Well it’s music’s biggest night again. I’ve made some picks and predictions on who I think should and will win some gold tonight and took a chance to mention those who got snubbed. Without further ado here it is!
Record of the Year:
- B.O.B featuring Bruno Mars, “Nothin’ On You”
- Eminem featuring Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie”
- Cee Lo Green, “F*** You” (Should Win)
- Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind”
- Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now” (Will Win)
Snubbed: “Airplanes”, B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams
It was a huge year for rap, more specifically rap collaboration. While not one of my favorite songs of the year, there’s no denying that “Love The Way You Lie” should be on this list. In the end it will probably be down to either Em and Riri’s collaboration and Lady A’s huge hit. I’ll give “Need You Now” the edge though, since it’s more Grammy-friendly than a song about domestic abuse. Still, wouldn’t it be awesome it Green’s viral hit took it home? Oh, and how did “Nothin’ On You” get in here over B.o.B’s other huge hit; “Airplanes”? Or Gaga’s “Bad Romance” for that matter?
Song of the Year:
- “Beg, Steal, or Borrow” – Ray LaMontagne
- “F*** You!” – Brody Brown, Cee Lo Green, Philip Lawrence & Bruno Mars
- “The House That Built Me” – Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin (Should Win)
- “Love the Way You Lie” – Alexander Grant, Skylar Grey & Marshall Mathers
- “Need You Now” – Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott (Will Win)
Snubbed: “Power”, Kanye West
While I do have a deep love for “F**k You” and would love to see it sweep all of its nominations, I can’t deny that “The House That Built Me” was the song of the year. Considering how shocked I was that it even got nominated, I highly doubt it has a shot of winning, especially when there’s another country-crossover hit nominated in the same category. Again, I think that it’s down to Lady A’s huge hit and Eminem and Rihanna’s huge hit. Whoever wins Record of the Year will most likely win this one. And here’s to hoping that since “Power” didn’t make it to the final five this year, that “Runaway” will get it next year.
Best New Artist:
- Justin Bieber
- Drake (Will Win)
- Florence + the Machine (Should Win)
- Mumford & Sons
- Esperanza Spalding
Snubbed: VV Brown
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it looks like it’s down to two fellow Canadians! I’d have no problem seeing Drake walk away with this award, but I’d be a little less thrilled to see the painfully overexposed Bieber take it home. Thankfully, the Grammy’s have a history of not giving this one away to teen sensations. I’m still hoping Florence + The Machine manage to sneak away with a victory, though.
Best Female Country Vocal Performance:
- Jewel, “Satisfied”
- Miranda Lambert, “The House That Built Me” (Should and Will Win)
- LeAnn Rimes, “Swingin’”
- Carrie Underwood, “Temporary Home”
- Gretchen Wilson, “I’d Love to Be Your Last”
Snubbed: “I Keep On Loving You”, Reba
Admittedly, this is a pretty weak category. This is without a doubt Lambert’s award to lose. The only one I can even remotely imagine pulling an upset victory is Underwood, but I’m fairly certain this will her first year walking away from the Grammy’s empty-handed.
Best Male Country Vocal Performance:
- Jamey Johnson, “Macon”
- Toby Keith, “Cryin’ For Me (Wayman’s Song)”
- David Nail, “Turning Home”
- Keith Urban, “‘Til Summer Comes Around” (Should and Will Win)
- Chris Young, “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)”
Snubbed: “Draw Me A Map”, Dierks Bentley
This category is strong than the female’s equivalent, or it at least makes more sense. Keith Urban’s hit is my favorite of the bunch and as of lately he seems to be becoming somewhat of a Grammy’s darling so he probably has this one in the bag. On a side note, with all of his other nomination’s you’d think Bentley would have been able to score a nomination for what was without a doubt the best male vocal performance’s of the year.
Best Country Collaboration with Vocals:
- “Bad Angel” — Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert & Jamey Johnson (Should Win)
- “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” — Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury & The Punch Brothers
- “As She’s Walking Away” — Zac Brown Band & Alan Jackson (Will Win)
- “Hillbilly Bone” — Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins
- “I Run To You” — Marty Stuart & Connie Smith
“Bad Angel” is one of the coolest country collaborations in ages, bringing together all of country music’s critical favorites. Even all that respect and talent i still think “As She’s Walking Away”, will, well walk away with it (hahaha… sigh), because it was you know, actually released as a single.
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance:
- “King of Anything,” Sara Bareilles
- “Halo (Live),” Beyoncé
- “Chasing Pirates,” Norah Jones
- “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga (Should and Will Win)
- “Teenage Dream,” Katy Perry
Snubbed: “You Lost Me”, Christina Aguilera
I admit to having a deep appreciation for Perry’s “Teenage Dream”, but “Bad Romance” helped redefine Lady Gaga as an artist. Also, does Beyoncé really need another nomination for a song that she won a Grammy for last year? I’m pretty sure Christina could have used it a lot more than Beyoncé.
- Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:
- “Don’t Stop Believin'” (Regionals Version) – Glee Cast
- “Misery” – Maroon 5 (Should Win)
- “The Only Exception” – Paramore
- “Babyfather” – Sade
- “Hey, Soul Sister” (Live) – Train (Will Win)
The Glee nom is surprising, but not completely undeserved. This might say more to the generally underwhelming category than anything else though. Hopefully, Maroon 5 will take home their third trophy, but Train’s grating hit was like an epidemic in 2010.
- Best Dance Recording:
- “Rocket” – Goldfrapp
- “In for the Kill” – La Roux
- “Dance in the Dark” – Lady Gaga
- “Only Girl (In the World)” – Rihanna
- “Dancing on My Own” – Robyn (Should Win)
I think this might be the tightest category of the year. Three of the five songs here made my best singles of the year countdown and in fact “Dancing On My Own” topped it. Meanwhile, “Rocket” is a great song that I can’t believe I’ve only discovered until hearing about its nomination, and “Dance in the Dark” is a solid, if not slighty dated sounding, album track. Robyn’s heartfelt would be/should be hit should win it, but I’m truly puzzled as to who will win, if it were a bigger gaga hit I’d say she’s have it in the bag, but since it’s only an album track I’d say it’s anyone’s guess.
- Best Short Form Music Video:
- “Ain’t No Grave” – (Johnny Cash)
- “Love The Way You Lie” – Eminem & Rihanna
- “Stylo” – Gorillaz, Mos Def & Bobby Womack
- “F**k You” – Cee Lo Green
- “Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga (Should and Will Win)
Since she got shut out of the general field, I assume the Grammy’s will take this category as a oppertunity to make up for it. It’s not like she doesn’t deserve it neither, the video for “Bad Romance” is downright epic, but part of me still really wants Green’s hilarious video to win.