It’s been a long, torturous wait for the 2014 Grammy Awards. Ever since the nominees were announced in early December, my MTV News cohorts and I have already consulted professional oddsmakers and a psychic to get an idea of whose names will be called come Sunday night. (For the record, they gave us totally different answers.)
But what if, instead of consulting math or the heavens to predict this year’s winners — or, you know, waiting a mere 24 hours when we’ll know for sure — we listened to the people? Besides, at the end of the day, all that really gets you ahead in this world is popularity, right?
Luckily, the folks at Spotify were thinking the same thing when they predicted this year’s winners based on their popularity on the social streaming site. See what they predicted below, and if you’re mad about, remember: You did this.
Album Of The Year
The big kahuna, the main course, the Beyonce of golden gramophones, Album of the Year is the category everyone will be talking about come Monday. This year’s patchwork band of nominees include Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, Sarah Bareilles’ The Blessed Unrest, Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city, Taylor Swift’s Red and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist. And even though hip-hop purists and lyrical masterminds are pulling for K. Dot, it’s the MC from Seattle who’s the most popular.
— Spotify (@Spotify) January 23, 2014
Best Pop Solo Performance
Sara Bareilles’ “Brave,” Lorde’s “Royals,” Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man,” Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” and Katy Perry’s “Roar” are the horses in this race. And while there are some Grammy veterans in the running, it’s Lorde’s unlikely juggernaut that garnered the most streams on Spotify — a whopping 92 million listens.
— Spotify (@Spotify) January 25, 2014
Best New Artist
A certain pop-minded co-worker may be campaigning super hard for Ed Sheeran to take home this highly coveted gramophone, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (who are up for seven awards) won the popularity contest with more than 520 million streams.
— Spotify (@Spotify) January 24, 2014
Record Of The Year
There’s some shady business going on with this category, as Spotify initially announced on Twitter on Saturday (January 25) that Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” was streamers’ favorite. It faces off against Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” “Royals,” Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” and the ubiquitous summer anthem “Blurred Lines.” We guess we’ll just have to wait on that one.