4E’s Guide to the 2014 Grammy Awards

grammy guideSo, the Super Bowl is a week away (and let’s be honest, who really cares about the Pro Bowl tonight?). Fortunately, all of you football fans can still be entertained by the Grammys! It’s time to expand your horizons. This is college. Although the event itself is more of a three-hour concert than an awards show, with the bulk of the awards scheduled to be given out earlier today, this year’s show is certainly going to be full of surprises. The classic duet between Jay Z (who leads in nominations this year) and Beyoncé will undoubtedly be epic, the less-than-classic duet between Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons will hopefully sound something like this and it would be great to see someone virtually unknown by the audience go up to the stage and introduce himself as “Bob Ludwig, more nominations than Kanye.”

With all of that in mind, here are some of the nominations this year:

Album of the Year:

The Blessed Unrest — Sara Bareilles
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar
The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Red — Taylor Swift

Record Of The Year:

“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons
“Royals” — Lorde
“Locked Out Of Heaven” — Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams

Song Of The Year:

“Just Give Me A Reason” — Pink featuring Nate Ruess
“Locked Out Of Heaven” — Bruno Mars
“Roar” — Katy Perry
“Royals” — Lorde
“Same Love” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert

Best New Artist:

James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Best Music Video:

“Safe And Sound” — Capital Cities
“Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film” — Jay Z
“Can’t Hold Us” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton
“Suit & Tie” — Justin Timberlake ft. Jay Z
“I’m Shakin” — Jack White

The Grammys air tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS, so be sure to tune in and hear LL Cool J make more labored references to social media. Last year, he discovered hashtags; what could it be this year?



The last weekend before Spring Break is coming to a close. For those of you who have spent your time dreaming about next week and the prospect of no papers, tests or studying, here is a wrap-up for the news of the weekend.

  • Early Friday morning, Clara Gustafson (SFS ’13) and Vail Kohnert-Yount (SFS ’13) (pictured with current GUSA President Mike Meaney (COL ’12) and Greg Lavarriere (SFS ’12)) won the race over the seven-ticket field. Over the campaign, we saw two presidential debates, signs, campaign literature, a giant American Flag posted in Red Square, the flag being vandalized and the construction of a giant Rubik’s Cube.
  • The Hoyas rebounded from a 73-55 drumming from Seton Hall, with a 67-46 blowout over Villanova at the Verizon Center. Next up, the 8th-ranked Hoyas take on the 18th-ranked Notre Dame tomorrow at the Verizon Center.
  • The NBA, in all its usual fanfare, held its All-Star Weekend. Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz won the slam-dunk contest and Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves won the three-point contest on Saturday, but the real spectacle of the weekend was the game itself — a Western Conference victory in the 152-149 nail-biter, where Kobe Bryant became the highest-scoring athlete in All-Star history.
  • Mitt Romney picked up the endorsements of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder over the weekend, and polls are turning his direction before Tuesday’s Michigan and Arizona primaries.
  • Among the bejeweled celebrities arriving at the Academy Awards Sunday night was Sasha Baron-Cohen, in character as a crazed dictator. He spread the ashes of deceased North Korean leader Kim-Jong-Il along the red carpet — a welcome break from gowns and tuxedos.