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The Mini-Music Critic: 15 Grammy-nominated Songs Critiqued by a First-grader

A 1st Grader Rates the Grammys

A 1st Grader Rates the Grammys

“Hey sweetie, wanna help mommy with an article,” I asked my 7-year-old daughter when I picked her up from school on Thursday.

“Maybe, what is it about?” she coyly replied not unlike a seasoned freelancer.

“Well, I’d have you give us your thoughts on the Grammy Award nominees,” I informed her.

“What are the Grammys? Is it for old people?” she asked.

“Well, not old, old. They’re music awards, and it’s a big deal.”

“Oh, okay…at first I thought it was awards for old people, like for grandmas.”

I had never really thought that the Grammys could have been mistaken for paying tribute to grandmothers, but it makes sense if you had never heard of the awards before. We then spent the afternoon listening to the Grammy nominations in such categories like “Best Rock Performance,” “Best Pop Solo Performance,” and “Song of the Year.” I intentionally did not include “Best Hard Rock Song” or “Best Country Song” since that really isn’t her cup of tea, and I didn’t want an afternoon of complaining. And the “Best Rap Song” category was so not age-appropriate. These 15 Grammy nominees, are, in the most part, family-friendly.

Check out what my little first grader thought of the Grammy nominees right here:

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  • Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger” 1 of 15
    Kelly Clarkson - "Stronger"
    Nominated in "Song of the Year" and "Best Pop Solo" categories
    "I like this song. She uses a lot of feeling. She's trying to tell someone that they are annoying her. She's trying to say she doesn't really need any other people and that she can take care of herself and that no one can boss her around. Because like she sang in the song, she's stronger."


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  • Ed Sheeran – “The A Team” 2 of 15
    Ed Sheeran - "The A Team"
    Nominated in "Song of the Year" category
    "I don't know, this song sounds a little sad, but I like it a little because he is talking about fun things to do in the snow, and we're going to the snow soon, so I like it. Also, I think it sounds like he wants to be free. But it's a sad song, and it's making me sad, too. I don't think I ever want to hear it again."


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  • Miguel – “Adorn” 3 of 15
    Miguel - "Adorn"
    Nominated in "Song of the Year" category
    "This song is depressing, too. He is singing so slow and mellow. It sounds like he's singing in the park, like he is singing to the birds. He kind of sings like a bird don't you think?"


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  • Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe” 4 of 15
    Carly Rae Jepsen - "Call Me Maybe"
    Nominated in "Song of the Year" and "Best Pop Solo Performance" categories
    This song is extremely popular with little girls; they adore it and start an instant dance party whenever it comes on. And my own daughter has caught the Carly Rae Jepsen bug. She said of the song: "I love love love love love love love love love this song! I've heard it like 100 million times. I know all the words, too. I really like it. Can we hear it again?"


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  • Fun. feat. Janelle Monae – “We Are Young” 5 of 15
    Fun. feat. Janelle Monae - "We Are Young"
    Nominated in "Song of the Year" and "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance" categories
    "I like it. It's nice and slow and I like that you can hear the words. You can understand how the guy is feeling. I also like it because it sounds like he wants to help and he wants to make friends and carry them places. He says "we are young," but he doesn't sound that young. He's probably like 21 or 22. And sometimes he sounds like a cat, like the background sounds like, 'meow, meow, meow'."
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  • Adele – “Set Fire to the Rain” 6 of 15
    Adele - "Set Fire to the Rain"
    Nominated in "Best Pop Solo Performance" category
    As soon as the song started, she asked if she could dance to it. She began to dance beautifully, getting in touch with her inner Isadora Duncan. When I asked her about the song, she said: "I like it — it's fun to dance to. And when you dance to it, you can hop up and down. And if you have a scarf or something, you can thrown it up into the air. It's a really pretty song. Her voice is really pretty. She has a really great talent."


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  • Katy Perry – “Wide Awake” 7 of 15
    Katy Perry - "Wide Awake"
    Nominated in "Best Pop Solo Performance" category
    "I guess it's okay. I kinda like it. I like that girl's other songs better. This one is too sad. It sounds like she's really bummed out."


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  • LMFAO – “Sexy and I Know It” 8 of 15
    LMFAO - "Sexy and I Know It"
    Nominated in "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance" category
    I should note, I have intentionally never let my daughter listen to LMFAO's hit "I'm Sexy and I Know It." After witnessing children dancing to the song and being struck by how wrong it seems (lyric-wise), I, being the prudish mother I am, had shielded her from the ditty. But in our media-saturated society, it's hard to avoid certain things, like hit songs. I played a segment of the song for my daughter and this was her reaction: "Oh, I know this song! I heard it before! It's really, really funny. I really like it, but you don't let me listen to it. I don't know why. It's just a funny song! The guy who sings it sounds really silly."
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  • Gotye feat. Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used to Know” 9 of 15
    Gotye feat. Kimbra - "Somebody That I Used to Know"
    Nominated in "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance" category
    "I really like this one — it's dreaming. It's relaxing. It makes me sleepy, like I want to take a nap."


    Photo Source: Amazon
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  • Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait” 10 of 15
    Mumford & Sons - "I Will Wait"
    Nominated in "Best Rock Song" category
    "This song sounds too country. It makes me want to bounce my head around. It's a song about a guy waiting for a girl to come to his house. I think he loves the girl, he loves the girl a lot. And he's waiting a long long time. It's pretty depressing. It's depressing 'cos he has to wait so long."


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  • Muse – “Madness” 11 of 15
    Muse - "Madness"
    Nominated in "Best Rock Song" category
    "I don't like it. It's really dark feeling, and it makes me uncomfortable. Why would anyone want to listen to it?"


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  • Bruce Springsteen – “We Take Care of Our Own” 12 of 15
    Bruce Springsteen - "We Take Care of Our Own"
    Nominated in "Best Rock Song" category
    "This song is pretty but sad. I do like the beat but it's just too sad. It sounds like it's a song about travel, which is neat. But it's about sad travel, like seeing sad places in the world."


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  • Maroon 5 – “Payphone” 13 of 15
    Maroon 5 - "Payphone"
    Nominated in "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance" category
    "It doesn't sound good. It's too sad...and boring. Can we do the next one please?"


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  • The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy” 14 of 15
    The Black Keys - "Lonely Boy"
    Nominated in "Best Rock Song" category
    "This song is fun! It has a weird beat that makes it fun. But it also sounds old, like something grandpa would listen to. But the beat sound is what makes it."

  • Jack White – Freedom at 21 15 of 15
    Jack White - Freedom at 21
    Nominated in "Best Rock Song" category
    "This song is really loud, and it's weird. He's saying the words really weird and making strange sounds. The guitar sounds like a dying witch."


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