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By C. Molly Smith
Updated February 09, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST
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Red carpets are predictably unpredictable. Leading up to this year’s Grammys, musicians from myriad genres talked to EW about what they think is the most interesting thing happening in music right now. The answers were, in a word, varied. Here’s what they had to say:

Juanes was nominated for best Latin pop album for his Loco De Amor. Sunday night, he became the first performer to sing a song in Spanish at the Grammys in 10 years. He said he’s attracted to music that doesn’t sound like it’s of the moment, and pointed to a few modern examples.

“I feel like [Beck and Sam Smith] are making organic music with instruments. They are singing songs, normal songs in these days when everything is about going to electronic. I really like when I hear a guitar, drums, real music.” This is something he takes into account when making his own music. “I feel I identify with them because that’s what I do as well.”

Lee Ann Womack was nominated for two golden gramophones—Best Country Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical—for The Way I’m Livin’. The “I Hope You Dance” singer, whose career took off in the 90s, is amazed by how the industry has evolved.

“On the business side, I think it’s so interesting the way my kids seek music out. They don’t wait to see what the radio is playing. There’s so much on the Internet that they could go find. And people are able to put their own records out without having a label. It’s like the wild west in the music industry.”

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and her husband, Robert Lopez, are the songwriting team behind Frozen. They claimed Grammys for Best Song Written for Visual Media and Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media. Anderson-Lopez spoke to women’s place in music right now.

Frozen, up until the very last minute, was the number 1 album of the year, and, I think, ‘Let It Go’ was the number 1 track of the year, which to me says there’s a huge audience waiting for songs that tell stories, and a huge audience for songs about girls, sung by girls, written by women. There aren’t a whole lot of things out there like that, but I’m hoping that it opens the door for more opportunities for female writers, writing about female experiences.”

Basement Jaxx’s Felix Buxton, whose “Never Say Never” was nominated for best dance recording, was by far the most opinionated. For him, the most interesting about music is its future, which he presumes might be in poetry.

“I feel pop music is finished. I thought this a couple of years ago with Lady Gaga. It’s kind of taken a mashup of rock, pop, rap. Most of the music Grammys are a regurgitation of an old thing. Perhaps the next thing is something quite different. I don’t know. Maybe a poet of the people, or something getting to the bones, maybe poetry. Maybe that’ll be the big thing.”

When asked if you could argue that rap is a form of poetry, he responded: “Some of it is, but I don’t know. I’m not going to make any sweeping statements about rap. I know there’s a lot of stuff out there. It’s not really giving me anything. I was deeply moved by Public Enemy and bands years ago. They seemed to be talking of something about people. Now, people seem very focused on this world of celebrity and whatever, which is nonsense which doesn’t interest me, and also doesn’t interest a lot of people. I think we forget that.”

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