Which Beyonce song from '4' will get a best record Grammy nod? [Poll]
Beyonce Knowles has 16 Grammy Awards, which is the third-largest tally among female recording artists after Alison Krauss (26) and Aretha Franklin (18). However, she's never won the top trophies for record or album of the year. It looks as though her latest CD, "4," has a good shot at a nomination for best album, but which tune might make the list for best record? Below are the views of some of the posters in our forums. Pipe in with your own comments and vote in our poll.
Leobas: "End of Time," no question. It's the freshest song in the album, has terrific Diplo/Switch production and awesome vocals by Beyoncé, with a chorus that sounds like Michael Jackson meets 2011. But we all know she won't get a nomination without a hit, and her first two singles don't stand a chance.
A_Mb88: "Best Thing I Never Had" can go in since it has some recognition as a single and it fits some [of] the unofficial record of the year rules (live instruments, single, decent message). So far based on the singles, it's "Best Thing I Never Had." Songs that have good chances if released are "I Care" and "End of Time."
DJWolff: She could get nominated for the track most likely to become a smash hit first, and "End of Time" has good chances to be that hit. Personally, I would rather "I Was Here."
Gucci: Beyonce won't get a record of the year nomination this time around.
DoubleD: Yeah I'll go with "End of Time," too, since it's the only song on the album that has the potential to be an anthem. But Beyonce only gets record of the year nominations for #1 singles: "Say My Name" (#1), "Crazy In Love" (#1), "Irreplaceable" (#1). The only exception is "Halo" (#5), but her label submitted her #1 single ("Single Ladies") to song of the year. So unless "End of Time" blows up in the next few months, this will be the first album that Beyonce doesn't receive a record of the year nom.
Guru: I think the best song on "4" is "I Was Here." She could score a fifth record of the year nomination if she releases "I Was Here" as a single.
Tara Lauder: There is like nothing out right now besides Adele that qualifies for record of the year. Beyonce will easily get in for anything she submits. I have to give it to her team, they really know the perfect times to release her material.
-- Tom O'Neil
Photo: The cover of "4." Credit: Sony