Year of the Robots (and the Beauty-Queen-in-Tears)

DAFT PUNK RULED! The duo won five Grammy Awards (out of five nominations) including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Dance/Electronica Album, and Best Engineered Album (Non Classical). And performing “Get Lucky/Le Freak/Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger/Another Star”, they gave the best performance in the Grammy Awards this year, alongside with Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonders, and Nile Rodgers. France must be proud of them!

Lorde brought two awards (out of four nominations) including Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Royals”. She was one of the two artists I was rooting for their success in Grammy this year (the other one being Sara Bareilles). Ella Yelich-O’Conor has proved that simplicity rules!

Even though Sara Bareilles did not win any award, she still looked incredibly beautiful. But being nominated in the most fabulous award in Grammy (read: Album of the Year) was fabulous in its own way. Her performance with the Musicares Award Winner, Carol King, was also sweet. I love your music, Sara. That’s enough.

What surprised me was the Nashville star and country singer, Kacey Musgraves, seemed to take a spotlight in Grammy. She even won two awards in which Taylor Swift was nominated. This year is just not Taylor’s year. In two years, she failed to win any nominations in which “Red” or any song from it was nominated in.

Over all I am so relieved by the Winners of the General categories! Why? Because Daft Punk (originally from France) and Lorde (originally from New Zealand) have proved that the US doesn’t hold the best music that currently exists.

Well, among 14 categories that I’ve made attempt to guess who’d win, I got 7 of them right.

I really need Bon Iver and Florence and the Machine to make a new album this year so Grammy next year can become an incredible madness.

coloured shows my objective judgment for the performer(s) to win categories.
underlined shows my personal preference for the performer(s) to win categories.
strike-less shows the winners.

General

Record of the Year
  • “Get Lucky” – Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
  • “Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
  • “Royals” – Lorde
  • “Locked Out of Heaven” – Bruno Mars
  • “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
Album of the Year
  • The Blessed Unrest – Sara Bareilles
  • Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
  • Good Kid, M.A.A.D City – Kendrick Lamar
  • The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Red – Taylor Swift
Song of the Year
  • Just Give Me a Reason” (Pink featuring Nate Ruess)
  • “Locked Out of Heaven” (Bruno Mars)
  • “Roar” (Katy Perry)
  • “Royals” (Lorde)
  • “Same Love” (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert)
Best New Artist
  • James Blake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Ed Sheeran

Pop

Best Pop Solo Performance
  • “Brave” – Sara Bareilles
  • “Royals” – Lorde
  • “When I Was Your Man” – Bruno Mars
  • “Roar” – Katy Perry
  • “Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
  • “Get Lucky” – Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
  • “Just Give Me a Reason” – Pink featuring Nate Ruess
  • “Stay” – Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
  • “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
  • “Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z
Best Pop Vocal Album
  • Paradise – Lana Del Rey
  • Pure Heroine – Lorde
  • Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars
  • Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
  • The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience – Justin Timberlake

Dance/Electronica

Best Dance Recording
  • “Need U (100%)” – Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E & MNEK
  • “Sweet Nothing” – Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch
  • “Atmosphere” – Kaskade
  • “This Is What It Feels Like” – Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie
  • “Clarity” – Zedd featuring Foxes
Best Dance/Electronica Album
  • Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
  • Settle – Disclosure
  • 18 Months – Calvin Harris
  • Atmosphere – Kaskade
  • A Color Map of the Sun – Pretty Lights

Alternative

Best Alternative Music Album
  • The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You – Neko Case
  • Trouble Will Find Me – The National
  • Hesitation Marks – Nine Inch Nails
  • Lonerism – Tame Impala
  • Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend

Country

Best Country Solo Performance
  • “I Drive Your Truck” – Lee Brice
  • “I Want Crazy” – Hunter Hayes
  • “Mama’s Broken Heart” – Miranda Lambert
  • “Wagon Wheel” – Darius Rucker
  • “Mine Would Be You” – Blake Shelton
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
  • “From This Valley” – The Civil Wars
  • “Don’t Rush” – Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill
  • “Your Side of the Bed” – Little Big Town
  • “Highway Don’t Care” – Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
  • “You Can’t Make Old Friends” – Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton
Best Country Song
  • “Begin Again” (Taylor Swift)
  • “I Drive Your Truck” (Lee Brice)
  • “Mama’s Broken Heart” (Miranda Lambert)
  • “Merry Go ‘Round” (Kacey Musgraves)
  • “Mine Would Be You” (Blake Shelton)
Best Country Album
  • Night Train – Jason Aldean
  • Two Lanes of Freedom – Tim McGraw
  • Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves
  • Based on a True Story… – Blake Shelton
  • Red – Taylor Swift