56th Grammys: The Best Albums

The world is waiting to know who will win on Sunday. From Black Sabbath to Kanye West, the who’s who are getting their recognition. So which nominees will make the cut at the Grammys?While there are people who will win people who should win, we’ll go through a few of who we’re rooting for. Check out some of our top picks below.

 Best alternative album

Nominees:

  • The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, Neko Case
  • Trouble Will Find Me, The National
  • Hesitation Marks, Nine Inch Nails
  • Lonerism, Tame Impala
  • Modern Vampires of The City, Vampire Weekend

 We’re Rooting for: Lonerism, Tame Impala

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Aussie psychedelic rockers have made an impression with their sophomore album, tapping into a sound like the Beach Boys on LSD. What started off as a pet project for Kevin Parker has turned into an internationally praised group that’s now up for a Grammy, and we’re on their team. The album has received high accolades, including winning album of the year at the J and Rolling Stones Awards along with being ranked number one in Rolling Stone, NME, Filter, and Urban Outfitters for Album of the Year polls.

 

Best Rock Album

Nominees:

  • 13, Black Sabbath
  • The Next Day, David Bowie
  • Mechanical Bull, Kings of Leon
  • Celebration Day, Led Zeppelin
  • Like Clockwork, Queens of The Stone Age
  • Psychedelic Pill, Neil Young

We’re Rooting for: Psychedelic Pill, Neil Young

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This year’s rock category is stacked with legendary acts and a couple of young faces. Voters typically remain faithful to the classics, and we’ve got eyes on Neil Young. Psychedelic Pill is his 34th studio album and not only is it his longest but it’s also his only two disc set to date.  Many of the songs came as a result of Crazy Horse jam sessions after their collaboration on Americana. The album is drawn out, with three tracks over 15 minutes; opening track “Driftin’ Back” is 28 minutes of pleasing acoustics and Young’s raw vocals that are intense throughout, from beginning to end. Even this far in his career, Psychedelic Pill may be some of Neil’s best work yet.

Best Rap Album

Nominees:

  • Nothing Was The Same, Drake
  • Magna Carta…Holy Grail, Jay Z
  • Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, Kendrick Lamar
  • The Heist, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Yeezus, Kanye West

We’re Rooting For: Nothing Was The Same, Drake

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It was a close call between Drake and Kendrick, but after debuting at number one one the US Billboard 200, we’re all for NWTS. His third studio album includes collaborations with Jay Z, Big Sean, and 2 Chainz and six hit singles “Started From The Bottom”, “Hold On, We’re Going Home”, “Pound Cake”, “All Me”, “The Language”, and “Too Much”. And though Drake’s constantly criticized for being “soft” (search Drake memes), the album definitely goes hard. Many rappers have failed to pull off a transitional album like Drake’s success with NWTS. He’s exceeded the expectations of all critics by remaining fresh and current in the music industry.  The Canadian rapper brought home the Best Rap Album with Take Care last year, and we’re hoping for another win in 2014.

Best Pop Vocal Album

Nominees:

  • Paradise, Lana Del Rey
  • Pure Heroine, Lorde
  • Unorthordox Jukebox, Bruno Mars
  • Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke
  • The 20/20 Experience- The Complete Experience, Justin Timberlake 

We’re Rooting For: Pure Heroine, Lorde

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There’s such an array of talent in this category, it’ll be hard to settle for just one winner, but we’re hoping new comer Lorde will take the title. She has quite the impressive set of pipes for a girl her age and has quickly become the new it-girl. The lead single “Royals” became an instant success, and has also brought her nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance. The 17-year-old kiwi has topped charts in the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Considering this is her freshman album, we’re excited to see what else is in store for this pint-sized teen.

Best Dance/ Electronica Album

  • Random Access Memories, Daft Punk
  • Settle, Disclosure
  • 18 Months, Calvin Harris
  • Atmosphere, Kaskade
  • A Color Map Of The Sun, Pretty Lights

We’re Rooting for: Settle, Disclosure

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As much as the world would love Daft Punk to get lucky, Disclosure deserves this Grammy. Their first studio album Settle has been considered the year’s best dance album after being nominated for the 2013 Mercury Prize and debuting at number one on the UK Albums Chart. The English electro duo gained momentum after the release of the lead single “Latch” that peaked at number eleven, but “White Noise” is currently their highest-peaking hit, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart.

 

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards hosted by CBS on Sunday, Jan 26th 8/7c

 

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