Your Grammy Picks: Please Share Them

Feb 6th, 2009 // 14 Comments

In case you weren’t aware, the Grammy Awards—the record industry’s annual salute to itself, which this year will have fewer awards and more performances crammed into its 210ish-minute running time than ever—are taking place this Sunday, and oh boy are we going to be here to live-blog it all starting at 7:30 p.m. ET that night. (Do come by!) But with all the talk of the awards, and who’s playing, and who’s giving out awards, and who’s sponsored by Pepsi, the small issue of who might take home the evening’s small gramophone statuettes has been somewhat passed over. After the jump, a few of my picks for “can” and “should” in the big categories (at least, the ones that I think are going to be squeezed into the medley-heavy telecast)—feel free to peruse the nominees list, then chime in and tell me why I’m completely wrong (or 100% spot-on). Then come back here Sunday night so we can all razz each others’ prediction skills!

Song Of The Year
Likely Winner: Coldplay, “Viva La Vida.”
But Wouldn’t It Be Great If It Went To: Joe Satriani. Ha ha, just kidding! I mean Estelle, “American Boy.”

Record Of The Year
Likely Winner: Leona Lewis, “Bleeding Love.”
But Wouldn’t It Be Great If It Went To: M.I.A., “Paper Planes.” And then she’d give birth!

Album Of The Year
Likely Winner: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Raising Sand.
But Wouldn’t It Be Great If It Went To: Ne-Yo, Year Of The Gentleman. Like you didn’t think I was going to rep for my favorite album of last year? (You can pretty much figure that I’ll want Ne-Yo to win any category he’s in—like Best Pop Performance, Male, which is probably going to be snagged by Kid Rock, ugh.) Lil Wayne would be a perfectly acceptable substitute here.

Best New Artist
Likely Winner: Adele.
But Wouldn’t It Be Great If It Went To: Jazmine Sullivan, whose tightly wound R & B gets better with each listen.

Best Metal Performance
Likely Winner: Metallica. Duh.
But Wouldn’t It Be Great If It Went To: Dragonforce. A nation of Guitar Hero players would raise their plastic axes.

Best Rock Song
Likely Winner: Kings Of Leon, “Sex On Fire.”
But Wouldn’t It Be Great If It Went To: Bruce Springsteen, “Girls In Their Summer Clothes.” Stephin Merritt would have to be thanked, right?

Looking over a lot of the other categories, I see many a probably televised battle in which no one wins (Exhibit A: Best Pop Performance, Female, which pits Duffy against Katy Perry against the most annoying Pink song ever against a Sara Bareilles track that’s about 500% more irritating than the rest of her catalog against the schmaltziest song on the actually kind of lovely Adele record against Leona Lewis). So I’ll just leave it there and throw the rest open to you.

2009 Grammy Nominees [Idolator]
Buzzmeter [LAT]


  1. lempha

    If the Grammys are the Grammys, Leona Lewis will win things.

  2. tigerpop

    I was hoping for a surprise victory from Estelle in the SOTY category, but this year performances don’t necessarily equal awards. And after reading what CM reported about “Viva La Vida” today, I have no doubt that it’s going to win.

    So if Satch sues Coldplay and wins, which would likely score him a co-writing credit on “Viva,” would he also get a retroactive share of the SOTY win?

  3. Anonymous

    Jethro Tull

  4. moomintroll

    I’m hoping for a Jazmine Sullivan win too Maura.

  5. Oldboy

    But the Adele record is not undeserving.

  6. DocStrange

    I’d be pretty happy if David Gilmour won Best Instrumental Performance for the live version of the 2 1/2 year old song he was nominated for last year.

    Oh, and i’d like to see Radiohead win Album of the Year, but I can’t remember the last time the best album nominated actually won that award (so yes, it’s going to Kraus & Plant). Radiohead will win Best Alternative Album, though. I don’t see how they won’t.

    To me, Best Dance Recording is certainly Hot Chip’s to lose (seeing as that was the Best Dance Recording of 2008. It’ll probably go to Lady fricking GaGa).

  7. Anonymous

    No Age for best album packaging! (Or whatever exactly that category is named.)

  8. Rock You Like An Iracane

    Please please please please please let M.I.A. perform, win, and be whisked to the hospital: []

    She could name the kid Swag.

  9. Anonymous

    @moomintroll: That makes three of us. “Broken Windows” and “Lions, Tigers, Bears” are the songs I haven’t wanted to get out of my head all week.

  10. kicking222

    My pick for “Best Way to Watch the Grammys”: Not watch them at all, then check out whatever people say are the best performances and YouTube those.

  11. toddc2001

    I liked the post I read on Blink-182 presenting at the grammy’s ( and how Coldplay may get served at the ceremony. Here’s hoping!

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  13. Rob Murphy

    Not a Grammy prediction, but…

    Have I mentioned recently how excited I am that a new Lily Allen record hits “store shelves” on Tuesday?

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