Cal High students predict Grammy Winners

Annissa Lai, Staff Writer

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The beginning of awards season includes one of the biggest events in the music industry, the Grammy Awards.

The 57th Annual Grammys will take place on Feb. 8, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will broadcast live on CBS.

There will be a total of 83 categories. The winners are supposed to be based on quality itself, although many say there are outside influences such as sales, biases, and chart history.

Members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences go through multiple rounds for the process of determining the winner of each category.

The “General Field” includes four categories where the award is not confined to a genre. Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist are the four awards which the public has heard the most about.

The Record Of The Year is awarded to the entire production team for the song whereas Song Of The Year goes only to the songwriter.

This year, the nominations for Record Of The Year are “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, “Chandelier” by Sia, “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)” by Sam Smith, “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift, and “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor.

It is likely that the winner of this award will be “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift because the producers behind this record include Max Martin who has contributed to many of music’s top hits and is a genius at crafting number one singles. This song has been one of the most played songs on the radio this year.

“Taylor Swift has so many number one hits, so I definitely think she’s going to win Record Of The Year,” said senior Ritu Muralidharan.

Muralidharan’s predictions are “Shake It Off” for Record Of The Year, “Stay With Me” for Song Of The Year, Haim for Best New Artist, “Beyonce” for Album Of The Year, and “X” for Best Pop Vocal Album.

For Song Of The Year “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)” by Sam Smith has a big chance of winning while the nominees also include “Chandelier” by Sia, “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift, and “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor.

Everyone has belted out the lyrics to “Stay With Me” at least once. There are not a lot of verses, but the lyrics are repetitive, so the whole song is very familiar. The artist who composed this track is a genius to make a hit out of just a couple choruses.

The award for Album Of The Year will go to the production teams behind the albums, “Morning Phase” by Beck, “Beyonce” by Beyonce, “X” by Ed Sheeran, “In The Lonely Hour” by Sam Smith, and “Girl” by Pharrell Williams.

The one that will probably take home the prize is “X” by Ed Sheeran partly due to the number of hits that have been made in this album including “Sing”, “Don’t”, and “Thinking Out Loud” along with several others.

Senior Morgan Ham’s predictions are “Fancy” for Record Of The Year, “All About That Bass” for Song Of The Year, Sam Smith for Best New Artist, “X” for Album Of The Year, and “X” for Best Pop Vocal Album.

“I picked Ed Sheeran because he is bae and his new album is the best album I have ever listened to,” said Ham. “Also, he really put a lot of hard work, soul, and thought into this album.”

Iggy Azalea is a likely candidate for Best New Artist. She has been a sensation this year in her major breakthrough with hits such as “Fancy”, “Black Widow”, and “Beg For It.” The other nominees alongside her are Sam Smith, Bastille, Haim, and Brandy Clark.

On a side note, only the four “General Field” categories and a few other categories are actually presented at the televised ceremony due to popular interests.

Best Pop Solo Performance have nominees including “Happy (Live)” by Pharrell Williams, “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)” by Sam Smith, “All Of Me (Live)” by John Legend, “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift, and “Chandelier” by Sia.

“All Of Me” has a good chance of winning due to John Legend’s soulful performance in his official music video for the song. His passion is shown through the artistic qualities of his work.

Another category is Best Pop Duo/Group Performance which is a hard one to predict a winner in as there are more than just one outstanding acts this year.

“Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj would be a likely winner. The close seconds would be “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J and “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX.

Other nominees for that category include “A Sky Full Of Stars” by Coldplay and “Say Something” by A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera.

Another popular category is Best Pop Vocal Album. The nominations are “My Everything” by Ariana Grande, “Prism” by Katy Perry, “Bangerz” by Miley Cyrus, “X” by Ed Sheeran, and “In the Lonely Hour” by Sam Smith.

Ariana Grande’s “My Everything” is a frontrunner because of the album’s megahits “Problem”, “Break Free”, “Best Mistake”, and “Love Me Harder.” But then there is also “Prism” by Katy Perry which had many popular hits such as “Roar” and “Dark Horse”. The album as a whole was very well-made with every song.

Senior Maribelle Magtibay’s predictions are “Stay With Me” for Record Of The Year, “All About That Bass” for Song Of The Year, Sam Smith for Best New Artist, “Beyonce” for Album Of The Year, and “In The Lonely Hour” for Best Pop Vocal Album.

Finally for Best Country Solo Performance, Carrie Underwood’s “Something In The Water” is a favorite as her performance in the song is very strong.

Other nominations for the category are solid competitors this includes “Invisible” by Hunter Hayes, “Cop Car” by Keith Urban, “Automatic” by Miranda Lambert, and “Give Me Back My Hometown” by Eric Church.

The big night in music is sure to be a thrill. Tune in and clear your schedules for that special Sunday in February.