Grammy Noms 2011: They’re baaaaaaaack!

Posted: December 16, 2011 in Editorials, Lists, News Updates

Yes, it’s that time of year: the Grammy Nominations for the 2010-2011 music year have been released, and I must say, the committee usually tends to disappoint but this year, those nominated are all really deserving.   As I tweeted upon hearing the list, this is probably the most impressed I’ve ever been with the nominations but since so many great artists are up for awards, it is not so easy to predict the winners, especially considering Arcade Fire’s major upset in the 2009-2010 “Album of the Year” category.  Nonetheless, I’m going to’ give predictions my best shot.  I’m also going to list who and why I think should win or wish would win (this is my opinion and you’re allowed to disagree but this is my blog so don’t go crazy with angry comments.)

Album of the Year

Nominees: Adele – 21, Foo Fighters – Wasting Light, Lady Gaga – Born This Way, Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Rihanna – Loud

Who Will Probably Win: Adele will probably win.  Firstly, 21’s been in the top 10 list since the record debuted.  Secondly, it’s a great album filled with beautiful, mind-blowing performances by Adele—what a voice she’s got!  She’s really helped bring the music industry out of the toilet by her successful record sales and extensive world tour.

Who I Think Should Win: Needless to say, I am rooting for the Foo Fighters all the way.  Dave and the gang are certainly one of my favorite bands and Wasting Light, in my opinion, is their only album on which every song is a killer.  From start to finish, the Foos prove why rock and roll is the dirtiest, most lawless, most powerful, but most poetic genre of music.  Finally, Wasting Light is the only album I have ever purchased with my own money that I earned myself.  Just a fun fact.

Record of the Year

Nominees: Adele – “Rolling in the Deep,” Bon Iver – “Holocene,” Bruno Mars – “Grenade,” Mumford & Sons – “The Cave,” Katy Perry – “Firework”

Who Will Probably Win: I’m putting my money on Adele for the same reasons I think she’ll win Album of the Year.  “Rolling in the Deep” is a great song on every level and that’s really what this category looks for.

Who I Think Should Win: In all honesty, Adele is totally deserving of this award but I think that Mumford & Songs are equally so.  “The Cave” is beautifully written, performed and produced.  “Holocene’s” not bad either. “Grenade” and “Firework” are way too cheesy to be considered the best record released all year—no way.

Song of the Year

Nominees: Kanye West – “All of the Lights,” Mumford & Sons – “The Cave,” Bruno Mars – “Grenade,” Bon Iver – “Holocene,” Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”

Who Will Probably Win: Either Kanye or Adele.

Who I Think Should Win: This award is more focused on the songwriting and in my opinion; “The Cave” takes that hands down.  “All of the Lights” is good, but it’s not even my favorite on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Best Rock Performance

Nominees: Coldplay – “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall,” The Decemberists – “Down By The Water,” Foo Fighters – “Walk,” Mumford & Sons – “The Cave,” Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”

Who Will Probably Win: It’s hard to say who will win for this award.  I could see Coldplay, Foo Fighters or Radiohead taking it, leaning towards the latter two.

Who I Think Should Win: “Walk” is the best rock song of the year.  Period.  “Every Teardrop” is good, but nowhere near “Walk’s” caliber.

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance

Nominees: Dream Theater – “On The Backs Of Angels,” Foo Fighters – “White Limo,” Mastodon – “Curl of the Burl,” Megadeth – “Public Enemy No. 1,” Sum 41 – “Blood in My Eyes”

Who Will Probably Win: I’d be very surprised if anyone aside from the Foo Fighters wins this.

Who I Think Should Win: “White Limo,” please.

Best Rock Album

Nominees: Jeff Beck – Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul, Foo Fighters – Wasting Light, Kings Of Leon– “Come Around Sundown,” Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You, Wilco – The Whole Love

Who Will Probably Win: If the Foo Fighters do not win “Album of the Year,” then I’m going to hand them this award right now.  If they do, however, win the big award, then Wilco has a pretty god chance.

Who I Think Should Win: In my perfect world, the Foos would win both “Best Album” and “Best Rock Album,” but the Grammys don’t really do that (see the Arcade Fire situation from last year.)  So, I’m hoping the Foos don’t win this and do win “Best Album” so the Red Hot Chili Peppers can take this one home.

Best Alternative Music Album

Nominees: Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Death Cab for Cutie – Codes and Keys, Foster the People ­– Torches, My Morning Jacket – Circuital, Radiohead – The King of Limbs.

Who Will Probably Win: This is another tough one to predict.  Foster the People had a massive year and the industry loves Radiohead but in the critics’ eyes, none match Bon Iver for quality.

Who I Think Should Win: My Morning Jacket had the best alternative music album of the year.  Period.  Circuital is massive and even better in concert.

Best Rap Song

Nominees: Kanye West – “All of the Lights,” Wiz Khalifa – “Black and Yellow,” Dr. Dre – “I Need a Doctor,” Chris Brown – “Look at Me Now,” Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Otis,” Lupe Fiasco – “The Show Goes On”

Who Will Probably Win: Kanye made the best rap song of the year.  Otis is a competitor, though I don’t think Kanye is rooting for one or the other.

Who I Think Should Win: Either Kanye or Kanye & Jay-Z A.K.A. The Throne had two of the tightest rap songs this year.

Best Rap Album

Nominees: Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne, Lil’ Wayne – Tha Carter IV, Lupe Fiasco – Lasers, Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday, Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Who Will Probably Win: Kanye will probably win based on the fact that fans, critics, and even people that do not usually follow Kanye consider Fantasy a masterpiece.  It is a beautiful piece of work.  But considering last year’s verdicts, maybe The Throne or Nicki Minaj will take it—who knows?  I don’t even know why Weezy’s up for this…

Who I Think Should Win: Kanye.  Hands down.

Those are all the categories in which I am personally interested.  If you want to know my opinion about another category, let me know via the Comments Section, Facebook or Twitter.

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