina Menzel – “Let It Go”
Sia – “Chandelier”
Sam Smith – “Stay with Me”
Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”

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Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – “Cheek to Cheek”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”
Katy Perry featuring Juicy J – “Dark Horse”
Pitbull featuring Kesha – “Timber”

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Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
Cheek to Cheek – Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Ghostlight – Betty Buckley
Night Songs – Barry Manilow
Nostalgia – Annie Lennox
Partners – Barbra Streisand


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Best Dance/Electronic Album:
The Crystal Method – The Crystal Method
Do It Again – Royksopp & Robyn
Free Your Mind – Cut Copy
Recess – Skrillex
while(1<2) – deadmau5

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Best Dance/Electronic Recording:
Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – “Rather Be”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down for What”
Calvin Harris – “Summer”
Kiesza – “Hideaway”
Zedd featuring Hayley Williams – “Stay the Night”


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Best Rock Album:
High Hopes – Bruce Springsteen
Lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar – Robert Plant
Morning Phase – Beck
New – Paul McCartney
Turn Blue – The Black Keys

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Best Rock Song:
“Ain’t It Fun” – Hayley Williams & Taylor York (Paramore)
“Blue Moon” – Beck Hansen (Beck)
“Fever” – Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton & Patrick Carney (The Black Keys)
“Lazaretto” – Jack White (Jack White)
“Queenie Eye” – Paul Epworth & Paul McCartney (Paul McCartney)

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Best Rock Performance:
Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know?”
The Black Keys – “Fever”
Gary Clark Jr. – “When My Train Pulls In”
Paul McCartney – “Queenie Eye”
Robert Plant – “Rainbow”

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Best Alternative Music Album:
After the Disco – Broken Bells
Lazaretto – Jack White
LP1 – FKA twigs
Reflektor – Arcade Fire
St. Vincent – St. Vincent


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Best R&B Album:
Black Radio 2 – Robert Glasper Experiment
Lift Your Spirit – Aloe Blacc
Love, Marriage & Divorce – Toni Braxton & Babyface
Sings the Diva Classics – Aretha Franklin
The Truth – Ledisi

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Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Art Official Age – Prince
Beyonce – Beyonce
Friends & Lovers – Marsha Ambrosius
GIRL – Pharrell Williams
X – Chris Brown

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Best R&B Song:
“Drunk in Love” – Boots, Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyonce Knowles, Timothy Mosley, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko (Beyonce featuring Jay-Z)
“It Girl” – Pharrell Williams (Pharrell Williams)
“PrimeTime” – Nathaniel Irvin III, Roman GianArthur Irvin, Charles Joseph II, Janelle Monae & Miguel Pimentel (Janelle Monae featuring Miguel)
“Where Did We Go Wrong” – Toni Braxton & Kenneth Edmonds (Toni Braxton & Babyface)
“The Worst” – Jhene Aiko, Mac Robinson & Brian Warfield (Jhene Aiko)

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Best R&B Performance:
Beyonce featuring Jay-Z – “Drunk in Love”
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Where Did We Go Wrong”
Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Emeli Sande – “Somebody Else”
Lalah Hathaway featuring Divageek – “Shine”
Kelly Price – “It’s My Time”

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Best Traditional R&B Performance:
Marsha Ambrosius & Anthony Hamilton – “As”
Aloe Blacc – “The Man”
Mary J. Blige – “Therapy”
Aretha Franklin – “Rolling in the Deep”
Smokey Robinson featuring John Legend – “Quiet Storm”


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Best Rap Album:
Blacc Hollywood – Wiz Khalifa
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – Eminem
The New Classic – Iggy Azalea
Nobody’s Smiling – Common
Oxymoron – Schoolboy Q

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Best Rap Song:
“Believe Me” – Dwayne Carter, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez & Matthew Samuels (Lil Wayne featuring Drake)
“Bound 2” – Mike Dean, Robert Dukes, Malik Jones, John Legend, Bob Massey, Che Pope, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Ronnie Self, Kanye West, Norman Whiteside, Charlie Wilson & Cydel Young (Kanye West featuring Charlie Wilson)
“i” – Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley, O’Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley, Christopher Jasper, Kendrick Lamar & Columbus Smith (Kendrick Lamar)
“The Monster” – Maki Athanasiou, Jon Bellion, Robyn Fenty, Bryan Fryzel, Aaron Kleinstub, Marshall Mathers & Bebe Rexha (Eminem featuring Rihanna)
“0 to 100/The Catch Up” – Adam Feeney, Aubrey Graham, Chester Hansen, Anderson Hernandez, Anthony Jefferies, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib (Drake)

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Best Rap Performance:
Childish Gambino – “3005”
Drake – “0 to 100/The Catch Up”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Kendrick Lamar – “i”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

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Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
Common featuring Jhene Aiko – “Blak Majik”
Eminem featuring Rihanna – “The Monster”
Wiz Khalifa featuring Snoop Dogg & Ty Dolla Sign – “You and Your Friends”
Wale featuring Jeremih – “The Body”
Kanye West featuring Charlie Wilson – “Bound 2”


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Best Country Album:
Bringing Back the Sunshine – Blake Shelton
Moonshine in the Trunk – Brad Paisley
The Outsiders – Eric Church
Platinum – Miranda Lambert
747 – Lady Antebellum

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Best Country Song:
“Automatic” – Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby & Miranda Lambert (Miranda Lambert)
“Give Me Back My Hometown” – Eric Church & Luke Laird (Eric Church)
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” – Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston & Jeffrey Steele (Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill)
“Something in the Water” – Chris DeStefano, Brett James & Carrie Underwood (Carrie Underwood)
“The Trailer Song” – Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves (Kacey Musgraves)

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Best Country Solo Performance:
Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down”
Dierks Bentley – “Drunk on a Plane”
Hunter Hayes – “Invisible”
Miranda Lambert – “Automatic”
Carrie Underwood – “Something in the Water”

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Best Country Duo or Group Performance:
Zac Brown Band – “All Alright”
Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan – “This Is How We Roll”
Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s”


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Best Compilation Soundtrack – Visual Media:
The Fault in Our Stars
Girls: Volume 2, All Adventurous Women Do
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Best Score Soundtrack – Visual Media:
Captain Phillips – Henry Jackman
Frozen – Christophe Beck
Gravity – Steven Price
Maleficent – James Newton Howard
12 Years a Slave – Hans Zimmer

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Best Song Written for Visual Media:
“Heavenly Father” – Wish I Was Here – Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)
“I See Fire” – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Ed Sheeran (Ed Sheeran)
“Let It Go” – Frozen – Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez (Idina Menzel)
“The Moon Song” – Her – Spike Jonze & Karen Orzolek (Karen O.)
“Yellow Flicker Beat” – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 – Joel Little & Ella Yelich-O’Connor (Lorde)


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Best Music Video:
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down for What”
Kiesza – “Hideaway”
OK Go – “The Writing’s on the Wall”
Sia – “Chandelier”
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”