Friday, January 24, 2014

Top 10 Reasons Why Maybe You Can Pick the Grammy Winners

I am starting to feel like a Granny with the Grammy Awards.

Truth is I only know "some" of the artists up for awards, so I went to YouTube to give a listen and these (listed below after the song title) were the "hits" on January 21st a fun snow day activity in the East.  Let's see if the judges agree with social media. You can find all the songs on YouTube and also find where you can buy them. A special 2014 Grammy Nominations Album became available on January 21st. Best I can offer is "Good Luck Kids".

How do "they" Recording Academy Members only, pick the winners?  Watch the video at for the details.

1. Record of the Year

1. Roar Kathy Perry  336,146,392
2. Just Give Me A Reason  Pink featuring Nate Ruess  251,692,597
3. Locked Out Of Heaven Bruno Mars 227,731,687
4. Royals Lorde  161,221,161
5. Same Love  Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert and Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert) 105,285,002

2. Song of the Year (not sure what the difference is between record and song of the year).

1. Blurred Lines Robin Thicke 257,173,648
2. Locked Out Of Heaven Bruno Mars 227,731,687
3. Royals Lorde  161,221,161
4. Radioactive Imagine Dragons 125,030,236
5. Get Lucky Daf Punk 44,963,332

3. Album of the Year

Random Access Memories Daf Pink 5,679,124
Red Taylor Swift 686,829 
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City Kendrick Lamar 642,461 
The Heist Macklemore and Ryan Lewis  479,213
The Blessed Unrest Sara Barellis 240,713

4.  Best New Artist

Ed Sheeran 2,136,241
Kendrick Lamar 627,338
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis 645,752
James Blake  112,706 subscribers
Kacey Musgraves 48,649

5. Best Pop Solo Performance

Katy Perry Roar 336,266,489
When I Was Your Man Bruno Mars 181,361,668
Royals Lorde  161,269,195
Mirror Justin Timberlake 152,494,436
Brave Sara Bareilles 15,600,771

6. Best Music Video

Can't Hold Us Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton 179,143,750
Safe and Sound Capital Cities 64,117,085 (History of Dance)
Suit and Tie Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z 61,148,366
Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film Jay Z 4,052,363 (Marina Abramovic, the famed performer from The Museum of Modern Art "The Artist is Present" exhibit appears in the video, Google her and check out that exhibit, I think it is on YouTube too. A whole new meaning to a staring contest)
I'm Shakin Jack White 2,304,744

7. Best Rock Performance

Radioactive Imagine Dragons 125,030,236
The Stars are Out Tonight David Bowie 5,966,072
Kashmir Led Zeppelin 4,261,450
My God Is The Sun Queen of the Stone Age 2,313,764
I'm Shakin Jack White 2,304,661
Always Alright Alabama Shakes 1,403,155

8. Best Rock Song

Panic Station Matthew Bellamy (Muse) 4,389,580
God Is Dead Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi nd Ozzy Osbourne, songwriters (Black Sabbath) 4,256,241
Doom and Gloom The Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger and Keith Richards) 3,052,872
Cut Me Some Slack Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear) 1,230,189
Ain't Messin 'Round Gary Clark Jr. 386,298

9. Best Rock Album

Celebration Day Led Zeppelin 1,638,227 (Teaser)
The Next Day David Bowie 1,277,123
...Like Clockwork Queens of the Stone Age 1,130,506
13 Black Sabbath 973,958
Mechanical Bull Kings of Leon 528,044
Psychedelic Pill Neil Young with Crazy Horse 95,392

10. Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Storytelling)
I went to Amazon and listened to a sample - all talents in their own right.  How can you choose? Curious to see who wins this one.

America Again:Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't Stephen Colbert
Carrie and Me Carol Burnett
Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls David Sedaris
Still Foolin' 'Em Billy Crystal
The Storm King Pete Seeger

Another observation by Granny was a lot of these songs are about "sex".  OH MY! and it made me think about when I was younger, the Catholic Church had a list out of condemned movies and books. Does anyone remember that list?  I am not sure if there were condemned songs but there probably were. My, how things have changed from when I was your age. I think I remember hearing that somewhere before when my parents were saying, TURN THAT DOWN! Of course half the time we never knew what we were singing about, we just thought we were buying the stairway to heaven.

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