TOPPIN THE CHARTS W GABE LIEBOWITZ GRAMMY PREDICTIONS

Here's another edition of TOPPIN THE CHARTS from Gabe Liebowitz, singer, songwriter, and bandleader for the excellent Chicago-based folk rock band Dastardly. Gabe's here to dish out some Grammy predictions before the award show airs this Sunday, January 26th.

hey guys so as you know the grammys are right around the corner. all of the hottest names in music are up for the biggest award in the music biz. this is basically the oscars + the super bowl of music. there's been a lot of nominations and i'm going to give you my predictions on who should/will win.

first prediction: ll cool j will be charming and relevant

on to the actual awards now:

RECORD OF THE YEAR

get lucky by daft punk

radioactive by imagine dragons

royals by lorde

locked out of heaven by bruno mars

blurred lines by robin thicke

PREDICTED WINNER: royals by lorde

REASON: this is going to win because lorde is the queen bee of the music biz right now. not only is she hot but she is also alt. this song was number one and it also uses the word "flesh." i dont really know what it's about but it is definitely something we can all relate to. 

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

random access memories by daft punk

blessed unrest by sarah bareilles

good kid, m.a.d.d. city by kendrick lamar

the heist by macklemore and ryan lewis

red by taylor swift

PREDICTED WINNER: the heist by macklemore and ryan lewis

REASON: everybody has always told me to listen to rap music but i could never get into it. it was always too scary and bling bling. either its about gangs and killing or its like gold teeth, grey goose and trippin in the bathroom. macklemore makes rap fun. it's about thrift shopping. also for some reaosn he's not scary like all the other rappers are. he's like a rapper you could bring home to mother. and honestly if she's nice enough to let you live in her basement then the least you can do is listen to macklemore

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

just give me a reason by pink and that guy from fun.

locked out of heaven by bruno mars

roar by katy perry

royals by lorde

same love by macklemore and ryan lewis

PREDICTED WINNER: no one

REASON: wtf is the difference between album of the year and song of the year. i am hoping that before the broadcast the grammys will take their heads out of their asses and get rid of this category. maybe we could all tweet @llcoolj 

 

BEST NEW ARTIST

james blake

kendick lamar

macklemore and ryan lewis

kacey musgraves

ed sheeran

PREDICTED WINNER: lorde

REASON: i know she wasn't nominated but the grammys like to throw curveballs and seriously, who the eff are all these other people. the only one i know is macklemore and he is like 30

 

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

brave by sarah bareilles

roayls by lorde

when i was your man by bruno mars

roar by katy perry

mirrors by justin timberlake

PREDICATED WINNER: bruno mars

REASON: sorry lorde. you're definitely hands the best singer of your generation, but nothing gets me wetter than a raspy voiced hawainn admitting that he's wrong

 

BEST CHAMBER MUSIC/SMALL ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

beethoven: violin sonatas by leonadis kavakos and enrico pace

cage: the 10,000 things by vicki ray, william winant and aron kallay

duo by helene grimaud & sol gabetta

roomful of teeth by brad wells & roomful of teeth

times go by turns by new york polyphony

PREDICTED WINNER: leonadis kavakos & enrico pace

REASON: while it was definitely an amazing year for small ensemble performances, kavakos and pace really take the cake for interpreting beethoven's violin sonatas. although undermined by a lot of the amazing masterworks of beethoven's repertoire, these sonatas are an essential part of the early 19th century instrumental canon. it took the delicacy of greek violinist leonadis kavakos to truly capture the sweeping fugal scherzos themes of the adante scherzo, piu allegreto of sonata no. 4, op. 21. and the meditative coloring of the second movement of the kreutzer sonata? these sublime performances are certainly deserving of this prestigious award

 

anyway, those are my predictions. follow me on twitter where i'll be live twitting the grammys  

-Gabe Liebowitz