Best Rock Performance
Will Win - Gary Clark Jr. "This Land"
Could Win - Brittany Howard "History Repeats"
Should Win - Brittany Howard "History Repeats"
Commentary - Gary Clark Jr. has a lot of buzz this year, and has more total nominations (5) versus Brittany Howard's 3. I think that it is between those two, and don't discount Howard, who won a Grammy with Alabama Shakes. But this is Clark's to lose.
Best Rock Song
Will Win - Harmony Hall (Vampire Weekend)
Could Win - History Repeats (Brittany Howard) and This Land (Gary Clark Jr.)
Should Win - History Repeats (Brittany Howard)
Commentary - So in some ways, this is the same situation as performance, but this time you have Vampire Weekend, who got an Album of the Year nomination. I think they have a higher profile, and will take this one.
Best Rock Album
Will Win - The Cranberries "The End"
Could Win - Cage the Elephant "Social Cues"
Should Win - The Cranberries "The End"
Commentary - Cage the Elephant is the previous Grammy winner in this category, and is probably out front with many voters. I am betting on the nostalgia and the possibility of a posthumous honor and picking The Cranberries.
Best Alternative Music Album
Will Win - Bon Iver "I,I"
Could Win - Vampire Weekend "Father of the Bride"
Should Win - Vampire Weekend "Father of the Bride"
Commentary - Everyone is picking Vampire Weekend, who should win. But Bon Iver is a Grammy favorite, got a lot of surprise nominations. Both are nominated in Album of the Year, but Bon Iver also made it into Record of the Year. I just get the feeling that he is stronger than many thing.