Record of the Year
Will Win/Should Win - Lorde "Royals"
Could Win - Daft Punk feat. Pharrell "Get Lucky" or Bruno Mars "Locked Out of Heaven"
Commentary - In a normal year, I would be pushing the rock contender Imagine Dragons. But buzz for Radioactive is just dead, although they could get Grammy recognition in the Rock categories. Blurred Lines may have been the hit of the summer, but the Recording Academy voters have never gone for something so brazen or summery in this category, despite plenty of similar nominations. So I think it is really a three way race. Bruno Mars got in here as well as Song of the Year, and the song has had tremendous airplay. Get Lucky is the most infectious of the bunch, and is a brilliant combination of electronica, and classic Soul/Pop. But I think the strange, haunting, yet wonderful Royals will net Lorde her a huge Grammy win, one of what is sure to be many over her career.
Song of the Year
Will Win/Should Win - Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis "Same Love"
Could Win - Joel Little & Ella Yelich O'Connor "Royals" or Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess "Just Give Me a Reason"
Commentary - Really not including Katy Perry or Bruno Mars in my Could Win section is madness because they both had huge infectious hits with great lyrics, and could easily win. But I think this is really a three-way race. Royals is the frontrunner for ROTY, and the lyrics manage to have radio-friendly aspects, while also condemning the same thing. It is a brilliant use of words. I also am partial to Just Give Me a Reason which feels like a short film with its intricately detailed lyrics. But I feel that the Recording Academy might look to not only great lyrics, but the importance and the social impact of lyrics by picking Same Love. It would be the first rap song to do so, so I am probably stupid to not go with Royals for both (we'll see how my final list shapes up on Sunday). But someone has to break the barrier, and this feels like the one htat can do it.