2015 Grammy Nominations: An Opinion

The nominations for the 2015 Grammy Awards were announced in full in the beginning of last month, and there was a bit of backlash, which is to be expected. The Recording Academy, the group behind the entire awards ceremony and awarding in general, has had some interesting choices in nominees every year and this year is no different. Although some nods were pleasant surprises, others could be considered safe choices. Here’s the run-down of two major categories and my thoughts on the nominations.

Album of the Year

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Beck, Morning Phase

Beyoncé, Beyoncé

Ed Sheeran, X

Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour

Pharrell Williams, Girl

Beck‘s album is so euphoric and peaceful and really deserves a spot in this major category. It was a pleasant surprise for him to be nominated under this category, to say the least. Since Beyoncé’s behemoth of an album was released at the end of 2013, it landed outside of the eligible time frame of being nominated for a Grammy last year, so she was definitely a shoe-in for this year, not only because of how the album was released (suddenly and with no press or single beforehand), but also because of it being coined as a ‘visual album’ with a video for every track on the album. Ed Sheeran‘s was a bolder, more badass and braver version of 2011’s +.  Sheeran’s skills in songwriting, singing, and sometimes rapping likely gave him and his latest album a nudge as a definite contender for Album of the Year.

Sam Smith has had a ridiculously successful year, carried by his soulful voice and deep, hard-hitting songs, beginning with his first single “Stay With Me” along with “I’m Not the Only One.” It’s really no surprise that In the Lonely Hour is a shoe-in for this category. Pharrell Williams’ Girl is a surprisingly pleasant twist, compared to his previous work with N.E.R.D. With “Happy” being such a huge summer hit, it’s no wonder Pharrell got this well-deserved nomination.

Best New Artist

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Iggy Azalea

Brandy Clark


Sam Smith

This category also has its own mix of artists from different genres of music, but some of the contenders come as a surprise. Our own Katie Antonsson wrote a piece talking about the now-infamous Iggy Azalea and her position in both Pop and Hip Hop, as well as the topic of cultural appropriation. I share many opinions of Azalea with Katie, in the way that Azalea does not give the needed respect of the musical communities she claims. It’s surprising that Azalea would even be considered for such an honor, especially with the amount of heat she’s receiving from all sides as well.

Brandy Clark, however, seems like the true underdog nominee that not many people know about but was nominated anyway.  A Washington native, Clark has written songs for many Country artists, including Kacey Musgraves, The Band Perry, Reba McEntire, and LeAnn Rimes. That, and with many nominations and one award under her belt from the Country Music Awards for Song of the Year (“Follow Your Arrow”), Clark is one to beat.  With that said, we can’t wait to find out the winners!

Don’t forget to tune in to the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8 at 8PM/7c on CBS!

Want more of our picks?  Check out ROP’s Amanda’s picks for the Rock Category here!


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Featured Image by Selena (Taken at a Museum), GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Image by Cecil (Own work) CC BY-SA 3.0Image by Bella Lieberberg (Vogue UK) CC BY 2.5Image by user Nthep via Wikimedia Commons.

Image (IMG_8312) by Lisa Ganksy CC BY-SA 2.0Sam Smith by Side Stage Collective CC BY-ND via Flickr

1 Comment

  1. Lauren S

    January 6, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    I also agree that it was awesome to see Beck nominated. Beyoncé had an awesome album but these Grammy noms are generally very predictable nominees.

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