Friday, February 6, 2009

Predicting the Grammies.

It's that time of the year where people call their bookies and make their predictions on music's biggest night.

I don't think I'll be good at predicting them, but I'll give it the good old college try.

Record of the Year:
Adele - Chasing Pavements
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
M.I.A. - Paper Planes
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Please Read This Letter

This is probably my favorite category in the top four. I'm going to go with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. I'll be honest and say that I'm not terribly familiar with the song, but Alison Krauss is the most successful female artist in Grammy history. Combine that with the greatness of the Led Zeppelin lead singer and it's very hard to go against them. Although if there's anyone else with a chance in this category, it's gotta be Coldplay.

Album of the Year:
Coldplay - Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends
Lil' Wayne - Tha Carter III
Ne-yo - Year of the Gentleman
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
Radiohead - In Rainbows

In this category, I think it's Coldplay's year. They've got the commerciality and the artistic credibility to win this category. It was kind of like when U2 won their award. They were just waiting to win the big one. Coldplay's already won two Alternative Music Album awards and they seem to be the favorite.

Song of the Year:
Estelle feat. Kanye West - American Boy
Adele - Chasing Pavements
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
Sara Bareilles - Love Song
Coldplay - Viva La Vida

Coldplay is obviously the favorite, but I don't think Coldplay's running away with this one. I think Jason Mraz has a really good shot and I pick him to win this category. He's always been a really good songwriter that knows how to use wordplay really well and this is probably his most popular song since his debut single in 2003 "The Remedy".

Best New Artist:
The Jonas Brothers
Lady Antebellum
Jazmine Sullivan

Ah yes, the much maligned Best New Artist category. It has sent many an artist into obscurity and so meet your winners, The Jonas Brothers.

Quick Picks: (Predicting Winners in Bold)
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance:
Adele - Chasing Pavements
Sara Bareilles - Love Song
Duffy - Mercy
Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
Katy Perry - I Kissed a Girl
Pink - So What

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance:
Kid Rock - All Summer Long
John Mayer - Say
Paul McCartney - That Was Me
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
Ne-yo - Closer
James Taylor - Wichita Linemen

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals:
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Eagles - Waiting in the Weeds
Gnarls Barkley - Going On
Maroon 5 - Won't Go Home Without You
One Republic - Apologize

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals:
Alicia Keys & John Mayer - Lesson Learned
Madonna, Justin Timberlake, and Timbaland - 4 Minutes
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Rich Woman
Rihanna & Maroon 5 - If I Never See Your Face Again
Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown - No Air

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance:
John Mayer - Gravity
Paul McCartney - I Saw Her Standing There
Bruce Springsteen - Girls in Their Summer Clothes
Eddie Vedder - Rise
Neil Young - No Hidden Path

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals:
AC/DC - Rock and Roll Train
Coldplay - Violet Hill
Eagles - Long Hard Road Out of Eden
Kings of Leon - Sex On Fire
Radiohead - House of Cards

Best Hard Rock Performance:
Disturbed - Inside the Fire
Judas Priest - Visions
The Mars Volta - Wax Simulcra
Motley Crue - Saints of Los Angeles
Rob Zombie - Lords of Salem

Best Metal Performance:
Dragonforce - Heroes Of Our Time
Judas Priest - Nostradamus
Metallica - My Apocalypse
Ministry - Under My Thumb
Slipknot - Psychosocial

Best Rock Instrumental Performance:
David Gilmour - Castellorizon
Metallica - Suicide and Redemption
Nine Inch Nails - 34 Ghosts I-IV
Rush - Hope (Live for the Art of Peace)
Zappa Plays Zappa featuring Steve Vai and Napoleon Murphy Brock - Peaches En Regalia

Best Rock Song:
Bruce Springsteen - Girls in Their Summer Clothes
Radiohead - House of Cards
Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart
Kings of Leon - Sex On Fire
Coldplay - Violet Hill

Best Rock Album:
Coldplay - Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends
Kid Rock - Rock and Roll Jesus
Kings of Leon - Only by the Night
Metallica - Death Magnetic
The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely

Best Alternative Music Album:
Beck - Modern Guilt
Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple
My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
Radiohead - In Rainbows

No comments: