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Old 11-02-2016, 05:00 PM   #16
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You wanna really cry at the sorry state of rock's popularity in today's music industry? Look here, at 4 actual Grammy voters revealing their secret ballots. No one seems to have any awareness of the ones nominated! So is there any surprise at the bizarre groupings in the rock album category?
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The Songwriter: I would never vote in that category—you don’t have to vote in all of them, and I try to be honest by voting in the ones I know. But I’d pick Muse. They’re such a big band.
The Artist: I may have heard of James Bay before, but I’m not sure—I’ll have to go listen.
The Producer: I don’t know that I have an album I rooted for out of these, so I’d probably go for Muse. But it seems like the Alternative category is where the rock is. Like shouldn’t Tame Impala be in this category? I’m confused.
​The Artist: I guess I’d go with James Bay. He’s a nice dude.
Full article- http://www.ew.com/article/2016/02/10...-secret-ballot
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Old 11-02-2016, 05:12 PM   #17
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You wanna really cry at the sorry state of rock's popularity in today's music industry? Look here, at 4 actual Grammy voters revealing their secret ballots. No one seems to have any awareness of the ones nominated! So is there any surprise at the bizarre groupings in the rock album category?

Full article- http://www.ew.com/article/2016/02/10...-secret-ballot
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Old 11-02-2016, 09:35 PM   #18
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One rock category is normally awarded during the 3 1/2 live evening broadcast while the other three rock categories and the alternative best album award are announced during the streamed pre-telecast in the afternoon.

Updated Gold Derby Predictions for Best Rock Album:

Muse has a 54% chance of winning...One editor changed his mind and now favours Bay

http://www.goldderby.com/news/11690/...957314628.html

Chicago Tribune/Greg Kot Prediction for Best Rock Album:

Who will win: Drones, Muse

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entert...togallery.html

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Old 12-02-2016, 04:54 PM   #19
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Two more predictions...

https://thegramophonereporter.wordpr...lds/#more-1642

Best Rock Album

Muse — Drones
James Bay — Chaos and the Calm
Death Cab for Cutie — Kintsugi
Slipknot — .5: The Grey Chapter
Highly Suspect — Mister Asylum


This year’s nominees for Best Rock Album represent all sides of the rock music spectrum. From blues/folk-rock (James Bay); through alt-pop/rock (Death Cab for Cutie); progressive rock (Muse); to hard rock (Highly Suspect) and all they way to heavy metal (Slipknot). All the voices of rock were heard when determine the list but who will eventually take the prize?

British band Muse seems to have the edge. Their dystopian concept album Drones, co-produced by four-time winner, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, was considered one of the best albums of the year. Muse are also the only former winners. They won for The Resistance in 2011.

The second favourite is another British artist: James Bay. Some believe that Bay could take this because he’s got two other nominations including Best New Artist in the general field. His BRIT Award-nominated album, Chaos and the Calm is also his debut record and the only “new” artist to win this category had been Alanis Morissette for her blockbuster Jagged Little Pill, who also won AOTY in 1996. Bay’s album might also not be considered rock enough as it fits better within the “American roots” field.

Much like Beck, Death Cab for Cutie are one of those acts that had been switched from “alternative” to rock. Their album Kintsugi was met with mixed reactions. However, keep in mind that mastering engineer and two-times AOTY winner, Bob Ludwig is involved in the production.

The last two nominees have lesser chances. Former GRAMMY-winners, Slipknot are the only the second metal band (the other being Metallica) to be nominated for Rock Album. The Massachusetts trio Highly Suspect are first-time nominees and suffer the same fate as Bay. Unlike Bay they don’t have any general field presence.

http://www.musictimes.com/articles/6...-james-bay.htm

If Bay somehow manages to not win this album for his AAA radio-friendly sound, Muse's Drones could be the one to upset him. The Brit rockers were nothing if not innovative on their latest record, blending together heartbreak with military technology for a concept album that reveals something new on each listen. Plus, Matt Bellamy is one of the best rock singers in the game today. Muse also has a history of winning this award -- taking home the Grammy for Best Rock Album for The Resistance in 2011.

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Old 15-02-2016, 04:00 AM   #20
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seems as if it's down to james bay or muse.

the winds in james bay's direction have seemed strong over the past few weeks, but with voting closing a month ago, who knows.

my thinking is...a sufficient amount of grammy voters:
  • will more or less scoff at the other three nominees
  • will wonder who this 'james bay' is...and either
  • listen to his album...and think to themselves 'this isn't rock...', or
  • not listen to his album at all, and
  • see muse is nominated +
  • hear something / remember something about 'Drones' topping the charts in the U.S. for a week last year +
  • know that muse just did a tour with some big production (albeit rather faulty altogether) +
  • not really view as a negative the fact that muse has already won this specific award before for another album...and
  • cast their vote for muse.

...or not.

if bay gets shut out of best new artist + best rock song, then perhaps this is the spot for his consolation prize.

another grammy in a display case for muse wouldn't be all bad, tho.

we shall see in a few hours...
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Old 15-02-2016, 06:53 AM   #21
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Another editor at Gold Derby changed his prediction and now thinks James Bay will win. The overall odds are now 50% for Muse and 40% for Bay according to that web site.

The only bands who have won Best Rock Album more than once are Green Day, U2 and Foo Fighters. Muse would be the fourth.

Also, according to media reports including the LA Times, the Best Rock Performance category award winner will be announced on the live broadcast. Alabama Shakes is favoured to win this one over Foo Fighters as well as pick up the awards for Best Alternative Music Album and possibly Best Rock Song too. The Best Rock Album winner will therefore likely be announced at the pre-telecast ceremony an hour or two before the live broadcast since only about 10 trophies in various categories are handed out during the live broadcast. The posted seating charts at Staples Center show Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters are planning to attend the show since they have reserved seats in the first three rows close to the stage while Muse (Matt and Dom) as nominees have reserved seats further back.

Besides Best Rock Album, the closest contests appear to be:

Kendrick Lamar vs. Taylor Swift vs. Alabama Shakes for Album of the Year

Taylor Swift vs. Ed Sheeran for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance

James Bay vs. Meghan Trainor vs. Sam Hunt for Best New Artist

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Old 15-02-2016, 06:30 PM   #22
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If i was an artist nominated i wouldn't go to this shit, how can anyone take this seriously is beyond me
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Old 15-02-2016, 07:16 PM   #23
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If i was an artist nominated i wouldn't go to this shit, how can anyone take this seriously is beyond me
while we can recognize how the grammys (aside: why tf is that properly spelled without ending in 'ies'?) have been denigrated recently due the farcical elements incorporated into the show itself (in addition to ridiculous nominations in many instances), a grammy is still...a grammy.
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Old 15-02-2016, 08:15 PM   #24
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Order of awards on the GRAMMY pre-show live stream and seating assignments for the live broadcast on CBS-TV courtesy of host LL Cool J

https://twitter.com/JasontheScott/st...35216549249024

https://twitter.com/llcoolj/status/699347691982065664

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let's just assume that it's going to james bay...and then be pleasantly surprised if it goes to muse.
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Old 15-02-2016, 10:20 PM   #26
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They're doing best rock song now.... album must be soon
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