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Know Your 2014 Grammy Nominees

grammy-nominees-2014I try to keep up with current music so I can both relate to and horrify my teen children. Nothing ruins a favorite Indie song like your mom knowing all the words.

Sunday, January 26, the 56th annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast beginning at 8 pm EST, with coverage starting several hours beforehand.

Lots of our favorite artists from the 60s and 70s are scheduled to present, perform, or receive achievement awards for not overdosing, and for making sweet, sweet music.

Carole King and Kris Kristofferson will be there.  The Beatles are being honored (Ringo and Paul are slated to perform!), and Lindsey Buckingham will be part of the big closing ensemble performance, but who are all those other people?

Here’s my primer for the Song of the Year Grammy nominees. Familiarize yourself so you can sing along to performances and express a cogent opinion that will surprise and not-delight your kids. See a list of all nominees at the official Grammy site.

P!nk – Just Give Me A Reason ft. Nate Ruess

This song topped the pop charts for most of the spring of 2013, so if you listen to the radio at all you heard this a bunch.

You’ll recognize the man singing with P!nk as Nate Ruess from the band “fun.”, and their song “We Are Young”, another song with maximum airplay and usage in commercials.

The guy on the bed with P!nk is her husband, motocross racer Carey Hart.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert, Same Love

Same Love by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is not bouncy and enjoyable like Thrift Shop, but it’s got a real shot at the award. I prefer a rapping Macklemore, but when Mary Lambert’s voice starts to soar, so does my heart.

Throwback alert: Same Love samples The Impressions’ song from 1965, “People Get Ready”.

Lorde, “Royals”

If you have teenage daughters like I do, this song owned their iPods last fall. Even my four-year-old girl cousin had the lyrics to this one memorized.

Lorde may only be 17, but her talent seems built to last.

Katy Perry, “Roar”

I may know every word of this song, and I might also have danced my shoes off to it at a blog conference, but Roar is one of those songs you hate yourself for liking. Please don’t let this be the thing that defines the music of 2013. History deserves better.

Roar was criticized for sounding much the same as the Sara Bareilles’ song, “Brave”, but it was all a tempest in a D-cup since “Roar” was recorded first.

Bruno Mars, “Locked Out Of Heaven”

Here’s my vote for song of the year. It’s my morning alarm, and the song I listen to when I want to dance around. The bass is reminiscent of early 80s Police, one of my favorite bands.

Locked Out of Heaven is just so funky and sensual–really a fun song.

Best of luck to all the nominees. I’ll be watching the award and tweeting on the #Grammys hashtag.

This is a link up of the week’s best from our community. Click the links below to read posts from the women of Midlife Boulevard.

Anne Parris

Anne Parris is a managing partner Midlife Boulevard. Her personal blog, Not A Supermom, is your typical mommy blog that her kids say used to be funnier. Anne has a business degree and a dusty résumé from a top accounting firm and a Fortune 500 company, which she reminds herself of every time she is washing underpants. She lives with her family in Virginia and blogs mostly to support her coffee habit.

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Saturday 25th of January 2014

Thanks for putting in the clips. I do enjoy Pink. Sometimes at the Grammy's you see some performer that is it! I am hoping Emeli Sande will be there.

Amanda Fox

Saturday 25th of January 2014

I just want The Rock to win something, anything, and to go on stage without his shirt. He doesn't sing, you say...yeah, I know. Middle-aged me can dream LOL.

Actually, I like Bruno Mars and the Ryan Lewis/Macklemore song. We love the Grammy's at our house. We'll be watching.

Cathy Chester

Saturday 25th of January 2014

Anytime the names CAROLE KING and PAUL McCARTNEY are mentioned in the same breath, I'm hooked.

I'm feeling old. I remember when my dad said The Beatles should cut their hair and I thought how "square" he was. Now I don't know any of the singers you're talking about (most of them, anyway.)

Looking forward to watching, learning, and seeing the craziness that is always a guarantee!

Helene Cohen Bludman

Saturday 25th of January 2014

You have done a service to those of s without teenagers on he house. Now I feel much more informed.

Anne Parris

Saturday 25th of January 2014

You should feel at least twenty-seven percent more cool, Helene.


Saturday 25th of January 2014

Oh Anne, I fell in love with anything Bruno Mars this year and I have driven my hubby crazy playing Locked Out of Heaven over & over & over again.

Anne Parris

Saturday 25th of January 2014

I love the retro funk he has brought back. I'm not one for concerts anymore, but I'd go to a Bruno Mars concert.

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