Published on February 18th, 2013 | by Lauren Pirc
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Lauren Pirc, Editor-In-Chief
If there’s one award show that I anticipate every year, it has to be the Grammys. I mean, it’s a giant concert with a long list of good artists, and it’s really interesting to see who’s going to win in each category. It’d take an entire article just to talk about performances, but for now, we’ll talk about some of the winners.
Let’s start with country for a minute. Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” won for the Best Country Duo/Group Performance. I have nothing against this band, but this song has been everywhere, and it’s getting really tired. I would have hoped for the Eli Young Band to win in this category because it’s legitimately a good song that has a message.
For Best Country Album, I completely agree with Zac Brown Band’s win. Their sound is pretty unique. In comparison with the other nominees, it was a pretty good shot that they would win. Carrie Underwood also had a pretty good shot for both of her wins. In the Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song, “Blown Away” is definitely a powerhouse performance that “blows away” the competitors (hahaha).
The Best Pop Solo Performance surprises me a little bit. Although Adele completely deserves the win, “Call Me Maybe” was everywhere, so it’s a little surprising that it wasn’t chosen. As for the other powerful ladies, well I guess we see what happens when you don’t use AutoTune.
Gotye winning the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance is also surprising. Although “Somebody That I Used to Know” is popular, “We Are Young” and “Shake It Out” have a cult-like following and are played everywhere.
Any of the songs had a good chance to get the award, but it’s still surprising that Gotye won.
Let’s get to the meat and bones of the overall categories. For Best New Artist, although Fun. won, the category should have included Imagine Dragons. Imagine Dragons has been taking over at a rapid pace, and I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for them, but it’s a little disappointing that they weren’t nominated for anything. Hunter Hayes has also been doing phenomenally well for himself and really should have won Best New Artist since he hasn’t been around as long as Fun. has.
Song of the Year went to “We Are Young,” but “Call Me Maybe” should have won. “Call Me Maybe” has been overplayed and spoofed so many times that it’s impossible to count. It’s the song of the summer, every dance, every wedding and pretty much anything else. Even though it gets annoying at a point, it’s still a catchy song that you just love even while you hate it.
Mumford & Sons’ win of “Album of the Year” is totally deserved. Mumford & Sons has a unique sound that sets them apart from every other genre; their songs are mostly upbeat and hold good messages while still being entertaining to listen to. I think there’s a lot in store for this group.
Record of the Year going to Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” is not surprising. It’s been so overplayed and was popular right out of the gate. I think “Lonely Boy” from The Black Keys would be a better fit for the award because it’s something different, but it’s still impressive that the newcomer Gotye won over artists that have been around for a while.
Overall, the Grammys got it right. There are some artists like Imagine Dragons and P!nk who should have been on the roster, but overall, a successful night for many artists and music nerds everywhere. Maybe next year, we’ll see the return of the meat dress. Until then, we’ll have to wait.