Monday, January 13, 2014

Music Monday (11) & Giveaway Winner

Hello there friends! From what I've been hearing in Blogland, January has been rough so far for many people. Hopefully, we all had a restful enough weekend (spoiler alert: I did not), so that we are ready to tackle the week! (Another spoiler alert: I'm not ready for the week, can I go back to bed please?)

Anyway, remember when Matt and I shared our picks for the Grammy's? Well, HAPPY MONDAY, because we are back to present part two of that list! Before I dive into the list, I wanted to announce that the winner of my bloggy birthday giveaway is Li Sa! Li (Li? Li Sa? Lisa?), please email me to confirm within 48 hours!

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Today's picks might get a little tricky, because it's going to include rap and country, and I am not as knowledgeable as these categories. Mostly, I'm just going to pick my favorites and call it a day.

Best Rap Song
Thrift Shop--Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Matt and I both say Thrift Shop, because apparently we just default to picking M&RL when we don't know who else to choose (but this Grammy could easily go to Jay Z as well).

Best Rap Album
The Heist--M&RL
See above. Also, I wouldn't dismiss Kanye West from this category, they might give it to him just so he doesn't cause a scene.

Best Country Solo Performance
Matt's Pick: Wagon Wheel--Darius Rucker
Kate's Pick: Mama's Broken Heart--Miranda Lambert
To be honest, I actually haven't even heard the other choices, and I don't think Hootie should get a Grammy for a cover.

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Highway Don't Care--Tim McGraw, Tay Tay, Keith Urban
I really would like for the Civil Wars to take home one for "From this Valley," which is an awesome song, but I think we all know who the winner is here.

Best Country Song
Mama's Broken Heart--Miranda Lambert
Once again, I really can't say how this compares to the other nominations (except for Merry Go Round, which is another great song), but we're gonna go with Miranda because she's amazing.

Best Country Album
Matt's pick: Night Train--Jason Aldean
Kate's pick: Same Trailer, Different Park--Kacey Musgraves
I know Kacey Musgraves is kind of a newcomer, but I think she deserves to take home something.

Best World Music Album
Live: Singing for Peace Around the World--Ladysmith Black Mambazo
And if you remember the movie where this artist was mentioned, then you'll understand why I had to include this nomination.

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Les Miserables
In the words of Miley Cyrus, "it's pretty cool!"

Best Song Written for Visual Media

Skyfall--Adele
OBVIOUSLY. I think Coldplay's Atlas (from Catching Fire) could also take home this award.

Best Music Video
Can't Hold Us--M&RL
I mean, have you seen this video? It is one beautiful piece of media that truly deserves to be described by the word EPIC.

That's it, friends! What are your picks for the 2014 Grammy Awards? Don't forget to tune in on January 26th! Grab a bottle of wine and join me, as you better believe that I will be live tweeting this shindig! Lastly, for your listening pleasure, I've included the full playlist of all of our Grammy picks below. Enjoy!

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