Tuesday, January 21, 2014

2014 Grammy Predictions: Rock/Metal/Alternative

Best Rock Album
Will Win/Should Win - David Bowie "The Next Day"
Could Win - Led Zeppelin "Celebration Day" or Queens of the Stone Age "Like Clockwork"
Commentary - A tight race between three legendary rock icons will prove to be an interesting one at the Grammys this year. Led Zeppelin and Queens of the Stone Age had great efforts nominated, but the buzz surrounding Bowie's return was big, and his is the best of the bunch. I think he will take this one.

Best Rock Performance
Will Win - Imagine Dragons "Radioactive"
Could Win - Led Zeppelin "Kashmir" or David Bowie "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"
Commentary - You should not count against Zeppelin or Bowie, as Springsteen routinely beats out general field nominees in these categories just because he is Springsteen. But I think that the Record of the Year nomination is not to be ignored. So I am going with Imagine Dragons, who are also the hot newer band on the rock scene right now.

Best Rock Song
Will Win - Paul McCartney and Nirvana "Cut Me Some Slack"
Could Win - Any of the other four.
Should Win - The incredible combination of McCartney and Nirvana looks like it will be hard to pass up. From that point, it doesn't look like there is a clear second place, which helps its cause even more.

Best Alternative Music Album
Will Win/Should Win - Vampire Weekend "Modern Vampires of the City"
Could Win - Nine Inch Nails "Hesitation Marks"
Commentary - Nine Inch Nails have been around a long time, but their new effort was fresh and well done. That being said, Modern Vampires of the City has sold well, and has incredible reviews. I think that Vampire Weekend will be hard to pass up here.

Best Metal Performance
Will Win - Black Sabbath "God is Dead?"
Could Win - Anthrax "TNT"
Should Win - Heh?
Commentary - Not really a metal fan because it is basically just loud noises, but Sabbath's record was popular and the consensus seems to be that Sabbath is the choice, so I will go with that. Plus is its nominated for Best Rock Song, so there is broad support for it.

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