The 57th Annual Grammy Awards are only a matter of weeks away, and the music world is buzzing with guesses of who will be going home with the awards in each category. The 2015 Grammy Nominations were announced last month and included new artists like Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith as well as established artists like Beyoncé and Coldplay. In anticipation of the upcoming show, here’s a simple breakdown of the contenders for Record of the Year:
For many ladies, this song was the perfect summer jam for 2014. It’s upbeat, catchy, and the perfect soundtrack for driving around town with the windows rolled down as your girlfriends sing along to the chorus at the top of their lungs. The music video for the song was also a parody on the classic movie Clueless, making the song that much more fabulous.
With an intense and dark message, “Chandelier” is one of those songs that sends a message. If you read the lyrics, you’ll find that the song is actually about the exhaustion and self-destruction from over-partying. Ironically enough, this song appears frequently on club music playlists. Whether she goes home with the Grammy or not, Sia’s haunting voice has made its mark on us with “Chandelier.”
This soulful song is the new anthem for all hopeless romantics who haven’t yet found “The One.” In a day and age where Tinder hookups dominate the dating scene and one night stands are the norm, Sam sings out the frustration we all feel in our love lives. His passion is apparent as he belts out his feelings in “Stay With Me” and pleads his lover not to leave. Sam is also in the running for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Pop Vocal Album.
This song served as Taylor’s message to all her haters that no matter what, she’s just going to shake things off and keep going. As the first single off of Taylor’s newest album 1989, it was the first impression we were given of her reinvented sound. Taylor has left country music and dived completely into the genre of pop, and “Shake It Off” is her way of saying that she doesn’t care what anyone says about her. You just keep doing you, Taylor.
In “All About That Bass,” Meghan promotes loving yourself for who you are no matter what shape or size. Her message is empowering for all women, and — bonus! — it comes in the form of an upbeat, doo-wop style song you can jam out to. For those of you who love throwbacks to the style of the 1950s, this song’s for you! Meghan is also in the running for Song of the Year.
Who do you think will be going home with the Grammy for Record of the Year?
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2015 Grammy Nominees: Record of the Year: Photo courtesy of the 57th Grammys