Grammys Predictions: Best Dance Recording

Gold Derby’s two music experts — David Schnelwar and Darrin Dortch — are predicting all of the key Grammy categories Below, are their insights for who will win and who should win Best Dance Recording.

They have already given their predictions for Best Rap SongBest Rap Album, Best Rap Duo or Group, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Solo Performance and will be forecasting the rest of the top races in the days to come.

“Rocket,” Goldfrapp
“In For the Kill,” La Roux
“Dance In the Dark,” Lady Gaga
“Only Girl (In the World),” Rihanna
“Dancing On My Own,” Robyn

David’s take: Lady Gaga is the frontrunner to win Best Dance Recording due to her Album of the Year nomination. Gaga will be only the second artist to win twice in this category’s fourteen year history (the first being Justin Timberlake). This is the third nomination for Rihanna, however most pundits agree she lost to weaker competition the previous two times. Rihanna has yet to win a Grammy for a solo effort. Her three Grammy wins are all for collaborative work. Seven out of fourteen times, a female artist has won Best Dance Recording, so Rihanna is still a possibility. Goldfrapp, La Roux and Robyn are not likely to upset Lady Gaga.

Will win: “Dance In The Dark,” Lady Gaga
Should win: “Dance In The Dark,” Lady Gaga
Spoiler: “Only Girl (In The World),” Rihanna

Darrin’s take: This is a pretty divided field so Gaga will probably win on name recognition alone. It’s rare to win this category twice and Justin Timberlake is the only artist to accomplish this feat. However, Gaga is the year’s most nominated female artist and will repeat here. However, watch out for La Roux (who had a breakout year), Rihanna (whose single recently peaked at #1 on the Hot 100) and Robyn (who is hugely respected in dance circles and put out three acclaimed albums this year).

Will win: “Dance In the Dark,” Lady Gaga
Should win: “Dancing On My Own,” Robyn
Spoiler: “Only Girl (In the World),” Rihanna

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