[REVIEW] 2015 Grammy Nominations x Producers/Soundtracks

2015grammys_botrPreviously dubbed as the “best of the rest” categories, the nominations for production, soundtracks, remixes, and other visual media often allow lesser known artists to win. With numerous first-time nominees listed this year, there are bound to be lots of surprises.

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media (Category 58)
‘American Hustle’
‘Get On Up: The James Brown Story’
‘Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1’
‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’

Who Should Win: ‘Get On Up: The James Brown Story’

Who Will Win: ‘Frozen’

After much arguing, the ‘Frozen’ soundtrack is what made me watch the actual movie. If most people are within similar mindset, there’s no way it’ll lose in this category despite how refreshing the inclusion of ‘Get On Up’ is.

Best Song Written For Visual Media (Category 60)
Tegan and Sara (feat. The Lonely Island) – “Everything Is Awesome!!!”
Songwriters: Joshua Bartholomew, Lisa Harriton, Shawn Patterson, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone
Ed Sheeran – “I See Fire”
Songwriters: Ed Sheeran
Glen Campbell – “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
Songwriters: Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
Idina Menzel – “Let It Go”
Songwriters: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix – “The Moon Song”
Songwriters: Spike Jonze & Karen O

Who Should Win: Ed Sheeran – “I See Fire”

Who Will Win: Idina Menzel – “Let It Go”

The only way that Ed will win this category is if he goes home empty-handed for album of the year. Otherwise, this category will be solely Idina Menzel’s playing field as the other three songs didn’t make as much of an impact as “Let It Go” is still doing today.

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical (Category 69)
Paul Epworth
Songs: FKA Twigs – “Pendulum”, Paul McCartney – “Road”
Albums: Foster The People – ‘Supermodel’

John Hill
Songs: Birdy – “All You Never Say”, Shakira (feat. Rihanna) – “Can’t Remember To Forget You”, Kimbra “Goldmine”
Jay Joyce
Albums: Sleeper Agent – ‘About Last Night’, Cage The Elephant – ‘Melophobia’, Eric Church – ‘The Outsiders’
Greg Kurstin
Songs: Katy Perry – “Double Rainbow”, Lana Del Rey – “Money Power Glory”
Albums: Sia – ‘1000 Forms Of Fear’, Lily Allen – ‘Sheezus’

Max Martin
Songs: Jessie J (feat. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj) – “Bang Bang”, Zedd (feat. Ariana Grande) – “Break Free”, Katy Perry (feat. Juicy J) – “Dark Horse”, Ariana Grande (feat. Iggy Azalea) – “Problem”, Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”, Katy Perry – “Unconditionally”

Who Should Win: Greg Kurstin

Who Will Win: Max Martin

Despite the large amount of talent in this category, recognition usually trumps everything else. Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” – on its own – is more than enough for Max Martin to take home a golden trophy here.

Best Remixed Recording (Category 70)
John Legend – “All Of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix)”
Remixers: Tijs Michiel Verwest
Crossfingers (feat. Danny Losito) – “Falling Out (Ming Remix)”
Remixers: Ming
Bastille – “Pompeii (Audien Remix)”
Remixers: Audien
Five Knives – “The Rising (Eddie Amador Remix)”
Remixers: Eddie Amador
Galantis – “Smile (Kaskade Edit)”
Remixers: Ryan Raddon
Mr. Probz – “Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)”
Remixers: Robin Schulz

Who Should Win: Mr. Probz – “Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)”

Who Will Win: Bastille – “Pompeii (Audien Remix)”

Any version of the Mr. Probz song sounds great, but Robin Schulz’s remix makes the song iconic – plain and simple. Bastille made waves on the mainstream charts, however, which will likely translate to a win in this category.

Best Short Form Music Video (Category 82)
Arcade Fire – “We Exist”
DJ Snake (feat. Lil’ Jon) – “Turn Down For What”
Sia – “Chandelier”
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Woodkid (feat. Max Richter) – “The Golden Age”

Who Should Win: Sia – “Chandelier”

Who Will Win: Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

First, it’s strange that “Turn Down For What” is nominated…for best video…alongside Sia. “Chandelier” is possibly the best music video this decade. But the Foundation will be looking to award Pharrell here since he doesn’t stand a chance for Album Of The Year.

Best Music Film (Category 83)
Beyoncé & Jay Z – ‘Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour’
Coldplay – ‘Ghost Stories’
Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, and Judith Hill – ‘20 Feet From Stardom’
Metallica – ‘Metallica Through The Never’
Pink – ‘The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne’

Who Should Win: Coldplay – ‘Ghost Stories’

Who Will Win: Beyoncé & Jay Z – ‘Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour’

Coldplay brought out some of their most meaningful songs to date for their ‘Ghost Stories’ film, but the ‘On The Run’ tour will likely win to secure Bey at least one Grammy win at the 2015 ceremonies.

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