2014 Grammy Award Predictions

The biggest night in music, The Grammy Awards, airs on CBS, January 26th 8:00 PM.  With A-Listers and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers up for some serious hardware this year, we here at X-Jock give you predictions as to whom brings home the golden Gramaphones. 

Starting with the nights “biggest awards”, Monte predicts the winners at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Record of the Year:

Get Lucky – Daft Punk

Radio Active – Imagine Dragons

Royals – Lorde

Locked out of Heaven – Bruno Mars

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke

Monte: Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines was EVERYWHERE in 2013.  The song went Platinum six times over just in the U.S., hit number one on 27 different charts and ended up number two on Billboard’s Hot 100 year end chart.  I’ll give the nod to Alan’s kid.

Album of the Year: 

The Blessed Unrest – Sara Bareilles

Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City – Kendrick Lamar

The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Red – Taylor Swift

Monte: Just shy of four million sales here in the U.S. Taylor Swift’s Red landed at number one on Billboard’s year-end Top Country Albums and number two on the Billboard 200.  While she may not be “country”, she appeals to both the Country and Pop genres seamlessly.  Also, I can’t NOT sing I Knew You Were Trouble. Sorry.

Song of the Year:

Just Give Me a Reason – Pink

Locked out of Heaven – Bruno Mars

Roar – Katy Perry

Royals – Lorde

Same Love – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert

Monte: Lorde may be a bit of an oddball, but Royals is so refreshing.  We’re not dancing and popping champagne here and if you’re my age, you’re digging this song, too. Number one on the Billboard weekly charts for the Hot 100, Mainstream Top 40, Adult Top 40 and Hot Rock Songs.  I’m an adult.

Best New Artist:

James Blake

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Kacey Musgraves

Ed Sheeran

Monte: Torn between Ed Sheeran and Macklemore.  I don’t like Ed Sheeran’s solo album but his collaborations with Lupe Fiasco with Old School Love is one of my favorite songs of the year.  Macaklemore is the man to beat, though.  Same Love is a game changer.

Best Rap Album:

Nothing Was The Same – Drake

Good Kid, M.A.D.D City – Kendrick Lamar

The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Yeezus- Kanye West

Monte: Rap fans will put their bets on Kendrick Lamar here. He’s been compared to the greats of hip hop…but I’m not an overwhelming fan.  Drake is the better artist in my opinion.

Best R&B Album: 

R&B Divas – Faith Evans

Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys

Love in the Future – John Legend

Better – Chrisette Michele

Three Kings -TGT

Monte: Alicia Keys is too talented to lose any award she’s up for.  Keys has had 28 nominations and took home 14 Grammy awards. Pay no attention to the low sales here (one million) – who buys R&B albums anymore?  Sales mean squat – she’s the best.

Best Country Album: 

Night Train – Jason Aldean

Two Lanes of Freedom – Tim McGraw

Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves

Based on a True Story – Blake Shelton

Red – Taylor Swift

Monte:  A little out of my league here but from those in the know (water cooler talk at work), Kacey Musgraves is up for four Grammys.  Never bet against scuddlebutt.

Best Rock Album:

13 – Black Sabbath

The Next Day – David Bowie

Mechanical Bull – Kings of Leon

Celebration Day – Led Zeppelin

…Like Clockwork- Queens of the Stone Age

Psychedelic Phil – Neil Young with Crazy Horse

Monte:  We’re Ozzy fans at X-Jock.  Ozzy is back with five songs over seven minutes long.  U.S. Hard Rock Album number two for 2013 according to Billboard.


If you’re my age and thinking that the Grammy Awards are filled with nothing but today’s pop stars and one-hit wonders, you would be shocked to see the full list of this year’s nominees and performers.  Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and legends in the industry!  If want to skip the teeny bopping, check out the Grammy telecast on-line that airs all day.  The awards look to be handed out starting at 4:00 PM while CBS picks up the show awards at 8:00 PM.

Up for awards:

Tony Bennett – Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Viva Duets and Dionne Warwick for Now.

David Bowie -Best Rock Performance for The Stars (Are Out Tonight).

The Rolling Stones – Best Rock Song for Doom and Gloom.

Snoop Lion – Best Reggae Album for Reincarnated.  …hey, old school Snoop Dogg was great.  Let’s see what he still has in the tank, all be it, Reggae.

Stevie Wonder – Best R&B Song for Only One

Paul McCartney – Best Rock Song for Cut Me Some Slack, Best Music Film as well as Best Surround Sound Album for Live Kisses, Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package for Wings Over America

Seriously- Sir Paul is up for FOUR Grammy awards. Not only is McCartney up for four awards at this year’s show, he’ll also be PERFORMING!  Both he and another member of Rock’s greatest band, Ringo Starr, will both take the stage and jam according to Rolling Stone.  Starr is set to be honored with the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.  In a world of dominating pop music, one-hit wonders and digital downloads, let me be the first to say – thank you.  Thank you, Grammys, for putting quality on stage in 2014.


Monte: @MonteJenningsJr

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Big Rich: @MobbyG

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About Monte

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