MOMENTS | Mash-up: Best Covers of the Grammy’s Record of the Year Nominees
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Last night’s 2015 Grammy Awards had 83 categories, but since there isn’t one for the best covers of the year, we’ve decided to put together our own: Best Record of the Year Covers. We’re all about user-generated content, and this is our way of sending our love to the artists who have used YouTube as a platform to showcase their creativity.
1. Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” (Darkchild Version) won Record of the Year at the Grammy’s last night—one of his four Grammy wins. And at just 14 years old, vocalist, dancer and actress Aanysa’s cover of “Stay With Me” has a vocal intensity that captures the emotion behind Sam Smith’s Grammy Award-winning song.
2. Sam Tsui, known for his mash-ups, medleys, covers, collaborations and original songs, covered reformed party girl Sia’s “Chandelier.” Maybe we’re a little bias, but we’re also really keen on how the video is also a mash-up his performance of the song’s instrumentals.
3. Canadian rock, Ska, and Reggae band Walk off the Earth, who built their fan base through viral YouTube videos (you’ve definitely watched their cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”), made a wonderful cover of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”—featuring various shakers!
4. American musician, pianist, composer, and arranger Scott Bradlee & his band Postmodern Jukebox put a jazz twist on their cover of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” (a song that’s already a blend of R&B, hip hop and country).
5. We’re not particularly enamored with Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” ft. (Charli XCX), but we’re very much impressed with Danny Padilla & Mason Sperling’s improv impersonation cover of “Fancy.” The improv impersonations include everyone from Louis Armstrong to Elmo to Blink 182.
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