We’ve covered our picks for the Pop categories, as well as Song of the Year (”You Belong To Me”) and Best New Artist (Keri Hilson). It’s time to predict Record of the Year, and we gotta feeling that the Grammy is going to one particular group, and not the single ladies:
RECORD OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
The Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling”
Kings Of Leon, “Use Somebody”
Lady Gaga, “Poker Face”
Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me”
THOUGHTS ON THE NOMINEES: It’s a tough race this year, as all of these picks were huge songs in 2009 (although “Poker Face” and “I Gotta Feeling” were the only singles to hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100—the rest were all in the Top 5). In fact, we’re kind of sick of hearing all of these songs every time we turn on the radio.
Regardless, like we said yesterday, we’re baffled that “Halo” scored the nom her, since we believe “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” would have taken home the prize in a heartbeat. Alas, the academy has made their decision, so the hit song that will actually be named Record of the Year will be…
WHO WILL WIN: Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody.” Kings of Leon are the underdog rock band in a category filled with larger-than-life pop acts. Since we’re betting on Taylor to win Song of the Year, we think Grammy voters will spread the wealth, and KOL’s yearning rock ballad will triumph. Remember, Alison Kraus and Robert Plant’s “Please Read the Letter” beat out the blockbuster smashes “Paper Planes,” “Bleeding Love,” and “Viva la Vida” at last year’s ceremony. Grammy voters don’t always go for the most obvious choices.
The L.A. Times‘ Pop & Hiss blog is pretty certain Taylor Swift is running away with this one—and hey, it wouldn’t be the first time Taylor nabbed almost every trophy at an awards show. But we still think Kings of Leon will be the surprise victor here.
WHO SHOULD WIN: “I Gotta Feeling.” The message of this party anthem is simple—let’s go out and have a good time!—but the energy truly never dies the whole way through this infectious song. There’s a reason it stayed #1 on the Billboard charts for fourteen straight weeks.
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