As I try to do for every major awards show, letting a few slip through my fingers, I thought I’d make my educated guesses at who might come out with some big wins. After the passing of Whitney Houston the day prior to the Grammys, I’d imagine she will have a major underlying (and overlying) presence at the ceremony. I’m predicting a very traditional show with very little surprise, but that’s what comes from proper, formal award shows. That’s why we watch the MTV awards, the VMAs, and the Golden Globes–for the intoxicated antics of celebrities who proceed to “ruin everyone’s night” and make Monday headlines.
One thing that I discovered about the Grammys recently is the difference between “Song of the Year” and “Record of the Year.” It always seemed like a bullshit excuse to give out two awards for the same thing–as if the Academy Awards gave out Oscars for “Best Motion Picture” and “Coolest Motion Picture.” Evidently, “Song of the Year” awards the writing of the song, first and foremost, the collaboration of songwriters, not taking into account the final production of the piece. And “Record of the Year” rewards the song in conjunction with production value and sound. So, basically, the exact same award. This has cleared nothing up.
So let’s get into it. There are a lot of awards and very little time. As you may be aware, I will be commenting/updating these predictions via Twitter throughout the ceremony, so you can visit me there to congratulate me for being right, chastise me for being wrong, or just let me know how you’re just passing time before tonight’s premiere of The Walking Dead. Cheers!
(to see the full list of everyone nominated, click here) I skipped over many awards either because I don’t think they’ll be in the actual 3 hour show, or I have no intelligent guess to make and don’t give a shit who wins…
BEST LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEO: Beyonce (I Am…World Tour)
BEST SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO: “All is not Lost” (OK GO)
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (NON-CLASSICAL): Ryan Tedder
BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK: Alexandre Desplat (The King’s Speech)
BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA: Glee
BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM: The Book of Mormon
BEST COMEDY ALBUM: Hilarious (LOUIS CK)
BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUM: Bossypants (Tina Fey)
I'm not sure if they even announce this award at the Grammys, but...I'd like to see Tina win it.
BEST REGGAE ALBUM: Wild and Free (Ziggy Marley)
BEST FOLK ALBUM: Helplessness Blues (Fleet Foxes)
BEST BLUES ALBUM: Low Country Blues (Gregg Allman)
BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM: Paper Airplane (Alison Krauss & Union Station)
BEST AMERICANA ALBUM: Blessed (Lucinda Williams)
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM: Speak Now (Taylor Swift)
BEST COUNTRY SONG: Mean (Taylor Swift)
BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE: Don’t You Wanna Stay (Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson)
BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE: I’m Gonna Love You Through It (Martina McBride)
Frank Ocean, from an "Odd Future" nobody to the first voice heard on "Watch the Throne"
BEST RAP ALBUM: Watch the Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
BEST RAP SONG: All of the Lights–Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)
BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION: I Need a Doctor (Dr. Dre, Eminem, Skylar Grey)
BEST RAP PERFORMANCE: Look at me Now (Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)
BEST R&B ALBUM: FAME (Chris Brown)
BEST R&B SONG: Fool For You–Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim, Jack Splash, songwriters (Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona)
BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE: Surrender (Betty Wright & The Roots)
BEST R&B PERFORMANCE: You Are (Charlie Wilson)
I already feel like Foster the People has been around for too long.
BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM: Torches (Foster the People)
BEST ROCK ALBUM: Come Around Sundown (Kings of Leon)
BEST ROCK SONG: Every Teardrop is a Waterfall (Coldplay)
BEST HARD ROCK/METAL PERFORMANCE: White Limo (Foo Fighters)
BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE: The Cave (Mumford & Sons)
BEST TRADITIONAL POP/VOCAL ALBUM: Duets II (Tony Bennett & Various Artists)
BEST DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM: Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (Skrillex)
BEST DANCE RECORDING: Sunshine (David Guetta & Avicii)
BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM: Loud (Rihanna)
BEST POP INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM: Setzer Goes Instru-Mental! (Brian Setzer)
BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE: Pumped Up Kicks (Foster the People)
Just give Adele all the Grammys and call it an early night...
BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE: Someone Like You (Adele)
BEST NEW ARTIST: Nicki Minaj
SONG OF THE YEAR: Rolling in the Deep (Adele)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: 21 (Adele)
RECORD OF THE YEAR: Rolling in the Deep (Adele)
And that’s that! Keep up with our posts on SuperDPS.com or @SuperDPS and try to have at least a satisfactory Grammy evening. I guess I’ll be putting off Walking Dead ’til after.