[REVIEW] 2014 Grammy Predictions x Rock

The Black Keys win two Grammys at the 53rd Grammy Awards in Los AngelesThis year’s Grammy rock categories are filled with a bunch of surprises from both new and veteran artists. While I’m truly bothered by the lack of Fall Out Boy nominations, the inclusion of new artists like Imagine Dragons and Gary Clark, Jr. makes me feel much better about the 2014 finalists – a category that the Black Keys sweeped just last year (2013 predictions).

Best Rock Performance (Category 12)
Alabama Shakes – “Always Alright”
David Bowie – “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”
Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive”
Led Zeppelin – “Kashmir”
Queens Of The Stone Age – “My God Is The Sun”
Jack White – “I’m Shakin’”

Who Should Win: Alabama Shakes’ “Always Alright”

Who Will Win: Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive”

Alabama Shakes were clearly robbed of their 2013 Best New Artist win, which is why their song from ‘The Silver Linings Playbook’ film is much more Grammy-worthy than the overplayed “Radioactive”.

Best Rock Song – Songwriter’s Award (Category 14)
Gary Clark, Jr. – “Ain’t Messin ‘Round”
Songwriters: Gary Clark, Jr.
Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear – “Cut Me Some Slack”
Songwriters: Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear
The Rolling Stones – “Doom and Gloom”
Songwriters: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Black Sabbath – “God Is Dead?”
Songwriters: Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, and Ozzy Osbourne
Muse – “Panic Station”
Songwriters: Matthew Bellamy

Who Should Win: Gary Clark, Jr’s “Ain’t Messin ‘Round”

Who Will Win: Muse’s “Panic Station”

There’s no complaints from me here, as all five songs in this category are exceptionally written. But Matthew Bellamy’s #civilsongwriting is a strong feature of his, which will likely propel the band to their second Grammy win.

Best Rock Album (Category 15)
Black Sabbath – ‘13’
David Bowie – ‘The Next Day’
Kings Of Leon – ‘Mechanical Bull’
Led Zeppelin – ‘Celebration Day’
Queens Of The Stone Age – ‘…Like Clockwork’
Neil Young with Crazy Horse – ‘Psychedelic Pill’

Who Should Win: Kings of Leon’s ‘Mechanical Bull’

Who Will Win: David Bowie’s ‘The Next Day’

Although sonically ‘Mechanical Bull’ is the better album, the fact that the legendary David Bowie hasn’t won a Grammy since 1985 is enough to grant him the Best Rock Album category win.

Best Alternative Music Album (Category 16)
Neko Case – ‘The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You’
The National – ‘Trouble Will Find Me’
Nine Inch Nails – ‘Hesitation Marks’
Tame Impala – ‘Lonerism’
Vampire Weekend – ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’

Who Should Win: Vampire Weekend’s ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’

Who Will Win: Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hesitation Marks’

Trent Reznor’s return after a five-year hiatus may not have been as well-received stateside, but the band’s genre-bending eighth album ‘Hesitation Marks’ is a bonafide 2013 rock standout.

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