[REVIEW] 2014 Grammy Predictions x Pop/Dance

With the absence of both Gaga and Miley, I’m expecting a clean Justin sweep at this year’s ceremonies much similar to Kelly Clarkson’s just last year (2013 list).

Best Pop Solo Performance (Category 5)
Sara Bareilles – “Brave”
Lorde – “Royals”
Bruno Mars – “When I Was Your Man”
Katy Perry – “Roar”
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”

Who Should Win: Katy Perry’s “Roar”

Who Will Win: Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors”

Since JT’s was snubbed in the Big Four categories, I’m expecting him to win by default here. Lorde could also be an upset, similar to Gotye and Kimbra’s “Somebody I Used To Know” in 2013.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (Category 6)
Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams) – “Get Lucky”
Pink (feat. Nate Ruess) – “Just Give Me A Reason”
Rihanna (feat. Mikky Ekko) – “Stay”
Robin Thicke (feat. T.I. & Pharrell) – “Blurred Lines”
Justin Timberlake (feat. Jay Z) – “Suit & Tie”

Who Should Win: Pink’s “Just Give Me A Reason”

Who Will Win: Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie”

Pink is a #darkhorse of sorts for this category, as each of the songs rightfully deserve to win. But as stated before, Justin’s reign will be felt. The Timbaland-Pharrell production competition in this category may lead to an upset in P’s favor, but Timbo should expect numerous wins at next year’s awards for ‘BEYONCE’.

Best Pop Vocal Album (Category 8)
Lana Del Rey – ‘Paradise’
Lorde – ‘Pure Heroine’
Bruno Mars – ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’
Robin Thicke – ‘Blurred Lines’
Justin Timberlake – ‘The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience’

Who Should Win: Lana Del Rey’s ‘Paradise’

Who Will Win: Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience’

After ‘Tropico’, it was sure that Lana’s work would get Grammy recognition. By including both parts of Justin’s ‘20/20’ places her at a huge disadvantage. Bruno could possible win her also as he did in the 2012 pop categories.

Best Dance Recording (Category 9)
Duke Dumont (feat. A*M*E & MNEK) – “Need U (100%)”
Calvin Harris (feat. Florence Welch) – “Sweet Nothing”
Kaskade – “Atmosphere”
Armin Van Buuren (feat. Trevor Guthrie) – “This Is What It Feels Like”
Zedd (feat. Foxes) – “Clarity”

Who Should Win: Duke Dumont’s “Need U (100%)”

Who Will Win: Calvin Harris’ “Sweet Nothing”

MNEK is my latest vocal obsession, so for him to win this (without an album) would be pretty great. Florence’s performance on “Sweet Nothing” led the Machine frontwoman to her first solo #1 single.

Best Dance/Electronica Album (Category 10)
Daft Punk – ‘Random Access Memories’
Disclosure – ‘Settle’
Calvin Harris – ‘18 Months’
Kaskade – ‘Atmosphere’
Pretty Lights – ‘A Color Map Of The Sun’

Who Should Win: Disclosure’s ‘Settle’

Who Will Win: Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’

Disclosure’s nomination is surely the most worthy, but the competition in this category is the toughest in the entire genre. Kaskade and Calvin both had noticeable radio hits this year, but Daft Punk’s first-time work with Pharrell proved to be a huge international success.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (Category 11)
Tony Bennett – ‘Viva Duets’
Michael Bublé – ‘To Be Loved’
Gloria Estefan – ‘The Standards’
Cee-Lo Green – ‘Cee-Lo’s Magic Moment’
Dionne Warwick – ‘Now’

Who Should Win: Cee-Lo’s ‘Cee-Lo’s Magic Moment’

Who Will Win: Michael Buble’s ‘To Be Loved’

I must admit that I was very surprised that Cee-Lo’s Christmas album made the list but in a really good way. Buble’s a three-time winner already however, making him the much easier pick.

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