Sunday, February 13, 2011

Grammy Predictions: F**k You

Tonight is Grammy night. This will be my second time predicting the general field categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

I was 2 for 4 last year so hoping to do better this time around.

Album of the Year

-The Suburbs performed by Arcade Fire
-Recovery performed by Eminem
-Need You Now performed by Lady Antebellum
-The Fame Monster performed by Lady Gaga
-Teenage Dream performed by Katy Perry

Eminem is the clear frontrunner. The Arcade Fire don't have enough commercial appeal, though they are deserving. Lady Antebellum only had one huge crossover hit with the title track. Gaga's EP does not consist of her best work. I see Katy Perry as the dark horse. She's probably the least talented in the category but is the only one to have three No. 1 singles in the Billboard Hot 100.

Eminem got snubbed for the Marshall Mathers LP a decade ago. He has the critical/commercial success and the staying power to take home the night's top prize.

Song of the Year

-Ray LaMontagne for "Beg Steal or Borrow" performed by Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs
-Cee Lo Green, Phillip Lawrence, and Bruno Mars for "Fuck You" performed by Cee Lo Green
-Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin for "The House That Built Me" performed by Miranda Lambert
-Alexander Grant, Holly Hafferman, and Marshall Mathers for "Love the Way You Lie" performed by Eminem featuring Rihanna
-Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott for "Need You Now" performed by Lady Antebellum

Lady A's single which I think should be renamed "Booty Call" will win. The song is much deeper than that, though. Plus, they couldn't have been nicer when I met worked their acoustic show at The Cannery Ballroom last June. I would love to hear the presenter to announce "Fuck You" as the song of the year. Sadly, this won't happen.

Record of the Year

-Nothin' on You by B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars
-Love The Way You Lie by Eminem featuring Rihanna
-F**k You by Cee Lo Green
-Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
-Need You Now by Lady Antebellum

As with the previous category, I think the two likely candidates are "Need You Now" and "Love the Way You Lie." I think the hip-hop voters will split between the three nominees in that genre.

Best New Artist

-Justin Bieber
-Florence and the Machine
-Mumford & Sons
-Esperanza Spalding

I still don't understand why MGMT didn't win this award last year. Drake has this in the bag., which is weird since his career blew up almost two years ago. Bieber got nominated for the same reasons the Jonas Bros did in 2009: younger viewers. The other acts are probably more talented, but they don't have a chance. Listen to "Over" by Drake and you should understand why.

Those are my picks. What do you think?

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