Some tough picks at this year’s Grammys

The Grammy Awards, one of the largest if not the most prestigious music awards shows of the year, are Sunday, Jan. 26, on CBS.

Live performances, particularly the collaborative performances, are a trademark of the Grammys.

Considering the upcoming show, I exchanged emails with local musician and Out & About music columnist David Goe about the Grammys.

Mawdsley: Do you watch the Grammy Awards? Why or why not?

Goe: I will be flipping between the Grammys and HBO (I’m totally hooked on “True Detectives”). I want to see some of the performances, but I don’t really care who wins. I usually just read about it Monday morning.

Mawdsley: What is the most competitive category this year and why?

Goe: Record of the Year is pretty stiff. All those tunes were pretty big hits, and I honestly don’t know who has the inside track. My guess would be Daft Punk or Robin Thicke. Either way, Pharrell (Williams) wins.

Mawdsley: What is the most competitive category this year that no one is talking about?

Goe: I’d say Best Rock Song. Nobody really cares about it because “rock is dead,” but you’ve got some real heavyweights in that category. Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, Muse and Gary Clark Jr. Plus, you’ve got Paul McCartney teaming up with Nirvana (sans Kurt Cobain) for “Cut Me Some Slack.” If that isn’t award bait, then I don’t know what is. You could make a legitimate argument for any one of the nominees to win.  Mawdsley: Is there a live performance you are intrigued by this year?

Goe: I’m most interested in Stevie Wonder, Daft Punk, Nile Rogers and Pharrell. That should be pretty funktastic. Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham are a close second.

Mawdsley: If people could listen to one Record of the Year nominee what is it?

Goe: All the Record of the Year tracks are pretty played out, but I guess I’d pick Imagine Dragons’ (“Radioactive”). The other nominated songs are a bit catchier, but its album “Night Visions” is loaded with tunes.

Mawdsley: If people could only listen to one of the Best New Artist nominees, who is it?

Goe: This is tough. The Best New Artist nominees are a little weak. I personally like James Blake, but his music isn’t “pop” enough for general audiences. Of the choices I guess I’d say give Kendrick Lamar a try. If you can get past the profanity, he’s got a super unique flow.

Mawdsley: Lastly, every year music critics love to talk about “Grammy snubs.” Did someone really get snubbed this year?

Goe: That’s easy. Vampire Weekend’s “Modern Vampire of the City” album is stronger than at least three of the Album of the Year noms. You also can’t deny Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” was one of the songs of the year, yet it and her are nowhere to be found.


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