Here are some predictions for the 2011 Grammy’s tonight. We will focus on all the categories where major Black artists’ are nominated.
Song of the Year
“Beg, Steal Or Borrow” – Ray Lamontagne, songwriter (Ray LaMontagne And The Pariah Dogs)
“Fuck You” – Cee Lo Green, Philip Lawrence & Bruno Mars, songwriters
(Cee Lo Green)
“The House That Built Me” – Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin, songwriters (Miranda
“Love The Way You Lie” – Alexander Grant, Holly Hafferman & Marshall Mathers,
songwriters (Eminem Featuring Rihanna)
“Need You Now” – Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott,
songwriters (Lady Antebellum)
Prediction: While Eminem & Rihanna are favored to sing, I feel Cee-Lo should win for taking a curse word and making a great song using it in a chorus. Many looked at it as a gimmick when they first heard rumors of the song, but it turned out to be a great song recognized by the academy.
Record of the Year
“Nothin’ On You” – B.o.B. Featuring Bruno Mars
“Love The Way You Lie” – Eminem Featuring Rihanna
“Fuck You” – Cee Lo Green
“Empire State Of Mind” – Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum
Prediction: While Lady Antebellum should win, I’ll actually go with the summer love hit Bruno Mars and B.O.B. made in “Nothing on You”
Album of the Year
The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
Recovery – Eminem
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
Prediction: Eminem returned to the top with this album and deserves this award.
Best Rap Solo Performance
“Over” – Drake
“Not Afraid” – Eminem
“How Low” – Ludacris
“I’m Back” – T.I.
“Power” – Kanye West
Prediction: Eminem will sweep this award ceremony, though Kanye West should win this award for “Power.” The song “Power” created the buzz for Kanye’s last album, which was the best of all these nominees in the last year.
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)
Prediction: Jay-Z and Alicia Keys will take this award. They took a local song and made it global.
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
Prediction: Eminem had the best rap album last year and deserves to take home the gold.