Grammy Predictions: Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance

Gold Derby’s music experts Darrin Dortch and David Schnelwar agree about who will win and should win this first of the rock races.

“Run Back To Your Side,” Eric Clapton
“Crossroads,” John Mayer
“Helter Skelter,” Paul McCartney
“Silver Rider,” Robert Plant
“Angry World,” Neil Young

Darrin’s take: Robert Plant and Eric Clapton’s songs are the most recent entries in this category, but they are unlikely to spoil since neither have any additional nominations in the rock field. Plus, their recent albums have made little impact. Perennial Grammy loser Neil Young will continue his losing streak this year since he doesn’t have much buzz for his latest effort. Paul McCartney appeared on “Saturday Night Live” during the voting period and is probably the dark horse, but voters will likely go with John Mayer again, unfortunately, since he garnered multiple nods in the pop and rock fields this year.

Will win: John Mayer, “Crossroads”
Should win: Neil Young, “Angry World”
Spoiler: Paul McCartney, “Helter Skelter”

David’s take: For the past six years, the Grammys merged Best Male Rock Vocal Performance and Best Female Rock Vocal Peformance into Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance with no explanation. By doing this, it makes it almost impossible for a Rock Female to win a Grammy. This year’s five nominees have each been nominated in this category previously and have each lost.  Eric Clapton has won in this category twice and John Mayer once. Fortunately for all of the nominees, eight-time winner Bruce Springsteen is not nominated. Neil Young is the most nominated in this category’s history with nine unsuccessful nominations.  It is hard to say if and when Young will finally win in this category. John Mayer won this category in 2008 over Paul McCartney and Neil Young. Mayer even did the impossible and beat Bruce Springsteen in this category that year. I think John Mayer will in this category for a second time. Paul McCartney was musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” during the voting period and garnered attention. Eric Clapton, Robert Plant and Neil Young are not likely to upset.

Will win: John Mayer, “Crossroads”
Should win: Paul McCartney, “Helter Skelter”
Spoiler: Paul McCartney, “Helter Skelter”


R&B: Best R&B Song, Best Urban/Alternative Performance, Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

POP: Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Best Pop Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

DANCEBest Electronic/Dance Album and Best Dance Recording

RAPBest Rap SongBest Rap Album, Best Rap Duo or Group, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Solo Performance

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