Gutsy Grammy nominations predictions: Best record of the year
When Grammy Award nominations are unveiled on Wednesday, expect to see these four tunes in the race for best record of the year.
"Love the Way You Lie," Eminem featuring Rihanna
"Empire State of Mind," Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys
"Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
So … what will be nominated in that fifth slot?
Grammy nominations for the top four awards — best record, album, song and new artist of the year — are chosen by a secret committee of music experts who usually like to include representative contenders from major music genres. Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie" will represent rap in the race for best record, but I also believe that Jay-Z's "Empire" could be included too, considering its huge pop success in 2010. Regardless of who represents rap in this top race, the big cliffhanger looming is: Can it win? A rap tune has never claimed the award for best record of the year. Rap is way overdue.
Lady Antebellum will probably edge out Miranda Lambert to represent country in this contest. Lady Gaga can't be ignored — she will not tolerate it — so that means "Bad Romance" will make the list too even though it seems like it's 5 years old by now. Months ago "Bad Romance" swept the MTV Music Video Awards and now seems destined for prominence, if not victory, at the Grammys.
Many tunes vie for that fifth slot: "Hey, Soul Sister" (Train), "Airplanes" (B.o.B. featuring Hayley Williams), "Dog Days Are Over" (Florence + the Machine), "California Gurls" (Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg) and "Soldier of Love" (Sade).
See my predictions for what will be nominated for best album of the year.
-- Tom O'Neil