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GRAMMYs 2014

Who Will Win at 2014 GRAMMYs? Experts Predict the Champs

Respected music and pop culture heads from Beats Music, Google, Popbytes and beyond offer their take on music's biggest night

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Yes, we all have our favorite songs, albums and music videos of the year, buuuut that doesn't mean the GRAMMY voters will necessarily show them the same love you did on your iPod throughout the year.

That's why Fuse collected a panel of respected music and pop culture heads to offer insight into who will go home a winner on music's biggest night—or in some cases, who should have been the winner. 

If you and your friends are making bets on the GRAMMYs, you'd be wise to listen the folks below. Meet the panel:

Tim Quirk (@tbquirk) Head of Global Content Programming at Google

Julie Pilat (@juliepilat) Head of Music, Curation and Artist Development at Beats Music

John Norris (@Jonnynono) Supervising Producer of Fuse News

MK (@PopBytes) Head of Popbytes.com

Esteban Serrano (@EstebanSerrano) Top 20 Countdown and The Mixdown Host on Fuse

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Record of the Year

» Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers, "Get Lucky"
» Imagine Dragons, "Radioactive"
» Lorde, "Royals"
» Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"
» Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams & T.I., "Blurred Lines"

Fuse's Top 20 Countdown and The Mixdown Host Esteban Serrano:
"Royals"—the GRAMMY board loves weirdos. And no other nominee is weirder than Lorde. That and it was the biggest record of the year. I'd say this one wins, but "Blurred Lines" is a close second.

Beats Music's Head of Music, Curation and Artist Development Julie Pilat:
This is the first time ever in a category that I would be truly happy if any one of these songs won. What a phenomenal year for pop music. Between "Blurred Lines," "Get Lucky," and closing out 2013 with "Happy" on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, it's been fun to watch Pharrell shine all year long. As a body of work, I'm surprised Unorthodox Jukebox wasn't nominated for Album of the Year so it would be great to see Bruno get recognized, at the very least, with Record of the Year.

Google's Head of Global Content Programming Tim Quirk:
This is too easy. Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" owned the summer and owns this trophy. "Blurred Lines" might have had more of a shot if it sounded a little less like a tune Marvin Gaye already wrote.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Miley Cyrus arrives at the 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing pa
Miley Cyrus, Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Popbytes.com's MK:
I would definitely go with Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," easily the catchiest tune of the year. The other nominees aren't bad choices, I just don't want to see 
"Blurred Lines" win, that song should never be played again. There is one glaring omission though: I still think Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" should have been nominated, I would ditch Imagine Dragons and replace them with Miley!

Fuse News Supervising Producer John Norris:
So many wrecking balls have roared by like blurred lines in the months since the French robots' comeback single appeared last spring, it's easy to forget how great it was. The Academy won't. Lorde could pull an upset, but she will be honored elsewhere. "Radioactive," mega as it was, is unlikely, it being rock. Bruno's single was not as widely known as the others, and as for "Blurred Lines", the Academy at large, which votes on the top four awards, has long been squeamish about sex.

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Album of the Year

» Sara Bareilles, The Blessed Unrest
» Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
» Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist
» Taylor Swift, Red

Beats Music's Head of Music, Curation and Artist Development Julie Pilat:
It would be a Cinderella story, to say the least, if Macklemore & Ryan Lewis take Album of the Year. It was really powerful how they touched so many different communities with this album, from rock fans to hip hop, pop fans to marriage for equality supporters, sports fans, sober fans, they did it all. All while touring non stop between their album release and the GRAMMYs, growing from small clubs to arenas in one album cycle!

Fuse News Supervising Producer John Norris:
It's been ten years since the Academy awarded its big prize to a hip-hop artist. About time? Kendrick Lamar certainly earned it, with a transcendent record that would certainly get my vote. But I'd be stunned if he won—the voting history in this category speaks for itself. A more likely candidate for a hip hop heist would be Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. But did a plurality of GRAMMY voters think the album was, to quote "Thrift Shop",  "f-cking awesome" enough? I am dubious. Daft Punk's album was deeper than just "Get Lucky", but it’s seen as uneven. Sara Bareilles had the upset nomination of the year and just possibly could pull the shocker win of the year. But the smart money has to be on a GRAMMY favorite: Taylor took the big enchilada once before, in 2010, and she's performed on the show now three years in a row, so look for a Swift end to GRAMMY night. 

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 20: Taylor Swift performed the second of a four-night run of sold-out shows at the STAPLES Center in
Taylor Swift and Tegan and Sara, Christopher Polk/TAS/Getty Images

Google's Head of Global Content Programming Tim Quirk:
This one is easy. GRAMMY rewards success above all, so Macklemore has this one.

Popbytes.com's MK:
A friend told me to give the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis album a listen, I thought she was crazy at first but I just went with it. Not only did I totally fall in love with The Heist, but hands down it should win Album of the Year. One glaring omission on this list is Tegan & Sara's Heartthrob, which I think was definitely one of the best albums released last year. It's pop perfection!

Fuse's Top 20 Countdown and The Mixdown Host Esteban Serrano:
I don't think The Heist is a better album than good kid, m.A.D.d City—and I think by far the best album of the year was Random Access Memories—but there is no denying the HUGE year Mac and Ryan had. They dropped hit after hit after hit, they stood up for what they believed in and they did it independently!

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Song of the Year

» Pink featuring Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me a Reason"
» Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"
» Lorde, "Royals"
» Katy Perry, "Roar"
» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert, "Same Love"

Popbytes.com's MK:
"Same Love" needs to win! This past year was such an incredible time for gay marriage rights with DOMA being overturned and Prop 8 disappearing in California, paving the way for couples to be married. The message of the song is so incredibly important, none of the other songs on this list can compare. Plus, I simply adore Mary Lambert. My second choice would be "Just Give Me a Reason," which is also an incredible song. I remember when I first heard it and I knew it was going to be a huge hit.

Google's Head of Global Content Programming Tim Quirk:
I've read articles claiming each of the nominated songs is the frontrunner, so who really knows. My guess is that Lorde will win because her song is genuinely good, but was also wildly popular. Plus, she's young and gives us something to keep looking forward to. But I confess I'm secretly rooting for "Roar" simply because it's great fun to yelp along to in the car with my daughter (Though the lyrics make no sense—if Katy Perry is a lion, why does she have the "eye of the tiger"?).

Fuse's Top 20 Countdown and The Mixdown Host Esteban Serrano:
"Same Love"—this song is one of the most talked about songs of the year. Not at all one of the best, but when you think of the impact it had, I think the GRAMMYs will reward it.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 06: Recording artists Ryan Lewis (L) and Macklemore attend The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! C
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Charley Gallay/WireImage

Fuse News Supervising Producer John Norris:
Of the GRAMMY "Big Four" this feels the easiest to call. But let's work backwards: "Locked Out of Heaven," again, doesn't seem to have had the impact of the others, and "Just Give Me a Reason" was more a triumph as a single than a song. Ditto "Roar," which signaled a shift for Katy, and was undeniably massive, but feels lightweight for Song of the Year, and would have fared better if nominated for Record. Which brings us to two message-y tunes: one heart-tugging, the other a wry indictment. "Same Love" was lovely, and while you can imagine Ben, Mary and Ryan all walking down the aisle to get this one, it's the Kiwi that takes the krown. Lorde's millennial calling out of the moneyed types that will be filling Staples Center on Sunday was immediate, ubiquitous, an instant classic. "Royals" rules. 

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Best New Artist

» James Blake
» Kendrick Lamar
» Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
» Kacey Musgraves
» Ed Sheeran

Google's Head of Global Content Programming Tim Quirk:
I like to refer to this one as the "Esperanza WHO?!" award. This is the one category most prone to surprises. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis seem like the obvious choice, and the obvious choice is the one you should usually skip here. But I think they'll take this one, too.

Beats Music's Head of Music, Curation and Artist Development Julie Pilat:
The talk of the GRAMMYs will be Macklemore & Ryan Lewis vs. Kendrick Lamar, especially in Album of the Year and Best Rap Album. A lot of people felt Macklemore & Ryan Lewis should've been in the pop category. Here they are facing off again for Best New Artist. But if I were a betting woman, I think Kacey Musgraves and the country vote may take the win this year.

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Kacey Musgraves attends the 47th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 6
Kacey Musgraves, Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Fuse News Supervising Producer John Norris:
Who will win? Ed Sheeran. Who should win? Kendrick Lamar. This is where the wheels come off. All due respect to Ed Sheeran and James Blake, but the undeniably talented Brits have no business being in this category. An artist previously nominated for a GRAMMY (Sheeran) and an artist on his third album (Blake) have no business being up for "new" anything. Those spots should have gone to Lorde and the criminally neglected HAIM. But in the most vexing, unanswerable question of all in GRAMMY-land, this award hinges on a very subjective definition of "new." In any case, Blake is amazing, but too left-field to win; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will pick up at least a couple of gramophones elsewhere; the man who should win, Kendrick, has again the problem of making hip hop music; and while Kacey Musgraves, cornering the Academy’s sizable country contingent could come out on top, the GRAMMY goes to the ginger. Yes, Ed was up for Song of the Year in 2013 with "The A Team." And now he will be crowned Best New Artist...you think this is a head-scratcher? What, is this your first GRAMMYs?

 Popbytes.com's MK:
I'm all about Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Who I will admit to having a small crush on, that Ryan is such a cutie).

Fuse's Top 20 Countdown and The Mixdown Host Esteban Serrano:
Kendrick Lamar—he is the best new artist. Emphasis on the word ARTIST. His album was an instant classic, every feature he did this year was phenomenal. What More Can I Say?

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Best Dance Recording

» Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E and MNEK, "Need U (100%)
» Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch, "Sweet Nothing"
» Kaskade, "Atmosphere"
» Armin van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie, "This Is What It Feels Like"
» Zedd featuring Foxes, "Clarity"

Popbytes.com's MK:
Zedd sure picked the right girl to provide the vocals for his “Clarity” track, Foxes has an incredible voice, easily my favorite song of the bunch. I have a feeling we will be hearing a lot more from Foxes in 2014.

Fuse's Top 20 Countdown and The Mixdown Host Esteban Serrano:
The combo of Calvin Harris & Florence Welch is like dynamite and fire. This record was not only a huge infectious hit, but it was sonically perfect. Every do doo do doo is magic. This one has to win!

Florence Welch, Aubree Lennon for Fuse

Google's Head of Global Content Programming Tim Quirk:
Calvin Harris has to be very happy that "Get Lucky" wound up in Pop. "Sweet Nothing" will win because even voters who don't recognize him will remember that sweet Florence Welch they like so much.

Fuse News Supervising Producer John Norris:
Who will win: "Clarity"; but who should win? "Need U (100%)." The presence of Florence Welch and the almost-as-well-known Calvin Harris on "Sweet Nothing," a track that's been around since 2012, might find some traction with voters from outside the Dance field. (Yes, they are allowed to vote on this, don't get me started...), but probably not enough. Dumont's stomper and electronic vet Van Buuren's hands-in-the-air track are long shots here, and although Kaskade's "Atmosphere" was a force, the winner is a monster hit bigger than all of them combined, "Clarity," from young hot shots Zedd and Foxes. Youth is served.

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Best Music Video

» Capital Cities, "Safe and Sound"
» Jay Z, "Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film"
» Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, "Can't Hold Us"
» Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z, "Suit and Tie"
» Jack White, "I'm Shakin'"

Fuse News Supervising Producer John Norris:
Until this year, this category had the cumbersome name of Best Short Form Music Video, to distinguish it from the lengthier fare. But even now, there’s room for clips other than your standard music video like "Picasso Baby," Jay's "art film." But despite the presence of pop art (and ARTPOP) muse Marina Abramovic, this one will not take this prize for Jay. On the other hand, Jay will take this prize as featured performer in Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie." Both artists scored a bunch of nominations (JT 7, Jay Z  9), but got shut out of the top categories. This award should go a little way toward making up for that. Only one other nominee would seem to have a real shot: the wacky, globetrotting and wildly popular "Can't Hold Us."

Beats Music's Head of Music, Curation and Artist Development Julie Pilat:
The IMAX-worthy "Can't Hold Us" was the most epic video of the year.  "Picasso Baby" was the most raw and real video of the year—just Jay Z one-on-one with his fans. I think they both have a great shot.

Google's Head of Global Content Programming Tim Quirk:
This is a battle of directors: David Fincher did "Suit and Tie" while Mark Romanek, who has won the most GRAMMYs in this category, handled Jay Z's prestige project "Picasso Baby" (you know it's prestigious because it's subtitled "A Performance Art Film"). If GRAMMY voters want to be perceived as classy, "Picasso Baby" will win.

Fuse's Top 20 Countdown and The Mixdown Host Esteban Serrano:
"Can't Hold Us." Aside from the fact this video was cinematography at its best, the story behind the video is just as epic. It was shot over several months on several continents around the world! Not to mention the song was a HUGE hit! It was just performed during halftime at the Seahawks Conference Finals and is probably the reason they won! That and Richard Sherman.

Popbytes.com's MK:
Once again, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis totally nailed their "Can’t Hold Us" music video. It’s completely epic, plus the song is great too. And yes, Ryan Lewis is just beyond adorable.

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