Yep, we get it. There are worse jobs to have. We get to sit and listen to music every day, all day long. We are going to take that into account and not feign a "poor poor us" moment where we complain about the inconvenience of working all day in the medium that we love. However, as our spouses can attest, it could be argued that listening to “music” and listening to “one note” over and over again for 15 minutes might not be exactly the same thing.
|"I know exactly what you mean."|
|What if I told you that marching band was a sport?|
|No, not you, Kobe.|
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
This is the big one. The Top Prize. The whole CAH Deck. Will Kendrick Lamar or Taylor Swift win? Wait – déjà vu: Don’t we recall them both being up for the exact same award in 2014? Who won that last, very close race to the finish line?
|Oh, yes, now I remember.|
BBP Winner: Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Ok, that's who we WANT to win. But we'll actually predict this one goes to Taylor Swift, 1989
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”
So, here’s a fun fact: We’ve already covered that Max Martin and Shellback are on our fruit basket list for the rest of our lives. If, and we do mean if, “Blank Space” and “Can’t Feel My Face” both end up duking this one out, our beloved producer pair will be competing with (drumroll) THEMSELVES.
|"I'll take Swedes in Pop Music for $100, Alex."|
BBP Winner: Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
Sigh. Again, we wish. It would be nice to throw a Grammy next to Ed Sheeran's name especially after, especially after the Great Snub of 2015. But as this is a production award, we really think it goes to: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
SONG OF THE YEAR
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright” (songwriters: Kendrick Lamar, Mark Anthony Spears and Pharrell Williams)
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space” (songwriters: Max Martin, Shellback and Taylor Swift)
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush” (songwriters: Hilary Lindsey, LorWeMcKenna and Liz Rose)
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again” (songwriters: Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa, songwriters)
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud” (songwriters: Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge)
Ah, yes – Song. This is the award for the 300 level. Here’s a secret: The Staples Center isn’t a quiet room. In fact, when you’re watching it on Monday, listen carefully after about the first 30 minutes. Any time there’s a pause between presenters, you will be able to hear the “hum” of the room. That’s everyone talking to each other about who they saw at the pre-show, which artist just got robbed, or what dress Lady Gaga is wearing tonight.
|...or not wearing|
Kendrick – great job asking for help from Mr. Happy. Little Big Town – a perfectly delivered, patient vocal hook. But, let’s be real…
BBP Winner and Prediction: Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
|"I'll write your name."|
For those of you playing along at home, Trainor’s “All About That Bass” was up for record and song of the year last year, Meghan wasn’t eligible because the full album wasn’t released before the deadline. Meghan, you took a good song and added a gutsy image to it (yourself). We can’t NOT like you for that. Good showing, James, but...
BBP Winner and Prediction: Meghan Trainor (WE REALLY WANT HER TO WIN BECAUSE SHE'S SO COOL EVEN THOUGH THIS AWARD SEEMS TO BE THE CAREER KISS OF DEATH)
|Hopefully she won't meet the same fate.|
Now, if you’re my teenage daughter, the only question left is: “Father, do you believe that these nominees truly reflect the mastery and skill of all the works released from the last year in contemporary music?" Yeah, not really... Her real question is: "What about Adele?!?”
|Poor, poor, us.|
The BentBeat Team
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