We Handicap The Grammys 2016

Written by | December 8, 2015 6:19 am | No Comments


After promising not to handicap the Grammys this year, I couldn’t resist taking a closer look… so please join me for rock nyc’s annual will win should win…

Record Of The Year
D’Angelo & The Vanguard Really Love
Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Taylor Swift – Blank Space
The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face

Will Win: Taylor saved sales last December, they should start coughing up the Grammys right here.

Should Win: Taylor all the way.


Album Of The Year
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Chris Stapleton – Traveller
Taylor Swift – 1989
The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness

Will Win: Tay

Should win: Tay


Song Of The Year
Kendrick Lamar – Alright
Taylor Swift – Blank Space
Little Big Town – Girl Crush
Wiz Khalifa Feat. Charlie Puth – See You Again
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Will Win: Wiz Khalifa could get out of the top spot for months.

Should Win: What can I say? I’m a Swiftie.


Best New Artist
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

Will Win: Courtney Barnett -they’re gonna wanna show their bona fidas.

Should Win: Meghan Trainor is a big time songwriter.


Best Pop Solo Performance
Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song
Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Taylor Swift – Blank Space
The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face

Will Win: The Weeknd

Should Win: I’d give it to him as well.
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Florence + the Machine – Ship To Wreck
Maroon 5 – Sugar
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – Bad Blood
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – See You Again

Will win: Wiz

Should win: “Ship To Wreck” was a great song.


Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap – The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern
Bob Dylan – Shadows In The Night
Josh Groban – Stages
Seth MacFarlane – No One Ever Tells You
Barry Manilow (& Various Artists) – My Dream Duets

Will Win: Bennett

Should Win: Dylan


Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece
Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Mark Ronson – Uptown Special
Taylor Swift – 1989
James Taylor – Before This World

Will Win: Tay

Should Win: Tay


Best Dance Recording
Above & Beyond Feat. Zoë Johnston – We’re All We Need
The Chemical Brothers – Go
Flying Lotus Feat. Kendrick Lamar – Never Catch Me
Galantis – Runaway (U & I)
Jack U Feat. Justin Bieber – Where Are U Now

Will WIn: Jack U

Should Win: Flying Lotus


Best Dance/Electronic Album
Caribou – Our Love
The Chemical Brothers – Born In The Echoes
Disclosure – Caracal
Jamie xx – In Colour
Skrillex And Diplo – Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü

Will Win: Jamie xx

Should Win: Jamie xx

Best Rock Performance
Alabama Shakes – Don’t Wanna Fight
Florence + The Machine – What Kind Of Man
Foo Fighters – Something From Nothing
Elle King – Ex’s & Oh’s
Wolf Alice – Moaning Lisa Smile

Will Win: Foo Fighters (no getting away from him)

Should Win: Wolf Alice (somebody under 30 please)


Best Metal Performance
August Burns Red – Identity
Ghost – Cirice
Lamb of God – 512
Sevendust – Thank You
Slipknot – Custer

Will win: Slip[knot

Should Win: Lamb Of God

Best Rock Song
Alabama Shakes – Don’t Wanna Fight
Elle King – Ex’s & Oh’s
James Bay – Hold Back The River
Highly Suspect – Lydia
Florence + the Machine – What Kind of Man

Will WIn: Alabama Shakes

Should Win: Alabama Shakes

Best Rock Album
James Bay – Chaos And The Calm
Death Cab For Cutie – Kintsugi
Highly Suspect – Mister Asylum
Muse – Drones
Slipknot – .5: The Grey Chapter

Wow: talk about the death of the rock album category… No idea but Death Cab deserve it.



Best Alternative Music Album
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
Björk – Vulnicura
My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall
Tame Impala – Currents
Wilco – Star Wars

Will Win: Alabama Shakes

Should Win: Bjork
Best R&B Performance
Tamar Braxton – If I Don’t Have You
Andra Day – Rise Up
Hiatus Kaiyote – Breathing Underwater
Jeremih Feat. J. Cole – Planes
The Weeknd – Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)

Will Win: The Weeknd

Should Win: Tamar

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Faith Evans – He Is
Lalah Hathaway – Little Ghetto Boy
Jazmine Sullivan – Let It Burn
Tyrese – Shame
Charlie Wilson – My Favorite Part of You

Will Win: Jazmine

Should Win: I can live with that.


Best R&B Song
Miguel – Coffee
The Weeknd – Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)
Jazmine Sullivan – Let It Burn
D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Really Love
Tyrese – Shame

Will Win: This should go to D’Angelo

Should Win: Miguel’s Prince update was a masterpiece.

Missing: Prince.


Best Urban Contemporary Album
The Internet – Ego Death
Kehlani – You Should Be Here
Lianne La Havas – Blood
Miguel – Wildheart
The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness

Will Win: The weeknd

Should Win: But I could live with Miguel, still the Weeknd album is a masterpiece.
Best R&B Album
Leon Bridges – Coming Home
D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Messiah
Andra Day – Cheers To The Fall
Jazmine Sullivan – Reality Show
Charlie Wilson – Forever Charlie

Will Win: D’Angelo undoubtedly

Should Win: I prefer Jazmine.


Best Rap Performance
J. Cole – Apparently
Drake – Back To Back
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
Kendrick Lamar – Alright
Nicki Minaj Feat. Drake & Lil Wayne – Truffle Butter
Kanye West Feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom, & Paul McCartney – All Day

This is the most clueless thing I’ve seen. Where is Azalea? Angel? Earl? Future,  A$AP Rocky…

Will Win: Fetty

Should Win: Kanye
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Big Sean Feat. Kanye West & John Legend – One Man Can Change The World
Common & John Legend – Glory
Jidenna Feat. Roman GianArthur – Classic Man
Kendrick Lamar Feat. Bilal, Anna Wise, & Thundercat – These Walls
Nicki Minaj Feat. Drake, Lil Wayne, & Chris Brown – Only

Will Win: Common And John

Should Win: Anybody else including Taylor Swift.

Best Rap Song
Kanye West ft. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney – All Day
Kendrick Lamar – Alright
Drake – Energy
Common & John Legend – GLory
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen

Will Win: Fetty

Should Win: Kanye

Best Rap Album
J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Dr. Dre – Compton
Drake – If Youre Reading This Its Too Late
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint

Will Win: Kenrick

Should Win: Kendrick
Best Country Album
Sam Hunt – Montevallo
Little Big Town – Pain Killer
Ashley Monroe – The Blade
Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material
Chris Stapleton – Traveller

Will Win: They will follow the CMAs and give it to Stapleton

Should Win: Alright with me
Best Americana Album
Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daugher
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – The Traveling Kind
Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
The Mavericks – Mono
Punch Brothers – The Phosphorescent Blues

Will Win: Hmmmm, maybe they’ll pay their respect to Emmylou

Should Win: The Mavericks.
Best Blues Album
Cedric Burnside Project – Descendants of Hill Country
Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts of Love
Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar
Bettye LaVette – Worthy
John Primer & Various Artists – Muddy Waters 100

Will Win: Buddy Guy

Should Win: Buddy or Bettye -either one

Best Folk Album
Norman Blake – Wood, Wire & Words
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn – Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow Is My Turn
Patty Griffin – Servant Of Love
Glen Hansard – Didn’t He Ramble

Will Win:Glen

Should Win: Rhiannon



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