The nominations for the most prestigious awards ceremony in the music industry are set to be in on Friday night, December 06: the 56th annual Grammy Awards. In a special Grammy Nominations concert, the nominations for this year will be revealed. Last year’s pick of the crop included stellar artists such as Mumford & Sons, Adele, Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj.
Critical reviews are in and this year sees some of the biggest stars probably take the centre-stage at the Grammys once more. Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, has generally received positive reviews along the lines of the American artist’s previous commercial (and critical) success, Futuresex/Lovesounds, which had overnight turned him into a solo artist worth watching. The album has also topped many charts, like Billboard, so it and the artiste himself duly deserve nominations.
There are many hip-hop contenders this year, with Kanye West’s Yeezus in a strong position to earn a nomination. A surprising entry would be Vampire Weekend for Modern Vampires of the City, however, but many critics, including me, are choosing to be a bit risqué here, and putting our money (purely figuratively-speaking) on the New York-native band, whose songs often remind you of the smell of alcohol and nights out.
Daft Punk, did the unimaginable this year, and finally after such a long hiatus, released new work. Titled Random Access Memories, in typical Punk fashion, the French robots deserve one of those coveted spots for their electronic ingenuity.
Because the range of music that the Grammys caters to is very diverse, a thoughtful consideration should be given to artists who’ve released plentiful of unique and, often eclectic records, from People, Hell and Angels (Jimi Hendrix) to The Standards (Gloria Estefan).
Also America’s love affair with Susan Boyle is worth a mention, especially when her album, Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from the Stage, has performed well on global charts, be it the US or New Zealand.
Other notable mentions include the young crowd’s favourites Native by OneRepublic, #willpower by Will.i.am, To Be Loved by Michael Bublé and M.O. by Nelly.
Country-folk favourites with the judges this year could be Lady Antebellum with Golden and Keith Urban’s Fuse. The only young artist worthy of a nomination this year is Bruno Mars and his mainstream pop hit Unorthodox Jukebox, and as the critics say, “the odds do seem stacked up in his favour, don’t they?”
In the soundtrack category, the only album that truly deserves to win is The Great Gatsby, for all its 1920s flair, prosperity, social revolutions and ofcourse flapper dresses.
Bill Werde of Billboard Magazine has been quoted on the Grammys
“The Grammy voters have gotten a little more in tune with what’s happening on the Billboard charts, frankly. So, yeah, I think if you look at these artists that have had monster years, I think you’re going to see them show up at the Grammy Awards this year.”
Make sure to tune into the live concert to have a front-row seat to all the unveiling of nominations, and here’s hoping your favourite artiste makes it big at the 2013 Grammys.