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GRAMMY SEASON: RECORD OF THE YEAR

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    ALL WORDS BY MATT SHELL

    The Grammy Awards Ceremony is arguably one of the most important nights in the music industry. The first Grammy Awards were held in 1959 and consisted of only 28 categories. That might be hard to believe considering there are 83 categories for the 2015 Grammy Awards! So who decides the winners of all of these categories? Well, it’s members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (like Blue Room Productions founder and chief engineer Conrad Osipowicz) that vote to determine who takes home the awards.

    One of the most anticipated awards of the night is Record of the Year. Record of the Year is awarded to the artist, producer, engineer, and mixer of a single song. This often gets confused with Song of the Year, which is awarded only to the songwriter of a single song.

    So lets take a look at the 2015 nominees for Record of the Year:

    1. Fancy – Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX; Producers: The Arcade & The Invisible Men; Engineers/Mixers: Anthony Kilhofler & Eric Weaver; Mastering Engineer: Miles Showell

    There’s no doubt that this one of catchiest songs that has come out in 2014, but when you really analyze the song, there isn’t much innovation happening. From the 80s style synth line to Charli XCX’s Gwen Stefani inspired vocals, it feels like something you’ve heard before.

    2. Chandelier – Sia; Producers: Greg Kurstin & Jesse Shatkin; Engineers/Mixers: Greg Kurstin, Manny Marroquin & Jesse Shatkin; Mastering Engineer: Emily Lazar

    Sia and Greg Kurstin team up yet again on this record and they absolutely kill it. Sia delivers a powerful, unique vocal performance over a top 40 sounding beat that builds in to a sonically massive chorus.

    3. Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) – Sam Smith; Producers: Steve Fitzmaurice, Rodney Jerkins & Jimmy Napes; Engineers/Mixers: Steve Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Napes & Steve Price; Mastering Engineer: Tom Coyne

    This is easily one of the most played songs of 2014. Darkchild took the original version of this song and really brought out the gospel flair by adding organs to the bridge. Sam Smith and his team will be a force to be reckoned with at the 2015 Grammys.

    4. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift; Producers: Max Martin & Shellback; Engineers/Mixers: Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Sam Holland & Michael Ilbert; Mastering Engineer: Tom Coyne

    This is the feel good song of the year. The upbeat instrumental and Swift’s “singsong, yet rhythmic” delivery of the vocals make for a tune you will be humming all day.

    5. All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor; Producer: Kevin Kadish; Engineer/Mixer: Kevin Kadish; Mastering Engineer: Dave Kutch

    The 60’s R&B girl group vibe is addictive. Trainor’s voice is kind of weird, but in a good, memorable way. This record is a welcome change to the mainstream.

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