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57th Grammy Awards: Who should, will & did win in 2015

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While it’s up for debate whether the Grammy Awards really honor the music industry’s greatest achievements of the past year or just the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ pet performers, the Grammys remain an important measuring stick of cultural influence on par with the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards and Tony Awards.

The 57th annual Grammy Awards are scheduled to be broadcast Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS. Join me now as I predict this year’s winners in the first 40 categories — because anybody who can handicap all 83 is a total freak — and then come back later to compare my predictions to the list of winners.

Grammy: Record of the Year

Nominees: “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX (The Arcade and The Invisible Men, producers; John Armstrong, Anthony Kilhoffer and Eric Weaver, engineers/mixers; Miles Showell, mastering engineer); “Chandelier” by Sia (Greg Kurstin and Jesse Shatkin, producers; Greg Kurstin, manny Marroquin and Jesse Shatkin, engineers/mixers; Emily Lazar, mastering engineer); “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)” by Sam Smith (Steve Fitzmaurice, Rodney Jerkins and Jimmy Napes, producers; Steve Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Napes and Steve Price, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer); “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift (Max Martin and Shellback, producers; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Sam Holland and Michael Ilbert, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer); and “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor (Kevin Kadish, producer; Kevin Kadish, engineer/mixer; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer).

Predicted Winner: “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version).”

Winner: “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version).”

Analysis: One-for-one! Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” actually deserved to win this category, but nothing says “flash in the pan” like an Australian white female rapper. Let’s wait to see what she comes up with on her next album.

Grammy: Album of the Year

Nominees:Morning Phase” by Beck, “Beyoncé” by Beyoncé, “X” by Ed Sheeran, “In The Lonely Hour” by Sam Smith and “Girl” by Pharrell Williams.

Predicted Winner: “In The Lonely Hour.”

Winner: “Morning Phase” by Beck.

Analysis: A well-deserved win for one of my favorite albums of the year, I just didn’t think the Recording Academy would be so logical. I guess Sam Smith couldn’t win everything.

Grammy: Song of the Year

Nominees:All About That Bass” written by Kevin Kadish and Meghan Trainor, performed by Meghan Trainor; “Chandelier” written by Sia Furler and Jesse Shatkin, performed by Sia; “Shake It Off” written by Max Martin, Shellback and Taylor Swift, performed by Taylor Swift; “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)” written by James Napier, William Phillips and Sam Smith, performed by Sam Smith; and “Take Me To Church” written by Andrew Hozier-Byrne, performed by Hozier.

Predicted Winner: “Chandelier.”

Winner: “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version).”

Analysis: Sia was robbed. While both are great songs, “Chandelier” is technically superior to “Stay With Me” — and Sia didn’t rip off a melody from Tom Petty.

Grammy: Best New Artist

Nominees: Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Brandy Clark, Haim and Sam Smith.

Predicted Winner: Sam Smith.

Winner: Sam Smith.

Analysis: A strong case could be made for Iggy Azalea in this category, as well, given her breakout success last year (“Fancy” has sold more than 7 million copies and still counting), but Sam Smith was the obvious choice. Let’s see if Azalea is still around five years from now (Psy, anyone?).

Grammy: Best Pop Solo Performance

Nominees:All Of Me (Live)” by John Legend, “Chandelier” by Sia, “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)” by Sam Smith, “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift and “Happy (Live)” by Pharrell Williams.

Predicted Winner: “Shake It Off.”

Winner: “Happy (Live)” by Pharrell Williams.

Analysis: Am I the only one in America who hates this song?

Grammy: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Nominees:Fancy” by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX; “A Sky Full Of Stars” by Coldplay; “Say Something” by A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera; “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj; and “Dark Horse” by my future wife Katy Perry featuring Juicy J.

Predicted Winner: “Dark Horse.”

Winner: “Say Something.”

Analysis: “Say Something?” That’s hard to do when you’re speechless. This Grammy is supposed to be for best performance by a pop duo or group, which means any other nominee in the category would have been more deserving of a win. If “Say Something” deserves any award, it might be Emmy for Best Song Performed On A Reality TV Show, i.e. “The Voice” (and I sincerely hope — for the good of all mankind — there’s no such Emmy).

Grammy: Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Nominees:Cheek To Cheek” by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, “Nostalgia” by Annie Lennox, “Night Songs” by Barry Manilow, “Sending You A Little Christmas” by Johnny Mathis and “Partners” by Barbra Streisand.

Winner: “Cheek To Cheek” by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.

Analysis: Either of them could poop in a Pringles can and win a Grammy, so this one was a no-brainer (sorry, Babs).

Grammy: Best Pop Vocal Album

Nominees:Ghost Stories” by Coldplay, “Bangerz” by Miley Cyrus, “My Everything” by Ariana Grande, “Prism” by my future wife Katy Perry, “X” by Ed Sheeran and “In The Lonely Hour” by Sam Smith.

Predicted Winner: Katy Perry’s “Prism.”

Winner: Sam Smith’s “In The Lonely Hour.”

Analysis: My future wife Katy Perry was robbed, but I knew this category would be close.

Grammy: Best Dance Recording

Nominees:Never Say Never” by Basement Jaxx featuring ETML, “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne, “F For You” by Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige, “I Got U” by Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones and “Faded” by Zhu.

Predicted Winner: Disclosure’s “F For You,” featuring Mary J. Blige.

Winner: “Rather Be.”

Analysis: Who cares?

Grammy: Best Dance/Electronic Album

Nominees:Syro” by Aphex Twin, “While(1<2)” by Deadmau5, “Nabuma Rubberband” by Little Dragon, “Do It Again” by Röyksopp and Robyn, and “Damage Control” by Mat Zo.

Predicted Winner: “While(1<2).”

Winner: “Syro.”

Analysis: Who cares?

Grammy: Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Nominees:Wild Heart” by Mindi Abair; “Slam Dunk” by Gerald Albright; “Nathan East” by Nathan East; “Jazz Funk Soul” by Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb and Everette Harp; and “Bass & Mandolin” by Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer.

Predicted Winner: “Wild Heart.”

Winner: “Bass & Mandolin.”

Analysis: Obviously this is one of those categories in which nobody actually listened to the albums. I did, and Mindi Abair’s seductive “Wild Heart” was head and shoulders above the competition. “Bass & Mandolin” is a good album, but “Wild Heart” is better.

Grammy: Best Rock Performance

Nominees:Gimme Something Good” by Ryan Adams, “Do I Wanna Know?” by Arctic Monkeys, “Blue Moon” by Beck, “Fever” by The Black Keys and “Lazaretto” by Jack White.

Predicted Winner: Jack White’s “Lazaretto.”

Winner: Jack White’s “Lazaretto.”

Analysis: Nailed it.

Grammy: Best Metal Performance

Nominees:Neon Knights” by Anthrax, “High Road” by Mastodon, “Heartbreaker” by Motörhead, “The Negative One” by Slipknot and “The Last In Line” by Tenacious D.

Predicted Winner: Tenacious D’s “The Last In Line.”

Winner: Tenacious D’s “The Last In Line.”

Analysis: Tenacious D’s Grammy-winner and fellow nominee “Neon Knights” by Anthrax both came off “Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life,” a tribute album featuring songs originally recorded by the former Black Sabbath frontman. That makes Dio responsible for 40 percent of the nominees in this category, which is a pretty strong testament to his legacy considering he died nearly five years ago.

Grammy: Best Rock Song

Nominees:Ain’t It Fun” written by Hayley Williams and Taylor York, performed by Paramore; “Blue Moon” written by Beck Hansen, performed by Beck; “Fever” written by Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton and Patrick Carney, performed by The Black Keys; “Gimme Something Good” written by Ryan Adams, performed by Ryan Adam; and “Lazaretto” written by Jack White III, performed by Jack White.

Predicted Winner: Beck’s “Blue Moon.”

Winner: “Ain’t It Fun.”

Analysis: Hayley Williams is cute and Beck can’t win everything.

Grammy: Best Rock Album

Nominees:Ryan Adams” by Ryan Adams, “Morning Phase” by Beck, “Turn Blue” by The Black Keys, “Hypnotic Eye” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and “Songs of Innocence” by U2.

Predicted Winner: Beck’s “Morning Phase.”

Winner: Beck’s “Morning Phase.”

Analysis: I didn’t anticipate Beck’s well-deserved win for Album of the Year, but “Morning Phase” was a shoo-in for Best Rock Album.

Grammy: Best Alternative Music Album

Nominees:This Is All Yours” by Alt-J, “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire, “Melophobia” by Cage The Elephant, “St. Vincent” by St. Vincent and “Lazaretto” by Jack White.

Predicted Winner: Jack White’s “Lazaretto.”

Winner: “St. Vincent.”

Analysis: Fun fact: Grammy judges aren’t required to actually listen to the nominees. And “St. Vincent” made my ears bleed.

Grammy: Best R&B Performance

Nominees:Drunk In Love” by Beyoncé featuring Jay Z, “It’s Your World” by Jennifer Hudson featuring R. Kelly, “Like This” by Ledisi and “Good Kisser” by Usher.

Predicted Winner: “Drunk In Love.”

Winner: “Drunk In Love.”

Analysis: I hate this song. It’s very nice.

Grammy: Best Traditional R&B Performance

Nominees:As” by Marsha Ambrosius and Anthony Hamilton; “I.R.S.” by Angie Fisher; “Jesus Children” by Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm-Jamal Warner; “Nobody” by Kem; and “Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo)” by Antonique Smith.

Predicted Winner: Angie Fisher’s “I.R.S.”

Winner: “Jesus Children.”

Analysis: My final balloting came down between Marsha Ambrosius and Anthony Hamilton’s wonderful “As”and Angie Fisher’s soulful “I.R.S.” How the crappy “Jesus Children” won I’ll never understand, but congrats to Cosby Show alum Malcolm-Jamal Warner on picking up a Grammy. (Bill Cosby himself has only won one since Warner was still in diapers.)

Grammy: Best R&B Song

Nominees:Drunk In Love” written by Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor and Brian Soko, performed by Beyoncé featuring Jay Z; “Good Kisser” written by Ronald “Flip” Colson, Warren “Oak” Felder, Usher Raymond IV, Jameel Roberts, Terry “Tru” Sneed and Andrew “Pop” Wansel, performed by Usher; “New Flame” written by Eric Bellinger, Chris Brown, James Chambers, Malissa Hunter, Justin Booth Johnson, Mark Pitts, Usher Raymond IV, William Roberts, Maurice “Verse” Simmonds and Keith Thomas, performed by Chris Brown featuring Usher and Rick Ross; “Options (Wolfjames Version)” written by Dominic Gordon, Brandon Hesson and Jamaica “Kahn-Cept” Smith, performed by Luke James; and “The Worst” written by Jhené Aiko Chilombo, Mac Robinson and Brian Warfield, performed by Jhené Aiko.

Predicted Winner: “Drunk In Love.”

Winner: “Drunk In Love.”

Analysis: And with Mrs. Carter’s second Grammy win of the night, possibly also drunk in the limo after the ceremony.

Grammy: Best Urban Contemporary Album

Nominees:Sail Out” by Jhené Aiko, “Beyoncé” by Beyoncé, “X” by Chris Brown, “Mali Is…” by Mali Music and “Girl” by Pharrell Williams.

Predicted Winner: “Beyoncé.”

Winner: “Girl.”

Analysis: Despite being a Beyoncé fan, I don’t care much for the eponymous “Beyoncé.” Having said that, however, it’s a much richer and more nuanced album than Pharrell Williams’ “Girl.” Williams better be happy, because Bey was robbed.

Grammy: Best R&B Album

Nominees:Islander” by Bernhoft; “Lift Your Spirit” by Aloe Blacc; “Love, Marriage & Divorce” by Toni Braxton and Babyface; “Black Radio 2” by Robert Glasper Experiment; and “Give The People What They Want” by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.

Predicted Winner: “Love, Marriage & Divorce.”

Winner: “Love, Marriage & Divorce.”

Analysis: Nailed it.

Grammy: Best Rap Performance

Nominees:3005” by Childish Gambino, “0 To 100 / The Catch Up” by Drake, “Rap God” by Eminem, “I” by Kendrick Lamar and “All I Need Is You” by Lecrae.

Predicted Winner: Eminem’s “Rap God.”

Winner: “I” by Kendrick Lamar.

Analysis: Consider this a “make-up” Grammy for Kendrick Lamar’s highly-publicized snubbing at last year’s Grammys. Eminem’s “Rap God” is superior in every way, not to mention he may be the only human who can actually perform the song.

Grammy: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Nominees:Blak Majik” by Common featuring Jhené Aiko, “The Monster” by Eminem featuring Rihanna, “Tuesday” by I Love Makonnen featuring Drake, “Studio” by Schoolboy Q featuring BJ The Chicago Kid and “Bound 2” by Kanye West and Charlie Wilson.

Predicted Winner: “The Monster.”

Winner: “The Monster.”

Analysis: Kanye who?

Grammy: Best Rap Song

Nominees:Anaconda” written by Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Onika Maraj, Marcos Palacios and Jonathan Solone-Myvett, performed by Nicki Minaj; “Bound 2” written by Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Malik Jones, Che Pope, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, John Stephens, Kanye West, Charlie Wilson, Ernest Wilson and Cydel Young, performed by Kanye West and Charlie Wilson; “I” written by Kendrick Duckworth and Columbus Smith, performed by Kendrick Lamar; “We Dem Boyz” written by Maurice Brown, Kemion Cooks, Noel Fisher and Cameron Thomaz, performed by Wiz Khalifa; and “0 To 100 / The Catch Up” written by Adam Feeney, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Paul Jefferies, Matthew Samuels and Noah Shebib, performed by Drake.

Predicted Winner: “Anaconda.”

Winner: “I” by Kendrick Lamar.

Analysis: Kendrick Lamar picks up a second pity Grammy after last year’s snubbing.

Grammy: Best Rap Album

Nominees:The New Classic” by Iggy Azalea, “Because The Internet” by Childish Gambino, “Nobody’s Smiling” by Common, “The Marshall Mathers LP2” by Eminem, “Oxymoron” by Schoolboy Q and “Blacc Hollywood” by Wiz Khalifa.

Predicted Winner: Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP2.”

Winner: Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP2.”

Analysis: Possibly Eminem’s finest work to date, “The Marshall Mathers LP2” was a shoo-in for Best Rap Album.

Grammy: Best Country Solo Performance

Nominees:Give Me Back My Hometown” by Eric Church, “Invisible” by Hunter Hayes, “Automatic” by Miranda Lambert, “Something In The Water” by Carrie Underwood and “Cop Car” by Keith Urban.

Predicted Winner: Keith Urban’s “Cop Car.”

Winner: Carrie Underwood’s “Something In The Water.”

Analysis: Yawn.

Grammy: Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Nominees:Gentle On My Mind” by The Band Perry, “Somethin’ Bad” by Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood, “Day Drinking” by Little Big Town, “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” by Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill and “Raise ‘Em Up” by Keith Urban featuring Eric Church.

Predicted Winner: “Raise ‘Em Up.”

Winner: “Gentle On My Mind” by The Band Perry.

Analysis: Band Perry gets the Grammy, but Glen Campbell gets the win.

Grammy: Best Country Song

Nominees:American Kids” written by Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, performed by Kenny Chesney; “Automatic” written by Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby and Miranda Lambert, performed by Miranda Lambert; “Give Me Back My Hometown” written by Eric Church and Luke Laird, performed by Eric Church; “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” written by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond, performed by Glen Campbell; and “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” written by Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnson and Jeffrey Steele, performed by Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill.

Predicted Winner: Glen Campbell’s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.”

Winner: Glen Campbell’s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.”

Analysis: A well-deserved honor for Glen Campbell’s autobiographical punch-in-the-gut from the “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” documentary soundtrack. Campbell, now 78, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in early 2011. This is the singer’s 10th Grammy and, sadly, probably hist last.

Grammy: Best Country Album

Nominees:Riser” by Dierks Bentley, “The Outsiders” by Eric Church, “12 Stories” by Brandy Clark, “Platinum” by Miranda Lambert and “The Way I’m Livin‘” by Lee Ann Womack.

Predicted Winner: Eric Church’s “The Outsiders.”

Winner: Miranda Lambert’s “Platinum.”

Analysis: Miranda Lambert usually scares me. “Platinum” didn’t, so for that reason I considered it a subpar effort.

Grammy: Best New Age Album

Nominees: “Bhakti” by Paul Avgerinos, “Ritual” by Peter Kater and R. Carlos Nakai, “Winds Of Samsara” by Rickey Kej and Wouter Kellerman, “Symphony Live In Istanbul” by Kitaro and “In Love And Longing” by Silvia Nakkach and David Darling.

Predicted Winner: “Ritual.”

Winner: “Winds Of Samsara.”

Analysis: I almost picked “Winds Of Samsara.” Really, I did.

Grammy: Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Nominees: “The Eye Of The Hurricane” by soloist Kenny Barron, “Fingerprints” by soloist Chick Corea, “You & The Night & The Music” by soloist Fred Hersch, “Recorda Me” by soloist Joe Lovano and “Sleeping Giant” by soloist Brad Mehldau.

Predicted Winner: “Fingerprints.”

Winner: “Fingerprints.”

Analysis: Nailed it.

Grammy: Best Jazz Vocal Album

Nominees: “Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro” by various artists (Billy Childs and Larry Klein, producers), “I Wanna Be Evil: With Love To Eartha Kitt” by René Marie, “Live In NYC” by Gretchen Parlato, “Beautiful Life” by Dianne Reeves and “Paris Sessions” by Tierney Sutton.

Predicted Winner: “Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro.”

Winner: Dianne Reeves’ “Beautiful Life.”

Analysis: As long as René Marie’s grating Eartha Kitt tribute didn’t win, I’m fine with that.

Grammy: Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Nominees: “Landmarks” by Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, “Trilogy” by Chick Corea Trio; “Floating” by Fred Hersch Trio; “Enjoy The View” by Bobby Hutcherson, David Sanborn and Joey DeFrancesco featuring Billy Hart; and “All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller” by Jason Moran.

Predicted Winner: “Trilogy” by the Chick Corea Trio.

Winner: “Trilogy” by the Chick Corea Trio.

Analysis: Great album.

Grammy: Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Nominees: “The L.A. Treasures Project” by The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, “Life In The Bubble” by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, “Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project” by Rufus Reid, “Live: I Hear The Sound” by Archie Shepp Attica Blues Orchestra and “OverTime: Music Of Bob Brookmeyer” by The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

Predicted Winner: “Life In The Bubble” by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band.

Winner: “Life In The Bubble” by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band.

Analysis: One of the toughest categories to judge because every entry was wonderful (and yes, I did listen to them all).

Grammy: Best Latin Jazz Album

Nominees: “The Latin Side Of Joe Henderson” by Conrad Herwig featuring Joe Lovano, “The Pedrito Martinez Group” by The Pedrito Martinez Group, “The Offense Of The Drum” by Arturo O’Farrill and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, “Second Half” by Emilio Solla Y La Inestable De Brooklyn and “New Throned King” by Yosvany Terry.

Predicted Winner: “Second Half.”

Winner: “The Offense Of The Drum.”

Analysis: No. Just, no. This must have been the part of the program where the judges stopped caring.

Grammy: Best Gospel Performance/Song

Nominees: “Help” by Erica Campbell featuring Lecrae, written by Erica Campbell, Warryn Campbell, Hasben Jones, Harold Lilly, Lecrae Moore and Aaron Sledge; “Sunday A.M. [Live]” by Karen Clark Sheard, written by Rudy Currence and Donald Lawrence; “I Believe” by Mali Music, written by Kortney J. Pollard; “No Greater Love” by Smokie Norful, written by Aaron W. Lindsey and Smokie Norful; and “Love On The Radio” by The Walls Group, written by Kirk Franklin.

Predicted Winner: “No Greater Love.”

Winner: “No Greater Love.”

Analysis: Smokie Norful’s soulful “No Greater Love” just barely edged out the catchy uptempo “Love On The Radio,” which was penned by Kirk Franklin.

Grammy: Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

Nominees: “Write Your Story” by Francesca Battistelli, written by Francesca Battistelli, David Arthur Garcia and Ben Glover; “Come As You Are” by Crowder, written by David Crowder, Ben Glover and Matt Maher; “Messengers” by Lecrae featuring For King & Country, written by Torrance Esmond, Ran Jackson, Ricky Jackson, Kenneth Chris Mackey, Lecrae Moore, Joseph Prielozny, Joel Smallbone and Luke Smallbone; “Shake” by MercyMe, written by Nathan Cochran, David Arthur Garcia, Ben Glover, Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Soli Olds, Mike Scheuchzer and Robby Shaffer; and “Multiplied” by Needtobreathe, written by Bear Rinehart and Bo Rineheart.

Predicted Winner: MercyMe’s “Shake.”

Winner: Lecrae featuring King & Country’s “Messengers.”

Analysis: MercyMe has never won a Grammy. Just sit there and let that sink in for a moment.

Grammy: Best Gospel Album

Nominees: “Help” by Erica Campbell, “Amazing [Live]” by Ricky Dillard & New G, “Withholding Nothing [Live]” by William McDowell, “Forever Yours” by Smokie Norful and “Vintage Worship” by Anita Wilson.

Predicted Winner: “Forever Yours.”

Winner: “Help.”

Analysis: In this category, the judges could have clearly used some help.

Grammy: Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Nominees: “If We’re Honest” by Francesca Battistelli, “Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.” by For King & Country, “Hurricane” by Natalie Grant, “Welcome To The New” by MercyMe and “Royal Tailor” by Royal Tailor.

Predicted Winner: MercyMe’s “Welcome To The New,” with Francesca Battistelli’s “If We’re Honest” running a close second.

Winner: For King & Country’s “Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.”

Analysis: Be young. Have fun. Drink Pepsi. The Grammy judges were obviously drinking something stronger to pick King & Country’s anemic entry over MercyMe’s strongest album in years.

Grammy: Best Roots Gospel Album

Nominees: “Forever Changed” by T. Graham Brown, “Shine For All The People” by Mike Farris, “Hymns” by Gaither Vocal Band, “A Cappella” by The Martins and “His Way Of Loving Me” by Tim Menzies.

Predicted Winner: Tim Menzies’ “His Way Of Loving Me,” by a landslide. (If the Gaithers’ lackluster “Hymns” somehow brings home the hardware, the Grammys are rigged.)

Winner: “Shine For All The People” by Mike Farris

Analysis: I quit. Seriously.

What was your biggest Grammys surprise in 2015? Let me know in the comments below.

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