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Outstanding Newbies: 2012 Grammy Predictions

By Danielle Rehor

With the Grammys quickly approaching, we thought it only fair to cover one of the most anticipated categories out there: Best New Artist. Throughout the years this category has held quite a few surprises, including last year’s, with little-known Esperanza Spalding beating out the famed Justin Bieber. This year the category holds many different genres and styles, including rapper J. Cole, country trio The Band Perry, Nicki Minaj, indie artist Bon Iver, and dubstep producer Skrillex.

Will Win: Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj will win due purely to her popularity in combination with her unbeatable rapping and catchy tunes like “Super Bass.” Her skills may not match some of the other artists selected in this category, but she is captivating, in her own sense of the word, like no other. Her popularity is undeniable; she is the first artist to have seven singles on the Billboard’s Hot 100 at the same time.

Should Win: Bon Iver

The indie band has two albums, and their first album, “For Emma, Forever Ago,” was mostly recorded in a cabin in Wisconsin. Obviously, they are the coolest. Their two albums have won them a loyal following and they have been nominated for three other awards, Best Alternative Music Album, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year. They may seen the clear and obvious first choice, but because they are not mainstream, they could get overlooked for Best New Artist.

Dark Horse: The Band Perry 

The Band Perry is not much of an dark horse with their triple platinum single “If I Die Young” and quickly rising fourth single “All Your Life,” but they seem to rank just below Nicki Minaj. The sibling band has released only one album, self-titled The Band Perry. They are the only artist nominated for Best New Artist, that only has only one album, no EP’s or mixtapes. With a twangy country-pop sound, the trio could easily win this award as well.

Rocking to the beat: 2012 Best Dance/Electronica Album predictions

By Jared Murray

This year’s nominations for the February 12th Grammys’  Best Dance/Electronica Album showcase the many equally
wonderful variations found in dance music today: Cut Copy’s 80’s tinged summer-sounding goodness;
the relentless and sometimes aggressive house music of Deadmau5; Robyn’s forward-thinking, sassy
dancepop; the bleeping dubstep of Skrillex; and the Eurodance stylings of David Guetta.

Having recently becoming popular riding the wave of dubstep, electronic dance music with
overwhelming bass and tight percussion samples, Skrillex may be the first to come to mind after hearing
all of the nominees. The nine-song EP consist of well-produced and always energetic dubstep with influences from house music. Despite the music producer’s large teenage fan base, Skrillex’s EP Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites remains an unlikely winner of the coveted gramophone.

French music producer David Guetta is no stranger to the Grammy Awards, having won two
Grammys in the past two years. His two-disc album Nothing But the Beat serves up a heaping portion of
Top 40-friendly hits. Being primarily a music producer, Guetta leaves the singing to more capable people,
with the vocals being contributed by artists such as Nicki Minaj, Sia, Will.i.am and more.

While certainly no media darlings, Australian electronic band Cut Copy has been getting lots of
positive attention for their latest album Zonoscope. The 11-track album showcases the band’s newfound
sound; the guitar work often found in their last album In Ghost Colors has been replaced almost entirely
with handclaps and 80’s style synthesizers, and only shows up to add to the texture of a song.

Deadmau5 fifth studio album 4×4=12 continues his trend of hard hitting house music fused with
electronics and synthesizers. The album is mostly instrumental, leaving Deadmau5’s melodies and beats
to do all of the talking. However exciting that may sound, Deadmau5’s real appeal lies in his energetic
and light-filled live shows.

Swedish pop-sensation Robyn finished off her critically acclaimed series of Body Talk mini-
albums with Body Talk, Pt. 3. The songs found off the 5-song EP exhibit a mildly futuristic tone in
regards to dancepop. Robyn’s expertly controlled and always emotional vocals compliment the
sometimes icy and mechanical sounding Eurodance and help to emphasize the occasional melancholy

My predictions:

Who should win: Body Talk, Pt. 3 by Robyn

Dark horse: Zonoscope by Cut Copy

Who will probably win: Nothing But the Beat by David Guetta

Columnist Previews February’s Grammys

By Jared Murray

For the popular musician, the Grammy Awards mark the end of the holiday season, with the ultimate post-holiday gift being the always-coveted, miniature gold-plated gramophone. This year, the number of categories at the Grammys has decreased, dropping from 109 to 78. Now the different categories for male and female awards are integrated, along with several other changes affecting world music.

Despite the decrease in categories, British singer Adele is poised to sweep this year’s awards with her latest album, 21. Like the late Amy Winehouse, Adele is nominated for most of the major awards, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

It is Kanye West, however, who garnered the most nominations this year. He is nominated in seven categories including Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for his hit “All Of the Lights.”

Other multiple nominees include Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars with six nominations each; Lil Wayne and Skrillex with five nominations each; and Drake, Bon Iver, Nicki Minaj, Mumford and Sons, Radiohead, and Rihanna each having four nominations each.

Here are a few of the more prominent awards and their nominees:

Record Of The Year

“Rolling In The Deep”- Adele
“Holocene”- Bon Iver
“Grenade”- Bruno Mars
“The Cave”- Mumford & Sons
“Firework”- Katy Perry

Album Of The Year

21– Adele
Wasting Light– Foo Fighters
Born This Way– Lady Gaga
Doo-Wops & Hooligans– Bruno Mars
Loud– Rihanna

Best New Artist

The Band Perry
Bon Iver
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj

Best Rock Song

“The Cave”- Mumford & Sons
“Down By The Water”- The Decemberists
“Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”- Coldplay
“Lotus Flower”- Radiohead
“Walk”- Foo Fighters

Best Alternative Music Album

Bon Iver– Bon Iver
Codes and Keys– Death Cab For Cutie
Torches– Foster The People
Circuital– My Morning Jacket
The King Of Limbs– Radiohead

Best Rap Song

“All Of The Lights”- Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie
“Black And Yellow”- Wiz Khalifa
“I Need A Doctor”- Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey
“Look At Me Now”- Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
“Otis”- Jay-Z & Kanye West
“The Show Goes On”- Lupe Fiasco

Best Country Album

My Kinda Party– Jason Aldean
Chief– Eric Church
Own The Night– Lady Antebellum
Red River Blue– Blake Shelton
Here For A Good Time– George Strait
Speak Now– Taylor Swift

In the weeks leading up the ceremony, keep checking The Bagpiper Online for continuous coverage and predictions of many of the most heated categories. For a complete list of nominations visit the Grammy’s website. This year the 2012 Grammy Awards will be held on Feb. 12 on CBS at 8/7c.