Grammy Award Winners: My Predictions

The Grammy Awards are this coming Sunday as the list of performers continue to grow. Confirmed so far are Adele, Bruce Springsteen, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Foo Fighters, Rihanna and Chris Brown, among many others. Before that, however, I figure now is a good time for me to actually predict what I think could happen as far as the wins are concerned.

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

It’s easy to conclude that any category with Adele in it is an award for Adele. I won’t jump to that conclusion just yet but this award does follow that frame of thought.
Should win: Adele
Will win: Adele

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

I feel like any competition from Adele would come from either the Foo Fighters or Lady GaGa. Stranger things have happened but I doubt Bruno Mars or Rihanna stand a chance. Not as clear cut as Record of the Year but Adele will have this one too.
Should win: Adele
Will win: Adele

    Song Of The Year
    All Of The Lights – Kanye West
    The Cave – Mumford & Sons
    Grenade – Bruno Mars
    Holocene – Bon Iver
    Rolling In The Deep – Adele

Song of the Year is more of the wildcard among these first three categories. I could see Mumford & Sons taking this one but I still think Adele is the more obvious choice. But if there’s an award she won’t get out of these first three, I think it would be this one.
Should win: Adele
Will win: Adele

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

This is a tough one mainly because, as we saw last year, it’s not always the most popular choice that wins the award. I think this one might actually be split between Bon Iver and The Band Perry, with the latter edging out.
Should win: Nicki Minaj
Will win: The Band Perry

    Best Pop Solo Performance
    Someone Like You – Adele
    Yoü And I – Lady Gaga
    Grenade – Bruno Mars
    Firework – Katy Perry
    F***in’ Perfect – Pink

I feel like this might be one that Adele might not completely own. Although the competition isn’t nearly as competitive as it could be. Past Grammy favourites like Beyoncé aren’t mentioned here this year. I might even lean toward Pink grabbing this one…except who am I kidding?
Should win: Adele
Will win: Adele

    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

This one is a difficult one because there are no clear choices in this mix. My thoughts are, Tony and Amy should get this one because of who they are except Body And Soul isn’t really a pop song in the modern form of the word. So it depends on the perspective of the voters. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Coldplay steal this one.
Should win: Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
Will win: Coldplay

    Best Pop Vocal Album
    21 – Adele
    The Lady Killer – Cee Lo Green
    Born This Way – Lady Gaga
    Doo-Wops & Hooligans – Bruno Mars
    Loud – Rihanna

I think Born This Way should get this one. Not because I don’t think 21 isn’t deserving, nor because I think Adele shouldn’t win everything she’s nominated for but because I think as a pop album, Born This Way defines the genre perhaps more suitably.
Should win: Lady Gaga
Will win: Adele

    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

It’s nice to see the Decemberists in here, although I think This Is Why We Fight is the better song of what they could have offered up for the category. Needless to say, the Foo Fighters have this one and rightfully so.
Should win: Foo Fighters
Will win: Foo Fighters

    Best Rock Song
    The Cave – Mumford & Sons
    Down By The Water – The Decemberists
    Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall – Coldplay
    Lotus Flower – Radiohead
    Walk – Foo Fighters

Keep in mind that the Best Song categories are awarded to the songwriters while the Best Performance/Record categories are to the performers and producers. They look at different aspects of the song. The same five songs, no less. I think Mumford & Songs should have a chance at this one but I also think the Foo Fighters will take it.
Should win: Mumford & Sons
Will win: Foo Fighters
I’ll add that I’m a bit surprised the Foo Fighters have never won in this category before despite being nominated 4 times in the past.
And I’ll add even more that I think the Foo Fighters will also take away the Best Hard Rock Performance.

    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

This one is between Chris, Wayne and Busta or Jay-Z and Kanye with the latter taking it.
Should win: Jay-Z & Kanye West
Will win:Jay-Z & Kanye West

    Best Rap Song
    All Of The Lights – Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie
    Black And Yellow – Wiz Khalifa
    I Need A Doctor – Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey
    Look At Me Now – Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
    Otis – Jay-Z & Kanye West
    The Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco

I’m thinking Kanye has this one. Not the song with Jay-Z but the one with everyone else.
Should win: Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie
Will win: Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

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

While I’d like to see Nicki get this one because she’s so great, Pink Friday isn’t her best output. Her best recording instead appears on Kanye’s album, which should win but instead I think the hype for the more recent Watch The Throne will push that into the end zone.
Should win: Kanye West
Will win: Jay-Z & Kanye West

Those are some predictions for the categories I’ll be watching out for. Check back on Sunday night for ongoing updates, comments and shockers when I liveblog the Grammy Awards. Or hit me up on Twitter.

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