A Fancy Tip for Record of the Year Grammy

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The 57th Grammys will be handed out by The Recording Academy on the 8th of February 2015, and we’ve already previewed two of the biggest awards – Album of the Year and Best New Artist. For the second part of our preview we’re concentrating on the other two of the major four accolades, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Record of the Year

The Grammy for Record of the Year is awarded to the performer and the production team of a single song. This is what differentiates it from Song of the Year, which is awarded to the writer/composer of the winning song. The nominations and odds for Record of the Year are:

Sam Smith – Stay With Me –  +140  with Bwin

The British soul singer has had an amazing 2014, and his single ‘Stay With Me’ has been nominated for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The talented singer has actually been recognised in all four of the major awards, with nominations for Album of the Year and Best New Artist, and his total of six nominations puts him level with Beyonce and Pharrell Williams for the most nominations this year. The balled was Smith’s first top ten entry in America’s Hot 100, and has been covered by various artists throughout the year. The Darkchild version of the song is the one that has been nominated, which was remixed by Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins.

Iggy Azalea – Fancy –  +350  with Skybet and Bwin

Australian-born artist Iggy Azalea could be a good bet for this award at a decent price for her track, ‘Fancy’. It became the song of 2014, and received huge airplay on both sides of the Atlantic. The song hit the number one spot in the Hot 100, and made Azalea the first female Australian artist to achieve a number one since Olivia Newton-John in 1981.

Sia – Chandelier –  +400  with William Hill

Next in the betting is Sia’s Chandelier, which became an unlikely hit during the year. The song is a moody balled with a surprisingly upbeat hip-hop sound, and marked the reclusive artist’s return to the scene. After her 5th studio album, Sia took a back seat in 2010 to write songs for the likes of Rihanna and Beyonce, but she’s back to from with her album ‘1000 Forms of Fear’. Nonetheless, it would be a shock to see this song beat both ‘Stay With Me’ and ‘Fancy’ to the title of Record of the Year.

Taylor Swift – Shake it Off –  +500  with Ladbrokes

Taylor Swift broke away from the country scene with her latest album, 1989, which is a much more pop-like affair. The first single from the album was party anthem ‘Shake it Off’, which debuted at number one in the Hot 100, and helped the album become the best selling album of 2014. It is a lively contender for the award, but may not have the ‘iconic’ feel of either of the top two in the betting, ‘Stay With Me’ and ‘Fancy’.

Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass –  +1400  with Ladbrokes

20 year-old Massachussets singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor burst onto the music scene in 2014 with her debut track ‘All About That Bass’. She hit upon a popular theme of the year, when singing about the size of the posterior, and the tongue-in-cheek lyrics and video made the song an instant hit. The track was the first single from Trainor’s debut album, and held the number one spot on the Hot 100 for eight weeks. There are worse outside bets than this one, and if there’s to be a shock in this category, Trainor could be the one to crash the party.

Song of the Year

The nominees for Song of the Year are as follows:

Sam Smith – Stay With Me –  +125  with Bwin

The man who is all over this year’s Grammys has yet another nomination for ‘Stay With Me’ in the Song of the Year category. This is the one that we expect him to take, rather than Record of the Year. and he can be backed at a reasonable price to do so. The award is for the writer or composer of the song, and this beautiful balled deserves recognition in this category.

Hozier – Take me to Church –  +350  with Ladbrokes

A surprise to some, Hozier’s ‘Take me to Church’ received a nomination in this category, and the song has grown throughout the year. The single is the first from Andrew Hozier-Bryne’s debut album, and the striking video that features gay repression in Russia, quickly went viral. The song hit the top five in the Hot 100, and helped the album to a number two spot in the Billboard 200.

Sia – Chandelier –  +450  with Paddy Power

Sia is nominated again for Chandelier in the Song of the Year category, but if she wins either we think it is more likely to be the Record of the Year award. The song has had plenty of success this year, however, and it would be dangerous to completely rule it out.

Taylor Swift – Shake it Off –  +1000  with Ladbrokes

Swift’s pop-infused party banger ‘Shake it Off’ has brought the singer plenty of success this year, and she’s demonstrated her versatility with a move away from the country sound for which she is best-known. It’s a big price, considering she is one of America’s most popular current artists, and could be a lively outsider for those who like the bigger prices.

Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass –  +1400  with Ladbrokes

Trainor’s quirky track with it’s anti-treble hook is an ingenious piece of songwriting which takes a familiar theme of weight and self-image and sets it against an upbeat doo-wop beat. The lyrics will have struck a chord with the female public, and pokes fun at the ‘skinny’ image of women in the media. Another outsider, but in reality, it’s hard to see Trainor deposing Smith for the Song of the Year.

Tips Summary

Grammy Awards – 8th February 2015

Record of the Year – Iggy Azalea – Fancy –  +350  with Skybet and Bwin

Song of the Year – Sam Smith – Stay With Me –  +125  with Bwin

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