Sunday, February 13, 2011

Who Are YOUR Picks for the 2011 Grammy Awards?

 While there's really no way to predict who will come away with Grammies, We still have to make some sort of picks for who we feel are definitely some top picks for tonight’s 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.
Eminem, in the lead with 10 nominations, should be a shoe in for a Grammy or two. His nominations include three of the four main categories - Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year. He’s also in competition against himself in the Best Rap Song category, with both “Not Afraid” and “Love the Way You Lie” up both up for the award. Voters are bound to appreciate that his album “Recovery” marks his true comeback.

Lady Antebellum comes in second with six nominations. They are nominated for Album, Record and Song of the Year for “Need You Now.” The hit was heard and performed everywhere throughout the year, playing on many TV shows. They've already taken home multiple trophies at the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association and inaugural American Country awards shows.

Now, Lady Gaga is also a promising figure in the awards, with six nominations. These include Album of the Year. Last year found Lady Gaga all over the place - on stage, on TV, on magazine covers and all over social media. 2011, especially if she takes home some more Grammies, will find her in the same spots. She won 13 Billboard Music Awards during the past two years and eight MTV Music Video Awards in 2010. Her two Grammy Awards last year showed she’s certainly on the Recording Academy radar.

What are your top picks and how do you compare to ours??
2011 Grammy Nominees - Major Categories(** = Our Pick to Win in 2011)

Album of The Year:
The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
Recovery – Eminem
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga**
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Song of The Year:
“Beg, Steal or Borrom” – Ray LaMontagne
“Forget You” – Cee Lo
“The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert
“Love the Way You Lie” – Eminem feat. Rihanna
“Need You Know” – Lady Antebellum**

Record of The Year:
“Love the Way You Lie” – Eminem feat. Rihanna**
“Nothin’ On You” – Bruno Mars
“Forget You” – Cee Lo
“Empire State of Mind” – Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys
 “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum

Best NEW Artist:
Justin Bieber 
Florence + The Machine 
Mumford & Sons 
Esperanza Spalding
Best Country Album:
Up On The Ridge – Dierks Bentley
You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band**
The Guitar Song – Jamey Johnson
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Revolution – Miranda Lambert

Best Rap Album:
The Adventures Of Bobby Ray – B.o.B
Thank Me Later – Drake
Recovery – Eminem
The Blueprint 3 – Jay-Z**
How I Got Over – The Roots

Best Contemporary R&B:
Graffiti – Chris Brown
Untitled – R. Kelly
Transition – Ryan Leslie
The ArchAndroid – Janelle Monáe
Raymond V Raymond – Usher**
Best Pop Performance By A Group or A Duo w/ Vocals:
“Don’t Stop Believin’ (Regionals Version)” – Glee Cast
“Misery” – Maroon 5
“The Only Exception” – Paramore
“Babyfather” – Sade
“Hey, Soul Sister (Live)” – Train**

Best Pop Collaboration w/ Vocals:
 “Airplanes II” – B.o.B, Eminem & Hayley Williams**
“Imagine” – Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare
“If It Wasn’t For Bad” – Elton John & Leon Russell
“Telephone” – Lady Gaga & Beyoncé
“California Gurls” – Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg

Best Dance Recording:
“Rocket” – Goldfrapp
“In For The Kill” – La Roux
“Dance In The Dark” – Lady Gaga
“Only Girl (In The World)” – Rihanna**
“Dancing On My Own” – Robyn
Best Rock Performance By A Group or A Duo w/ Vocals:
“Ready To Start” – Arcade Fire
“I Put A Spell On You” – Jeff Beck & Joss Stone
“Tighten Up” – The Black Keys
“Radioactive” – Kings Of Leon
“Resistance” – Muse**

Best Pop Vocal Album:   
My World 2.0 – Justin Bieber
I Dreamed A Dream – Susan Boyle
The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga
Battle Studies – John Mayer
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry**

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