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The Grammys 2014: Music to our ears

The 2014 Grammys are all about Hip Hop and Rap. If you’re still wishing you lived in the age of Rock n’ Roll, think again. Rap artists have been collaborating with everyone from their peers to pop and country artists to create great music. Kendrick Lamar should win the coveted “Album of the Year” prize, which is interesting this year as there are two rap artists nominated, Kendrick and Macklemore. Taylor Swift won’t be seeing RED, she saw enough green from her album sales. Record of the Year is a tossup between Lorde’s “Royals” or Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” Blurred Lines could swoop in and claim the prize, but we may have seen and heard enough of Robin Thicke to last a lifetime.
All of the nominees in in the “Best New Artist” category are already mega famous- except for James Blake. This category has a reputation for being cursed. Whoever wins probably won’t be at next year’s Grammy Awards. Hopefully the weakest link will get the prize. Why wasn’t Lorde nominated?
Keep in mind that for album based categories, the cutoff release date was September 30th, meaning Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Beyonce, and Miley Cyrus won’t be eligible for those categories until 2015. Only singles that were released prior to the cutoff were eligible. Still, Cyrus was snubbed for her chart topper, “Wrecking Ball.” As was Kanye West, A musician we love to talk about. Kanye had one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2013 with Yeezus, but didn’t even manage an “Album of the Year” nod. It seems that gods are just underappreciated by the Recording Academy. The most anticipated performance is probably that of Jay-Z and Beyonce, who are currently on top of the music world.
The Grammys have definitely become revolved around more popular music in the last few years. Justin Timberlake is sure to pick up at least one Grammy Sunday night, with his seven nominations. Previously, many of the heavy hitters in the music world would be present in the running year after year, with those we’ve never even heard of snagging awards. The tables have turned making The Grammys more of a pop culture event than anything else. While many up and coming musicians detest the Grammys, claiming it’s “what’s wrong with the music industry,” how can we condemn what the majority of people are listening to? The Grammys are a celebration of music as an art. Since art has a broad definition, we celebrate the many tastes in sound that make us feel alive!

The 2014 Grammys will feature more rap and hip hop than ever!
Photo by Ethan Miller

Who do you think will win big at the 2014 Grammys? See the full list of nominees here

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