This is one of those years where the difference between the record of the year Grammy, which tends to go to the song that encapsulated the year, and the song of the year Grammy, which goes to the songwriters of what voters feel is the most important song, comes into play.
Is “Call Me Maybe” an important song? Not really. But is it catchy as all get-out? Will it be forever linked to the summer of 2012? Truthfully, yeah. Does that mean it deserves a Grammy? Aha! That's where the voters come in.
As we get ready for Wednesday's Grammy nominations announcement at 10 p.m., here's our take on this year's record of the year and song of the year categories:
RECORD OF THE YEAR
The nominees will likely be:
Adele, “Set Fire to the Rain (Live).” Well, they have to try to give Adele an award for something. This track from her eligible “Live at Royal Albert Hall” album should do the trick.
Fun. featuring Janelle Monae, “We Are Young.” The catchy anthem dominated the early part of the year, thanks to high-profile placements and its irresistible sing-along chorus.
Gotye featuring Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used to Know.” The omnipresent single is unusual because it's a downbeat sing-along, a kiss-off that draws you into the drama because of the melody.
Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe.” A sweet, catchy confection that is still impossible to shake.
Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Another entertaining break-up song that succeeds with a strong melodic hook. The lyrics are also hard to forget. Like, ever.
ALSO IN THE RUNNING: Maroon 5's “One More Night”; Drake's “Take Care”; the more serious Miranda Lambert's “Over You” and Mumford and Sons' “I Will Wait”; and Frank Ocean's “Thinkin' Bout You.”
IF I RULED THE WORLD: Usher's “Climax” and Kelly Clarkson's “What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)” would get some Grammy love.
SONG OF THE YEAR
The likely nominees will be:
Fun. featuring Janelle Monae, “We Are Young.”
Gotye featuring Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
Miranda Lambert, “Over You.” The wrenching song about husband Blake Shelton's late brother is a touching story well sung.
Mumford and Sons, “I Will Wait.” Grammy voters have fallen for the indie-folksters. Their mainstream success with this single and the album “Babel” should land them a spot.
Frank Ocean, “Thinkin' Bout You.” Not the year's biggest hit, but maybe its most memorable one.
ALSO IN THE RUNNING: Taylor Swift's “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”; The Lumineers, “Ho Hey”; Florence and The Machine's “Shake It Out”; Drake's “Take Care”; Jason Mraz'a “I Won't Give Up.”
IF I RULED THE WORLD: Kelly Clarkson's “What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)”