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Inside the Grammys: Five Awards Categories to Take Notice

This week officially started the countdown to the 55th annual Grammy Award Show! Anticipation is an understatement for this event for several reasons. Two-time Grammy winner LL Cool J returns to host the ceremony, and performances from RihannaBruno MarsKelly ClarkstonFrank OceanAlicia Keys and more are among top reasons. Also along with Justin Timberlake‘s comeback performance and more Beyoncé - the Grammys has the right recipe for excitement and pure entertainment! The 16-time Grammy award winner will not only be a presenter this year, but also a performer which was recently announced after this past Bey Bowl. 

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As usual the Grammy’s will highlight several A-list celebrities and announce the most anticipated awards such as Record of the Year and Album of the Year. With all of this and more that is expected, here is a list of awards you should take notice of and get even more amped about the 2013 Grammy Awards Ceremony!

1.BEST NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

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Every artist describes their first Grammy award as nothing less than the greatest moment of their career. In this category these artists have hopes for their first chance to experience that feeling. Among the nominated in this category is the R&B artist Frank Ocean with his debut album, Channel Orange. Despite the homophobic culture of the industry and his open confession of his same-sex love, his album was more than well received- landing him a nomination for this category.
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2.BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUM

michelle-obama-photo-platon-antoniouCan Michelle Obama be anymore awesome? Yes she can! Our First Lady, Michelle Obama has been nominated for the audio version of her book, “American Grown: The Story of The White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America”. This book is her first book that promotes her campaign against obesity highlighting the garden in the White House and several other gardens around the nation.


3. BEST COMEDY ALBUM

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Success on success on success! Who says making people laugh can’t be notable?! The late night host, Jimmy Fallon, along with other great comics compete for a title that was recently reinstated in 2004 acknowledging some of history’s best such as Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, George Carlin and Chris Rock. Definitely a distinguishing and notable category!


4. BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

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This is clearly a great year for pop artist/American Idol Kelly Clarkson. From her performance during the 2013 Presidential Inauguration to her 2012 Greatest Hits: Chapter One album release, along with her nomination for her album titled “Stronger”(2011) and her performance at this year’s Grammy’s, let’s take notice.
 

5. BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE

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At age 55 and with a 30 year career, the eight-time Grammy award winner/R&B icon Anita Baker adds this nomination to her 16-time Grammy nominated career. The single, “Lately”, which recently hit #1 on Billboards Adult R&B charts has outdone itself even topping Whitney Houston’s record for longest span of number one hits. Congratulations Anita Baker!

Did you know that you can hedge your Grammy prediction bets with Spotify?  Based on streaming data, Spotify users predict the coveted Record of the Year prize will go to Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’; Mumford & Son’s second album ‘Babel’ predicted to pick up Album of the Year.  Check out additional Grammy winner predictions below…

Predictions for Winners by GRAMMY Category, Based on Spotify Streams

Album of the Year

  • ·         The Black Keys – El Camino
  • ·         Fun. – Some Nights

ü  Mumford & Sons – Babel

  • ·         Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  • ·         Jack White – Blunderbuss

 

Record of the Year

  • ·         The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
  • ·         Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger”
  • ·         Fun. feat. Janelle Monae – “We Are Young”

ü  Gotye feat. Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used to Know”

  • ·         Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You”
  • ·         Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

 

Best New Artist

  • ·         Alabama Shakes
  • ·         Fun.
  • ·         Hunter Hayes

ü  The Lumineers

  • ·         Frank Ocean

 

Best Country Song

ü  Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”

  • ·         Ronnie Dunn -”Cost of Livin’ “
  • ·         Eli Young Band – “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”
  • ·         Alan Jackson – “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore”
  • ·         Eric Church – “Springsteen”

 

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • ·         Adele – “Set Fire to the Rain (Live)”
  • ·         Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”

ü  Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”

  • ·         Katy Perry – “Wide Awake”
  • ·         Rihanna – “Where Have You Been”

 

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • ·         Florence and the Machine – “Shake It Out”
  • ·         Fun. – “We Are Young”

ü  Gotye feat. Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used to Know”

  • ·         LMFAO – “Sexy and I Know It”
  • ·         Maroon 5 – “Payphone”
For more information and full details of nominations visit the official site of the Grammy’s.
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What Grammy category and/or celebrity appearance are you most looking forward to? Tell us below…

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