HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

December 14, 2014

"SELFIE-LESSNESS: A HOLIDAY TALE" BY RON W. ROECKER


CONGRATS TO ONE OF MY FAVORITE GROUPS EVER PENTATONIX EARNS FIRST GOLD RECORD FOR "THAT'S CHRISTMAS TO ME"



THIS GROUP OF 5 OF THE MOST AMAZING SINGERS AND PERFORMERS HAVE BEEN A FAVE OF MINE SINCE WINNING "THE SING-OFF" FOUR YEARS AGO!  THERE SECOND HOLIDAY ALBUM HIT #1 ON ITUNES AND HAS BEEN IN THE TOP 10 FOR MONTHS NOW.  IF YOU DON'T KNOW THEM...TAKE A LOOK HERE...SO FAR THEY'VE SOLD MORE THAN 650,000 UNITS OF THIS ALBUM! 

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CHECK OUT ONE OF THE PERFORMANCES ON THE SHOW THAT SEALED THEIR WIN -- FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE'S DOG DAYS ARE OVER...ONLY THE WAY PENTATONIX CAN DO IT!!

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December 10, 2014

MY TOP 30 HOLIDAY HITS & CLASSICS OF ALL TIME




I have compiled my top 30 Holiday Hits & Classics into a working playlist so they were sequenced for you to download and pop them in for the ultimate holiday listening experience!  I hope you enjoy it, discover some new favorites of your own, and share the music with those you care about this holiday season. Peace.

P.S.  Go to iTunes and you can find almost all of these!!  (I added what videos I could find -- there's some amazing performances here...)  Happy Humming!!


RON ROECKER'S TOP 30 HOLIDAY HITS & CLASSICS OF ALL TIME

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Happy Holidays (Barry Manilow)
Little Drummer Boy (Pentatonix)
Do You Hear What I Hear (Whitney Houston)

Santa Claus is Comin to Town (Frank Sinatra & Cyndi  Lauper)
O Holy Night (Tevin Campbell)
Winter Wonderland (Eurythmics)
Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song) Amy Grant

Jingle Bells (Barbra Streisand)
Silent Night (Wilson  Phillips)

It’s the Most Wonderful Time (Johnny Mattis)
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Judy Garland)

Cool Yule (Bette Midler)       

All I Want for Christmas is You (Mariah Carey)
         
Baby It’s Cold Outside (Liza Minnelli/Alan Cumming)
Merry Christmas, Darling (Carpenters)

White Christmas (Bing Crosby)

Let it Snow (Lena Horn)
The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole)

Santa Baby (Madonna)
River (Heart – The Road Home)
What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve (Ella Fitzgerald)
12 Days of Christmas (Str8 No Chaser)  
    
Last Christmas (Wham!)
Grown Up Christmas List (Amy Grant)

There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays (Carpenters)
Mary, Did You Know (Pentatonix)

Do They Know it’s Christmas Time
Joy to the World (Mariah Carey)
From a Distance “Holiday Version” (Bette Midler)
The Prayer (Celine Dion & Andrea Boccelli)

BONUS:  The Christmas Song (Holiday Dance Mix) (Christina Aguilera)
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December 7, 2014

GRAMMY EXPERT RON ROECKER HAS HELPED ARTISTS NAVIGATE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS, GRAMMY WEEK AND GRAMMY DAY INCLUDING ROBERTA FLACK, ONEREPUBLIC, TAJ MAHAL, HIROSHIMA, THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE, RICKY KEJ, WOUTER KELLERMAN, DAVE KOZ, TONY MASERATI, HELEN & TERRY AND MORE


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December 5, 2014

HERE IS LIST OF THE 57TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS WHICH BEYONCE AND SAM SMITH LEAD WITH SIX A PIECE


The main show will be broadcast on CBS 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. EST/PST and present 10-13 awards from major categories. The Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony (previously dubbed the Pre-Telecast Ceremony) will take place in the Nokia Centre from 12:30-3:30 PST and will be live-streamed via Grammy.com.

Beyonce and Sam Smith lead overall nominations, with six a piece; each have an Album of the Year nod.

Album Of The Year
Sam Smith, "In the Lonely Hour"
Beyonce, "Beyonce"
Beck, "Morning Phase"
Ed Sheeran, "x"
Pharrell Williams, "GIRL"







"Jukebox" Collection by R Roecker Acrylic on Canvas (www.rkrstudio.blogspot.com)

Record Of The Year
Iggy Azalea, "Fancy" featuring Charli XCX
Sia, "Chandelier"
Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"
Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass"

Song of the Year
Sia, "Chandelier"
Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"
Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass"
Hozier, "Take Me To Church"

Best New Artist
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Sam Smith
HAIM
Brandy Clark

Best Rap Performance
Childish Gambino, "3005"
Drake, "0 to 100 / The Catch Up"
Eminem "Rap God"
Kendrick Lamar "i"
Lecrae "All I Need Is You"

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Common, "Blak Majik" feat. Jhene Aiko
Eminem, "The Monster" feat. Rihanna
I Love Makannon, "Tuesday" feat. Drake
Schoolboy Q, "Studio" feat. BJ The Chicago Kid
Kanye West & Charlie Wilson, "Bound 2"

Best Rap Song
Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda"
Kanye West & Charlie Wilson, "Bound 2"
Kendrick Lamar, "i"
Wiz Khalifa, "We Dem Boyz"
Drake, "0 to 100 / The Catch Up"

Best Rap Album
Iggy Azalea, "Fancy"
Childish Gambino, "Because the Internet"
Common, "Nobody's Smiling"
Eminem, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2"
Schoolboy Q, "Oxymoron"
Wiz Khalifa, "Blacc Hollywood"

Best Country Solo Performance
Eric Church, "Give Me Back My Hometown"
Hunter Hayes, "Invisible"
Miranda Lambert, "Automatic"
Carrie Underwood, "Something In The Water"
Keith Urban, "Cop Car"

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
The Band Perry, "Gentle on My Mind"
Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood, "Somethin' Bad"
Little Big Town, "Day Drinkin'"
Tim McGraw, "Meanwhile Back at Mama's" feat. Faith Hill
Keith Urban, "Raise 'Em Up" feat. Eric Church

Best Country Album
Dierks Bentley, "Riser"
Eric Church, "The Outsiders"
Brandy Clark, "12 Stories"
Miranda Lambert, "Platinum"
Lee Ann Womack, "The Way I'm Livin'"

Best Country Song
Kenny Chesney, "American Kids"
Miranda Lambert, "Automatic"
Eric Church, "Give Me Back My Hometown"
Glen Campbell, "I'm Not Going To Miss You"
Tim McGraw, "Meanwhile Back At Mama's"

Best Americana Album
Roseanne Cash, "The River & The Thread"
John Hiatt, "Terms of My Surrender"
Keb' Mo', "BluesAmericana"
Nickel Creek, "A Dotted Line"
Sturgill Simpson, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music"

Best Pop Vocal Album
Coldplay, "Ghost Stories"
Miley Cyrus, "Bangerz"
Ariana Grande, "My Everything"
Katy Perry, "Prism"
Ed Sheeran, "X"
Sam Smith, "In the Lonely Hour"

Best Pop Solo Performance
John Legend, "All Of Me"
Sia, "Chandelier"
Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"
Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
Pharrell Williams, "Happy"

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Iggy Azalea, "Fancy" feat. Charli XCX
Coldplay, "A Sky Full of Stars"
A Great Big World, "Say Something" with Christina Aguilera
Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, "Bang Bang"
Katy Perry, "Dark Horse" feat. Juicy J

Best Traditional Pop Album
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, "Cheek to Cheek"
Annie Lennox, "Nostalgia"
Barry Manilow, "Night Songs"
Johnny Mathis, "Sending You a Little Christmas"
Barbra Streisand, "Partners"

Best Dance Recording
Basement Jaxx, "Never Say Never"
Clean Bandit, "Rather Be" feat. Jess Glynne
Disclosure, "F For You" feat. Mary J. Blige
Duke Dumont, "I Got U" feat. Jax Jones
Zhu, "Faded"

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Aphex Twin, "Syro"
deadmau5, "While (1<2 br=""> Little Dragon, "Nabuma Rubberband"
Royksopp & Robyn, "Do It Again"
Mat Zo, "Damage Control"

Best Rock Performance:
Ryan Adams, "Gimme Something Good"
Arctic Monkey, "Do I Wanna Know?"
Beck, "Blue Moon"
The Black Keys, "Fever"
Jack White, "Lazaretto"

Best Rock Song
Paramore, "Ain't It Fun"
Beck, "Blue Moon"
The Black Keys, "Fever"
Ryan Adams, "Gimme Something Good"
Jack White, "Lazaretto"

Best Rock Album
Beck, "Morning Phase"
Ryan Adams, "Ryan Adams"
The Black Keys, "Turn Blue"
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, "Hypnotic Eye"
U2, "Songs of Innocence"

Best Metal Performance
Anthrax, "Neon Knights"
Mastodon, "High Road"
Motorhead, "Heartbreaker"
Slipknot, "The Negative One"
Tenacious D, "The Last in Line"

Best Alternative Music Album
alt-J, "This Is All Yours"
Arcade Fire, "Reflektor"
Cage the Elephant, "Melophobia"
St. Vincent, "St. Vincent"
Jack White, "Lazaretto"

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Jhene Aiko, "Sail Out"
Beyonce, "Beyonce"
Chris Brown, "X"
Mali Music, "Mali Is..."
Pharrell Williams, "GIRL"

Best R&B Performance
Beyonce, "Drunk In Love" feat. Jay Z
Chris Brown, "New Flame" feat. Usher and Rick Ross
Jennifer Hudson, "It's Your World" feat. R. Kelly
Ledisi, "Like This"
Usher, "Good Kisser"

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Marsha Ambrosius & Anthony Hamilton, "As"
Angie Fisher, "I.R.S."
Robert Glasper Experiment, "Jesus Children" feat. Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm Jamal Warner
Kem, "Nobody"
Antonique Smith, "Hold Up Wait A Minute"

Best R&B Song
Beyonce, "Drunk In Love" feat. Jay Z
Usher, "Good Kisser"
Chris Brown, "New Flame" feat. Usher and Rick Ross
Luke James, "Options (WolfJames Version)
Jhene Aiko, "The Worst"

Best R&B Album
Bernhoft, "Islander"
Aloe Blacc, "Lift Your Spirit"
Toni Braxton & Babyface, "Love, Marriage & Divorce"
Robert Glasper Experiment, "Black Radio 2"
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, "Give the People What They Want"

Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley, ""Fly Rasta"
Lee "Scratch" Perry, "Back on the Controls"
Sean Paul, "Full Frequency"
Shaggy, "Out of Many, One Music"
Sly & Robbie & Spice Chocolate, "The Reggae Power"
Soja, "Amid the Noise and the Haste"

Best Spoken Word Album
James Franco, "Actors Anonymous"
Jimmy Carter, "A Call to Action"
John Waters, "Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America"
Joan Rivers, "Diary of a Mad Diva"
Elizabeth Warren, "A Fighting Chance"
Gloria Gaynor, "We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration and the Power of Song"

Best Comedy Album
"Weird Al" Yankovic, "Mandatory Fun"
Jim Gaffigan, "Obsessed"
Louis C.K., "Oh My God"
Patton Oswalt, "Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time"
Sarah Silverman, "We Are Miracles"

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Various, "American Hustle"
Various, "Frozen"
James Brown, "Get On Up: The James Brown Story"
Various, "Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1"
Various, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
"Frozen" (
Christophe Beck)
"Gone Girl" (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross)
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" (Alexandre Desplat)
"Gravity" (Steven Price)
"Saving Mr. Banks" (Thomas Newman)

Best Song Written For Visual Media
"Everything Is Awesome" from "The Lego Movie" (Tegan & Sara and The Lonely Island, performers)
"I See Fire" from "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" (Ed Sheeran)
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me" (Glen Campbell)
"Let It Go" from "Frozen" (Idina Menzel)
"The Moon Song" from "Her" (Scarlett Johansson & Joaquin Phoenix)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer, "Bass & Mandolin"
Beck, "Morning Phase"
Keb' Mo', "BluesAmericana"
Lee Ann Womack, "The Way I'm Feelin'"
Thomas Dybdahl, "What's Left Is Forever"

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Paul Epworth
John Hill
Jay Joyce
Greg Kurstin
Max Martin
Best Music Video
Arcade Fire, "We Exist"
DJ Snake & Lil John, "Turn Down For What"
Sia, "Chandelier"
Pharrell Williams, "Happy"
Woodkid, "The Golden Age" feat. Max Richter
Best Music Film
Beyonce & Jay Z: On The Run Tour
Ghost Stories (Coldplay)
20 Feet From Stardom
Metallica Through the Never
The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne (Pink)

For the complete list beyond these popular categories, please visit the Grammy site nominees section.

Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/news/grammy-awards-2015-the-complete-list-of-nominations#Idve3OmFux2eFA7C.99

JUST AS I HAD PREDICTED -- IT'S THE BEYONCE AND SAM SMITH GRAMMY NOMS SHOW! (AND WE DON'T KNOW ALBUM OF THE YEAR YET -- I THINK THEY BOTH WILL GET IT!)

Nominee Name #of Nominations (excluding Album of the Year)
Nominated Categories
Beyoncé
5
017,019,020,071,083
Sam Smith
5
001,003,004,005,008
Iggy Azalea
4
001,004,006,025
Eric Church
4
026,027,028,029
Gordon Goodwin
4
034,061,062,063
Miranda Lambert
4
026,027,028,029
Sia
4
001,003,005,082
Usher
4
017,017,019,019
Jack White
4
012,014,016,065
Ryan Adams
3
012,014,015
Jhené Aiko
3
019,020,023
Beck
3
012,014,015
Black Keys
3
012,014,015
Chris Brown
3
017,019,020
Roseanne Cash
3
045,046,047
Coldplay
3
006,008,083
Tom Coyne
3
001,001,071
Drake
3
022,023,024
Eminem
3
022,023,025
Jay Z
3
017,019,083
Lecrae
3
022,036,037
Dmitriy Lipay
3
072,072,073
Max Martin
3
001,003,069
Rick Ross
3
017,019,019
Taylor Swift
3
001,003,005
Pharrell Williams

CONGRATULATIONS TO RICKY KEJ AND WOUTER KELLERMAN WHOSE "WINDS OF SAMSARA" JUST RECEIVED A "BEST NEW AGE ALBUM" GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR THE 57TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS!


WINDS OF SAMSARA FROM RICKY KEJ & WOUTER KELLERMAN
SCORES “BEST NEW AGE ALBUM” GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR THE 57TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS
 
 Two-Year collaboration debuted at #1 on Billboard, included 120 musicians from five continents and is first Grammy Nomination for both iconic musicians
 
DECEMBER 5, 2014 (LOS ANGELES) -- Winds of Samsara (www.windsofsamsara.com), the first collaboration between award-winning South African flutist Wouter Kellerman and award-winning Indian Composer/Producer/Artist Ricky Kej earned the coveted GRAMMY Nomination for “Best New Age Album” for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, it was announced today by The Recording Academy. Two years in the making, the boundary-breaking New Age album spotlights the musical, cultural and political connections between India and South Africa from Mahatma Gandhi to Nelson Mandela.  Debuting at #1 on the Billboard New Age Charts and remaining in the top 5 for months, It boasts performances by more than 120 musicians from five continents and pushes the boundaries beyond what the New Age genre has ever produced.  Winds of Samsara is distributed by Listen 2 Africa, a global company founded by GRAMMY®-winning producer and recording industry veteran Dave Love. Artists such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Miriam Makeba, Oliver Mtukudzi, Hugh Masekela and other top talent from this musically and culturally rich region of the world are a part of Love’s ongoing commitment to southern Africa. For more on the label: www.listen2.com
 
 “We wanted to make an album throughout which messages of world peace and positivity rang true from the core of the collaborative process and the authenticity of the talented musicians who transcended borders and cultural barriers. We could not be more proud and humbled by this most coveted acknowledgement by our peers.  To have an album debut at #1 and then receive our first GRAMMY Nomination is absolutely a life-long dream come true.  On behalf of everyone who was involved in the evolution of this album, we thank the members of the Recording Academy for the nomination and everyone who has supported our efforts,” said Kellerman and Kej.
 
About Winds of Samsara
“Making this album has challenged us as artists to push borders aside and have the one common thread truly be the universal language of music.  We’ve recorded: in L.A., Seattle, Melbourne, Johannesburg, Bangalore, Bulgaria, full orchestras on most of the tracks, choirs in Australia, India and the U.S., and we’ve used instruments in unexpected ways such as a Dobra, pedal steel guitar and complete string sections playing in Classical Indian styles.  The album’s messages of world peace and positivity ring true from the core of the collaborative process and the authenticity of the talented musicians who transcended borders and cultural barriers.  What bound us all together was the desire to create music that could help affect positive change in the world, and we hope people are moved by the end result.”  Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman
 
Winds of Samsara debuted in its first week at #1 on Billboard New Age Charts.  Mastering Engineer is 3-time GRAMMY® winner Gavin Lurssen (including 2001 Album of the Year for O, Brother Where Art Thou? and 2008 Album of the Year for Alison Krauss & Robert Plant’s Raising Sand).  A deluxe edition will be available later this year and includes a 5.1 HD Surround Sound mix by GRAMMY®-winner P.A. Deepak (2009 Best Sound Track Album Compilation from Best Picture Oscar® Winner Slumdog Millionaire).
 
About Wouter Kellerman
Globe-trotting flutist and composer Wouter Kellerman’s album Two Voices won the 2011 South African Music Award (the nation’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards in the United States) for Best Instrumental Album, reinforcing the artist’s standing as one of his home country’s most innovative musicians. Whether writing intricate instrumental compositions or delighting audiences with a magnetic alchemy of warmth and technical mastery, Kellerman finds his inspiration in the spaces between cultures and countries, genres and disciplines. He thrives on experimenting with the shades, textures, and colors that his flute can bring, pushing the instrument into new planes of creativity.
The last few years have seen Kellerman performing in Berlin, Shanghai, New York, Sydney, and beyond, including an appearance in front of 700-million people as part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Ceremony. Amidst such fun, Kellerman simultaneously channeled his musical and life experiences into collaborations with renowned Indian composer and producer Ricky Kej, often working with his partner digitally, from oceans apart, to sculpt the beautiful musical journey of Winds of Samsara.
 
About Ricky Kej
A true wizard of the keyboard, manuscript page, and recording studio, Kej has earned multiple awards and honors for his composition and production exploits. His projects include creating music for five feature films, twelve albums released by Universal Music, and over two thousand commercials seen by audiences around the world. A student of both Western and Indian classical music, Kej composed original works for the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup 2012, held in Dhaka, India; the ceremony was telecast to more than 200 countries and widely heralded for its artistry and execution. For such efforts, Kej was declared an “India Rules Artist” by VH1 in 2013.  Kej was nominated for a Cannes Advertising award for his Nike Jingle, and his previous album Shanti Orchestra was nominated for a ZMR Award (New Orleans) and a Hollywood Music and Media Award (LA).
 
​ Combining a keen sense of culture-jumping harmony, melody, and pacing, Kej synthesizes cutting-edge music technology and traditional instruments of both Indian and European origins into his work, both within the new age genre and beyond. He currently runs two state-of-the-art studios in Bangalore, the Raveolution Studios, where much of Winds of Samsara was developed from spark of an idea to finished album.
Kellerman and GRAMMY-nominated pianist Vincent Lyn performing at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall on October 4, 2014.
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SAM SMITH ON THE PATH TO MAKING GRAMMY HISTORY -- TWICE!!



The multi-platinum crooner has received nominations for 3 out of the 4 "Big" categories.  If he gets an Album of the Year Nomination (my money says he will), then he will become only the second maile artist to ever get noms in all 4 of these categories in the same year.  The first time a male artist did this was Christopher Cross and "Sailing" in 1980 - he ended up sweeping all 4 categories (and then dying a quick career death).  If Smith wins any of the 4, he will be the first openly gay artist to win one of the 4 Biggies.  Proud indeed!!

BEYONCE JUST REWROTE THE MUSIC HISTORY BOOKS AND LEFT DOLLY IN THE DUST!

With the announcement of her Grammy nomination in the Best Contemporary Urban album this morning, Beyonce surpasses legend Dolly Parton to become the most nominated artist in history,  She's now tied with Producer David Foster with 47 nominations.

SONG OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED I AM SHOCKED!


MEGHAN TRAINOR -- ALL ABOUT THE BASS
SIA -- CHANDELIER
TAYLOR SWIFT -- SHAKE IT OFF
HOZIER -- TAKE ME TO CHURCH
SAM SMITH - STAY WITH ME

BEST NEW ARTIST NOMINEES ANNOUNCED BY ACADEMY...HOW'D I DO??



RON ROECKER PREDICTIONS:

BEST NEW ARTIST
Sam Smith
Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande (if it was determined she was eligible this year)

The final 2-3 are a total crap shoot -- the Academy likes to really shock people with this category -- and they love to include country.  So, I think Brandy Clark might have a shot at this as well as Haim, 5 Seconds to Summer, Sia ...and they just might blindside all of us and pick a group such as FKA Twigs or Pentatonix.

STAY TUNED RIGHT HERE FOR UPDATES WHENVER THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES NEW NOMINEES. HERE ARE THE FIRST CATEGORIES ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING ON CBS EARLY SHOW

Actual Nominees for Record of the Year
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – Fancy
Sia  – Chandelier
Sam Smith – Stay With Me (Darkchild Remix)
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
Meghan Trainor – All About the Bass


My Predictions for RECORD OF THE YEAR:
Happy (live)
Chandelier
Drunk in Love
Shake it Off (Taylor Swift not on the GRAMMYs?  The Academy wouldn't dare...plus it was the only thing released from 1989 that was eligible this year)
Let it Go (this was a massive song and Frozen was the biggest album in the past year which some say may make it a viable Album of the Year contender -- I say they are going to give it noms in 2 out of the big 4 categories Song and Reocrd of the Year)

Other possibilities "All about that Bass," "Problems" (Ariana Grande, Iggy, Nikki), "Fancy" (Iggy), "The Monster" (Eminem/Rihanna), "Dark Horse" (Katy Perry/Juicy J) and "Say Something" (Gr8 Big World/Aguilera).


Best Country Album
Dierks Bentley – Riser
Eric Church – The Outsiders
Brandy Clark – 12 Stories
Miranda Lambert – Platinum
Lee Ann Womack – The Way I’m Livin’

Best Pop Vocal Album
Coldplay – Ghost Stories
Miley Cyrus- Bangerz
Ariana Grande – My Everything
Katy Perry – Prism
Ed Sheeran – X
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Jhené Aiko – Sail Out
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Chris Brown – X
Mali Music – Mali Is
Pharrell Williams – G I R L
Read more on Radio.com.

December 4, 2014

GRAMMY EXPERT RON ROECKER PREDICTS TOP 4 CATEGORIES "IT'S GONNA BE THE BEYONCE VS SAM SMITH SHOWDOWN


On the Eve of the official GRAMMY nominations announcement, Grammy expert Ron Roecker Says it's gonna be the Beyonce and Sam Smith Celebration!

The Recording Academy always has something up its sleeve (remember the shock of Sara Bareilles Album of the Year nom last year or the inclusion of then little known Esperanza Spaulding for Best New Artist a couple years ago?), so I will preface my predictions with that!

The technicalities of the GRAMMY Award eligibility guidelines also play a role in this year's nominations and could hinder two HUGE songs from making the cut: Both John Legend's All of Me and Pharrel Williams "Happy" came out during last year's eligibility timeframe so neither of those original recordings is eligible for Song of the Year or Record of the Year.  So, each artist submitted live versions of their respective songs, which are only eligible for Record of the Year (performance award vs. songwriter's award with Song of the Year).

Also, it's gonna have to be All about that Bass if Meghan Trainor is going to be nominated as she isn't eligible to be considered for Best New Artist because Grammy guidelines say artists have to have released at least an EP of at least 5 tracks in the year that they came to prominence.  Trainor's EP only had 4 tracks on it.

One person that I'm not sure of as far as Best New Artist goes is Ariana Grande:  Yes, her sophomore album was a huge hit and has spawned 4 big singles so far from it....but if the GRAMMY guidelines say (again)..."the year the artist came to prominence" then there could be the argument that her first album was when she came to prominence.  The Grammy screening committees would have had to decide if she came to prominence during her first album release or her "My Everything" to determine if she is eligible.

And away we go with the Top 4 GRAMMY Categories and My predictions:  Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Record of the Year.

Now I guarantee you if there is an artist performing on tomorrow night's GRAMMY Christmas special  -- and they had product that was eligible -- they are getting some kind of nomination. Since they just announced Sam Smith I bet that means they realized he's gonna be a BIG winner...no Beyonce in the concert?  She doesn't have to...she's Queen Bey.

BEST NEW ARTIST
Sam Smith
Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande (if it was determined she was eligible this year)

The final 2-3 are a total crap shoot -- the Academy likes to really shock people with this category -- and they love to include country.  So, I think Brandy Clark might have a shot at this as well as Haim, 5 Seconds to Summer, Sia ...and they just might blindside all of us and pick a group such as FKA Twigs or Pentatonix.

SONG OF THE YEAR (Award for songwriting)
Chandelier (Sia)
Let it Go (Idena Menzel, performance)
Stay with Me (by Sam Smith)

Others with a really great shot include Eminem/Rihanna mega hit "The Monster," Beyonce & Jay Z's "Drunk in Love," or possibly a Great Big World with Christina Aguilera "Say Something"

RECORD OF THE YEAR (award for producer, artist and engineer or a "performance award")
Happy (live)
Chandelier
Drunk in Love
Shake it Off (Taylor Swift not on the GRAMMYs?  The Academy wouldn't dare...plus it was the only thing released from 1989 that was eligible this year)
Let it Go (this was a massive song and Frozen was the biggest album in the past year which some say may make it a viable Album of the Year contender -- I say they are going to give it noms in 2 out of the big 4 categories Song and Reocrd of the Year)

Other possibilities "All about that Bass," "Problems" (Ariana Grande, Iggy, Nikki), "Fancy" (Iggy), "The Monster" (Eminem/Rihanna), "Dark Horse" (Katy Perry/Juicy J) and "Say Something" (Gr8 Big World/Aguilera).

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (this is the hardest of them all)
"Beyonce" (Beyonce)
Marshall Mathers LP II (Eminem)
Lazaretto (Jack White)
In the Lonely Hour (Sam Smith)
(the above mix of noms is a typical group the Academy likes to see in this category -- one rock, one rap, one r&b/pop, and one crooner pop...)

And there are several that could be vying for that last position (and they are all over the map):  "Frozen" Soundtrack, "Cheek to Cheek" (Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga -- this is a project that the Academy usually would EAT UP at Grammy time), "Partners" Barbra Streisand (debuted at #1 and made her the only artist in history to have a #1 album in six consecutive decades! and it sold a TON so far!), Beck, Sia (1000 to Fear), Ed Sheeran's X, Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen...and there's no country so far so it wouldn't surprise me if the Academy threw on Miranda Lambert's hit album "Platinum"

So you won't get all the answers until 10 p.m. PT tomorrow (Friday) as the Academy has decided to announce 4 categories (there are 87) on CBS Early Show and then release videos of various artists announcing more categories throughout the day and the album of the year noms during the GRAMMY Christmas Special tomorrow night on CBS.