Executive Grammy Picks: NMPA's David Israelite

Billboard reached out to various music executives from across the industry for their 2014 Grammy predictions for this year's Big 4 -- Album, Song and Record of the Year and Best New Artist. NMPA President and CEO David Israelite gave us his unbiased opinions on who he thinks will win and why.

David Israelite

President/CEO National Music Publishers Association

Album of the Year -- Taylor Swift, "Red" – Taylor remains one of the best ambassadors for the music industry.  The entire album is fantastic, and as an advocate for music publishers and songwriters, I love that she writes her own music.
Song of the Year -- "Just Give Me a Reason" [Songwriters: Jeff Bhasker, P!nk, Nate Ruess -- Performers: P!nk featuring Nate Ruess]. It is always great when listening to a song feels like you are being told a story and makes you feel something.  This song does that.
Record of the Year -- "Royals" – Lorde – Many good songs in this category but this one stands above. Amazing talent.
Best New Artist -- Ed Sheeran. I’ve been a fan of Ed’s since I first heard “A Team” before it became popular. He is a great performer and i would love to see a singer-songwriter win this award.