The 53rd Anuual Grammy Awards – Parlour Predictions & Nominations

On February 13, 2011 – the entertainment (& fashion) world will watch as the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards takes place in Los Angeles and “red carpet” season in the United States officially kicks off. The full list of nominations were released yesterday, and we’ve got the rundown, plus Parlour picks for our favorite catergories. Who knows what will happen nexy year? And more importantly—what will Lady Gaga wear? Our predictions are in italics – see below!

Song Of The Year:
Ray Montagne- Beg Steal Or Borrow
Cee Lo Green- Forget You
Miranda Lambert- House That Built Me
Eminem Feat. Rihanna- Love The Way You Lie**
Lady Antebellum- Need You Now

I think we all want Cee Lo to win but Em & RihRih’s single was one of this year’s juggernauts. Cheers to the underdog anyway.

Best New Artist:
Justin Bieber**
Drake
Florence & The Machine
Mumford & Suns
Esperanza Spalding

** Again, we are rooting for the little guy, or girl in this case. Yay Esperanza! But really, who can deny the Bieber? Academy voters have probably started getting “Bieber or Die” death threats by his legions of tween fans already, so this might be wrap for Drake as well.

Album Of The Year:
Arcade Fire- Suburbs
Eminem- Recovery
Lady Antebellum- Need You Now
Lady GaGa- The Fame Monster**
Katy Perry- Teenage Dream

** Now this is personal, but this is probably what will happen: everybody knows that Arcade Fire deserves this award, but jobs are on the line and so Katy Perry will appear to be the front-runner critically, but then the fact that the pop princess will then bother the heart of voters and they’ll just give it to GaGa so they can feel “original.”


Best Female Country Vocal Performance:
Jewel- Satisfy Me
Miranda Lambert- House That Built Me
LeAnn Rimes- Swingin’
Carrie Underwood- Temporary Home
Gretchen Wilson- I’d Love..

Umm, we really like Carrie’s style and won’t pretend to have heard any of these albums…so yeah! Team Carrie!

Record of The Year:

B.O.B. Feat Bruno Mars- Nothin’ On You
Eminem Feat. Rihanna- Love The Way You Lie
Cee Lo Green- Forget You
Jay Z & Alicia Keys- Empire State Of Mind
Lady Antebellum- Need You Now

If you live in L.A., then you are probably rooting for B.O.B. since Cali radio shoved the records down our collective throats this year, but we are team Jay on this one. After seeing a club in Brasil go crazy and mouth every word to this “Empire State Of Mind,” one can say that everyone wanted to be from NYC after hearing this.

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
KING OF ANYTHING – Sara Bareilles
HALO (LIVE) РBeyonc̩
CHASING PIRATES – Norah Jones
BAD ROMANCE – Lady Gaga
TEENAGE DREAM – Katy Perry

Yup. Gaga. For the video and hook alone. I’m singing this now as I type and will do the dance breakdown in a few…

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

HAVEN’T MET YOU YET – Michael Bublé
THIS IS IT – Michael Jackson
WHATAYA WANT FROM ME – Adam Lambert
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE – Bruno Mars
HALF OF MY HEART – John Mayer

Adam’s love for mascara is heartwarming but tired and since Bruno had a little snow problem this year, this may go to Michael by default, which is perfect because we do love him around these parts.

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ (REGIONALS VERSION) – Glee Cast
MISERY – Maroon 5
THE ONLY EXCEPTION – Paramore
BABYFATHER – Sade
HEY, SOUL SISTER (LIVE) – Train

Sorry Sade, this should go to Paramore. They have paid their festival/touring dues for years and stayed true to their sound, besides Hayley’s voice is aw-mazing. But watch them give it to Train anyway.

Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
AIRPLANES, PART 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 РLady Gaga & Beyonc̩
CALIFORNIA GURLS – Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg

Beyonce & GaGa because it’s a win all around: a) Who doesn’t love a little Bey? b) They need a reason for Beyonce to show up and perform c) Ratings!


Best Pop Instrumental Performance

FLOW – Laurie Anderson
NESSUN DORMA – Jeff Beck
NO MYSTERY – Stanley Clarke
ORCHESTRAL INTRO – Gorillaz
SLEEPWALK – The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Gorillaz! No reason why, just Gorillaz!


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

Sorry ladies, this might go to the golden boy, Justin Bieber…who looks like a little girl anyway so it’s all good.


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

This is hard. We love Robyn & La Roux, but “Only Girl” might be the only Rihanna song that has made me lose my s*&t on the dance floor…ever. We vote a tie! Or Robyn.

Best Electronic/Dance Album
THESE HOPEFUL MACHINES – BT
FURTHER – The Chemical Brothers
HEAD FIRST – Goldfrapp
BLACK LIGHT – Groove Armada
LA ROUX – La Roux

Yup. This album killed. And while we love Goldfrapp’s disco anthems, La Roux deserves it.


Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with 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

Again, I am #teamarcadefire, but Muse is gonna take this.

Best Alternative Music Album

THE SUBURBS – Arcade Fire**
INFINITE ARMS – Band Of Horses
BROTHERS – The Black Keys
BROKEN BELLS – Broken Bells
CONTRA – Vampire Weekend

This is hard – but go Arcade Fire! Vampire Weekend had a great album, but after seeing their songs in every car/fashion commercial we grew tired of the preppy boys.

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
GONE ALREADY – Faith Evans
BITTERSWEET – Fantasia
EVERYTHING TO ME – Monica
TIRED – Kelly Price
HOLDING YOU DOWN (GOING IN CIRCLES) – Jazmine Sullivan

No diss, but it’s nice not to have Beyonce in this category and let a few other divas shine. Monica’s “Everything To Me” was a hit, but Jazmine might take this.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
SECOND CHANCE – El DeBarge
FINDING MY WAY BACK – Jaheim
WHY WOULD YOU STAY – Kem
WE’RE STILL FRIENDS – (Kirk Whalum &) Musiq Soulchild
THERE GOES MY BABY – Usher

Usher. All the way. Sorry in advance to our parents who want Kem to win, but this is Usher’s win. Now if he was really smart, he would invite El Debarge on stage when he accepts to show his gratitude.

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
LOVE – Chuck Brown, Jill Scott & Marcus Miller
TAKE MY TIME – Chris Brown & Tank
YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND – Ronald Isley & Aretha Franklin
SHINE – John Legend & The Roots
SOLDIER OF LOVE – Sade

Sade. That is all. Sorry Ahmir.

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
WHEN A WOMAN LOVES – R. Kelly
HANG ON IN THERE – John Legend & The Roots
YOU’RE SO AMAZING – Calvin Richardson
IN BETWEEN – Ryan Shaw
GO [LIVE] – Betty Wright

John Legend & The Roots. It’s a Hathaway/Mayfield feeling track and the Academy may still not want to touch R. Kelly.

Best Urban/Alternative Performance
LITTLE ONE – Bilal
F*** YOU – Cee Lo Green
ORION – Carolyn Malachi
TIGHTROPE – Janelle Monáe & Big Boi
STILL – Eric Roberson

Hmmm, we want Bilal to win this one, but Janelle may sweep this one away.

Best R&B Song
BITTERSWEET – Charles Harmon & Claude Kelly, songwriters (Fantasia)
FINDING MY WAY BACK – Ivan “Orthodox” Barias, Curt Chambers, Carvin “Ransum” Haggins, Jaheim Hoagland & Miquel Jontel, songwriters (Jaheim)
SECOND CHANCE – E. Debarge & Mischke, songwriters (El DeBarge)
SHINE – John Stephens, songwriter (John Legend & The Roots)
WHY WOULD YOU STAY – K. Owens, songwriter (Kem)

Shine!

Best R&B Album
THE LOVE & WAR MASTERPEACE – Raheem DeVaughn
BACK TO ME – Fantasia
ANOTHER ROUND – Jaheim
WAKE UP! – John Legend & The Roots
STILL STANDING – Monica

Wait. Jaheim came out this year? Great job record label. This may be a toss-up between Fantasia (could be an excellent comeback) and John Legend & The Roots.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
NOTHIN’ ON YOU – B.o.B & Bruno Mars
DEUCES – Chris Brown, Tyga & Kevin McCall
LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE – Eminem & Rihanna
EMPIRE STATE OF MIND – Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
WAKE UP! EVERYBODY – John Legend, The Roots, Melanie Fiona & Common

It’s the emo anthem for men everywhere – “Deuces!”

Best Rap Song
EMPIRE STATE OF MIND – Shawn Carter, Angela Hunte, Burt Keyes, Alicia Keys, Jane’t “Jnay” Sewell-Ulepic & Alexander Shuckburgh, songwriters (Sylvia Robinson, songwriter) (Jay-Z & Alicia Keys)
LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE – Alexander Grant, Holly Hafferman & Marshall Mathers, songwriters (Eminem & Rihanna)
NOT AFRAID – M. Burnett, J. Evans, Marshall Mathers, L. Resto & M. Samuels, songwriters (Eminem)
NOTHIN’ ON YOU – Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Bobby Simmons Jr., songwriters (B.o.B & Bruno Mars)
ON TO THE NEXT ONE – Shawn Carter, J. Chaton & K. Dean, songwriters (G. Auge & X. De Rosnay, songwriters) (Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz)

For the love of rap, “On To The Next One” should take this as it’s the only track in this category that doesn’t sound like an R&B song.

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

Ok, so it’s between Jay & Drake really. Surprisingly, he wasn’t nominated for Best Rap Song, so this may be Aubrey’s win.

Best Contemporary R&B Album
GRAFFITI – Chris Brown
UNTITLED – R. Kelly
TRANSITION – Ryan Leslie
THE ARCHANDROID – Janelle Monáe
RAYMOND V RAYMOND – Usher

Is the Academy ready to welcome Chris Brown back? Probably not, so this is a face-off between Janelle & Usher. Go Janelle!


Best Rap Solo Performance

OVER – Drake
NOT AFRAID – Eminem
HOW LOW – Ludacris
I’M BACK – T.I.
POWER – Kanye West

Could Kanye being nominated and not winning be the Academy’s way of baiting him for another Taylor Swift? At first I want to say Drake, but POWER is an undeniable track…but watch Eminem win. Boo.

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
SHUTTERBUGG – Big Boi & Cutty
FANCY – Drake, T.I. & Swizz Beatz
ON TO THE NEXT ONE – Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz
MY CHICK BAD – Ludacris & Nicki Minaj
LOSE MY MIND – Young Jeezy & Plies

Oh Algernod (Plies). We are super happy you were nominated, but this is a toss-up between Jay, Luda & Drake. The real winner in this category may be Swizz so just pick one.

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