Monday, December 15, 2014

55 Days to the Grammys: Top Five Picks

Greetings.  The boy here.  I will have the privilege of escorting the Elf to the Grammys in February. That is, as long as she doesn't mind being arm candy for Jack Black.

Yep.  This pretty much sums it up.

In case you haven’t heard, the nominees were announced since our last update.  I thought it would be fitting for our “55 days” update to hit our top five favorite nominees this year.  
Note: I didn’t say predictions, I said favorites.  Mostly in categories that won’t be televised. Which means (back of hand placed firmly on forehead martyr-style), “we HAVE to go to the pre-show awards this year.”

And the Grammy for best tuba solo goes to...

Before I hit the proverbial “fave five,” our five honorable mentions would be:

  • The Band Perry: Up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance (um... isn’t this what “rock” used to look like?).
  • Nickel Creek: Best Americana Album.  Because someone convinced them that they had a good thing going a while back.
    What?  We're cool again?  Quick, record an album before the wind changes.
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1: Because it’s a “Marvel Universe-meets-great-music mix tape” that GOT A GRAMMY SOUNDTRACK NOD.
  • Paramore: Best Rock Song.  Because, it’s Paramore, people.
  • Meghan Trainor: Because, yes, it is All About That Bass.

No treble.

Now, onto the actual five:

  1. Katy Perry:  Wisely chose to put herself up for consideration in the “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” for Dark Horse (which she performed at last year’s show, coincidentally).  This is a well-crafted song with some great poetic imagery. For those of you who may not agree, well, you’re wrong.
    Remember back when your favorite songs were a metaphor?
  2. MercyMe:  Since our roots are firmly planted in “CCM,” I will go on record as saying that Bart Millard is one of my favorite artists in the “Contemporary Christian Music Album” category.  It takes great talent to be both witty and deep all at the same time (look for your favorite song in their "cover tune grab bag" here).
  3. Tenacious D:  Speaking of Jack Black, he will be taking on the MONSTERS OF ROCK to seek the coveted Metal Performance spot.  So, it’s essentially Jack Black vs. Anthrax/Mastadon/Motorhead… stop laughing.  Jack is the bomb (proof).
    You never had a teacher like this.
  4. Pentatonix:  For their Daft Punk mash-up in Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella. So, you’ve finally figured out who Pentatonix is, eh?  What?  You haven’t bought their Christmas Album.  DO IT.  Don’t let Taylor walk away with the only platinum album this year.  
  5. Weird Al Yankovic both deserves and will win for best Comedy Album.  It's mandatory. There, I’ve said it.

I'm glad I'm not the one up against Jack Black.

So, there’s the list for today.  Now, please excuse me.  I need to hit the treadmill.  #roadtothegrammys

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