Now that we’ve thrown our money into the office Grammy pool for who will clinch Best New Artist, Song and Record Of The Year (not to mention which artists will walk away a golden phonograph in the Pop categories), there’s just one more loose end to tie up: Album Of The Year. In the E.N.D., will it be fearlessness, fame or fierceness that wins out?
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Beyonce, I Am… Sasha Fierce
The Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D.
Lady Gaga, The Fame
Dave Matthews Band, Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King
Taylor Swift, Fearless
THOUGHTS ON THE NOMINEES: Beyonce and Taylor Swift lead the Grammy pack this year as far as having the most nominations. Bey has a grand total of ten, while Taylor nabbed eight. Additionally, Swift conveniently is able to boast that she wrapped up 2009 by having the best selling album. Cha-ching!
That said, quantity of nominations and commercial viability could just work against the pair in this coveted category. First of all, there’s a chance Beyonce and Swift will simply split the vote. Or, since both are up for Record and Song Of The Year, Grammy might parse those off to them, and save Album Of The Year for show opener Lady Gaga, who has five nominations, or the ever-present Black Eyed Peas, who have six.
But never count out Dave Matthews Band. Grammy does tend to lean toward the old favorites at times, and DMB might just as well be the Rolling Stones compared to these young’ns they’re up against.
Ah, well. Hopefully whoever does end up grabbing the trophy is a bit more graceful in front of the cameras than this batch of clowns.
WHO WILL WIN: Taylor Swift. Let’s face it, Fearless has been on a roll, and the inevitable conclusion is Grammy. Taylor’s five-times platinum sophomore album already emerged victorious from the Teen Choice Awards, the CMAs, the Billboard Music Awards and the American Music Awards. Kanye West did nothing if not reinforce the need to see this tall 20-year-old country-pop crooner from Pennsylvania redeemed over and over and over again.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Lady Gaga. The biggest achievement of The Fame was that it changed the sound of radio in 2009. All one need do is look at how many pop hopefuls are lined up to work with producer RedOne, hoping to land their own “Poker Face” or “Paparazzi.” Sure, Madonna blazed the crossover dance diva trail before Gaga. And yes, she’s been accused of copping the schtick of folks like Roisin Murphy and Goldrapp. But what other artist has truly grabbed as much attention—not to mention stepped up the game for how visually entertaining we perceive a pop star to be—over the past 12 months?
Alright, time for you to have your say and vote for who you think will win Album Of The Year!