While I was flying on Friday, I overheard the father of a family of 5 lean over to his wife and said “Lady GaGa and Elton John are opening the Grammys. They’re both flamboyant.” Wow. GaGa sure got mainstream real quick, didn’t she? There seems to be a bit more buzz about this year’s show, but I am really not all that inspired by the nominees this time around. Having said that, we play what we are dealt, so here go the predictions:
This one is hard to call, because while Taylor Swift may seem like a pop record to a lot of people, to the Nashville voters, this is a country record. However, some of those Nashville voters will also want to recognize hometown band Kings of Leon. Beyonce, BEPs and GaGa will split their voters, so the race is between Kings and Taylor, but my gut says Kings of Leon will take this one hom.
Song Of The Year
Poker Face/Lady Gaga & RedOne, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
Pretty Wings/Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)/Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyoncé)
Use Somebody/Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
You Belong With Me/Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
We could see the Kings walk away with both awards this year, but I have a feeling that Maxwell may have a shot at the Song award. The straight-ahead pop songs (and “Belong”) split the vote again.
If Beyonce has a shot at a big award, I think this is the one. However, the canceling effect may kick in again here, and since a lot of people feel that the Dave Matthews Band is long overdue for some recognition, look for a shiny glare from Dave’s head to be staring back at you when the award is handed out.
Best New Artist always seems to be the most difficult category to pick, because the members normally do a good job of picking a diverse range of artists. In this case, I think MGMT and the Ting Tings cancel each other out, and I don’t know if the Pickups have enough support to pull an upset. Give the edge to Keri, because she’s known behind the scenes as well as on the charts.
GaGa owns the Dance category this year. Look for Dance Recording and Album to both get picked up by a small woman in a crazy outfit.
In case you’re feeling bad for the Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce and Taylor Swift, I think they respectively will own the Pop, R&B and Country categories.