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2011 Grammy Awards: Picks & Predictions

Submitted by on February 3, 2011 – 9:54 am2 Comments

With a refreshingly great amount of solid music released in 2010, this year’s Grammy Awards look set to be as competitive as ever.

Hip-hop is represented strongly, with Eminem up for the most nominations (10), Jay-Z up for six and Drake and B.o.B also up for awards. Bruno Mars is the breakout new artist, up for seven awards while unstoppable teen Justin Bieber is up for Best Pop Vocal and Best New Artist.

Lady GaGa‘s rumored to be opening the show with her most outlandish performance yet, with other acts including Rihanna and Drake (performing their smash “What’s My Name”), Cee-Lo and Gwyneth Paltrow doing their joint rendition of Cee-Lo’s “Forget You” a.k.a “F*ck You” (first seen on Glee) plus Eminem, Justin Bieber, B.o.B, Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae, Katy Perry and Usher.

This year’s nominees are listed below, with our predictions for the night in bold:

Song of the Year
“Beg, Steal or Borrow” — Ray LaMontagne
“Forget You” — Cee-Lo
“The House That Built Me” — Miranda Lambert
“Love the Way You Lie” — Eminem Feat. Rihanna
“Need You Now” — Lady Antebellum

Album of the Year
The Suburbs — Arcade Fire
Recovery — Eminem
Need You Now — Lady Antebellum
The Fame Monster — Lady GaGa
Teenage Dream — Katy Perry

Best New Artist
Justin Bieber
Florence and the Machine
Mumford and Sons
Esperanza Spalding

Record of the Year
“Nothing on You” — B.o.B. Feat. Bruno Mars
“Love the Way You Lie” — Eminem Feat. Rihanna
“Forget You” — Cee-Lo
“Empire State of Mind” — Jay-Z Feat. Alicia Keys
“Need You Now” — Lady Antebellum

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
“King of Anything” — Sara Bareilles
“Halo (Live)” — Beyoncé
“Chasing Pirates” — Norah Jones
“Bad Romance” — Lady GaGa
“Teenage Dream” — Katy Perry

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

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
“Satisfied” — Jewel
“The House That Built Me” — Miranda Lambert
“Swingin” — LeAnn Rimes
“Temporary Home” — Carrie Underwood
“I’d Love to Be Your Last” — Gretchen Wilson

Best Pop Performance by a Group or Duo with Vocals
“Don’t Stop Believin’ (Regionals Version)” — Glee cast
“The Only Exception” — Paramore
“Babyfather” — Sade
“Hey, Soul Sister (Live)” — Train

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” Lady Gaga & Beyoncé
“California Gurls” — Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg

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

Best Country Song
“The Breath You Take” — George Strait
“Free” — Zac Brown Band
“The House That Built Me” — Miranda Lambert
“I’d Love to Be Your Last” — Gretchen Wilson
“If I Die Young” — The Band Perry
“Need You Now” — Lady Antebellum

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 Rock Song
“Angry World” — Neil Young
“Little Lion Man” — Mumford & Sons
“Radioactive” — Kings Of Leon
“Resistance” — Muse
“Tighten Up” — The Black Keys

Best Rock Album
Emotion & Commotion — Jeff Beck
The Resistance — Muse
Backspacer — Pearl Jam
Mojo — Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Le Noise — Neil Young

Best R&B Song
“Bittersweet” — Fantasia
“Finding My Way Back” — Jaheim
“Second Chance” — El DeBarge
“Shine” — John Legend & The Roots
“Why Would You Stay” — Kem

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

Best Contemporary R&B Album
Graffiti — Chris Brown
Untitled — R. Kelly
Transition — Ryan Leslie
The ArchAndroid — Janelle Monáe
Raymond V Raymond — Usher

Best Rap Song
“Empire State Of Mind” — Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
“Love the Way You Lie” — Eminem & Rihanna
“Not Afraid” — Eminem
“Nothin’ On You” — B.o.B & Bruno Mars
“On To The Next One” — Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz

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 Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Crazy Heart — Various Artists
Glee: The Music, Volume 1Glee Cast
Treme — Various Artists
True Blood-Volume 2 — Various Artists
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse — Various Artists.

For a complete list of 2011 Grammy nominees, visit Grammy.com.


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