Album of the Year:
This is always the one category that has minds swimming year after year. Foo Fighters are once again nominated in this category for their album “Wasting Light.” The fact that they failed to pick up nominations for Record or Song of the Year decreases their chances of winning. The same could be said for Lady Gaga's “Born this Way” and Rihanna's “Loud”; while both albums were commercial successes, they weren’t critically well received by consumers. This is a two-way race between breakouts Adele's “21” and Bruno Mars's “Doo-Wops and Hooligans.” Adele will likely walk away with the prize, as her album was not only a critical and commercial success, but it dominated the airwaves in 2011 and continues to do so in 2012.
Record of the Year:
This category brings much excitement to my ears as music that dominates the airwaves gets the opportunity to shine. Two nominees in the category are relative unknowns: Mumford & Sons for “The Cave” and Bon Iver for “Holocene.” The
Song of the Year:
My argument with this category is that similar nominees also appear in the Record of the Year category. It would be a welcome change to have different nominees for both categories to broaden the range of competitors as the award is given to songwriters and not performers. While “Holecene,” “Grenade” and “The Cave” are all incredible songs, this race comes down to two musical prodigies: Adele and Kanye West. “Rolling in the Deep” has incredibly powerful lyrics and was the top song of 2011, but West delivers a sensational song with “All of the Lights.” He was indeed overlooked in the Album and Record of the Year categories, so if the
Best New Artist:
This is a polarizing category, both a gift and a curse. Many previous winners of this category seem to disappear from the industry. John Legend, Lauryn Hill and LeAnn Rimes are a few previous winners of the prize. This year’s crop of nominees includes The Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj and Skrillex. In my opinion, the race will ultimately come down to Bon Iver and rapper Nicki Minaj. Bon Iver has had an incredible year which has included nominations for Record and Song of the Year, so as a consolation prize for losing those categories, Iver may take the win. Personally, I feel Rapper Nicki Minaj is much more deserving. She had an incredible 2011 thanks to her hit “Super Bass” and she will be rightfully awarded all the success she deserves as Best New Artist.
Those are my predictions for some of the biggest categories of music’s most important night. Do you agree with my picks? Who do you expect to be the biggest winner? All will be revealed when the 54 Annual Grammy Awards are televised live on CBS at 8 p.m. on February 12 at the
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