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54th Annual Grammy Award Pundit Predictions

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  • Gucci
    Nov 7th, 2010

    Some of these picks are interesting…

    Record Of The Year

    • Rolling In The Deep-Adele
    • Holocene-Bon Iver
    • Grenade-Bruno Mars
    • The Cave-Mumford & Sons
    • Firework-Katy Perry

    Album Of The Year

    • 21-Adele
    • Wasting Light-Foo Fighters
    • Born This Way-Lady Gaga
    • Doo-Wops & Hooligans-Bruno Mars
    • Loud-Rihanna

    Song Of The Year

    • All Of The Lights-Kanye West ft. Rihanna, Kid Cudi, & Fergie
    • The Cave-Mumford & Sons
    • Grenade-Bruno Mars
    • Holocene-Bon Iver
    • Rolling In The Deep-Adele

    Best New Artist

    • The Band Perry
    • Bon Iver
    • J. Cole
    • Nicki Minaj
    • Skrillex

    Best Pop Solo Performance

    • Someone Like You-Adele
    • You and I-Lady Gaga
    • Grenade-Bruno Mars
    • Firework-Katy Perry
    • F***in’ Perfect-P!nk

    Best Pop Vocal Album

    • 21-Adele
    • The Lady Killer-Cee Lo Green
    • Born This Way-Lady Gaga
    • Doo-Wops & Hooligans-Bruno Mars
    • Loud-Rihanna

    Best Rock Album

    • Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul-Jeff Beck
    • Wasting Light-Foo Fighters
    • Come Around Sundown-Kings Of Leon
    • I’m With You-Red Hot Chili Peppers
    • The Whole Love-Wilco

    Best Alternative Music Album

    • Bon Iver-Bon Iver
    • Codes and Keys-Death Cab For Cutie
    • Torches-Foster The People
    • Circuital-My Morning Jacket
    • The King Of Limbs-Radiohead

    Best R&B Album

    • F.A.M.E.-Chris Brown
    • Second Chance-El DeBarge
    • Love Letter-R. Kelly
    • Pieces Of Me-Ledisi
    • Kelly-Kelly Price

    Best Rap Album

    • Watch The Throne-Jay-Z & Kanye West
    • The Carter IV-Lil Wayne
    • Lasers-Lupe Fiasco
    • Pink Friday-Nicki Minaj
    • My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy-Kanye West

    Best Country Album

    Nov 7th, 2010

    Album Of The Year:
    21— Adele
    Wasting Light— Foo Fighters
    Born This Way— Lady Gaga
    Doo-Wops & Hooligans — Bruno Mars
    Loud — Rihanna

    Foo Fighters are unlikely, as is Bruno Mars. Born This Way just wasn’t very good, despite a few great singles, and suffered from uneven production and terrible editing compared to Gaga’s last effort, the Fame Monster EP. We’re predicting a Grammy for Rihanna or, more likely, Adele, whose old-timey aesthetic might go over better with the people who still watch this stuff on TV and might actually remember the Northern Soul artists she’s ripping off paying homage to.

    Record Of The Year:
    “Rolling In The Deep” — Adele
    “Holocene” — Bon Iver
    “Grenade” — Bruno Mars
    “The Cave” — Mumford & Sons
    “Firework” — Katy Perry

    If Adele doesn’t win Album of the Year, she’ll win this for “Rolling In The Deep.” Otherwise, probably “Firework,” or maybe a stab at authenticity by picking Bon Iver or Mumford & Sons (probably the latter).

    Best New Artist:
    The Band Perry
    Bon Iver
    J. Cole
    Nicki Minaj

    Nicki Minaj – she’s not nominated on any other big list, and while she might not have been a new artist this year (she started releasing music in 2007 and was signed to Young Money in 2009), neither was anyone else.

    Song Of The Year:
    “All Of The Lights” — Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)
    “The Cave” — Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
    “Grenade” — Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
    “Holocene” — Justin Vernon, songwriter (Bon Iver)
    “Rolling In The Deep” — Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)

    This could go anywhere – except for “Grenade,” which didn’t get that much airplay, and “All Of The Lights,” because Grammy voters hate Kanye. Probably “Rolling In The Deep.” It’s a genuinely great pop song – something that doesn’t come around too often.

    Best Pop Solo Performance
    “Someone Like You” — Adele
    “Yoü And I” — Lady Gaga
    “Grenade” — Bruno Mars
    “Firework” — Katy Perry
    “Fuckin’ Perfect” — Pink

    We’re going with “Yoü and I,” just because Lady Gaga is probably going to win something and this is a nice, easy category. Also, Grammy voters might not want to have to give an award to a song they’ll have to bleep on-air.

    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
    “Body And Soul” — Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
    “Dearest” — The Black Keys
    “Paradise” — Coldplay
    “Pumped Up Kicks” — Foster The People
    “Moves Like Jagger” — Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera

    Amy Winehouse is dead – and nobody racks up awards like dead artists. She was also, despite her personal issues, one of the greatest voices of this generation. She’s a shoe-in to win this.

    Best Dance Recording:
    “Raise Your Weapon” — Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech
    “Barbra Streisand” — Duck Sauce
    “Sunshine” — David Guetta & Avicii
    “Call Your Girlfriend” — Robyn
    “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” — Skrillex
    “Save The World” — Swedish House Mafia

    This is a tough one to pick. This year’s nomination features almost entirely house (or, in Skrillex’s case, house-dubstep-metal-pop-glitch) producer/DJs, plus Robyn. We’re going with Robyn – she’s been around for a while and hasn’t won a Grammy yet, despite releasing a torrent of absolutely brilliant singles like “With Every Heartbeat,” “Dancing On My Own,” “Indestructible,” and the nominated recording, “Call Your Girlfriend.” Plus, her live show is killer.

    Best Rock Performance:

    “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” — Coldplay
    “Down By The Water” — The Decemberists
    “Walk” — Foo Fighters
    “The Cave” — Mumford & Sons
    “Lotus Flower” — Radiohead

    Foo Fighters – it’s not super likely they’ll win in other categories, and Wasting Light is a great album. Plus, as a member of Nirvana, Dave Grohl is a permanent fixture of the rock-n-roll aristocracy.

    Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance:
    “On The Backs Of Angels” — Dream Theater
    “White Limo” — Foo Fighters
    “Curl Of The Burl”— Mastodon
    “Public Enemy No. 1″ — Megadeth
    “Blood In My Eyes”— Sum 41

    If Foo Fighters don’t win anything else, they’ll take this. Otherwise, we’re picking Mastodon – it may seem like a long shot, but their only real metal competition, Dream Theater and Megadeth are both “classic” bands and Grammy voters may pick a newer act in order to seem more relevant.

    Best Rock Album:
    Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul— Jeff Beck
    Wasting Light— Foo Fighters
    Come Around Sundown— Kings Of Leon
    I’m With You— Red Hot Chili Peppers
    The Whole Love— Wilco

    This is one which could go any one of five ways (well, four – Wilco are great, but unlikely to win this award). Les Paul, in many ways, is the father of modern guitar music, and Jeff Beck doing a tribute album seems like a formula for an automatic Grammy. Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, and Red Hot Chili Peppers are all Grammy favorites, though, so it’s really difficult to pick. Oh well – we’ll go with Wasting Light to win, although if we had a ballot we’d have picked the Les Paul/Jeff Beck album.

    Best Alternative Music Album:

    Bon Iver— Bon Iver
    Codes And Keys— Death Cab For Cutie
    Torches— Foster The People
    Circuital — My Morning Jacket
    The King Of Limbs— Radiohead

    Bon Iver to win. Codes And Keys is a good album, but not Death Cab’s best work, Radiohead has probably made a few enemies among the Grammy voters by basically declaring the traditional major-label business model obsolete, and while Foster the People had a great pop song, Bon Iver are more “authentic,” whatever that means.

    Best Traditional R&B Performance:
    “Sometimes I Cry” — Eric Benét
    “Fool For You” — Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
    “Radio Message” — R. Kelly
    “Good Man” — Raphael Saadiq
    “Surrender” — Betty Wright & The Roots

    Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona. Not just because we haven’t heard a couple of the other nominations, but because Cee Lo has more name recognition than R. Kelly and two absolutely huge hits (“Crazy” with Gnarls Barkley and “Fuck You” during his solo career) and, most importantly, a truly fantastic voice.

    Best R&B Album:
    F.A.M.E.— Chris Brown
    Second Chance — El DeBarge
    Love Letter — R. Kelly
    Pieces Of Me— Ledisi
    Kelly— Kelly Price

    El DeBarge caused a raised eyebrow when we read the nomination, but this is probably going to R. Kelly – beyond the silliness, he’s an extremely talented singer. Plus, Jay-Z has let us know exactly how a lot of people in the music industry still feel about Chris Brown.

    Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
    “Party” — Beyoncé & André 3000
    “I’m On One” — DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
    “I Need A Doctor” — Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey
    “What’s My Name?” — Rihanna & Drake
    “Motivation” — Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne
    “All Of The Lights” — Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

    This could go to “All Of The Lights” or “What’s My Name?” – either way, Rihanna wins. We’re going with “All Of The Lights,” because not only is it the better song, it’s got more artists nominated, and that means a few more lines in the gossip columns!

    Best Rap Performance:
    “Look At Me Now” — Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
    “Otis” — Jay-Z & Kanye West
    “The Show Goes On” — Lupe Fiasco
    “Moment 4 Life” — Nicki Minaj & Drake
    “Black And Yellow” — Wiz Khalifa

    “Black And Yellow” was huge, but not particularly daring. It’s a party song – nothing wrong with that, but not likely to pick up a Grammy. Wiz Khalifa will just have to console himself with the millions and millions of dollars he made from it. Instead, we’re predicting Jay-Z and Kanye will take this category.

    Best Country Solo Performance:
    “Dirt Road Anthem” — Jason Aldean
    “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” — Martina McBride
    “Honey Bee” — Blake Shelton
    “Mean” — Taylor Swift
    “Mama’s Song” — Carrie Underwood

    Taylor Swift sold a zillion albums (which she actually wrote herself), earned a place as America’s Sweetheart 2k11, and was snubbed by all the major categories. If she doesn’t win this, we’ll eat our cowboy boots.

    Best Country Song:
    “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” — Jim Collins & David Lee Murphy, songwriters (Thompson Square)
    “God Gave Me You” — Dave Barnes, songwriter (Blake Shelton)
    “Just Fishin’” — Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell & Ed Hill, songwriters (Trace Adkins)
    “Mean” — Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
    “Threaten Me With Heaven” — Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Will Owsley & Dillon O’Brian, songwriters (Vince Gill)
    “You And Tequila” — Matraca Berg & Deana Carter, songwriters (Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter)

    If Taylor Swift doesn’t win Best Country Solo Performance, she’ll win this – maybe both of them. Otherwise, we’re guessing “You And Tequila” wins it for Kenny Chesney.

    Best Comedy Album:
    Alpocalypse — Weird Al” Yankovic
    Finest Hour — Patton Oswalt
    Hilarious — Louis C.K.
    Kathy Griffin: 50 & Not Pregnant — Kathy Griffin
    Turtleneck & Chain — The Lonely Island

    We’d dearly, dearly like Patton Oswalt or Louis C.K. to win this – the albums are fantastic, as is their live show. They’re so similar, though, that they’ll probably split the vote, and The Lonely Island will take this category.


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    Sep 27th, 2011

    Album of the Year – Twenty-One – Adele

    Record of the Year – “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele

    Song of the Year – “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele

    Best New Artist – Nicki Minaj

    Best Pop Solo Performance – “Someone Like You” – Adele

    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – “Moves Like Jagger” – Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera

    Best Pop Vocal Album – 
    Twenty-One – Adele

    Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album – Duets II – Tony Bennett

    Best Dance Recording – “Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites” – Skrillex

    Best Dance/Electronic Album – Nothing But the Beat – David Guetta

    Best Rock Performance – “The Cave” – Mumford & Sons

    Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance – “White Limo” – Foo Fighters

    Best Rock Album – Wasting Light – Foo Fighters

    Best Alternative Album – Bon Iver – Bon Iver

    Best R&B Performance – “Pieces of Me” – Ledisi

    Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance – “Fool For You” – Cee Lo Green and Melanie Fiona

    Best R&B Song – “Fool For You” – Cee Lo Green

    Best R&B Album – F.A.M.E. – Chris Brown

    Best Rap Performance – “The Show Goes On” – Lupe Fiasco

    Best Rap/Sung Collaboration – “I Need A Doctor” – Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skyler Grey

    Best Rap Song – “All of the Lights” – Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

    Best Rap Album – Pink Friday – Nicki Minaj

    Best Country Solo Performance – “Dirt Road Anthem” – Jason Aldean

    Best Country Duo/Group Performance – “Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson

    Best Country Song – “God Gave Me You” – Blake Shelton

    Best Country Album – My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean

    Best Short Form Music Video – “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele



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    Nov 8th, 2010

    It seems like some of those “pundits” don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. :S

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    Sep 27th, 2011
    HITS’ Fearless Pundits Lenny Beer and Roy Trakin Show No Actual Expertise in This, but They Keep Trying Anyway 

    December 20, 2011

    Trakin:  This is looking like perhaps the most anti-climactic Grammy show in history.
    Is there any chance that Adele won’t win Record, Song and Album?

    Beer:  I tend to agree…. Adele Adele Adele Adele and let’s go home. This one will be all about Ken Ehrlich and the performances.

    Trakin:  So hard to predict the Best New Artist category after last year’s Esperanza Spalding fiasco. They seem to give it to who they want. The Academy showed a lot of love to Bon Iver this year… Does that carry over?

    Beer:  I strongly feel that Nicki Minaj should win, but nominating Skrillex in this category may be a nod that the Grammy people are going all the way with it.

    Trakin:  Exactly… I’m smelling a Skrillex upset. The Band Perry? The only real country act represented in the Top Four. They could be a sleeper.

    Beer:  Last year we all went “WHAT” when Esperanza was nominated and never considered her a serious factor. The Band Perry is incredibly talented and yes the only Nashville player here… but…

    Trakin:  Well, is Nicki Minaj your final pick? Can I lock you in?

    Beer:  Yes, I am going with Nicki…

    Trakin:  You may be right… She makes for the best TV, doesn’t she?

    Beer:  It is an odd concept, I admit, going with the most deserving nominee.

    Trakin:  Let’s go to the Pop categories… Looks like a clean sweep for Adele here. Best Pop Duo or Group, though, is interesting. Tony Bennett going against The Black Keys, Coldplay, Foster the People and Maroon 5. Does Tony hold off the young’uns?

    Beer:  What a bizarre grouping… I am picking Skrillex here.

    Trakin: That’s not fair… But this is an intriguing category. I’m thinking Tony, but I’d love to see the Keys or Foster take this.

    Beer:  How can you possibly compare Tony Bennett with Black Keys…. bizarro world????

    Trakin:  Welcome to the Grammys. Your pick, Senor Clipper?

    Beer:  Tony Bennett because of the Amy Winehousefactor.

    Trakin:  Let’s go over to Rock, shall we? Best Rock Performance: Coldplay, The Decemberists, Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons, Radiohead… This is a tough one.
    Beer:  I’m taking Mumford. The Grammys owe them some wins…

    Trakin:  I’m thinking Foo Fighters, only because they also have the Album of the Year nod.

    Beer:  But this is a singles category.

    Trakin:  How about Best Rock Album? Jeff Beck, Foos,Kings of Leon, Chili Peppers, Wilco?

    Beer:  Foos here

    Trakin:  Yeah, agreed… Best Alternative? Bon Iver, Death Cab, Foster the People, My Morning Jacket,Radiohead? Gotta be Bon Iver, based on the “if they grab a major nomination, they win the genre” theory.

    Beer:  Peppers album is a disappointment, KOL not their year, Wilco maybe…. Jeff Beck is old. Doesn’t Radioheadalways win?

    Trakin: Can’t discount the sudden Bon Iver love.

    Beer:  The love is from the Grammy committee, let’s see if that carries over at all.

    Trakin:  You may be right on that… So you’re going Radiohead?

    Beer:  Yes, Radiohead. Not because I like this project, but because they always win.

    Trakin:  Let’s pick Best R&B Album… Chris Brown, El DeBarge, R. Kelly, Ledisi, Kelly Price…  You got a preference here? Grammy favorite Ledisi here? Two bad boys, an old school act and a pair of soul divas.

    Beer:  I think Ledisi is genius.

    Trakin:  Mmmmm… Is this Chris Brown’s time for redemption? That’s my guess. On the “it’s good for the TV show” theory.

    Beer:  I guess we will see.

    Trakin:  Here’s one for you. I know you’re a big hip-hop fan… Rap Album? Watch the Throne, Lil Wayne, Lupe Fiasco, Nicki Minaj or Kanye West? You’re a big Lil Wayne guy, right?

    Beer:  Yes, I take Wayne

    Trakin:  Imma voting for Watch the Throne…. Just a hunch. Two for the price of one.

    Beer:  My second choice for sure

    Trakin:  Best Folk Album is kinda interesting… The Civil Wars, Steve Earle, Fleet Foxes, Eddie Vedder andGillian Welch.

    Beer:  Actually a great category. I will take The Civil Wars

    Trakin:  I’d like to see them pull it off….

    Beer:  And I’d love to see them on the stage. For Best Dance, I am going Skrillex.

    Trakin: That’s a leap.  Any opinion on Producer of the Year? Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth, The Smeezingtons, Ryan Tedder, Butch Vig? Do Epworth or Tedder ride the Adele wave, or split the vote?

    Beer:  I have no guess.

     Danger Mouse’s production on the Black Keys is my favorite. Case closed.

    Beer:  No clue here.

    Trakin:  OK, so we’ll go to a final category you know something about. Comedy. Weird Al, Patton Oswalt,Louie C.K., Kathy Griffin, Lonely Island… You’re a Louie C.K. fan, right?

    Beer:  Yes, I am and that is my vote… Louie CK.

    Trakin:  Gotta go for Lonely Island… It’s about comedy and music with them. Andy Samberg’s genius digital shorts on SNL. I like Weird Al, too. One final Grammy prediction, boss… Will Adele be able to sing? If not, Neil Portnow better polish up his song-and-dance act.

    Beer:  I hope so (probably not as much as Ken Ehrlich does), let’s send her some great holiday vibes. Neil’s high school band The Savages can fill the slot.


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    Carbon Based Lifeform
    Jun 20th, 2011

    Album of the Year – Twenty-One – Adele

    Record of the Year – “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele

    Song of the Year – “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele


    ’nuff said

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