2010 GRAMMY Winner Predictions: Album of the Year and Record of the Year

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

Album of the Year

Beyoncé, 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
Out of the four general field categories, this one in particular has been the most hit-or-miss for me in terms of winners. This probably has to do with the fact that it has continually played-out like some sort of make-up award for artists past their prime. While I don’t believe these awards should always cater to the mainstream, it is just as lame for voters to vote for a veteran just because they are a veteran.

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, this year’s Album line-up has a pretty foreseeable outcome. I would be SHOCKED if either the Black Eyed Peas or Lady GaGa took this. As forward-thinking as their respective releases may be, it’s hard for me to imagine a Bob Dylan or B.B. King getting it. The same could be said for I Am… Sasha Fierce which would cancel out Beyoncé as well.

Ideally, it would seem like Taylor Swift has this in the bag. Fearless was the best selling album of last year with monster multi format singles and critical acclaim to boot. But, the Dave Matthews Band have yet to be recognized in this magnitude and Big Whiskey did garner favorable reviews also. Since Swift has garnered more recognition for being a serious singer-songwriter, I’m hoping that will be enough to overcome any other bias facing her this Sunday night.

Winner: Taylor Swift, Fearless

Runner-Up: Dave Matthews Band, Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King

Prediction - Album of the Year: Taylor Swift, Fearless

Record of the Year

Beyoncé, “Halo”

The Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling”

Kings of Leon, “Use Somebody”

Lady Gaga, “Poker Face”

Taylor Swift, “You Belong with Me”

Interestingly enough, none of these records come off as a “conservative” choice for voters to gravitate to (which is often the case). This makes me very happy because a lot of them will be forced to choose something that they normally wouldn’t be feel comfortable doing.

Once again, The Black Eyed Peas and Lady GaGa should unfortunately be content with just being nominated. More so than previous years, Beyoncé has a great shot at winning outside of the genre categories. While “Halo” may not be as memorable as “Single Ladies”, it is close enough to what is typically chosen here.

With that being said, I have a feeling “Use Somebody” and “You Belong with Me” will fare better on GRAMMY night. If Swift is passed over in Album, this is the second most likely place for her to be victorious. At the same time, it is common for winners of Song and Record to parallel each other. Since I’m pretty content with forecasting Kings of Leon in Song, they’ll probably follow suit in Record too.

Winner: Kings of Leon, “Use Somebody”

Runner-Up: Taylor Swift, “You Belong with Me”

Prediction - Record of the Year: Kings of Leon, "Use Somebody"

If you’re anxious like myself to see how my predictions will fare come GRAMMY time, make sure you tune in to CBS tonight @ 8PM ET/5PM WT!

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4 comments

  1. theiturbanfashionista · February 1, 2010
  2. dynasty86 · February 2, 2010

    In the aftermath of last night’s ceremony, I thought it was the best Grammy show in YEARS. The performances were so on point and the winners truly reflected the best in music of 2009 (most of them anyway lol). Never in a million years would I have thought they’d give SOTY to “Single Ladies”! That was a great way to start the show off. And Fearless taking AOTY was the icing on the cake. Thanks to everyone who read these articles and commented and I’m looking forward to all the Grammy madness next year 🙂

    • d.BRYJ Music · February 2, 2010

      “Single Ladies” winning Song of the Year and Fearless winning Album of the Year made me a very happy camper. Prepare for a Lady GaGa GRAMMY sweep next year lol

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