Grammys 2015: Who Will — and Who Should — Win Song of the Year?

Grammy Nominees 2015
Who's up for a piece of musical hardware this year?
After reading Celebuzz’s predictions for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammy Awards, music lovers around the world must think, “Wow, they sure love Sam Smith over there!”

Such is not the case for our Song of the Year picks.

Which song will join the ranks of “Royals,” “We Are Young” and “Rolling in the Deep,” the three most recent SOTY winners?

Your nominees:

“All About That Bass” by Kevin Kadish and Meghan Trainor (songwriters)

“Chandelier” by Sia Furler and Jesse Shatkin (songwriters)

“Shake It Off” by Max Martin, Shellback and Taylor Swift

“Stay With Me” (Darkchild Version) by James Napier, William Phillips, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Sam Smith (songwriters)

“Take Me to Church” by Andrew Hozier-Byrne (songwriter)

Our picks:

Matt:

Should Win: “Chandelier” by Sia

Why: Of all the songs on this list, “Chandelier” has had the most longevity. The video is iconic (so much so that it basically inspired a Shia LaBeouf-starring sequel). It is a brilliant pop song that made a huge impact throughout 2014.

Will Win: “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

Why: Because Swift’s monster 1989 didn’t come out until after the Grammy deadline, only “Shake It Off” is eligible for awards this year. Considering her blockbuster 2014, it seems like the Grammys will want to reward her for something, and it was, after all, a huge hit.

Michael:

Should Win: “Chandelier” by Sia

Why: This song was brilliantly unhinged and had a huge bombastic chorus which made the song unforgettable.

Will Win: “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

Why: Has anyone able to get “Shake If Off” out of their heads? The fact that it was a monster hit only solidifies the award for Taylor.

Peggy:

Should Win: “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith

Why: This is his biggest single to date, and had it not been for a couple of gals named Taylor Swift and Sia, “Stay With Me” should’ve been Sam Smith’s easy ticket to Sam Smith, Grammy Winner.

Will Win: “Chandelier” by Sia

Why: Between Taylor Swift and Sia, voters will have to ask themselves: should we side with the cool kids or go for the even cooler kid (who’s so cool she has people like Lena Dunham ‘singing’ for her on talk shows)? My bets are on “Chandelier.” So much cool.

Jess:

Should Win: “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

Why: This was one of, if not the most, popular songs of 2014. It also gave us a new style of music from Swift, proving that she can still surprise listeners.

Will Win: “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

Why: Looking at all of the success she’s has had with this song, it’s hard to imagine Taylor not winning this award. Also, she deserves it.

Gabi:

Should Win: “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

Why: Swift has become an unstoppable force in the industry and this 1989 lead single solidifies that status. A departure from her previous musical style, this sugary pop song has all the trappings of a chart-topping smash. Plus, it’s just catchy as f*ck.

Will Win: “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

Why: Since 1989 wasn’t eligible for Album of the Year, the Grammys will surely award Swift elsewhere. Thank God for her that this song came out before the deadline, right?

Kendall:

Should Win: “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith.

Why: I was hesitant to put this at first because of the controversy surrounding him and Tom Petty; however, I do really think that a lot of genius went into writing for this song. It’s emotional, relatable and a beautiful song on so many levels.

Will Win: “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

Why:  It took over the world this year — how could they not give her the award?

*For clarification, Song of the Year prizes are awarded to the songwriter of a track. So, if “Shake It Off” won this weekend and Taylor Swift actually didn’t write the song (she did), Swifty would not go home with this particular Grammy. The category is commonly confused with Record of the Year, which awards the major players (singer, producer, engineer, mixer, and the like) of a track.

The 57th Grammy Awards will be handed out on Sunday.