Post Rock's Grammy picks
Nominations for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards were announced last night with Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga earning the most nods. I skipped viewing the nomination telecast for a Sonny Rollins gig at the Kennedy Center (check Post Rock for more on that later), but Ann Powers at the Los Angeles Times says I didn't miss much. Aside from a sweet performance by Maxwell (pictured), the program seemed pretty dreadful.
Meantime, we've spent the past 15 hours examining the field and placing our bets. Read on for a list of selected nominees -- as well as our picks for who should win and who's actually going to win on January 31.
(Picks galore, after the jump.)
- Album Of The Year:
Beyoncé - "I Am...Sasha Fierce"
The Black Eyed Peas - "The E.N.D."
Lady Gaga - "The Fame"
Dave Matthews Band - "Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King"
Taylor Swift - "Fearless"
Who should win: Taylor Swift.
Who's going to win: Taylor. The girl has been drinking invincible juice lately.
- Record Of The Year:
Beyoncé - "Halo"
The Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling"
Kings of Leon - "Use Somebody"
Lady Gaga - "Poker Face"
Taylor Swift - "You Belong With Me"
Who should win: Lady Gaga. This is the only category where the ascendant weirdo actually has a shot.
Who's going to win: Drum roll, please... Taylor Swift.
- Song Of The Year:
Lady Gaga - "Poker Face" (Lady Gaga & RedOne, songwriters)
Maxwell - "Pretty Wings" (Hod David & Musze, songwriters)
Beyoncé - "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" (Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters)
Kings of Leon - "Use Somebody" (Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters)
Taylor Swift - "You Belong With Me" (Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters)
Who should win: Since this award celebrates songwriters, we have to go with the perfectly constructed "Pretty Wings."
Who's going to win: "Single Ladies" should keep Taylor from sweeping.
- Best New Artist:
Zac Brown Band
The Ting Tings
Who should win: Very odd list, but we'll go with Keri Hilson.
Who's going to win: MGMT. David Malitz, start practicing your groan.
- Best Alternative Music Album
David Byrne & Brian Eno - "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today"
Death Cab For Cutie - "The Open Door"
Depeche Mode - "Sounds Of The Universe"
Phoenix - "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix"
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "It's Blitz!"
Who should win: Phoenix, the greatest rock band in the history of France.
Who's going to win: Byrne and Eno - and we're not mad about it.
- Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
Beyoncé & Kanye West - "Ego"
Keri Hilson, Kanye West & Ne-Yo - "Knock You Down"
Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West - "Run This Town"
The Lonely Island & T-Pain - "I'm On A Boat"
T.I. & Justin Timberlake - "Dead & Gone"
Who should win: Another odd list, but we want T.I.-n-J.T.
Who's going to win: Jay-n-Ye-n-RiRi for "Run This Town"
Bonus beef - Who SHOULD NOT win: "I'm On A Boat." Call me a grouch, but this feels like an insult to the hip-hop community. Imagine if Adam Sandler's "Lunchlady Land" had been nominated for best rock song of 1993.
- Best Country Song:
Trace Adkins - "All I Ask For Anymore" (Casey Beathard & Tim James, songwriters)
Jamey Johnson - "High Cost Of Living" (Jamey Johnson & James Slater, songwriters)
Lady Antebellum - "I Run To You" (Tom Douglas, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelly & Hillary
Billy Currington - "People Are Crazy" (Bobby Braddock & Troy Jones, songwriters)
Taylor Swift - "White Horse" (Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters)
Who should win: Dark-hearted beardo Jamey Johnson.
Who's going to win: Taylor, Taylor, Taylor. If only her "White Horse" were actually a Laid Back cover.
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