Monday, November 30, 2015

A 2014 Grammy Playlist

From Vampire Weekend to Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar to Mavis Staples.

A 2014 Grammy Playlist

Kendrick Lamar performing at the Made in America Festival. (Colin Kerrigan /
Kendrick Lamar performing at the Made in America Festival. (Colin Kerrigan /

Grammy awards will be given away Sunday in 82 categories, from Record of the Year to Best Music Film.  (Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Green Day, Mumford & Son and Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite are up for the latter.)

The great majority of the trophies will be presented off camera in a ceremony that precedes the telecast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which begins at 8 on CBS. My story in Thursday's Inquirer broke down the Who Will Win - Who Should Win question in the four major categories of record, song and album of the year, plus best new artist.  You can read that here

The playlist you will find below, however, is drawn from the full range of nominees. Every song, from La Santa Cecilia's "Monedita" to Miguel's "How Many Drinks" to Neil Young's "Psychedelic Pill," is either up for an award on its own or included on a nominated album. 

If you've got Spotify, you can click and listen below to the 26 song mix, which begins with Vampire Weekend's "Diane Young," which is on Modern Vampires In The City, up for Alternative Music Album, and ends with Daft Punk's "Lose Yourself To Dance," from album of the year nominee Random Access Memories.

Songs from Kendrick Lamar, Mavis Staples, Bobby Rush, Disclosure, John Legend, Steve Earle, Kacey Musgraves, Gary Clark Jr., Taylor Swift, Queens of the Stone Age and Drake, among others, are in there, too, collectively putting up a fight against the argument that the Grammys don't actually recognize any good music.

A master list of the nominees is here.

Previously: Billy Joel to play Citizens Bank Park Follow In The Mix on Twitter

Inquirer Music Critic
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

Join Dan as he blogs about music and other forms of popular culture

Reach Dan at

Dan DeLuca Inquirer Music Critic
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter