Celebuzz Debates: Who Will Win Big at the 2014 Grammys?

Music’s biggest night is fast approaching and while we’ll have to wait until Sunday to see who takes home the top prizes, that doesn’t mean we can’t start speculating now. Celebuzz debates who will win each of the top categories.

Best New Artist

  • James Blake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Ed Sheeran

Matthew Russoniello: Because the voters have a tendency to give this award to… well, let’s just say they’ve made some baffling choices… I vote it goes to Ed Sheeran or Macklemore. Probably Macklemore.

Gabi Chung: Macklemore. You know you’re a hot new artist when you can legit charge fans $50 for a sweatshirt.

Kendall Fisher: Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick has been featured on a number of hits this year. He’s a lyrical genius and definitely in a good place to take this award home.

Robert Kessler: Whether or not he’s a good and sincere artist (he’s not), this has been a huge year for Macklemore. The award is probably his to lose.

Song of the Year

  • “Just Give Me a Reason”
  • “Locked Out of Heaven”
  • “Roar”
  • “Royals”
  • “Same Love”

Matthew Russoniello: “Royals,” since it won’t win ROTY, and the world’s fascination with Lorde needs to be addressed somehow.

Gabi Chung: “Same Love.” The craft is there. The message is beautiful. Let’s just hope whoever is in charge of the Grammys will take that into consideration.

Kendall Fisher: “Same Love.” I’m really rooting for this song to win, and I think it will. The Grammys tend to award songs that have a message in them, and “Same Love” definitely does just that by stepping out in support of gay marriage.

Robert Kessler: Don’t discount the Academy’s urge to congratulate itself for having a “message.” I think they’ll definitely reward “Same Love.” And I kind of love the idea that a Macklemore song not even written by Macklemore wins a Grammy. Ugh, screw Macklemore.

Record of the Year

  • “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk
  • “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
  • “Royals,” Lorde
  • “Locked Out of Heaven,” Bruno Mars
  • “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell

Matthew Russoniello: I cynically think “Blurred Lines” will take the trophy, though it’s a close call between that and “Royals,” which is more deserving.

Gabi Chung: Though I’d like it to be “Royals,” I feel like everyone has been freaking out about how amazing Bruno Mars is these days. (Like, the guy is following up Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance. Clearly he’s doing something right that I haven’t caught onto yet.)

Kendall Fisher: “Royals.” Other than Lorde being a major fan favorite, the vocals of this song are amazing. There’s no way a 17 year old as talented as her isn’t going home a winner for this song.

Robert Kessler: “Royals” snuck in at the last minute to become the song of 2013. I fear voters may be a little hesitant to award someone so young, but the success of “Team” has ensured that Lorde isn’t just a flash in the pan. I think she takes this one home.

Album of the Year

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

Matthew Russoniello: Kendrick will probably win Best Rap Album, so he probably won’t win this. There was far more love for “Get Lucky” than Random Access Memories as a whole, so I don’t think Daft Punk gets it. Similarly, the excitement over Macklemore ends with their massive singles. Sara Bareilles’ nomination is simply out of place. Taylor Swift takes it.

Gabi Chung: The Heist. “Thrift Shop” was hammered into our heads for most of 2013. “Same Love” was made the de facto anthem for the legalization of same-sex marriage. This album basically highlighted everything big in the past year.

Kendall Fisher: Red. Though I’m not particularly a huge fan of Swift, Red had a number of big songs this year including “22,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “Begin Again,” and “Everything Has Changed.” However, it’s hard to say since very rarely do artists take home this awards more than once.

Robert Kessler: As we’ve seen with Kanye West, the Academy is hesitant to award rappers in anything other than the rap and R&B categories, so I don’t think Good Kid, M.A.A.D City has much of a chance. I think this is definitely Red’s award to win: it was a solid album that showed a marked artistic advancement in an artist who’s already beloved by the Academy voters.