2010 GRAMMY Winner Predictions: Rock and R&B

The 52nd annual GRAMMY Awards (2010) - Sunday, January 31st on CBS

Best Rock Album

AC/DC, Black Ice

Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood, Live from Madison Square Garden

Green Day, 21st Century Breakdown

Dave Matthews Band, Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King

U2, No Line on the Horizon

Veteran after veteran comprises this very solid line-up of nominees. Although Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King is the lone Album of the Year contender here, that doesn’t automatically translate into a GRAMMY win for individual genres. Case in point: this category in 2003. Evanescence’s Fallen was up for the top prize yet managed to lose here against the Foo Fighters’ One by One.

AC/DC have yet to be called GRAMMY winners but I’m guessing they’ll be rewarded elsewhere. Eric Clapton And Steve Winwood will have to sit this one out as well.

U2 are definitely GRAMMY darlings who dominated this field with their previous two releases. However, No Line on the Horizon didn’t quite make the same splash as those albums. The same could have been said about Green Day prior to “21 Guns” becoming a single and achieving notable success. If they won, it wouldn’t be that left field.

Since the Dave Matthews Band have a strong chance of taking Album of the Year, a victory here seems to be in order.

Prediction - Rock Album of the Year: Dave Matthews Band, Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King

Winner: Dave Matthews Band, Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King

Runner-Up: Green Day, 21st Century Breakdown

Best Rock Solo Vocal Performance

Winner: Bob Dylan, “Beyond Here Lie Nothin’”

Runner-Up: Bruce Springsteen, “Working on a Dream”

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

Winner: Kings of Leon, “Use Somebody”

Runner-Up: Green Day, “21 Guns”


Best Hard Rock Performance

Winner: AC/DC, “War Machine”

Runner-Up: Metallica, “The Unforgiven III”

Best Rock Song

Winner: “Use Somebody,” Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)

Runner-Up: “21 Guns,” Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt & Tré Cool, songwriters (Green Day)

Best Alternative Music Album

Winner: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It’s Blitz!

Runner-Up: David Byrne & Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

Prediction - Best Alternative Music Album: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It's Blitz!

Best R&B Song

“Blame It,” James T. Brown, John Conte, Jr., Jamie Foxx, Christopher Henderson, Brandon R. Melanchon, Breyon Prescott, T-Pain & Nathan L. Walker, songwriters (Jamie Foxx & T-Pain)

“Lions, Tigers & Bears,” Salaam Remi & Jazmine Sullivan, songwriters (Jazmine Sullivan)

“Pretty Wings,” Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyoncé)

“Under,” D. Babbs, L. Bereal, M. Cooper, A. Dixon, J. Franklin, T. Jones, R. New & K. Stephens, songwriters (Pleasure P)

While I had an inkling that Pleasure P would get mentioned for his album, his GRAMMY nods here and in Male R&B pleasantly surprised me. As deserved as it may be, “Under” doesn’t stand a chance against the other contenders.

I was also ecstatic to see “Lions, Tigers & Bears” land here as well. With more commercial success, it could have been a strong contender to win.

“Blame It” was certainly one of the biggest songs in any genre last year. In hindsight, the lyrics are probably the weakest thing about the record which doesn’t bode well for it here.

That leaves “Pretty Wings” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” to duke it out here. Both would be richly deserving of a victory but something tells me voters will want to spread the wealth and honor Maxwell who has yet to win the golden gramophone. 13 years after his first nomination, this is his time to shine.

Prediction - Best R&B Song: Maxwell, "Pretty Wings"

Winner: “Pretty Wings,” Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)

Runner-Up: “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyoncé)

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

Winner: Beyoncé, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”

Runner-Up: Melanie Fiona, “It Kills Me”

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

Winner: Maxwell, “Pretty Wings”

Runner-Up: Anthony Hamilton, “The Point of It All”

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

Winner: Jamie Foxx & T-Pain, “Blame It”

Runner-Up: Musiq Soulchild & Mary J. Blige, “Ifuleave”

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance

Winner: Anthony Hamilton, “Soul Music”

Runner-Up: Beyoncé, “At Last”


Best Urban/Alternative Performance

Winner: India.Arie & Dobet Gnahore, “Pearls”

Runner-Up: Tonéx, “Blend”

Best R&B Album

Winner: Maxwell, BLACKsummers’night

Runner-Up: Anthony Hamilton, The Point of It All

Best Contemporary R&B Album

Winner: Beyoncé, I Am… Sasha Fierce

Runner-Up: Jamie Foxx, Intuition

Prediction - Best Contemporary R&B Album: Beyoncé, I Am... Sasha Fierce

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5 comments

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  2. d.BRYJ Music · January 28, 2010

    “Use Somebody” deserves to win multiple GRAMMYs. Overall, it was probably the best rock song of ’09.

    “Pretty Wings” also deserves to win multiple GRAMMY awards and Maxwell’s album “BLACKsummers’night” should take home the prize for Best R&B Album.

    Love it or hate it Beyonce is unstoppable so she’s going to walk away with at least 3 GRAMMYs on Sunday. Hopefully she wins in the categories she deserves to win in and doesn’t just win everything by default.

  3. AC/DC Abruzzo · February 2, 2010

    1st Grammy for AC/DC!!

    • dynasty86 · February 2, 2010

      I know right! A long time overdue.

      • d.BRYJ Music · February 2, 2010

        Definitely. Bon Jovi performing at the GRAMMY’s was also a long time overdue.

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