On Sunday, February 12, the yearly tradition of the awards show known as the Grammys will take place. This year’s set of nominees have set the music world on fire with some memorable songs. Here are my predictions for the 2012 Grammys:
Record of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele; “Holocene,” Bon Iver; “Grenade,” Bruno Mars; “The Cave,” Mumford & Sons; “Firework,” Katy Perry
Should Win: Without a doubt, Adele deserves this award. First off, this song is a powerhouse. Right after this song was released, you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing this song, and for good reason, “Rolling in the Deep” is an amazing song.
Smart money is on “Rolling in the Deep” for all the reasons mentioned in the Should Win commentary.
Album of the Year: 21, Adele; Wasting Light, Foo Fighters; Born This Way, Lady Gaga; Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Bruno Mars; Loud, Rihanna
Should Win: This category is a tossup for me because I honestly think that both Adele and Lady Gaga have strong albums that could easily be considered the best in this category,
Will Win: As much as I would like to see Lady Gaga win this, Adele’s 21 is the clear-cut winner. If you look at it from a critical prespective, Adele’s sophmore album has been a unstoppable juggernaunt.
Song of the Year: “All of the Lights,” Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter and Kanye West, songwriters (performed by Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie); “The Cave,” Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford and Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons); “Grenade,” Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars and Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Bruno Mars); “Holocene,” Justin Vernon, songwriter (Bon Iver); “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele).
Should Win/ Will Win: Again, this is clearly another win for Adele. For not only the reasons mentioned in the Record of the Year category, but this song spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 100 and went six times platinum here in the U.S.
New Artist: The Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Skrillex
Should Win: The Band Perry, in my opinion, deserve this award. The siblings known as Kimberly, Reid, and Neil Perry have a great sound to them and their song, “If I Die Young” is a great song.
Will Win: Without a doubt, I would say that Nicki Minaj has this one in the bag. This woman’s face has been everywhere this past year, from doing a remix with Britney Spears to having a hit song like “Super Bass”. Now she is making another appearence in Madonna’s new single.
Pop Vocal Album: 21, Adele; The Lady Killer, Cee Lo Green; Born This Way, Lady Gaga; Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Bruno Mars; Loud, Rihanna.
Should Win: As much as I love Adele, I love Lady Gaga more. Lady Gaga deserves to win something and I think this should be it. While Adele has dominated the charts with “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You”, Lady Gaga has had “Born This Way”, “Judas”, “The Edge of Glory”, and “You and I” in the charts as well.
Will Win: Adele has the advantage here. She is going to walk away with this award as well.
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
Should Win/ Will Win: The Foo Fighters are the sure winners.
R & B Album: F.A.M.E., Chris Brown; Second Chance, El DeBarge; Love Letter, R. Kelly; Pieces of Me, Ledisi; Kelly, Kelly Price
Should Win/ Will Win: Despite his mishap with the Grammys in 2009, Chris Brown is still very popular, and this song was another song that could be heard when turned on the radio last summer.
Rap Album: Watch the Throne, Jay-Z and Kanye West; Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne; Lasers, Lupe Fiasco; Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj; My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West
Should Win: Although I do not listen to too much rap, I really think that Lil Wayne’s album was good. His song, “How to Love”, is a great song.
Will Win: Love him or hate him, Kayne West was half of the duo that had one of the most anticipated albums of last year. He and Jay-Z created an album that lived up to the hype according to critics.
Country Album: My Kinda Party, Jason Aldean; Chief, Eric Church; Own the Night, Lady Antebellum; Red River Blue, Blake Shelton; Here for a Good Time, George Strait; Speak Now, Taylor Swift
Should Win: Lady Antebellum’s album, Own the Night, should be getting this honor. This album is their best to date.
Will Win: Taylor Swift is the favorite to win this.
What do you think of my predictions? Agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments along with your own predictions.