Will Lorde Win a Golden Globe for 'Yellow Flicker Beat'? She's Up Against Some Strong Competitors — VIDEOS
Despite how I feel about her taste in lipstick shades, I really do like Lorde, so I was super excited when I heard she'd be curating the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. She may only be 17 and relatively new to the music industry, but Lorde — who's already a Grammy winner — obviously knows her stuff. Unfortunately, though, once I heard her single for the movie, "Yellow Flicker Beat," I was a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it's a good song, but I think my expectations for it were a little too high. After all, Taylor Swift's prior contributions to the Hunger Games music compendium, "Safe and Sound" and "Eyes Open" both set incredibly high standards. But obviously, plenty of other people loved "Yellow Flicker Beat" since it earned Lorde a nomination for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
In case you haven't heard the song, which played as the credits rolled at the end of Mockingjay, it's not too late to get caught up before Sunday's awards. Like I said before, it's a good song — the lyrics fit with the themes of the story perfectly, and it's catchy enough. And God knows it's nowhere near as horrifying as the radio remix of "The Hanging Tree."
But is it Golden Globes worthy? To figure that out, we'll have to weigh it against its fellow nominees, and although it does come from a powerhouse of a franchise like The Hunger Games, "Yellow Flicker Beat" is up against some pretty stiff competition.
Lana Del Rey — "Big Eyes" from Big Eyes
Haunting in a way that only Lana Del Rey is capable of achieving, "Big Eyes" sounds exactly like a song written for a Tim Burton movie should. I'm kind of in love with this song, and musically, I think it's superior to "Yellow Flicker Beat." I wouldn't be surprised at all if it won the Golden Globe.
John Legend feat. Common — "Glory" from Selma
It's hard to deny that the past year has been a big one for John Legend. I have yet to drive from point A to point B without hearing "All of Me" on the radio, and it's been forever since that song was released. This song has powerful lyrics, and I can see its message being the thing that beats out a song from a movie franchise largely targeted at teenagers — especially since Common references the ongoing situation in Ferguson, which makes it a very relevant and current choice.
Sia — "Opportunity" from Annie
As adorable as a movie Annie is (and how much I want to scoop up Quvenzhané Wallis and adopt her as my own child), I don't see this one winning, purely on the basis that it's up against songs from movies like Selma. And if I had to guess right now, I'd say if it was between "Opportunity" and "Yellow Flicker Beat," "Yellow Flicker Beat" would win.
Patti Smith & the Kronos Quartet — "Mercy Is" from Noah
This is my least favorite song from the nominee lists, and as Noah has received way less buzz this award season than its competitors, I'll be supremely surprised if this one takes home the award. Patti Smith herself is a force to be reckoned with, but I'm not sure this is the song that's going to win her a Golden Globe.