Frank Ocean, Gotye are safe bets for Grammy nominations
Posted December 4, 2012
Grammy oracles rely more on hunches than science to divine winners, though you don't need a Ouija board to predict trophies for Frank Ocean and Gotye.
Those names are likely to pop up several times in the nominees list to be released Wednesday night, coinciding with The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! - Countdown to Music's Biggest Night, an hour-long special airing from Nashville with performances by The Who, Hunter Hayes, Luke Bryan, fun., Maroon 5 and Ne-Yo (CBS, 10 p.m. ET/tape delay PT).
It's the season kickoff that culminates with the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles, where winners in 81 categories will be anointed.
Ocean, whose Channel Orange won wide acclaim, is a solid bet for best album, along with Mumford & Sons' Babel, despite critics' preference for 2010's Sigh No More. Bob Dylan's Tempest, a modest seller, enjoyed rhapsodic reviews and should make the cut. The Black Keys' El Camino, Drake's Take Care and Pink's The Truth About Love also have a shot, and the voting body's penchant for veterans opens the door for Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball and Bonnie Raitt's Slipstream.
Ocean's a shoo-in contender for best new artist, a prize also within reach for Gotye, One Direction, fun. and Carly Rae Jepsen. The slot known for low-profile talents (note recent winners Esperanza Spalding and Bon Iver) raises hopes for Emeli Sandé, Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran, Alex Clare and Of Monsters and Men.
In the best-record category, odds favor Gotye's huge-selling Somebody That I Used to Know, with Drake's Take Care, fun.'s We Are Young, Ocean's Thinkin Bout You and Jepsen's Call Me Maybe also possible picks, along with Springsteen's We Take Care of Our Own, Maroon 5's Payphone and Mumford's I Will Wait. Adele, who swept the Grammys in February, could jump aboard here with Set Fire to the Rain.
And never count out music-industry sweetheart Taylor Swift. Her album Red was released after the eligibility period (Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012) but single We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together has a fighting chance in both best record and best song, which is given to the composers.
Expect some duplication in the marquee record and song fields, with chances for Miranda Lambert's Over You, co-written with husband Blake Shelton, and Katy Perry's committee-penned Wide Awake tilting toward the latter.
And Psy's giddyup dance novelty Gangnam Style? Don't back that dark horse.
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