2014 Grammys: Pick up the nominees on vinyl

News / January 26, 2014

With the Grammy Awards upon us, we here at Modern Vinyl wanted to throw our predictions out there, as to who should and who will win the major awards tonight. More importantly, though, we wanted to make sure you knew where to pick up each of the nominees’ albums (or singles) on vinyl. Starting from the top….

Record of the Year

Daft Punk — Get Lucky (buy)
Imagine Dragons — Radioactive (buy)
Lorde — Royals (buy)
Bruno Mars — Locked Out Of Heaven (buy)
Robin Thicke — Blurred Lines (buy)

Will and Should Win — Daft Punk
Winner – Daft Punk

Album of the Year

Sara Bareilles — The Blessed Unrest (buy)
Daft Punk — Random Access Memories (buy)
Kendrick Lamar — Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City (buy)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — The Heist (buy)
Taylor Swift — Red (buy)

Will Win — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Should Win — Kendrick Lamar
Winner – Daft Punk

Song of the Year

Pink & Nate Reuss — Just Give Me A Reason (buy)
Bruno Mars — Locked Out Of Heaven (buy)
Katy Perry — Roar (buy)
Lorde — Royals (buy)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — Same Love (buy)

Will Win — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Should Win — Bruno Mars
Winner – Lorde

Best New Artist

James Blake (buy)
Kendrick Lamar (buy)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (buy)
Kacey Musgraves (buy)
Ed Sheeran (buy)

Will Win — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Should Win — Kendrick Lamar
Winner – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Rock Performance

Alabama Shakes — Always Alright (buy)
David Bowie — The Stars (Are Out Tonight) (buy, RSD release)
Imagine Dragons — Radioactive (buy)
Led Zeppelin — Kashmir (buy)
Queens Of The Stone Age — My God Is The Sun (buy)
Jack White — I’m Shakin’ (buy)

Will and Should Win — Queens Of The Stone Age
Winner — Imagine Dragons

Best Rock Song

Gary Clark Jr. — Ain’t Messing ‘Round (buy)
Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear — Cut Me Some Slack (buy)
The Rolling Stones — Doom and Gloom (buy)
Black Sabbath — God Is Dead (buy)
Muse — Panic Station (buy)

Will Win — Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear
Should Win — Gary Clark Jr.
Winner — Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear

Best Rock Album

Black Sabbath — 13 (buy)
David Bowie — The Next Day (buy)
Kings Of Leon — Mechanical Bull (buy)
Led Zeppelin — Celebration Day (buy)
Queens Of The Stone Age — Like Clockwork (buy)
Neil Young — Psychedelic Pill (buy)

Will and Should Win — Queens Of The Stone Age
Winner — Led Zeppelin — Celebration Day

Best Alternative Music Album

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

Will and Should Win — Vampire Weekend
Winner — Vampire Weekend

Best Rap Album

Drake — Nothing Was The Same (only available in bootleg)
Jay Z — Magna Carta…Holy Grail (to be pressed by Third Man Records)
Kendrick Lamar — Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City (buy)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — The Heist (buy)
Kanye West — Yeezus (only available in bootleg)

Will and Should Win — Kendrick Lamar
Winner – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

I’m predicting Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are going to have a pretty big night, primarily because of both the message song (“Same Love”) and big hits (“Thrift Shop” & “Can’t Hold Us”) which have kept them in the spotlight for all of 2013. I don’t necessarily think they’ve released anything close to the best material of the year, but the Grammy Awards have never really been consistent about awarding “quality.” I do have them losing in the Best Rap Album category, only because they might want to give Kendrick Lamar something for all his nominations.

Daft Punk should pick up the big prize of Record Of The Year and deservedly so. They returned in a big way in 2013, with “Get Lucky” the unofficial anthem of the summer. Queens Of The Stone and Vampire Weekend both had albums that were critically acclaimed and chart toppers, which should get them the wins in the rock categories, while the Sound City track, “Cut Me Some Slack” has a shot because of that Nirvana reunion. And while I wish Bruno Mars would get some attention for the great “Locked Out Of Heaven,” I fear he’ll be shut out in the major awards.

I’ll be live tweeting the awards at our official Twitter account: @modernvinyl.


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Christopher Lantinen
Chris Lantinen is the owner and editor-in-chief of Modern Vinyl. Along with his modest collection of sad sounding records, he collects his share of soundtracks and previously adored indie up-and-comers. Chris is currently a professor of journalism and public relations at Edinboro University in the Erie, Pennsylvania area.






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