Song of the Year
Ed Sheeran “The A Team”
Carly Rae Jespen "Call Me Maybe"
Kelly Clarkson "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
Fun. "We Are Young"
Album: Some Nights
Ernest: Remember this is solely about the songwriting, not how the record sounds. “Call Me Maybe” is the best written song of the bunch, and takes brilliant penmanship to invade ears the way it did, but it’s too bubblegum for the Grammys. The Grammys like those sweeping, reflective narratives, though. From Christopher Cross’ “Sailing” to John Mayer’s “Daughters,” those are the type of records that win Song of the Year. “We Are Young” wins.
David: “Adorn” deserves this. “Call Me Maybe” wasn’t a song everyone loved, it was a song everyone talked about everyone loving.
Lauren: “Call Me Maybe” is a song everyone loved—and if you didn’t, it’s because it got annoying. Carly Rae gets this—it’s the stupid song that we’ll all shake our head at when it wins but we won’t be surprised. And, to be fair, I really fuck with that song still. “Adorn” actually deserves the award, Miguel really rode out in his own lane this year and that song, no matter how overplayed, still kills it.
Foster: Eat ass maybe, Drake. I loved that song unironically. When that shit comes on the radio, it is impossible to turn off. But they usually give this to the song with the dumbest chorus, and that award handily goes to Fun. who are just, like, the worst, and who also make Carly Rae Jepsen sound like M-M-M-M-Mensa Music.
Insanul: Even my dad likes Carly Rae’s song. It was an anthem, it’s catchy, how can you not like that song? Also, I watched Mac Miller fill out this Grammy ballot for this song. He claimed, “The songs for Song of the Year are ass.” But then admitted “Adorn” and “Call Me” was great, but I believe he voted for “Adorn.” (Which is a great song as well)
Should Win: Carly or Miguel.
Will Win: Fun.