It was over two months ago that the nominees for the 54th annual Grammy awards were first announced, and here at Click Track, we made reflexive picks for who we’d like to win in the four biggest categories. Then we had some second thoughts (especially me). After thinking long and hard on the Grammys for the past two months, I’ve reversed all four of my original picks.
I asked my blog colleagues if their feelings had changed, too. Now, with the big awards about 48 hours away, we’d like to present the final list of who we’d each like to see win on Grammy night. Changed votes are marked with an asterisk and are followed by explanation for the change of heart.
Check them out below, and when you’re done, check out this essay in Sunday’s Washington Post about how the Grammys still might be too big for their own good.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
*Chris Richards: I picked “Wasting Light” by the Foo Fighters the first time around, but after two months of marinating, I felt that the album wasn’t representative of anything bigger. In fact, I wasn’t totally wild about any of the albums nominated, but Adele’s massively popular “21” feels the most zeitgeisty. And she’s gonna win no matter what I say here.
*David Malitz: I originally withheld my vote. And now I’d like to add that the only proper outcome is for Kanye West — whose lack of a nomination for “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” in this category is absurd — to rush the stage and throw a classic fit when the winner is announced.
Allison Stewart: Adele, “21.”
RECORD OF THE YEAR:
*Chris Richards: I’m changing my tune to Bon Iver’s “Holocene.” I had picked Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” because this award honors performance over songwriting, but then I revisited the Bon Iver album and thought the diaphanous production was worth the win. (This award celebrates recording quality, too.)
David Malitz: Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Allison Stewart: Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
SONG OF THE YEAR:
*Chris Richards: I had picked “Holocene” here, but I share Malitz’s angst about Kanye West being snubbed. If he leaves the Staples Center on Sunday night without a major category win, we all lose.
David Malitz: Kanye West, “All of the Lights”
*Allison Stewart: I once thought this would come down to Bon Iver and Kanye West. I don't know what I was thinking. The unstoppable Adele will triumph here with “Rolling in the Deep.” If voters want to spread the love, Bruno Mars' “Grenade” has an outside chance.
BEST NEW ARTIST:
*Chris Richards: I swear that changing my vote from Nicki Minaj to Skrillex has nothing to do with Nicki’s participation in that unfortunate pop miasma Madonna is calling her new single. I love Nicki. It’s just that Skrillex is helping define a new timbre in pop music. He deserves the award.
David Malitz: Nicki Minaj.
Allison Stewart: Skrillex.