Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” Was literally ‘the anthem’ for 2009/10 in music. I remember being preplexed when the tune was entered in the Song of the Year race, but NOT Record of the Year; instead, “Halo” was submitted- and nominated.
Do you think if “Single Ladies” had been submitted for ROTY instead of “Halo”, it would have won instead of “Use Somebody”? Or would the voters (who usually are conservative with this category) had stuck to the same ol’, same ol’.
Keep in mind- “Single Ladies” ended up WINNING Song of the Year – to many people’s surprise, meaning it was much more popular then expected. Is it unusual for a track to win or prevail in Song, and not even be nodded in Record?
I think “Single” should have been the submitted track and not “Halo”.
BTW- this was one of the strongest ROTY fields we have had, IMO.
RECORD OF THE YEAR 2009
Kings of Leon – “Use Somebody” – WINNER
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I’m 50-50 on this. Always have been. Hey, at least I didn’t say NO! which is what most people will answer.
My guess is no. The reason KOL won that was the rest of the nominee were all pop oriented. (plus the fact that KOL song was so huge hits for a rock song these days)
ROTY voters usually don’t go urban (even more than SOTY these days) and Single Ladies was hits, but actually it is less hit than Poker Face, I Gotta Feeling at that time.
I can give you some cultural impact bonus, but not enough to overtake KOL.
wow… didn’t remember Single Ladies won that Grammy.
There is a huge bias in ROTY for R&B and Rap/Hip-Hop records. They prefer live instrumentation in ROTY. NARAS likes to reward those genres in SOTY.
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” should have been submitted to ROTY instead of “Halo.” That was not a smart move on the label’s part. I did see what the label was going for by submitting only “Halo” to ROTY.