“HO HEY” THE LUMINEERS
If you want to root for the underdog at the 2013 Grammy Awards, look no further than The Lumineers nominated for Best New Artist. Six months ago, no one really knew anything about the band. Now their debut EP has garnered strong reviews and their single, “Ho Hey” has become this year’s Mumford & Sons-like roots revival smash. The band was shocked by their nomination but it’s hard to resist the warm, fuzzy feeling you get listening to “Ho Hey”. They’re up against likely Song Of The Year winners, Fun (We Are Young), a teen country music heartthrob (Hunter Hayes), Frank Ocean (nominated for Album of the Year), and my favorites, The Alabama Shakes. If you haven’t heard the Alabama Shakes, PLEASE search my site for some amazing live performances!
Song of the Year: Fun’s “We Are Young”, Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger”, and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” are the frontrunners. Those songs that dominated radio airwaves for 2012. Songs so overplayed that they’ve become the fodder for parodies. Sneaking into the nominations for the Grammy are England’s Ed Sheehan with “The A Team” and Miguel’s “Adorn”. One listen to Miguel and you feel like you’re listening to the son of Marvin Gaye. Smooth, vintage R&B vocals, and a killer Prince falsetto over a “Sexual Healing” styled slow jam beat. This throwback song will never win the Grammy but it’s an incredible song worthy of some attention for an up-and-coming artist.
“EVEN IF IT BREAKS YOUR HEART” THE ELI YOUNG BAND
Best Country Song: You’ve got the legends: Alan Jackson – “So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore” and Ronnie Dunn “Cost Of Livin'” Versus the hottest artists in country music: Carrie Underwood “Blown Away” and Eric Church “Springsteen”. While the voters battle it out for their favorites, a fifth nominee with no chance of winning is the Canadian group, The Eli Young Band. It’s a sensational song with a melody that will stick in your head, enhanced by some rock guitars, and that hook, “keep on dreaming even if breaks your heart”.