The 2014 Grammy Awards are just days away, and before music’s biggest night, Wetpaint is taking a look at the four major categories and sizing up the competition. Today, we’re focusing on Record of the Year.
The nominees for this category include: "Locked Out of Heaven" (Bruno Mars), "Royals" (Lorde), "Get Lucky" (Daft Punk, featuring Pharrell), "Radioactive" (Imagine Dragons), and "Blurred Lines" (Robin Thicke, featuring T.I. and Pharrell). Record of the Year is typically awarded on artistry, without regard to sales and chart position, but seeing how all five nominees were commercial successes this past year, that distinction seems trivial. What we have here is a David vs. Goliath situation — otherwise known as Lorde vs. Daft Punk.
French duo Daft Punk are industry favorites with two Grammys under their belts. Their smash hit single “Get Lucky” — produced by Pharrell, arguably this year’s biggest hitmaker — was pretty much inescapable this summer. It was on heavy rotation pretty much anywhere you went, from the supermarket, to the club, and even at your uncle’s house. It didn’t matter who you were, young or old, “Get Lucky” was the jam.
And then there’s the teenage messiah Lorde, whose debut single “Royals” brought an entire generation of disaffected youth to their knees. If there’s one thing that Lorde has on her side in this race, it’s her age. Self-aware artistry at such a young age is hard to come by, and coupled with the fact that she’s a teenager who produces intelligent, yet irresistible, pop hooks with an edge makes Lorde total bait for The Recording Academy.
Of course, voters could always decide to reward Daft Punk here instead of in Album of the Year (for which they’re nominated for Random Access Memories), leaving room for the anti-Lorde — aka pop princess Taylor Swift — to take home the night’s top prize, but that seems unlikely. Record of the Year tends to go to whoever is at the forefront of the pop culture zeitgeist, and perhaps no one made as much of a splash as the 17-year-old teen from New Zealand.
Who will win Record of the Year? Lorde’s “Royals.” She may never be a royal, but she is certainly becoming quite the pop star — whether she likes it or not. A win for “Royals” could be a step in the right direction for the Academy.
Who should win Record of the Year? Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” This is a toss-up. We’d be happy to see either of these acts go home with Record of the Year, but we’re going to give the slight advantage to Daft Punk. After all, if there’s anything “Royals” has taught us, it’s that Lorde can care less about the golden gramophone.
Who do you want to see win Record of the Year? Sound off in the comments!
Don't forget to tune in to music's biggest night — aka the 2014 Grammy Awards — on January 26, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident fangirl for all things The Vampire Diaries. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!