60th Grammy Awards Nominations

Tomorrow the nominations for the 60th Grammy Awards will be announced in all categories. Since there are over 100, I’m just going to predict the nominees of the 4 general categories for Record, Song, Album of the Year and Best New Artist.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

  • DAMN – Kendrick Lamar
  • Divide – Ed Sheeran
  • 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
  • Starboy – The Weeknd
  • Melodrama – Lorde

Possible Spoilers:

  • The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert
  • Hardwired to Self Destruct – Metallica
  • Joanne – Lady Gaga
  • We Got It from Here…Thank You 4 Your Service – A Tribe Called Quest

 

RECORD OF THE YEAR:

  • “Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran
  • “Humble” – Kendrick Lamar
  • “Despacito ” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Beiber
  • “That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars
  • “Look What You Made Me Do” – Taylor Swift

Possible Spoilers:

  • “Feel It Still” – Portugal. The Man
  • “I Feel It Coming” – The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk
  • “1-800-273-8255” – Logic feat. Alessia Cara and Khalid

 

SONG OF THE YEAR:

  • “Humble” – Kedrick Lamar
  • “Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran
  • “1-800-273-8255” – Logic feat. Alessia Cara and Khalid
  • “Million Reasons” – Lady Gaga
  • “Praying” – Kesha

Possible Spoilers

  • “Better Man” – Little Big Town
  • “Too Good a Goodbyes” – Sam Smith
  • “Say You Won’t Go” – James Arthur

 

BEST NEW ARTIST:

  • Alissa Cara
  • Khalid
  • SZA
  • Logic
  • James Arthur

Possible Spoilers:

  • Julia Michaels
  • Brett Young
  • Old Dominion

By this time tomorrow, we’ll know who’s up for a Grammy in all categories.

The 60th Grammy Awards will be held earlier than usually, on January 28, to avoid conflict with the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics. This year’s Grammy’s will also be moving back to New York for the first time in 15 years.

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60th Grammy Awards Nominations

Early June Oscar Prediction

It’s June now, and that means more Oscar predictions are coming. Next month, the first of the contenders for Best Picture, Dunkirk will be released, putting this season into a bit of a premature start. For now, this season is looking a lot like 2015, with Star Wars’s next chapter being a hot contender, and a squeal of a 1980’s Sci-Fi film, Blade Runner 2049, possibly getting in the Best Picture race, like Mad Max: Fury Road. And now, here are the predicted nominees for the 90th Academy Awards:

 

Best Picture

  1. Darkest Hour
  2. Dunkirk
  3. Mudbound
  4. The Post
  5. Detroit
  6. Blade Runner 2049
  7. Call Me By Your Name
  8. Wonderstruck
  9. The Greatest Showman
  10. Phantom Thread
  11. Get Out
  12. Downsizing
  13. Suburbicon
  14. The Current War
  15. The Glass Castle

 

Best Director

  1. Joe Wright – Darkest Hour
  2. Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
  3. Kathryn Bigelow – Detroit
  4. Dee Rees – Mudbound
  5. Steven Spielberg – The Post
  6. Todd Haynes – Wonderstruck
  7. Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread
  8. Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name
  9. Denis Villeneuve – Blade Runner 2049
  10. Reginald Hudlin – Marshall

 

Best Actor in a Lead Role

  1. Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
  2. Daniel Day Lewis – Phantom Thread
  3. Hugh Jackman – The Greatest Showman
  4. Chadwick Boseman – Marshall
  5. Tom Hanks – The Post
  6. Benedict Cumberbatch – The Current War
  7. Joaquin Phoenix – You Were Never Really Here
  8. Andrew Garfield – Breathe
  9. Bryan Cranston – Last Flag Flying
  10. Matt Damon – Downsizing

 

Best Actress in a Lead Role

  1. Judi Dench – Victoria and Abdul
  2. Francis McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  3. Meryl Streep – The Post
  4. Brie Larson – The Glass Castle
  5. Rooney Mara – Mary Magdalene
  6. Emma Stone – Battle of the Sexes
  7. Jennifer Lawrence – Mother!
  8. Jessica Chastain – Molly’s Game
  9. Claire Foy – Breathe
  10. Kate Winslet – Wonder Wheel

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  1. Jason Mitchell – Mudboune
  2. Michael Shannon – The Current War
  3. Woody Harrelson – The Glass Castle
  4. Michael Stuhlbarg – Call Me By Your Name
  5. Sterling K. Brown – Marshall
  6. Steve Carell – Battle of the Sexes
  7. Steve Buscemi – Lean on Pete
  8. Javier Bardem – Mother!
  9. Ben Mendelsohn – Darkest Hour
  10. Idris Elba – Molly’s Game

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  1. Kristin Scott Thomas – Darkest Hour
  2. Michelle Pfeiffer – Mother!
  3. Nicole Kidman – The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  4. Melissa Leo – The Novitiate
  5. Julianne Moore – Wonderstruck
  6. Michelle Williams – The Greatest Showman
  7. Naomi Watts – The Glass Castle
  8. Margot Robbie – Goodbye Christopher Robin
  9. Mary J Blige – Mudbound
  10. Allison Janney – I, Tonya

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. Mudbound
  2. Call Me By Your Name
  3. Wonderstruck
  4. Molly’s Game
  5. The Glass Castle
  6. Victoria and Abdul
  7. Lean on Pete
  8. The Beguiled
  9. Last Flag Flying
  10. The Death of Stalin

 

Best Original Screenplay

  1. Darkest Hour
  2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  3. Detroit
  4. Phantom THread
  5. The Killing of a Scared Deer
  6. Downsizing
  7. Get Out
  8. The Post
  9. Dunkirk
  10. Suburbicon

 

Best Animated Feature Film

  1. Coco
  2. The Breadwinner
  3. Despicable Me 3
  4. Cars 3
  5. The LEGO Batman Movie
  6. Ferdinand
  7. Loving Vincent
  8. The Boss Baby
  9. Animal Crackers
  10. The Star

 

Best Foreign Language Film

  1. 120 Beats Per Second – France
  2. A Fantastic Lady – Chile
  3. The Square – Sweden
  4. Loveless – Russia
  5. The Day After – South Korea
  6. I Am Not Madame Bovary – China
  7. Wild Mouse – Austria
  8. Ana, Mon Amor – Romania
  9. On Body and Soul – Hungary
  10. Zama – Spain

 

Best Cinematography

  1. Blade Runner 2049
  2. Dunkirk
  3. Darkest Hour
  4. Wonderstruck
  5. Detroit
  6. Mother!
  7. The Current War
  8. Mudbound
  9. Call Me By Your Name
  10. The Mountain Between Us

 

Best Costume Design

  1. The Greatest Showman
  2. Phantom Thread
  3. Victoria and Abdul
  4. Darkest Hour
  5. Wonderstruck
  6. Murder on the Orient Express
  7. The Current War
  8. The Beguiled
  9. Beauty and the Beast
  10. Mudbound

 

Best Film Editing

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Darkest Hour
  3. Blade Runner 2049
  4. Detroit
  5. Phantom Thread
  6. Wonderstruck
  7. The Post
  8. Get Out
  9. Downsizing
  10. Suburbicon

 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  1. Darkest Hour
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  3. Loga
  4. The Greatest Showman
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  6. Murder on the Orient Express

 

Best Production Design

  1. The Current War
  2. Darkest Hour
  3. The Greatest Showman
  4. Blade Runner 2049
  5. Wonderstruck
  6. Beauty and the Beast
  7. Murder on the Orient Express
  8. Dunkirk
  9. Phantom Thread
  10. The Beguiled

 

Best Sound Editing

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Dunkirk
  4. Detroit
  5. The Greatest Showman
  6. Alien: Covenant
  7. War for the Planet of the Apes
  8. Annihilation
  9. Transformers: The Last Knight
  10. Beauty and the Beast

 

Best Sound Mixing

  1. The Greatest Showman
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  4. Dunkirk
  5. Detroit
  6. Beauty and the Beast
  7. Transformers: The Last Knight
  8. War for the Planet of the Apes
  9. The Current War
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

 

Best Visual Effects

  1. War for the Planet of the Apes
  2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol.
  4. Blade Runner 2049
  5. Spiderman: Homecoming
  6. Dunkirk
  7. Transformers: The Last Knight
  8. Wonder Woman
  9. Kong: Skull Island
  10. Alien: Covenant

 

Best Original Score

  1. Darkest Hour
  2. Dunkirk
  3. The Shape of Water
  4. Wonderstruck
  5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  6. Blade Runner 2049
  7. Murder on the Orient Express
  8. Phantom Thread
  9. The Greatest Showman
  10. Suburbicon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early June Oscar Prediction

2017 Grammy Predictions, First Reaction

The Nominations for the 59th Grammy Awards were announced today, and as expected, there were some surprised. Beyonce came out with the most nominations with 9, Adele came out with 5 and Drake with 8. Of course, the winners will not be announced until February 12, but might as well predict who’s going to win:

Album of the Year: Lemonade – Beyonce. She’s the favorite by far mostly because she’s the most nominated artist this year, but because she’s yet to win in this category in her 3 previous attempts. On the other hand, Adele wins about 80% of the time when she is nominated, so Adele could come out on top again.

Record of the Year: “Hello” – Adele. This category is known for awarding vocal talent (“My Heart Will Go On”, “Stay With Me”), so “Hello” would be a shoo in. But the category is also known for rewarding unique records (“Somebody That I Used to Know” “Get Lucky”) in which case “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots has the edge.

Song of the Year: “Hello” – Adele. Once again, this is category that favors Adele. Just like with Record of the Year, Adele won this category with “Rolling in the Deep” in 2012. The only other nominee that could upset would be “Love Yourself”by Justin Bieber which was co-written by last year’s winner Ed Sheehan for “Thinking Out Loud”.

Best New Artist: Chance the Rapper. With the recent rule change that allows strictly digital artists to be nominated, Chance the Rapper is looking to become the first purely digital artist to win a Grammy. Macklamore and Ryan Lewis is the last rap act to win New Artist, so it might be time to award another rapper. Historically, this category favors solo female artists (1997-2003) and last year’s winner (Meaghan Trainor), which would go more in favor of Maren Morris.

That’s all that I have for now. More predictions will be coming soon.

 

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2017 Grammy Predictions, First Reaction

59th Grammy Awards Predictions

The Nominees for the 59th Grammy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, so it is time for me to publish my predictions. Of course Adele and Beyonce are front runners in the Album, Record and Song categories, while Best New Artist is looking like it could be anybody’s guess as to who will be nominated. The nominees in some categories, such as Album and Song can be hit or miss, with some unexpected nominees getting in. So, these are my top 10 predictions for each of the top 4 categories.

Album of the Year

  1. 25 – Adele
  2. Lemonade – Beyonce
  3. A Moon Shaped Pool – Radiohead
  4. Views – Drake
  5. Blackstar – David Bowie

Possible Spoilers:

  • This is Acting – Sia
  • Coloring Book – Chance the Rapper
  • Purpose – Justin Bieber
  • Anti – Rihanna
  • Stranger to Stranger – Paul Simon

Record of the Year

  1. “Hello” – Adele
  2. “Formation” – Beyonce
  3. “Cheap Thrills” – Sia
  4. “Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber
  5. “Work” – Rihanna

Possible Spoilers:

  • “Sorry” – Justin Bieber
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Justin Bieber
  • “Closer” – The Chainsmokers
  • “Let it Go” – James Bay
  • “Lazarus” – David Bowie

Song of the Year:

  1. “Hello” – Adele
  2. “Cheap Thrills” – Sia
  3. “Formation” – Beyonce
  4. “Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber
  5. “Let It Go” – James Bay

Possible Spoilers:

  • “Die a Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett
  • “Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw
  • “Sorry” – Justin Bieber
  • “7 Years” – Lukas Graham
  • “Work” – Rihanna

Best New Artist

  1. Chance the Rapper
  2. The Chainsmokers
  3. Maren Morris
  4. Alessia Cara
  5. Cam

Possible Spoilers:

  • Bryson Tiller
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Lukas Graham
  • Shawn Mendes
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59th Grammy Awards Predictions

2017 Grammy Awards Predictions

Now that we are into October, the Grammy Awards voters will soon be voting to determine the nominees for this year’s Grammy Awards. With changes being made in two of the top categories, it makes for an interesting time to predict the nominees. First, streaming only album are now allowed to be nominated along with albums released traditionally. Second, the New Artist category can have nominees who have released 5 tracks and must have made a breakthrough in the mainstream music scene. Aside from the rule changes, it has been a good year for music, from Adele and Beyonce dominating the charts to the indie music scene, there’s a lot of potential nominees to consider. Here’s what I am predicting will be nominated:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

  • 25 – Adele
  • Lemonade – Beyonce
  • A Moon Shaped Pool
  • Views – Drake
  • Coloring Book – Chance the Rapper

RECORD OF THE YEAR

  • “Hello” – Adele
  • “Formation” – Beyonce
  • “Cheap Thrills” – Sia feat. Seal Paul
  • “Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Justin Timberlake

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • “Cheap Thrills” – Sia feat. Sean Paul
  • “Die a Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett
  • “Formation” – Beyonce
  • “Hello” – Adele
  • “Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber

BEST NEW ARTIST

  • Chance the Rapper
  • Bryson Tiller
  • Maren Morris
  • Cam
  • Shawn Mendes

 

The nominees will be announced on December 6 and the 59th Grammy Awards telecast will be held on February 12 on CBS.

2017 Grammy Awards Predictions

Eurovision Awards 2016

I am very excited to present my first ever Eurovision Awards! First, I want to say what a fantastic and incredibly entertaining show! SVT showed us once again why they are the best at producing Eurovision. Also, I want to say a big congratulations to Jamala of Ukraine on winning Eurovision 61 with her song “1944”. Now to the awards. Please understand that these are my personal opinions, and my alone. Here we go!

Best Song that didn’t win a National Final
Nominees: 

  • “Cool Me Down” – Poland | Margaret
  • “Human” – Sweden | Oscar Zia
  • “Never Alone” – Denmark | Anja Nilsson
  • “Until Tomorrow” – United Kingdom | Darline

Runner Up: “On it Goes” – Finland | Mikeal Saari

Winner: “Human” – Sweden | Oscar Zia

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Best Eliminated Song

  • Belarus – “Help You Fly” | Ivan
  • Denmark “Soldiers of Love” | Lighthouse X
  • Estonia – “Play” | Juri Pootsman
  • Switzerland – “The Last of Our Kind” | Rykka

Runner Up: Iceland – “Hear Them Calling” | Greta Salome

Winner: Estonia – “Play” | Juri Pootsman

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Best Non-English Song

  • Austria – “Loin d’ici” |  Zoe
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina –  “Ljubav je” | Dalal & Deen featuring Ana Rucner and Jala
  • Macedonia – “Dona” | Kaliopi

Runner Up: Italy – “No Degree of Separation” |  Francesca Michielin

Winner: Ukraine – “1944” | Jamala

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Best Ballad

  • Czechia – Gabriela Gunčíková | “I Stand”
  • Italy – “No Degree of Separation” |  Francesca Michielin
  • Poland – “The Color of Your Life” | Michal Szpak

Runner Up: Croatia – Nina Kraljić | “Lighthouse”

Winner: Australia – Dami Im | “Sound of Silence” 

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Best Rock Song

  • Belarus – “Help You Fly” | Ivan
  • Georgia – Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz | “Midnight Gold”
  • Montenegro – “The Real Thing” | Highway

Runner Up: Hungary – “Pioneer” | Freddie

Winner: Cyprus – “Alter Ego” | Minus One

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Best Pop Song

  • Estonia – “Play” | Jüri Pootsmann
  • France – “J’ai cherché” | Amir
  • Russia – “You’re the Only One” | Sergey Lazarev

Runner Up: Spain  “Say Yay” | Barei

Winner: Bulgaria – “If Love Was A Crime” | Poli Genova

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Best Duo or Group

  • Denmark – Lighthouse X | “Soldiers of Love”
  • Georgia – Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz | “Midnight Gold”

Runner Up: Cyprus – Minus One | “Alter Ego”

Winner: United Kingdom – Joe & Jake | “You’re Not Alone”

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Best Female Vocalist

  • Armenia – Iveta Mukuchyan | “LoveWave”
  • Australia – Dami Im | “Sound of Silence”
  • Serbia – Sanja Vučić | “Goodbye (Shelter)”

Runner Up: Ukraine – Jamala | “1944”

Winner: Croatia – Nina Kraljić | “Lighthouse”

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Best Male Vocalist

  • Estonia – Jüri Pootsmann | “Play”
  • France – Amir Hadid | “J’ai cherché”
  • Hungary – Freddie | “Pioneer”
  • Latvia – Justs | “Heartbeat”

Runner Up: Netherlands – Douwe Bob | “Slow Down”

Winner: Estonia – Jüri Pootsmann | “Play”

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Best Stage Performance

  • Bulgaria – “If Love Was A Crime” | Poli Genova
  • Hungary – “Pioneer” |  Freddie
  • Lithuania – Donny Montell | “I’ve Been Waiting for this Night”

Runner Up: Iceland – “Hear Them Calling” | Greta Salome

Winner: Russia – “You’re the Only One” | Sergey Lazarev

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Best Lyrics

  • Croatia – “Lighthouse” written by Andreas Grass and Nikola Paryla
  • Estonia – “Play” written by Fred Krieger, Stig Rästa and Vallo Kikas
  • Latvia – “Heartbeat” written by Aminata Savadog 

Runner Up: Ukraine – “1944” written by Jamala and Art Antonyan

Winner: Hungary – “Pioneer” written by Borbála Csarnai

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Before I get to the top award, some honorable mentions:

Better Luck Next Year Award

  • Spain and Germany, who both have been underrated two years a row, despite submitting fantastic songs

Honorable Mentions

  • Czech Republic – For making it to the final for the first time
  • Netherlands – For best song that does not fit into any other category.
  • Romania – For Submitting a great song that we never got to see on stage.

 

and now…

Best Song

  • Bulgaria – “If Love was a Crime” | Poli Genova
  • France – “J’ai cherché” | Amir
  • Hungary “Pioneer” | Freddie
  • Russia – “You’re the Only One” | Sergey Lazarev
  • Spain – “Say Yay!” | Barei

Runner Up: Hungary “Pioneer” | Freddie

Winner: France – “J’ai cherché” | Amir

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Thank you for reading my picks for Eurovision 2016! Let’s do it again next year in Ukraine!

Eurovision Awards 2016

Eurovision Grand Final Preditions

The Grand Final of Eurovision 2016 is upon us, which might be the most exciting thing to happen this year. As I did with the first semi-final, I predicted the the 10 countries that would move forward to the final, and once again, I got 8 out of 10 correct, where I guessed Norway and Switzerland to make, but they missed the cut, while Georgia and Belgium did make it.

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Now for what I predict will happen tomorrow. For the question of everybody’s mind, who’s going to win Eurovision 2016. At this point, I am about 35% confident that France will come out as the winner tomorrow evening. If there is one thing I have lerned about Eurovision, it is that it is near impossible to accurately predict the winner of Eurovision, so I have back ups. Rounding out the top five and most likely to grab the Glass Microphone are Spain, Russia, Hungary and Croatia. Conversely, I am predicting Belgium and Georgia as the most likely to end up with nul points/last place.

And finally the Marcel Bezencon Awards. These could go any which way, but I want to try anyway, so here we go:

  • Press Award: Russia
  • Artistic Award: France/Spain
  • Composter Award: Hungary

We will find out soon enough, in a days time, who will take home the title tomorrow And on Sunday, I will publish my first ever Eurovision Awards! And I will return Oscar predictions on Monday with my Mid-May predictions.

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Eurovision Grand Final Preditions