Eastside writer predicts Grammy outcomes

Rebecca Mulberg ('12)/ Eastside Staff

With the Grammy Awards approaching, everyone and anyone interested in the music industry has already composed their list of winners based upon prediction. As we all know, even renowned journalists aim for perfect predictions, but even they cannot achieve so. Underneath is another attempt at the winner predictions of the Grammy 2010 Awards, although keep in mind the following predictions may not be accurate.

Record of the Year: The award that holds the most honor and prestige at the show. Based upon her worldwide fan-base, the song’s “Best Female Video” win at the 2009 VMA’s, and number two spot on the Billboard Hot 100, I predict that the winner will be… Taylor Swift for her hit single, You Belong With Me.

Album of the Year: After debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, the album sold about 482,000 copies in it’s first week of release. After over a year, the album lays in the hands of 6 million fans around the globe. The winner is… I Am… Sasha Fierce by Beyonce.

Song of the Year: Released as a second single to her third solo record, the song soon became her fifth single to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Rolling Stones even ranked the song number one in the Best 100 Singles of 2008. Single Ladies by Beyonce received attention from all over the world, as celebrities and fans made parodies of the famous music video, making the song a strong candidate for the Grammy.

Best New Artist: After working as a back-up to hit celebrities like Ne-Yo and Usher, Keri Hilson has managed to make a name for herself after releasing her first album, In A Perfect World.., in early 2009. The album debuted as number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Throughout the promoting of her first solo album, Hilson was nominated for over 10 awards, including American Music Awards for Breakthrough Artist. She rightfully won at the BET Awards in 2009 for Best New Artist.

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: The song collaboration called Love Sex Magic between Ciara and Justin Timberlake not only peaked at number one in countries including India and Turkey, but also made the top ten charts worldwide. After the first release, the song hit number 86 on the Billboard Hot 100, but in it’s second week of sales, made a jump to number 27.

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: Reaching number 4 on the Hot 100  in the United States was not the end for Kings Of Leon’s second single Use Somebody. The song also managed to gain consistent radio time in Australia, the UK, and Sweden. Becoming a worldwide hit, the song also ranked number one on the Adult Top 40 Chart.

Best Alternative Music Album: Rated by New Musical Express (NME) as the third best album in the year 2009, It’s Blitz! by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and voted four stars out of five by Rolling Stones, the album is sure to beat out it’s opponents, including The Open Door by Death Cab for Cutie.

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: A highly underrated song, marked as the third single released by Jazmine Sullivan, peaked in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2009 at position 74. Along with the nomination for her Lions, Tigers & Bears as Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Sullivan also received a nomination for Best R&B Song.

Best Rap Song: The original version of Kid Cudi’s single Day ‘N’ Nite reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 after it’s 2008 release. The song became a daily radio play, and won Best Indie Dance at the Beatport Music Awards. The award for Best Rap Song will be a tough one to predict, considering Kid Cudi’s opponents include Drake’s Best I Ever Had, T.I. & Justin Timberlake’s Dead And Gone, and Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West’s Run This Town.

Best Female Country Vocal Performance: And the winner is… I Just Call You Mine by Martina McBride. The song shined after eight straight weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs, rising to the Top 40, at number 18. The music video also launched at number 20 on CMT’s Top Twenty Countdown only a month after it’s release on May 18, 2009.

Best Musical Show Album: The Broadway revival of Hair, a story set in the 1960’s, opened in March of 2009, and was noted to be “best revival of a musical” by Drama Desk Award and the Tony Award. The show earned $822,889 in it’s second week of performances, and by the summer of it’s run had been named as one of the fastest-redeeming musicals in the history of Broadway.

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture: Composed by A.R. Rahman, the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack is sure to be a winner. With a goal of Rahman to “[mix] modern India and the old India”, sold approximately 21,000 copies, was rated 3.5/4 stars by the Los Angeles Times, and rose to number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture: Previewed in June by AOL Radio, the score soundtrack of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince composed by a strong trio of Nicholas Hooper, John Williams and Patrick Doyle, was released in July of 2009. The composers have spent past years on Harry Potter soundtracks, giving them advantage over the other nominees.

Best Song Written For Motion Picture: Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen specially for the movie The Wrestler, the song The Wrestler, was nominated for an MTV Movie Award, but lost against Miley Cyrus’s The Climb. The song also received a win at the 66th Golden Globe Awards.

Best Short Form Music Video: With the concept of the Black Eyed Peas video as “life in the year of 3008”, Boom Boom Pow, was released on iTunes in April of 2009. The song reached number one at the Billboard Year End Chart in 2009, selling over 4,295,000 downloads in the United States.

Best Long Form Music Video: As the Cirque du Soleil performing troupe introduced their Love show, with music by The Beatles, the 86 minute documentary records the collaboration between The Beatles and Cirque du Soleil entitled The Beatles Love – All Together Now. After The Beatles themselves won the award for their song “Let It Be”, now, the DVD will hopefully follow in their footsteps.