After pondering who we think will be hauling home Grammy gold for Best New Artist, Record Of The Year and all the Pop categories earlier this week, we now turn our starry-eyed gaze toward the nominees up for Song Of The Year. And it’s quite a mixed bag—we have tunes from two country juggernauts, a rap icon who’s partnered with one of pop’s reigning queens, a soul singer with a naughty mouth and a folk underdog. Let’s take a closer look below.
SONG OF THE YEAR
“Beg Steal Or Borrow” – Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs
“Forget You” (aka “Fuck You”) – Cee Lo Green
“The House That Built Me”- Miranda Lambert
“Love The Way You Lie” – Eminem feat. Rihanna
“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum
THOUGHTS ON THE NOMINEES: The year 2010 was a good one for Ray LaMontagne. The 37-year-old crooner’s album God Willin’ And The Creek Don’t Rise debuted at #3 on Billboard‘s Top 200 last summer and wound up being nominated for a Best Contemporary Folk Album Grammy a few months later. Also up for an award is the LP’s tune “Beg Steal Or Borrow,” in the not-too-shabby category of Song Of The Year. And if it wins, expect seas to part, the earth to crack open and pigs to fly out.
And then there are country faves Lady Antebellum (who we predicted yesterday will win Record Of The Year with “Need You Now”) and Miranda Lambert, who each proved to have lasting crossover appeal last year while other acts from the genre made splashy mainstream debuts then disappeared quickly. But we’re willing to bet that Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” might not have the foundation to dissuade Grammy voters from loving the way a certain Detroit MC lies.
As for Cee Lo Green’s “Fuck You,” we noted yesterday that we’d like it to win Record Of The Year, but it’s likely Lady Antebellum will be taking that award home for “Need You Now.” In the end, NARAS might feel that the Gnarls Barkley crooner’s envelope-pushing tune was lucky enough to be nominated in the top categories.
And so, that brings us to…
WHO WILL/SHOULD WIN: “Love The Way You Lie.” The song, which was co-written by Eminem, Alex Da Kid and Skylar Grey (real name: Holly Hafferman), defined a moment in time in a big way last summer when it spent a total of seven weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and basically dominated Top 40 radio to the point where it was inescapable.
“I always knew it could do well. When we were [recording] it, I always had a really good feeling about it,” Alex told us in December. “But you never know—you could have a good song and things could go wrong at the label, and then it could not see the light of day. So you never 100% know. But I knew that if it got the right attention—which an Eminem single pretty much does—I thought people would really embrace it.”
We were intrigued when Skylar’s original demo for “Love The Way You Lie” popped up earlier this month. So consider us excited over the possibility of the mysterious singer-songwriter making her big public debut, at last, by accepting a Grammy on Sunday.
Now let us know what you think!