grammy nomination predictions: success??

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Monday, February 9th, 2009

grammy nomination predictions: success??

so, a couple months ago, shortly after the announcement of the grammy nominations, i offered the official being ryan byrd grammy predictions. so, after the grammys last night, i thought i would take a look and see how i did. (which, as a side note, if you didn’t see the radiohead performance, you need to immediately go watch it. you can do so by clicking here.)

(by the way, here’s a bit of a legend for how i made my predictions. i bolded the ones that i wanted to win or that i would have personally chosen. i put 2 asterisks next to the one that i actually thought would win.)

1. Record Of The Year
Chasing Pavements: Adele
Viva La Vida: Coldplay
Bleeding Love: Leona Lewis
Paper Planes: M.I.A
Please Read The Letter: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss**

got it right. this was an amazing track and i knew the grammy voters would lean toward this type of record.

2. Album Of The Year
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends: Coldplay
Tha Carter III: Lil Wayne (please, god, no…)
Year Of The Gentleman: Ne-Yo
Raising Sand: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss**
In Rainbows: Radiohead
got it right. while i personally would have chosen coldplay, i knew the grammy voters would choose raising sand, which i also think is an incredible album.

3. Song Of The Year
American Boy: Estelle ft. Kanye West
Chasing Pavements: Adele **
I’m Yours: Jason Mraz (although i really love this song)
Love Song: Sara Bareilles
Viva La Vida: Coldplay
wrong. i’m glad coldplay won, but i was absolutely convinced adele was going to win this one.

4. Best New Artist
Jonas Brothers
Lady Antebellum
Jazmine Sullivan
got it right. this one was too obvious.

5. Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Chasing Pavements: Adele
Love Song: Sara Bareilles
Mercy: Duffy
Bleeding Love: Leona Lewis**
I Kissed A Girl: Katy Perry
So What: Pink
got it right. i missed it on song of the year, but i knew she was bound to get it on this category.

6. Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
All Summer Long: Kid Rock (he embarrasses me to be an american…)
Say: John Mayer
That Was Me: Paul McCartney**
I’m Yours: Jason Mraz
Closer: Ne-Yo
Wichita Lineman: James Taylor
wrong. usually the grammy folks go for the geezers, so i thought mccartney was a shoe-in. apparently they also like dudes who make weird faces when they sing.
7. Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Viva La Vida: Coldplay
Waiting In The Weeds: Eagles** (the grammy’s notoriously love this kind of crap)
Going On: Gnarls Barkley
Won’t Go Home Without You: Maroon 5
Apologize: OneRepublic
got it right. again, too obvious.

8. Best Pop Vocal Album
Detours: Sheryl Crow
Rockferry: Duffy
Long Road Out Of Eden: Eagles
Spirit: Leona Lewis
Covers: James Taylor**

wrong. again, usually the grammy folks go for the geezers, so i thought james taylor was a shoe-in. surprised by duffy’s win.
9. Best Rock Song
Girls In Their Summer Clothes: Bruce Springsteen**
House Of Cards: Radiohead
I Will Possess Your Heart: Death Cab For Cutie
Sex On Fire: Kings Of Leon
Violet Hill: Coldplay
got it right. my argument for the old dudes finally paid off here.

10. Best Rock Album
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends: Coldplay**
Rock N Roll Jesus: Kid Rock
Only By The Night: Kings Of Leon (although this is really good, also)
Death Magnetic: Metallica
Consolers Of The Lonely: The Raconteurs

got it right. coldplay: the limestone of rock music.

11. Best Alternative Music Album
Modern Guilt: Beck**
Narrow Stairs: Death Cab For Cutie (this is a toss up with gnarls barkley, for me)
The Odd Couple: Gnarls Barkley
Evil Urges: My Morning Jacket
In Rainbows: Radiohead

wrong. crap, i shouldn’t have missed this one. beck usually swoons the grammy folks, though.

so there ya go: 11 predictions, 7 correct. not too shabby. i should have known better on a couple, but i’m really surprised at a couple others.

see you next year for the grammys again.