The Grammy Award Show is just two days away, and there are a few artists nominated that we think will win, as opposed to should, and vice versa. Check our picks below. (Of course, we had to focus on the ladies!)
Record Of The Year Nominees: “Halo” – Beyoncé / “I Gotta Feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas / “Use Somebody” – Kings Of Leon / “Poker Face” – Lady Gaga / “You Belong With Me” – Taylor Swift
BEP‘s track was such a feel-good song that it transcended age, gender, and musical preference (yes, at one point, you saw a parent, child, rap- and rock-head bump to this and indulge in a “OOH-oooh!”). And it came when we needed it most – during a year when everything that could go wrong, did. As much as we love Lady Gaga, we can’t see the Recording Academy giving the acclaimed award to any song with such a prominent sexual innuendo: “poke her face”?
Album Of The Year Nominees: “I Am… Sasha Fierce” – Beyoncé / “The E.N.D.” – The Black Eyed Peas / “The Fame” – Lady Gaga / “Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King” – Dave Matthews Band / “Fearless” – Taylor Swift
Just take it, Beyonce. From “Single Ladies” to “If I Were A Boy” to “Halo” to “Diva” to “Ego” to “Sweet Dreams” and finally “Video Phone,” Bey gave us an entire years worth of songs to sing to – without so much as taking a breath in between – and videos for each, just so we could practice (and fail miserably) at attempting to emulate the choreography. But then again, Gaga broke several records this year: She was the first artist in the 17-year history of the Billboard Pop Songs countdown to score four number ones from the same debut album. Let’s see the ladies go head-to-head. And please, no, not in another collabo.
Song Of The Year Nominees: “Poker Face” – Lady Gaga / “Pretty Wings” – Maxwell / “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” – Beyonce / “Use Somebody” – Kings Of Leon / “You Belong With Me” – Taylor Swift
So, this award is for the songwriter, not the performer (unless, of course, they’re the same person). And we’d really like to see Maxwell’s writers win, only because “I got gloss on my hips, a man on hips, got me tighter than my Dereon jeans” doesn’t exactly scream “talent,” as much as it does “shameless self-promotion.” But Swift, all 20 years of her, writes all her stuff. And while her songs may be a little too “puppy love & fairytales” for us, the songs are, with little to no outside help, written in her very own words.
Best New Artist Nominees: Zac Brown Band / Keri Hilson / MGMT / Silversun Pickups / The Ting Tings
We’d love to see Keri win, but we don’t think the Recording Academy will recognize her. Sure, she emerged from underneath Timbaland’s shadow as a successful solo artist, but her name wasn’t on everyone’s tongue nor her face in every magazine. And her videos could have been played in a much heavier rotation. Not that we want to get sick of her anytime soon, but a little over-exposure would have helped.
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Nominees: “Hometown Glory” – Adele / “Halo” – Beyoncé / “Hot N’ Cold” – Katy Perry / “Sober” – Pink / “You Belong With Me” – Taylor Swift
Adele is amazing. Period. But unless you’re in the UK, it’s not likely that you’ve heard her stuff. And besides, when we think “pop,” we don’t think of ballads. So hand this award over to Katy Perry because this genre is what she does best. Adele uses hints of jazz in her mainstream music, as does Taylor with country, Pink with rock and Bey with R&B, so if you’re looking for an organic pop song, “You’re hot then you’re cold, you’re yes then you’re no, you’re in then you’re out, you’re up than you’re down,” may be where it’s at.
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Nominees: “Ego” – Beyoncé & Kanye West / “Knock You Down” – Keri Hilson, Kanye West & Ne-Yo / “Run This Town” – Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West / “I’m On A Boat” – The Lonely Island & T-Pain / “Dead And Gone” – T.I. & Justin Timberlake
This one, however, we will give to Keri Hilson. “Knock You Down” was a hit from the moment we heard it. Wanting to sing about a classic love triangle gone wrong, she enlisted just the right men: the over-emotive, always aggressive Kanye West and the sincere balladeer that aims to please Ne-yo. While “Run This Town” was popular, it took a while to get there (blame that on RiRi’s vocals) and didn’t exactly hit any other mainstream stations, except for those exclusively dedicated to playing hip-hop.