2010 Grammy Predictions

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It’s that time of the year again where music’s biggest stars come out to gather at the annual Grammy Awards Ceremony. Below is a list of the nominations including my predictions on who will win this year along with comments. The 52nd Grammy Awards airs January 31st, 2010 at 8pm on CBS.

(Note: A highlight indicates who will win)

THE 2010 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS

SONG OF THE YEAR
Beyonce, “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
Kings Of Leon, “Use Somebody”
Lady Gaga, “Poker Face”
Maxwell, “Pretty Wings”
*Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me”

RECORD OF THE YEAR
Beyonce, “Halo”
The Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling”
Kings Of Leon, “Use Somebody”
Lady Gaga, “Poker Face”
*Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me”

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Beyonce, I Am… Sasha Fierce
The Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D.
Lady Gaga, The Fame
Dave Matthews Band, Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King
*Taylor Swift, Fearless

BEST FEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Adele, “Hometown Glory”
Beyonce, “Halo”
Katy Perry, “Hot N Cold”
Pink, “Sober”
*Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me”

(Comment: If previous award ceremonies continue to indicate possible Grammy winners, I do expect Taylor Swift to continue with her winning streak in these categories for her smash hit “You Belong with Me”)

BEST NEW ARTIST
Keri Hilson
MGMT
Silversun Pickups
The Ting Tings
*Zac Brown Band

BEST MALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE
John Legend, “This Time”
*Maxwell, “Love You”
Jason Mraz, “Make It Mine”
Seal, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”
Stevie Wonder, “All About The Love Again”

BEST POP COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS
Rosanne Cash & Bruce Springsteen, “Sea Of Heartbreak”
*Ciara & Justin Timberlake, “Love Sex Magic”
Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat, “Lucky”
Willie Nelson & Norah Jones, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
Taylor Swift & Colbie Caillat, “Breathe”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY POP DUO OR GROUP
*The Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling”
Bon Jovi, “We Weren’t Born To Follow”
The Fray, “Never Say Never”
Daryl Hall & John Oates, “Sara Smile”
MGMT, “Kids”

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
*The Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D.
Colbie Caillat, Breakthrough
Kelly Clarkson, All I Ever Wanted
The Fray, The Fray
Pink, Funhouse

(Comment: Again, based on the Black Eyed Peas previous success of winning awards in 2009, I expect the trend to continue)

BEST DANCE RECORDING
The Black Eyed Peas, “Boom Boom Pow”
David Guetta, & Kelly Rowland, “When Love Takes Over”
*Lady Gaga, “Poker Face
Madonna, “Celebration”
Britney Spears, “Womanizer”

(Comment: Lady Gaga should just edge out the Black Eyed Peas on this one, since this song is considered on many lists to be the top song of 2009)

BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ALBUM
The Crystal Method, Divided By Night
David Guetta, One Love
*Lady Gaga, The Fame
LMFAO, Party Rock
Pet Shop Boys, Yes

(Comment: No contest in this category for Lady Gaga)

BEST ROCK SONG
Pearl Jam, “The Fixer”
U2, “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight”
*Green Day, “21 Guns”
Kings Of Leon, “Use Somebody”
Bruce Springsteen, “Working On A Dream”

BEST ROCK ALBUM
AC/DC, Black Ice
Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood, Live At Madison Square Garden
*Green Day, 21st Century Breakdown
Dave Matthews Band, Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King
U2, No Line On The Horizon

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS
Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood, “Can’t Find My Way Home”
Coldplay, “Life In Technicolor II”
*Green Day, “21 Guns”
Kings Of Leon, “Use Somebody”
U2, “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight”

(Comment: The Grammys has always gone in Green Day’s favor so I expect this to continue, although I do feel Kings of Leon deserve to win at least one category)

BEST ROCK SOLO VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Bob Dylan, “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’”
John Fogerty, “Change In The Weather”
Prince, “Dreamer”
*Bruce Springsteen, “Working On A Dream”
Neil Young, “Fork In The Road”

(Comment: The Boss is still the boss)

BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE
AC/DC, “War Machine”
Alice In Chains, “Check My Brain”
Linkin Park, “What I’ve Done”
Metallica, “The Unforgiven III”
*Nickelback, “Burn It To The Ground”

(Comment: Nickelback has just been named the top rock band of the decade according to Billboard so I expect them to win this one)

BEST METAL PERFORMANCE
*Judas Priest, “Dissident Aggressor”
Lamb Of God, “Set To Fail”
Megadeth, “Head Crusher”
Ministry, “Señor Peligro”
Slayer, “Hate Worldwide”

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
David Byrne & Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
*Death Cab For Cutie, The Open Door
Depeche Mode, Sounds Of The Universe
Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It’s Blitz!

(Comment: Death Cab for Cutie has the highest record sales out of all the nominees in this category)

BEST FEMALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE
*Beyonce, “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
Melanie Fiona, “It Kills Me”
Lalah Hathaway, “That Was Then”
Ledisi, “Goin’ Thru Changes”
Jazmine Sullivan, “Lions, Tigers & Bears”

(Comment: Beyonce clearly has no competition here)

BEST MALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Anthony Hamilton, “The Point Of It All”
*Maxwell, “Pretty Wings
Musiq Soulchild, “Sobeautiful”
Pleasure P, “Under”
Charlie Wilson, “There Goes My Baby”

(Comment: Maxwell’s big return to the charts should earn him a win or two this year)

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP
*Jamie Foxx & T-Pain, “Blame It”
India.Arie & Musiq Soulchild, “Chocolate High”
Musiq Soulchild & Mary J. Blige, “Ifuleave”
Robert Randolph & The Clark Sisters, “Higher Ground”
Calvin Richardson & Ann Nesby, “Love Has Finally Come At Last”

(Comment: “Blame It” has been the biggest hit out of all the other nominees on the charts, and is a really catchy song. This makes Jamie Foxx and T-Pain the frontrunners.)

BEST RAP SOLO PERFORMANCE
Drake, “Best I Ever Had”
Eminem, “Beautiful”
*Jay-Z, “D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)”
Kid Cudi, “Day ‘N’ Nite”
Mos Def, “Casa Bay”

BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
Beyonce & Kanye West, “Ego”
Keri Hilson, Kanye West & Ne-Yo, “Knock You Down”
*Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West, “Run This Town”
The Lonely Island & T-Pain, “I’m On A Boat”
T.I. & Justin Timberlake, “Dead And Gone”

BEST RAP SONG
Drake, “Best I Ever Had”
Kid Cudi, “Day ‘N’ Nite”
T.I. & Justin Timberlake, “Dead And Gone”
Jay-Z, “D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)”
*Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West, “Run This Town”

(Comment: I expect Jay-Z to do well this year as always, the Grammy’s tend to favor him more than anyone else)

BEST RAP ALBUM
Common, Universal Mind Control
Eminem, Relapse
*Flo Rida, R.O.O.T.S.
Mos Def, The Ecstatic
Q-Tip, The Renaissance

(Comment: With Flo Rida’s huge success on the charts, he becomes the frontrunner to take this category)

BEST COUNTRY SONG
Trace Adkins, “All I Ask For Anymore”
Jamey Johnson, “High Cost Of Living”
*Lady Antebellum, “I Run To You”
Billy Currington, “People Are Crazy”
Taylor Swift, “White Horse”

(Comment: Again, previous awards shows tend to hint the Grammy winner so I’m going with Lady Antebellum to edge out Taylor Swift’s White Horse)

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
Zac Brown Band, The Foundation
George Strait, Twang
*Taylor Swift, Fearless
Keith Urban, Defying Gravity
Lee Ann Womack, Call Me Crazy

(Comment: Taylor has really made a name for herself, she has some competition in this category but I expect her to take this as she has previously beaten out Keith Urban and George Strait for the win)

BEST FEMALE COUNTRY VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Miranda Lambert, “Dead Flowers”
Martina McBride, “I Just Call You Mine”
Taylor Swift, “White Horse”
*Carrie Underwood, “Just A Dream”
Lee Ann Womack, “Solitary Thinkin’”

(Comment: OK, I do expect Carrie Underwood to win at least one award, the vocals in “Just a Dream” are superb and song also really highlights her amazing vocal range.)

BEST MALE COUNTRY VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Trace Adkins, “All I Ask For Anymore”
Billy Currington, “People Are Crazy”
Jamey Johnson, “High Cost Of Living”
George Strait, “Living For The Night”
*Keith Urban, “Sweet Thing”

(Comment: Keith Urban’s popularity will earn him success here)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY COUNTRY DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS
Brooks and Dunn, “Cowgirls Don’t Cry”
Zac Brown Band, “Chicken Fried”
Lady Antebellum, “I Run to You”
*Rascal Flatts, “Here Comes Goodbye”
Sugarland, “It Happens”

(Comment: Rascal Flatts are still dominate country music and the charts, I give this category to them)

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