The 57th annual Grammy Awards should have no shortage of intrigue Sunday night.
It could be a big night for new artist Sam Smith, who is nominated six times, including for the top four awards of the night - Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. He could join Christopher Cross as only the second artist ever to win all of the "big four" awards in the same year.
Will Smith go down in history or will other artists upset him?
Here are our picks and predictions for the music industry's biggest night.
Album of the Year
Nominees: "Morning Phase" by Beck, "Beyonce" by Beyonce, "X" by Ed Sheeran, "In the Lonely Hour" by Sam Smith and "Girl" by Pharrell Williams.
Should win: "Morning Phase."
Will win: "Beyonce."
Beyonce's surprise self-titled album took the music world by storm. The album received almost universal acclaim from critics, and fans came out in droves to buy "Beyonce," making it the fastest-selling album in the history of iTunes. All of that should help her win her first Album of the Year. However, I think "Morning Phase" should be the choice here. Beck's first album since 2008 is beautifully made and constructed. "Morning Phase" is as cohesive of an album as you will hear nowadays.
Record of the Year
Nominees: "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, "Chandelier" by Sia, "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith, "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift and "All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor.
Should win: "Chandelier."
Will win: "Stay With Me."
It's hard to imagine Smith not taking home a bunch of awards Sunday night. He's been the toast of the music industry for the past few months. Like most of the categories, Record of the Year feels like it could be Smith's to lose. But Sia's "Chandelier" is a beautifully-constructed song. The raw emotion in Sia's song comes through in this powerful track that should take home the award. Also, look out for Swift to possibly win here, too. She's a Grammy favorite.
Song of the Year
Nominees: "All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor, "Chandelier" by Sia, "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift, "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith and "Take Me to Church" by Hozier.
Should win: "Take Me to Church."
Will win: "Stay With Me."
Last week, a court ruled that Tom Petty will get a songwriting credit for "Stay With Me" because of the similarities to Petty's "I Won't Back Down." Ballots were due before Petty was given the songwriting credit, so the controversy shouldn't affect Smith's chances of winning here. But "Take Me to Church" is a powerfully written song, and in an award given for songwriting, Hozier's hit should win, but, again, this feels like it could be Smith's big night.
Best New Artist
Nominees: Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Brandy Clark, Haim and Sam Smith.
Should win: Smith.
Will win: Smith.
In the biggest slam dunk of the night, Smith takes this award easily.
Best Pop Solo Performance
Nominees: "All of Me (Live)" by John Legend, "Chandelier" by Sia, "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith, "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift and "Happy (Live)" by Pharrell Williams.
Should win: "Stay With Me."
Will win: "Stay With Me."
Smith's domination of the night continues here. His performance on the song is magical. Pharrell could upset Smith, but with all of the Grammy wins Pharrell got a year ago, look for Smith to win here, too.
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Nominees: "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, "A Sky Full of Stars" by Coldplay, "Say Something" by A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera, "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj and "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J.
Should win: "Fancy."
Will win: "Fancy."
This could be the most competitive category of the night with all five nominees having a decent chance at winning. Azalea had a big year in 2014, and she should be rewarded for it with "Fancy." While "Say Something" is more of what Grammy voters look for, I think "Fancy" will pull out the win in this category.
Best Pop Vocal Album
Nominees: "Ghost Stories" by Coldplay, "Bangerz" by Miley Cyrus, "My Everything" by Ariana Grande, "Prism" by Katy Perry, "X" by Ed Sheeran and "In the Lonely Hour" by Sam Smith.
Should win: "X."
Will win: "In the Lonely Hour."
Since "In the Lonely Hour" and "X" are both nominated for the biggest award of the night (Album of the Year), they're both seen as the favorites here. In a lot of ways, it's splitting hairs between the two young Brits. "In the Lonely Hour" will most likely get the win and send Sheeran home with no awards on Sunday evening. However, "X" is a great piece of work that combines simple acoustic songs with pop elements.
Best Rock Performance
Nominees: "Gimme Something Good" by Ryan Adams, "Do I Wanna Know?" by Arctic Monkeys, "Blue Moon" by Beck, "Fever" by The Black Keys and "Lazaretto" by Jack White.
Should win: "Lazaretto."
Will win: "Fever."
The Black Keys won this category in 2013 and will look to take home another Grammy on Sunday night. The band's psychedelic track is an interesting deviation from the band's typical rock style, but it isn't particularly inspiring. "Lazaretto" is Jack White at his best and should win Best Rock Performance. White's performance on this track is phenomenal.
Best Rock Album
Nominees: "Ryan Adams" by Ryan Adams, "Morning Phase" by Beck, "Turn Blue" by The Black Keys, "Hypnotic Eye" by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and "Songs of Innocence" by U2.
Should win: "Morning Phase."
Will win: "Morning Phase."
There are a lot of strong contenders in this category. Adams' self-titled release moved more into rock than his previous albums, The Black Keys' haunting "Turn Blue" was a deviation from the band's previous records and was a phenomenal listen, Petty's "Hypnotic Eye" was a throwback to the Heartbreaker sound of the 1970s, and U2's album returned the band to their traditional sound. But in the end, "Morning Phase" was one of the best albums of the year (if not the best). Beck should walk home with a Grammy win here, but any of the aforementioned musicians could take home this award.
Best R&B Album
Nominees: "Islander" by Bernhoft, "Life Your Spirit" by Aloe Blacc, "Love, Marriage and Divorce" by Toni Braxton and Babyface, "Black Radio 2" by Robert Glasper Experiment and "Give the People What They Want" by Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings.
Should win: "Love, Marriage and Divorce."
Will win: "Love, Marriage and Divorce."
Pairing Braxton and Babyface to create this album was a thing of beauty. It is a very soulful album about the trials and tribulations of love. "Love, Marriage and Divorce" should take home the Grammy in this category.
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Nominees: "Sail Out" by Jhene Aiko, "Beyonce" by Beyonce, "X" by Chris Brown, "Mali Is..." by Mali Music and "Girl" by Pharrell Williams.
Should win: "Beyonce."
Will win: "Beyonce."
Everyone else in this category should be playing for second place. Beyonce's surprise release took the music industry by storm. This epic release, which is the favorite to win top honors, should and will easily win here.
Best Rap Performance
Nominees: "3005" by Childish Gambino, "0 To 100/The Catch Up" by Drake, "Rap God" by Eminem, "i" by Kendrick Lamar and "All I Need is You" by Lecrae.
Should win: "i."
Will win: "i."
Lamar got robbed out of winning Best Rap Album last year, so hopefully he takes home an award Sunday. However, Eminem is loved by the Grammy voters, and "Rap God" is a great rap song, but "i" has to take home this award.
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Nominees: "Blak Majik" by Common featuring Jhene Aiko, "The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna, "Tuesday" by I Love Makonnen featuring Drake, "Studio" by Schoolboy Q featuring BJ The Chicago Kid and "Bound 2" by Kanye West and Charlie Wilson.
Should win: "Bound 2."
Will win: "Bound 2."
West and Wilson's collaboration is magic. Though I could see an upset from Eminem and Rihanna, "Bound 2" should stand above the rest in this category.
Best Rap Album
Nominees: "The New Classic" by Iggy Azalea, "Because the Internet" by Childish Gambino, "Nobody's Smiling" by Common, "The Marshall Mathers LP2" by Eminem, "Oxymoron" by Schoolboy Q and "Blacc Hollywood" by Wiz Khalifa.
Should win: "Oxymoron."
Will win: "The Marshall Mathers LP2."
Eminem has won this category five different times and has only lost once when nominated for Best Rap Album. While I think "Oxymoron" was the best of the bunch, Eminem seems to be the Grammys' darling, so look for him to win another Best Rap Album award.
Best Country Solo Performance
Nominees: "Give Me Back My Hometown" by Eric Church, "Invisible" by Hunter Hayes, "Automatic" by Miranda Lambert, "Something in the Water" by Carrie Underwood and "Cop Car" by Keith Urban.
Should win: "Something in the Water."
Will win: "Something in the Water."
The frontrunners for this award are Underwood and Lambert. Both turn in amazing performances in their respective songs. Lambert has a stranglehold on the Best Country Album category, so voters could split their votes in favor of Underwood here.
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Nominees: "Gentle on My Mind" by The Band Perry, "Somethin' Bad" by Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood, "Day Drinking" by Little Big Town, "Meanwhile Back at Mama's" by Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill and "Raise 'Em Up" by Keith Urban featuring Eric Church.
Should win: "Somethin' Bad."
Will win: "Somethin' Bad."
When two of the biggest names in country music work together, you have pure gold. Lambert and Underwood's collaboration should have them collecting hardware.
Best Country Album
Nominees: "Riser" by Dierks Bentley, "The Outsiders" by Eric Church, "12 Stories" by Brandy Clark, "Platinum" by Miranda Lambert and "The Way I'm Livin' " by Lee Ann Womack.
Should win: "The Outsiders."
Will win: "Platinum."
Lambert will likely dominate here. She has somehow never won in this category despite this being her third nomination. Lambert has won at most of the country music award shows, and look for her to win on Sunday, too. But Church's "The Outsiders" is a fun album and the best of the bunch.
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