The 57th Annual Grammy Awards hosted by LL Cool J will air live from the Los Angeles Staples Center this Sunday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS. We've examined the biggest categories and have put in our two cents on who we think should win and who we think will win each award. Vote for your pick in the poll at the bottom of the page.
Category: Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Get On Up: The James Brown Story
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
The Wolf of Wall Street
Who Should Win: Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy became the highest-grossing superhero film of 2014. That in itself is impressive, but to think that a superhero film would also have an incredible soundtrack? That's not something you see every day. Superhero films are rarely known for their soundtracks -- scores, perhaps, but not soundtracks -- and lot of the film's success came from the fact that it has killer music. Although soundtracks have made it on the Billboard 200 before, Frozen for example, Awesome Mix Vol. 1 was the first to do so without featuring a single new song. What makes the soundtrack so great is its variety, even if that is limited to songs from the '60s and '70s. The music is also an important part of the storyline. Star-Lord, the half-human half-alien leader of the Guardians, was abducted as a child, and the last thing his mother gave him was a cassette tape containing various hit songs released between 1967 and 1979. This music is what motivates and comforts Star-Lord, and what makes watching his journey that much more enjoyable.
Who Will Win: Frozen
Disney's animated film Frozen became an instant hit when it was released in November 2013. But even those who never saw the film surely could not escape "Let It Go" and, to a lesser degree, "Do You Want To Build A Snowman." If they weren't hearing the original versions, they were seeing all the covers go viral. Frozen simply became massive. The film itself crossed more than $1 billion worldwide and the soundtrack has sold more than 5 million copies. It peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, where spent 13 non-consecutive weeks, topping The Lion King soundtrack, which won a few Grammys itself back in the '90s. Plus "Let It Go" already won an Oscar last year, so the powers that be clearly favor the song and perhaps by extension the whole soundtrack. Moral of the story, Frozen was a cultural phenomenon, and it's unlikely that it won't walk away a winner.