2012 Grammy Nominations: Our Predictions & Wish List

Idolator Staff | November 30, 2011 6:50 am

Tonight’s Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! special will not only boast performances by Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj Sugarland, and Jason Aldean, it will also, naturally, reveal who’s up for the big categories at the 54th Grammys, which will be broadcast live by CBS on February 12. Now is probably a good time to mention that patience has never been one of our virtues —  hence the fact that we ran our itchy fingers across our Crystal Ball Of Pop and then typed out our predictions for the Grammy Album, Record and Song Of The Year nominees, as well as those for Best New Artist. See them below! Album Of The Year predictions: Adele, 21 Tony Bennett, Duets II Lady Gaga, Born This Way Taylor Swift, Speak Now Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

WHAT SHOULD BE NOMINATED: There is no doubt that Adele deserves to be nominated for Album Of The Year. There is also no doubt that she will be nominated. We’d could also state a case for Foster The People’s excellent, genre-defying debut Torches (which, mind you, made our own Favorite Albums Of The Year list), but NARAS might deem the L.A. band to be a bit too wet behind the ears, or consider them to be destined for one-hit-wonderville at this particular juncture.

Record Of The Year predictions: Adele, “Rolling In The Deep” Lady Gaga, “The Edge Of Glory” Maroon Five feat. Christina Aguilera, “Moves Like Jagger” Bruno Mars, “Grenade” Pink, “F*ckin’ Perfect” WHAT SHOULD BE NOMINATED: Katy Perry might just edge her way in here with inescapable Stargate-produced hit “Firework”. But we’re guessing, with its upbeat message of accepting oneself as they are, it’s more a shoo-in for a Song Of The Year nomination (which focuses on songwriting, whereas Record Of The Year is for producers and engineers). That said, chart and radio behemoth “Rolling In The Deep” absolutely deserves recognition here.

Song Of The Year predictions: Adele, “Someone Like You” Lady Gaga, “You And I” Bruno Mars, “Grenade” Christina Perri, “Jar Of Hearts” Katy Perry, “Firework”

WHAT SHOULD BE NOMINATED: We’d be content with our predictions for “Jar Of Hearts” and “Someone Like You” coming true. After all, they were this year’s somber piano ballads that haunted us relentlessly and played with our emotions. But if we’re boiling it down to which one lives in our head more, “Someone Like You” gets the more deserved nod from us.

Best New Artist predictions The Band Perry Bon Iver Foster The People Nicki Minaj Christina Perri

WHO SHOULD BE NOMINATED: High-as-a-kite Wiz Khalifa and Nashville duo the Civil Wars could very well sneak into this category. Though, if we had our say, we’d love to see Holy Ghost! (never going to happen, but we can dream) and Oh Land get some Grammy love. Ah, well — at least the latter got some Idolator love, via our South By Southwest Pray For Pop party and Favorite Albums Of The Year list!

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