Thursday, October 20, 2011

Grammy Preview: Record of the Year

Potential Nominees
Adele "Rolling in the Deep"
Adele "Someone Like You"
Lady Gaga "Born This Way"
Lady Gaga "The Edge of Glory"
Lady Gaga "You and I"
Katy Perry "Firework"
Katy Perry feat. Kanye West "E.T."
Katy Perry "TGIF"
Bruno Mars "Grenade"
Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse "Body and Soul"
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga "The Lady is a Tramp"
Foster the People "Pumped Up Kicks"
Nicki Minaj "Super Bass"
Nicki Minaj feat. Drake "Moment 4 Life"
Kanye West feat. Rihanna and Kid Cudi "All of the Lights"
Beyonce "Best Thing I Never Had"
Kanye West and Jay-Z "Otis"
Kanye West and Jay-Z "Niggas in Paris"
Alison Krauss and Union Station "Paper Airplane"
Foo Fighters "Walk"
Foo Fighters "Rope"
Taylor Swift "Mine"
Taylor Swift "Mean"
Taylor Swift "Sparks Fly"
P!nk "Fuckin Perfect"
Paul Simon "The Afterlife"
Rihanna "S&M"

Commentary - Like with Album of the Year, this is by no means an exhaustive list. Some of the biggest contenders have to deal with which song to submit as artists like Lady Gaga, Adele, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, and Tony Bennett all have multiple options. Although for my money, look for Mine, Firework, Born This Way, All of the Lights, Super Bass, and Body Soul seem like the best choices, and all of them could hear their names called. Some of the old favorites like Paul Simon, Allison Krauss, and Foo Fighters all have potentials, although none of them were huge hits (their albums were, but not their singles). Then there are the lone wolfs with lots of air play such as Fuckin Perfect, Pumped Up Kicks, Best Thing I Never Had, and Grenade who could all be in play, and are sure to get other category nominations. At this point, by predictions are:

Adele "Rolling In the Deep"
Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse "Body and Soul"
Beyonce "Best Thing I Never Had"
Lady Gaga "Born This Way"
Katy Perry "Firework"

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