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THINGS THAT MAKE ME GO HMMM: GRAMMY SEASON EDITION
What's on Our Editor in Chief's Mind Right About Now

HITS Editor in Chief Leonard J. Beer recently emerged from his “Weed Cave”—purely medicinal, you understand—and announced he’d had a vision. He’d settled into a profound slumber before we could get him to tell us what that vision was. But we did find the following, scrawled in crayon on the back of a take-out menu. After some minimal revision, we present it to you, dear reader.

      

As we wait to see how Grammy whisperer Paul Grein's nomination picks did against the voters and committees, here are some things—some Grammy-related and some not—that make me wonder.

1.    Frozen, Frozen, Frozen: Is the year's biggest-selling album (other than Taylor Swift’s 1989) and culturally defining worldwide phenomenon going to be Frozen out of the Album of the Year category? Lots of records are deserving; I just think this is too.

2.    Meghan Trainor: She’s bigger than you think, with two songs selling bigtime on iTunes and “All About That Bass” a shoo-in for a Record and/or Song of the Year Grammy nod. Will she take Manager Troy Carter back to the top of the mountain?

3.    Pentatonix is the holiday season’s big winner, as sales explode from 100k-200k—and their entire catalog sees huge spikes. They make music with their mouths. How did an a Capella group get this big? How much more will they grow before Christmas day?

4.    Hozier is going to become huge going into Grammy season. Will Sussman and Ehrlich find a way to give him a fittingly substantial awards-show look this time, even though he won’t get his full nominations due until the following year (because his album missed the deadline)?

5.    Royal Blood: The British duo’s “Figure It Out” sounds like a career-announcing song.  Peter Gray's promo staff is on the verge of delivering the first breakout rock band since KONGOS. One question remains: Can this U.K. band achieve greater visibility in the U.S.? Will opening for Foo Fighters be the flashpoint?

   

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