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2014 Song of the Year prediction
The nominees are:
“Just Give Me A Reason,” Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess (Pink)
“Locked Out Of Heaven,” Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars (Bruno Mars)
“Roar,” Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter (Katy Perry)
“Royals,” Joel Little and Ella Yelich O’Connor (Lorde)
“Same Love,” Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert and Ryan Lewis (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)
WHO’S MISSING: “Mirrors” from Justin Timberlake and a song from any rock or country artist.
THE PLAYERS: These songs were all huge pop hits, which shows how dominant pop music is after a few fallow years. There are three established stars and two acts who broke through in major way this year. Pink is the veteran in this extremely young group.
THE ODDS: The Grammys often like to award songs that have a certain amount of heft or message to them in this category, though certainly not always. In that case, Macklemore & Lewis’ “Same Love” has an advantage except it’s primarily a spoken word song, so that may go against it. “Just Give Me A Reason” has the most traditional song structure.
THE WINNER: “Just Give Me A Reason”