Our Picks for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards

BY DAN GARCIA

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards are just around the corner, and because (especially in the hip-hop world) things may not go as we hope, we want to submit our picks now. But we won’t be suggesting WHO WILL bring home the most prestigious awards in music but rather WHO SHOULD. Check out our picks below of what artists and albums should win at the Grammys this year.

Best New Artist

Bastille
Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
Haim
Sam Smith

This is one of the awards next month that will go as it should, as Sam Smith is the favorite to take home the Grammy for “Best New Artist”. In The Lonely Hour was both widely successful as well as a great quality album. It may be more popular than great, but that is solely because of just how big the album and its singles ‘Stay With Me’ and ‘I’m Not The Only One’ were. Sam Smith is an amazing artist and let’s just hope he thanks Tom Petty during his acceptance speech for his huge contributions to ‘Stay With Me’ (that was sarcastic towards Mr. Petty for those who couldn’t tell). For these same reasons ‘Stay With Me’ should also pick up Grammys for “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year”. While these pick ups will be much more difficult, as he has to beat out Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’, his song is still better than the rest.

Best Rap Album

Because the Internet, Childish Gambino
Oxymoron, Schoolboy Q
The New Classic, Iggy Azalea
Blacc Hollywood, Wiz Khalifa
Nobody’s Smiling, Common
The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem

This is a weak Grammy year for rap, but a few great albums are still up for the “Best Rap Album” Grammy this year. The top albums for this year include Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet, Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron and Common’s Nobody’s Smiling. Iggy’s album is more pop than rap, Wiz’s nomination is a head scratcher and Eminem’s average MMLP2 is one of his worst albums to date. So this year we got to go with Gambino’s Because the Internet because unlike the other albums, it is especially unique. The production on the album is amazing and Gambino himself, Chicago’s Stefan Ponce and Ludwig Goransson all deserve Grammys for their beats alone. When the album was first released, I would never say “this will win the ‘Best Rap Album’ Grammy”, but given its competition, its the best album of the bunch.

Best Rap Performance

“3005,” Childish Gambino
“0 to 100/The Catch Up,” Drake
“Rap God,” Eminem
“i,” Kendrick Lamar
“All I Need Is You,” Lecrae

Simply based off who SHOULD win the “Best Rap Performance” Grammy, this one is a little more tough. As mentioned before, Because the Internet is a great album and deserves the “Best Rap Album” award this year and ‘3005’ is definitely a great track. However, we have to go with Drake on this one as ‘0 to 100’ was the rap song of the summer. Based off who is putting out albums in 2015, Drake’s forthcoming Views from the 6 probably isn’t winning a Grammy next year (or at least it will be very tough), so we might as well give him one this year.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

“Blak Majik,” Common ft. Jhene Aiko
“The Monster,” Eminem ft. Rihanna
“Tuesday,” iLoveMakkonen ft. Drake
“Studio,” Schoolboy Q ft. BJ The Chicago Kid
“Bound 2,” Kanye West ft. Charlie Wilson

This one should go to one of three songs, Common and Jhene Aiko’s ‘Blak Majik’, Schoolboy Q’s ‘Studio’ or Kanye’s ‘Bound 2’. Since ‘Bound 2’ has minimal singing (even though we love Uncle Charlie), we have to pick Schoolboy Q’s ‘Studio’ merely because it is a quality track that represents a very great album. We didn’t pick Schoolboy for the “Best Rap Album” award, but he should win something, so why not this?

Best Rap Song

“Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj
“Bound 2,” Kanye West ft. Charlie Wilson
“We Dem Boyz,” Wiz Khalifa
“i,” Kendrick Lamar
“0 to 100/The Catch Up,” Drake

This award should be given out 100% to make up for last year’s Grammy snub, when Kanye’s Yeezus did not win “Best Rap Album” nor did it pick up an “Album of the Year” nom. Yeezus will likely go down as one of the most innovative rap albums ever, like Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak which was equally misunderstood at its initial release. Yeezus was widely critically acclaimed and although ‘Bound 2’ was nothing like the rest of the album, it should take home the award so Yeezus gets some justice.

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