Arcade Fire's nomination is probably the best surprise in this category. Lady Gaga getting in isn't all that surprising, and actually deserved. Eminem getting in isn't a shock, but I can think of much better rap acts that should have gotten a nod instead including Jay-Z, The Roots, and Big Boi. Lady Antebellum definitely had the best country album in this time frame, so there nod is also well-deserved. However, Katy Perry's nod is not deserved. She makes really catchy hits, and I thought her California Gurls was a shoo-in for a Record of the Year nod. Instead they snub her in a category where a nod would actually be deserved, and give the entire album a nod. Seems as if the Grammys got their wires crossed. I would have loved to have seen Big Boi, Carole King and James Taylor, or Sade get in instead.
Record of the Year
To be honest, four of these nominees were no shock, and were not nominations that upset me. I was thoroughly pleased by Cee-Lo's inclusion for the most infectious song of the year. However, the B.O.B. nod really gets my goat, particularly since Lady Gaga's Bad Romance, which was the biggest song of the year was excluded.
Best New Artist
Besides the awful nomination of the talentless Justin Bieber, the other nods were either expected (Drake), or incredibly deserved (Florence + The Machine)
Early Winner Predictions: Note that these are just knee-jerk predictions, and will be updated. Also these are not my personal picks (Which I will do over Christmas Break), and are based on what I think the Recording Academy will go for.
- Album of the Year - Eminem "Recovery"
- Song of the Year - Love the Way You Lie
- Record of the Year - Lady Antebellum "Need You Now"
- Best New Artist - Florence + The Machine
- Best Female Pop Vocal Performance - Lady Gaga "Bad Romance"
- Best Male Pop Vocal Performance - Michael Jackson "This Is It"
- Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group w/Vocals - Train "Hey, Soul Sister (Live)"
- Best Pop Collaboration w/Vocals - Elton John and Leon Russell "If It Wasn't For Bad"
- Best Pop Vocal Album - Lady Gaga "The Fame/Monster"
- Best Dance Recording - Lady Gaga "Dance in the Dark"
- Best Solo Rock Performance - Robert Plant "Silver Rider"
- Best Rock Performance by a Duo/Group w/Vocals - Kings of Leon "Radioactive"
- Best Rock Album - Neil Young "Le Noise"
- Best Alternative Music Album - Arcade Fire "The Suburbs"
- Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Fantasia "Bittersweet"
- Best Male R&B Vocal Performance - Usher "There Goes My Baby"
- Best R&B Performance by a Duo/Group w/Vocals - Sade "Soldier of Love"
- Best Traditional R&B Performance - John Legend & The Roots "Hang On In There"
- Best Urban/Alternative Performance - Cee-Lo "Fuck You"
- Best R&B Song - Shine
- Best R&B Album - John Legend & The Roots "Wake Up!"
- Best Contemporary R&B Album - Janelle Monae "The ArchAndroid"
- Best Rap Solo - Eminem "Not Afraid"
- Best Rap Performance By a Duo/Group - Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz "On to the Next One"
- Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - Eminem feat. Rihanna "Love the Way You Lie"
- Best Rap Song - Love the Way You Lie
- Best Rap Album - Eminem "Recovery"
- Best Female Country Vocal Performance - Miranda Lambert "The House That Built Me"
- Best Male Country Vocal Performance - Keith Urban "'Til Summer Comes Around"
- Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group w/Vocals - Lady Antebellum "Need You Now"
- Best Country Song - Need You Now
- Best Country Album - Lady Antebellum "Need You Now"