Will it be Lady Gaga vs. Adele for Grammys Record of the Year?

Halfway through the year-long eligibility period for the Grammys, two of our music awards experts, David Schnelwar and Darrin Dortch, are taking a look at the state of play for the four General Field categories. They already looked at the lineup for Album of the Year and now turn their attention to Record and Song of the Year with Best New Artist still to come. The nomination and voting process for these top races remains unchanged in the recently-announced overhaul of the Grammys.

David’s Commentary:
Among the five frontrunners, Katy Perry would be the only first-time nominee. Further down the list of possibilities and spoilers, Drake, Kid Rock, Nicki Minaj, Pink and Britney Spears have all yet to contend for Record of the Year.

Darrin’s Commentary:
Adele’s rollicking, blues tinged gospel number “Rolling in Deep” is exactly the kind of tune that wins Record and Song of the Year. The fact that it contains live instruments further helps its chances. The Jason Aldean/Kelly Clarkson duet “Don’t You Wanna Stay” is a huge hit on the country charts right now and could contend in either or both categories if the song continues to pick up steam. Disposable pop songs from the likes of Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry could fill up the last three spots. However, with the exception of Adele, all of these songs could be forgotten by year’s end.



David’s Frontrunners
“Rolling In Deep,” Adele
“Rope,” Foo Fighters
“Born This Way,” Lady Gaga
“Grenade,” Bruno Mars
“Firework,” Katy Perry

Darrin’s Frontrunners
“Rolling In the Deep,” Adele
“Don’t You Wanna Stay,” Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson
“Born This Way,” Lady Gaga
“Grenade,” Bruno Mars
“Firework,” Katy Perry


David’s Possibilities
“E.T.,” Katy Perry f/ Kanye West
“F*ckin Perfect,” Pink
“What’s My Name,” Rihanna & Drake
“Till The World Ends,” Britney Spears
“All Of The Lights,” Kanye West & Rihanna

Darrin’s Possibilities
“E.T.,” Katy Perry f/Kanye West
“The Cave,” Mumford & Sons
“What’s My Name,” Rihanna & Drake
“Back To December,” Taylor Swift


David’s Spoilers
“Just Can’t Enough,” Black Eyed Peas
“Collide,” Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow
“Raise Your Glass,” Pink
“Moment 4 Life,” Nicki Minaj & Drake
“Back To December,” Taylor Swift

Darrin’s Spoilers
“Rope,” Foo Fighters
“Blow,” Ke$ha
“We R Who We R,” Ke$ha
“On the Floor,” Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull
“F*ckin’ Perfect,” Pink
“Hold It Against Me,” Britney Spears
“Til the World Ends,” Britney Spears
“All of the Lights,” Kanye West

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