Grammy Predictions: The Big Four Categories
The last three newcomers to take home both Record and Song of the Year (Christopher Cross, Norah Jones and Amy Winehouse) also won as Best New Artist. But Lorde, inexplicably, wasn't nominated for that award. With Lorde out of contention, Best New Artist will probably go to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The Seattle-based duo would become the third hip-hop act to win in that category, following Arrested Development and Lauryn Hill.
Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" and Taylor Swift's "Red" are locked in a tight race for Album of the Year. "Random Access Memories" has a slight edge. It would be the second dance music album to win. The first was Bee Gees' "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack, which won for 1978.
Here's a closer look at the Big Four categories.
Lorde's "Royals" and Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" are the leading candidates. "Royals" has the classy, adult-alternative sound of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep," which took the award two years ago. "Radioactive" has the broad pop-rock appeal of Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody," which won four years ago.
A third nominee, "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell, was the year's #1 best-seller. Pharrell Williams is also featured on Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." This marks the first time that an artist has been credited on two nominees in this category in the same year. (The Recording Academy also gave Nile Rodgers a featured credit on "Get Lucky," even though he didn't have one on the single.)
Bruno Mars's "Locked Out Of Heaven," which echoes the Police's pop-reggae sound, is the fifth nominee.
Here are two reasons that Daft Punk may have an edge here: The duo is this year's only act to receive nominations for both Album of the Year and Record of the Year. Also, "Random Access Memories" is the only Album of the Year finalist that was nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.