Case of the Mondays – Grammy Edition: Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney ‘FourFiveSeconds’

There’s quite a bit to say about the Grammys this year, but it’s Monday, so let’s just try to make it through the day.

This week’s Case of the Monday song is inspired by Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney’s collaborative performance at the Grammys. Whether you loved or hated Rihanna’s cake dress at the Grammys, we can at least all thank God she still has talent.

‘FourFiveSeconds’ is a creative song – bared down to the vocals, and only supported by a few guitars that strum a riff as opposed to a melody. It’s the type of song however, that if you first heard it on the radio (i.e. without visuals), you might think to yourself…”yea, it’s an ok song.” Rather, it’s Rihanna’s passion during the performance that takes it to the next level. I mean seriously, she’s moving around as if she really is about to explode, which isn’t what would be implied by the simple musical backdrop. The world loves the song, as shown by it racking up ~19 million views on YouTube in just 6 days (!). Passion does go a long way in music.

Now I’m FourFiveSeconds from wildin’
And we got three more days ’til Friday
I’m just tryna make it back home by Monday mornin’
I swear I wish somebody would tell me

By the way, it is Monday, so unfortunately, we have four days til Friday. But it’s ok, we can only move up from here.

Will Lorde or Daft Punk Steal the Show at the Grammys? Here are My Predictions

Well folks, the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards are now a part of the past and next up is (the best award show), the Grammy’s! I’ll be posting my predictions and news leading into the event so keep checking back (or subscribe on the home page) for new posts.

First up, my predictions for the top categories:

The nominees for Record of the Year are:

Get Lucky – Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgerz

Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

Royals – Lorde

Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell

And the winner is: Get Lucky by Daft Punk. Sucks for Robin Thicke because his Blurred Lines hit has yet to win an award, but I think this category will be a toss up between “Royals” and “Get Lucky.” Personally, I’d prefer Lorde to steal the show with her breakout song, and pretty much send a middle finger to the stereotypes of the music industry. But, let’s be real, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” is the quintessential Grammy song of the year.

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The nominees for ALBUM OF THE YEAR are:

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

And the winner is: Random Access Memories by Daft Punk. Lots of good contenders in this category but once again, it’s the Grammy’s and Daft Punk did a hell of a job selling their album. It was number one in 20 different countries, and they limited the electronic instrumentation to drum machines a custom-built modular synthesizer, and vintage vocoders. It’s also incredible that the music is live – in an age of EDM and trance music, it’s refreshing to hear an album that gives the genre a bit of a different sound.

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The nominees for SONG OF THE YEAR are: 

Just Give Me A Reason – Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)

Locked Out Of Heaven – Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Roar – Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)

Royals – Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)

Same Love – Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert)

And the winner is: Royals, sung by Lorde. Finally! This song gets a Grammy. This one should be self explanatory…the lyrics are quite incredible and the song is still popular. Even old folks like it. Runner up? Macklemore’s “Same Love.” Nothing like a song that questions and changes the way we think as a human race.

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The nominees for BEST NEW ARTIST are: 

James Blake

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Kacey Musgraves

Ed Sheeran

And the winner is: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Kendrick Lamar might take this one but I think the odds are in Macklemore and Lewis’ favor. They’ve been a national sensation and it’s quite incredible how they did it. Their song “Thrift Shop” was the first song to reach #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 without the backing of a major label. The Heist meanwhile, reached number 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart. Also, they’ve been nominated for 7 Grammys total, speaking to how much the Grammy voters loveee the duo.

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The nominees for BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE are:

Brave – Sara Bareilles

Royals – Lorde

When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars

Roar – Katy Perry

Mirrors – Justin Timberlake

And the winner is: Roar by Katy Perry. To be honest… I have no idea who is going to win this one. It wouldn’t make much logical sense that Lorde should win Song of the Year and not Pop Solo Performance BUTTTT I have a feeling Katy might take this one (or Sara Bareilles). That song basically made my ears bleed b/c its been played so many times at events/clubs.

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The nominees for BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE are:

Get Lucky – Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers

Just Give Me a Reason – Pink Featuring Nate Reuss

Stay – Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell

Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake & Jay Z

And the winner is: Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke. Again, this one is a toss up too but Pharrell has a pretty nice odds of winning doesn’t he? I think Robin’s going to have to walk away with an award tonight, otherwise the entire world will question why the song was so popular in the first place. Yes, it was controversial but…even Marvin Gaye admitted (albeit through a lawsuit) that the song sounds as great as his.

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And those are my predictions for the major categories. Win or lose, I’m sure every nominee knows that they’ve won by merely being on the list…still, it would blow to be nominated multiple times and not walk away with one (*cough* Robin Thicke).