I have already written about what I think the Grammy nominees will be in a good chunk of categories come December 6, just guessing on what could be submitted. In a partially leaked submission list posted at www.carriefans.com, some of my guesses have been more or less confirmed.
Of the surprise guesses I made that could be true (based on this list) include rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis submitting "Same Love" for song of the year over "Thrift Shop" (submitted for record of the year) or "Can't Hold Us." The number one song of the summer, "Blurred Lines," was not listed as potential submissions for record or song of the year. Did it not submit at all? Furthermore, Burno Mars did not, allegedly, submit "When I Was Your Man" or "Locked Out of Heaven," for song of the year, but submitted the latter for record of the year.
What I want to know is which of the trashy three pop princesses, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus, will finagle their way into the record/song/pop solo categories with their respectively stupid songs. Perry has been nominated for this award for the past five years, Gaga won once (but didn't submit to the solo category this year), and Cyrus, thank God, has never won a Grammy.
In the dance/electronic slate, Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" appears to not have been submitted for record/song of the year but will submit for best pop performance by a duo or group. Their album, "Random Access Memories," was not submitted for album of the year, only dance/electionic album. Calvin Harris will try to contend with his dance track "Sweet Nothing" featuring Florence Welsh instead of "I Need Your Love" with Ellie Goulding. His dance album "18 Months" will try to compete against Daft Punk.
Last year saw the first time the grammy for best urban contemporary album was presented, and it was a contest among winner Frank Ocean, Chris Brown and Miguel. This year could be a girls only field with Brnady, Ciara, Fantasia, Janelle Monae, Kelly Rowland, Macy Gray, Rihanna and Tamar Braxton submitting their respective albums. Only two men, Ne-Yo and The Weeknd, being listed as submitters.
From the looks of it, Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake and country start Kasey Musgraves have the most submissions with eight each. All three submitted for album/record/song of the year and their respective genre categories (rap, pop and country) for best album. Macklemore and Musgraves will also contend for best new artist.
If this list holds true, I need to edit some of my Grammy nomination predictions.
Drake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Robin Thicke will be some of the acts at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! on CBS at 10 p.m. on December 6. Read the whole list submissions here.