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.