With the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards approaching us soon, it is time for me to predict which artists, songs and albums will be honored come January 31st.
Here’s how it’s gonna go:
Since there are 108 categories in total, I will attempt to determine winners in the pop, dance, rock, R&B, rap and country fields while giving commentary on select races among them. First up, Pop and Dance…
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
From year to year, this category consistently has an impressive set of nominees. This time is no different with vocal performances from several of 2009’s leading ladies.
After winning this award last year for her debut single, “Chasing Pavements,” Adele could triumph here once again with the equally moving “Hometown Glory”.
Although she’s been nodded and won in the R&B equivalent to this category before (Female R&B), this is Beyoncé first mention here. If there’s one song that can finally give her a win in the pop field, it’s “Halo”.
As much as I adore Katy Perry, “Hot N Cold” has the least chance of winning. Her nomination is her reward.
A perennial in this category, Pink gives one of the best vocals of her career with “Sober”. With a Pop Album nod to boot, she may have enough NARAS support to etch out a victory.
Then, there’s Taylor Swift, who has become one of a handful of female country artists to show up in this category with her crossover smash hit “You Belong with Me”.
With this being a four-way race (sorry Katy Perry!), it makes it hard for me to determine a winner. In the past, smash hits like Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” (1993) have claimed this award as well as more moderate successes. Also, a vocal doesn’t necessarily have to be soaring or technically perfect to win here either. In the end, I get the feeling that Swift will take this with Beyoncé hot on her tail.
Winner: Taylor Swift, “You Belong with Me”
Runner-Up: Beyoncé, “Halo”
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Winner: Stevie Wonder, “All About the Love Again”
Runner-Up: Jason Mraz, “Make It Mine”
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
Winner: The Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling”
Runner-Up: The Fray, “Never Say Never”
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
Winner: Willie Nelson & Norah Jones, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
Runner-Up: Rosanne Cash & Bruce Springsteen, “Sea of Heartbreak”
Best Pop Vocal Album
Winner: The Black Eyes Peas, The E.N.D.
Runner-Up: Pink, Funhouse
Best Dance Recording
Another highly contested category. First, there are three songs here that went to number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart last year (with “Boom Boom Pow” staying there for 12 consecutive weeks). You have two artists who’ve garnered this award in the past and continue to be influential in dance music as a whole (Madonna and Britney Spears). Then, there’s the newcomer (David Guetta) who made a huge worldwide splash with the Kelly Rowland-duet “When Love Takes Over”.
Taking all this into consideration, this is the first time in over a decade that a song nominated here also made it into the General Field (“Poker Face”). It would be pretty shocking to me if Lady GaGa didn’t have this in the bag. At the moment, she’s dance music’s biggest star and she’ll have an easier time winning in this field than elsewhere.
Winner: Lady GaGa, “Poker Face”
Runner-Up: The Black Eyed Peas, “Boom Boom Pow”
Best Electronic/Dance Album
Winner: Lady Gaga, The Fame
Runner-Up: David Guetta, One Love