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
Keri Hilson
Silversun Pickups
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
Scott, songwriters)
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.

By Chris Richards |  December 3, 2009; 11:48 AM ET Grammys
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A this year's winner for "continuing down the inevitable slide to irrelevance"....The Grammies!

Posted by: EricS2 | December 3, 2009 12:51 PM

I stopped caring about the Grammys right around the time I was able to start thinking for myself.

Me: 1
Grammy's: 0

Posted by: dcmc8377 | December 3, 2009 1:36 PM

I admit, I watched the show while reading the Post. I did a double take when Maxwell got the nom, because they announced Muse as a writer, and I was thinking "The Uprising" and this???

Posted by: Hemisphire | December 3, 2009 2:14 PM

Shouldn't you be talking about who was NOT nominated for Grammys and about the weird time period covered by the Grammys (some of '08 and some of '09) and who the electorate are for the awards and why so many great artists never received Grammys in their prime.

Posted by: outsider8 | December 4, 2009 10:49 AM

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