2010 Grammy Award list of nominees, Ifelicious picks and commentary

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Here’s a video recap of this year’s Grammy nominees followed by the full list of nominees by category. The 51st Grammy awards celebration airs this Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on CBS.

Here are all the categories/nominees.  My personal favs are in PURPLE bolded print.  Who I think will actually win is highlighted in YELLOW.  In a few categories, I had no clue so you’ll see some ” ?? ” after them so you know I completely guessed.

I’m uploading what I have so far periodically until completed.  LAST REFRESH: JAN 30, 2010 AT 8:48 PM EST — complete!!!

In the process of making my picks, I ran across this poll where you can cast your vote.  Worth swinging by (Pollstar- “Wanna Pick Some Grammys?“). I’m not sure what they’ll do with the results.

My selections, best guesses, and somewhere in between at times…

RECORD OF THE YEAR <– tough competition, but it should be
“Halo,” Beyonce  <– halo = ‘hell no’ in my books
“I Gotta Feeling,” Black Eyed Peas
“Use Somebody,” Kings of Leon  <– really liked this song, but don’t think it took on a life like Gaga’s, Swift’s, or BEP
“Poker Face,” Lady Gaga
“You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift  <– i’m going with Gaga, in general, over Swift

ALBUM OF THE YEAR <– lots of tough competition in this category
I Am…Sasha Fierce, Beyonce
The E.N.D., The Black Eyed Peas
The Fame, Lady Gaga <– again, i’m going with Gaga, in general, over Swift
Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King, Dave Matthews Band
Fearless, Taylor Swift

SONG OF THE YEAR
“Poker Face,” Lady Gaga
“Pretty Wings,” Maxwell
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Beyonce
“Use Somebody,” Kings of Leon
“You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift

BEST NEW ARTIST
Zac Brown Band  <– read about them a lot in searches so would be a back up pick
Keri Hilson <– only artist i really know out of this list and declare award worthy
MGMT
Silversun Pickups
The Ting Tings

BEST FEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE
“Hometown Glory,” Adele  <– love her, don’t this this is her year
“Halo,” Beyonce  <– shoot me if this wins
“Hot N Cold,” Katy Perry  <– shoot me if this wins
“Sober,” Pink <– really like this song but folks are ridin’ Swift these days
“You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift

BEST MALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE
“This Time,” John Legend
“Love You,” Maxwell
“Make It Mine,” Jason Mraz
“If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” Seal
“All About the Love Again,” Stevie Wonder

BEST POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS
“I Gotta Feeling,” Black Eyed Peas
“We Weren’t Born to Follow,” Bon Jovi
“Never Say Never,” The Fray  <– nice song but depressing
“Sara Smile,” Hall and Oates
“Kids,” MGMT

BEST POP COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS
“Sea of Heartbreak,” Rosanne Cash and Bruce Springsteen
“Love Sex Magic,” Ciara and Justin Timberlake
“Lucky,” Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” Willie Nelson and Norah Jones
“Breathe,” Taylor Swift and Colbie Caillat

BEST POP INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE
“Besame Mucho,” Herb Alpert
“Throw Down Your Heart,” Bela Fleck <– has 3 Grammy noms so an ‘educated’ guess says he might get this
“The Fire,” Imogen Heap <– listened to instrumentals in this category (didn’t know them) and i liked this the best
“Phoenix Rise,” Maxwell
“Funk Joint,” Marcus Miller

BEST POP INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
In Boston, Chris Botti
Legacy, Hiroshima ??
Potato Hole, Booker T. Jones
Modern Art The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman
Down the Wire, Spyro Gyra

BEST POP ALBUM
The E.N.D., The Black Eyed Peas
Breakthrough, Colbie Caillat
All I Ever Wanted, Kelly Clarkson  <– also like, still thinkn BEP should win
The Fray, The Fray <– also like, still thinkn BEP should win
Funhouse, Pink  <– might give BEP run for their money in this category

BEST DANCE RECORDING
“Boom Boom Pow,” The Black Eyed Peas
“When Love Takes Over,” David Guetta and Kelly Rowland
“Poker Face,” Lady Gaga
“Celebration,” Madonna  <– won’t get my vote, it’s personal…
“Womanizer,” Britney Spears  <– shoot me if this damn song wins

BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ALBUM
Divided By Night, The Crystal Method
One Love, David Guetta
The Fame, Lady Gaga
Party Rock, LMFAO <– also makes good party songs but pale in comparison to Lady G
Yes, Pet Shop Boys  <– they’re still around? remember them from the 80s

BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM
A Swingin’ Christmas, Tony Bennett
Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden, Michael Buble
Your Songs, Harry Connick, Jr. ??
Liza’s At the Palace, Liza Minnelli
American Classic, Willie Nelson

BEST SOLO ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE
“Beyond Here Lies Nothin,'” Bob Dylan  <– 1st impression, yuck
“Change in the Weather,” John Fogerty  <– 1st impression, less yuck than Dylan
“Dreamer,” Prince <– 1st impression, now here’s a rock song, but political, but he’s a legend, on the fence here
“Working on a Dream,” Bruce Springsteen <– 1st impression, i like, has potential, not super hard core rock/guitar sounding
“Fork in the Road,” Neil Young  <– 1st impression, other than Prince, this song echoes more true rock to me, going to guess he won’t win though, just a guess

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS
“Can’t Find My Way Home,” Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood
“Live in Technicolor II,” Coldplay
“21 Guns,” Green Day  <– could outdo Coldplay, we’ll see…
“Use Somebody,” Kings of Leon  <– i want them to get a Grammy, not sure if they can pull one out in their nomin. categories
“I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight,” U2

BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE
“War Machine,” AC/DC
“Check My Brain,” Alice in Chains
“What I’ve Done,” Linkin Park ??
“The Unforgiven III,” Metallica
“Burn It to the Ground,” Nickelback

BEST METAL PERFORMANCE
“Dissident Aggressor,” Judas Priest
“Set to Fail,” Lamb of God ?? <– based on Vibes blog prediction, i know NOTHING about metal
“Head Crusher,” Megadeath
“Senor Peligro,” Ministry
“Hate Worldwide,” Slayer

BEST ROCK INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE
“A Day in the Life,” Jeff Beck  <– 1st impression, i like
“Warped Sister,” Booker T. Jones ?? <– 1st impression, i like more than Beck
“Playing With Fire,” Brad Paisley <– 1st impression, i like about same as Jones
“Mr. Surfer Goes Jazzin,'” Brian Setzer Orchestra  <– 1st impression, can’t get with the instrumental
“Now We Run,” Steve Vai  <– 1st impression, can’t get with the instrumental as much, on par with Setzer to me

BEST ROCK SONG
“The Fixer,” Pearl Jam
“I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight,” U2
“21 Guns,” Green Day
“Use Somebody,” Kings of Leon
“Working on a Dream,” Bruce Springsteen

BEST ROCK ALBUM
Black Ice, AC/DC
Live From Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood
21st Century Breakdown, Green Day
Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King, Dave Matthews Band
No Line on the Horizon, U2

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, David Byrne and Brian Eno
The Open Door, Death Cab for Cutie ??
Sounds of the Universe, Depeche Mode
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, Phoenix
It’s Blitz!, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

BEST FEMALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It),” Beyonce
“It Kills Me,” Melanie Fiona  <– loving this song right now, though
“That Was Then,” Lalah Hathaway
“Goin’ Thru Changes,” Ledisi
“Lions, Tigers & Bears,” Jazmine Sullivan <— love Jazmine, think she’s too edgy for Grammy

BEST MALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE
“The Point of It All,” Anthony Hamilton  <– might nab this one from Maxwell. i just like “Pretty Wings” better
“Pretty Wings,” Maxwell
“Sobeautiful,” Musiq Soulchild
“Under,” Pleasure P  <– say no to the the child molester
“There Goes My Baby,” Charlie Wilson

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS
“Blame It,” Jamie Foxx and T-Pain
“Chocolate High,” India.Arie and Musiq Soulchild  <– too black for Grammys but nice song…maybe a Soul Train/BET award
“Ifuleave,” Musiq Soulchild and Mary J. Blige
“Higher Ground,” Robert Randolph and The Clark Sisters <– also too black, but my personal critical pick as a good song
“Love Has Finally Come at Last,” Calvin Richardson and Ann Nesby  <– i don’t like this cover

BEST TRADITIONAL R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE
“At Last,” Beyonce  <– no, no, no Beyonce!  stay away from Etta James. you don’t got this one, toots.
“Soul Music,” Anthony Hamilton
“Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” Boney James and Quinn  <– song puts me to sleep
“Sow Love,” Ann Nesby
“Woman Gotta Have It,” Calvin Richardson

BEST URBAN/ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE
“Daykeeper,” The Foreign Exchange ?? <– 1st impression, i like, could vibe out to this song
“All Matter,” Robert Glasper and Bilal  <– 1st impression, ok, jazzy vibe, not really my thing so i wouldn’t personally pick but awesome instrumental, vocals ok
“Pearls,” India.Arie and Dobet Gnahore  <– i’m always partial to India Arie, but maybe not this song
“A Tale of Two,” Eric Roberson, Ben O’Neill, and Michelle Thompson <– 1st impression, i like, hip hop/spoken word/indie, nice, catchy delivery, download FREE
“Blend,” Tonex  <– 1st impression, i like, this category is turning out tougher than i thought, i like this music genre

BEST R&B SONG
“Blame It,” Jamie Foxx and T-Pain  <— big hit, but i think it won’t stand up against Beyonce
“Lions, Tigers, and Bears,” Jazmine Sullivan
“Pretty Wings,” Maxwell
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Beyonce
“Under,” Pleasure P  <– child molesters don’t get to win

BEST R&B ALBUM
The Point of It All, Anthony Hamilton
Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics, India.Arie <– that’s my girl
Turn Me Loose, Ledisi
Blacksummers’ Night, Maxwell
Uncle Charlie, Charlie Wilson

BEST CONTEMPORARY R&B ALBUM
I Am…Sasha Fierce, Beyonce
Intuition, Jamie Foxx  <– i still can’t take him too seriously as a music artist
The Introduction of Marcus Cooper, Pleasure P  <– again, child molesters (Pleasure P) don’t win
Ready, Trey Songz  <– potential, but probably won’t be able to stand up against Beyonce
Thr33 Ringz, T-Pain  <– shoot me if this auto-tune heffa wins

BEST RAP SOLO PERFORMANCE
“Best I Ever Had,” Drake <– anthem in ’09
“Beautiful,” Eminem
“D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune),” Jay-Z  <– i’m a long time jigga girl, but he had even bigger songs in ’09
“Day ‘N’ Nite,” Kid Cudi
“Casa Bey,” Mos Def

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP
“Too Many Rappers,” Beastie Boys and Nas <– these award shows love them some Beastie Boys
“Crack A Bottle,” Eminem, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent  <– haven’t really been feelin’ this song
“Money Goes, Honey Stay,” Fabolous and Jay-Z <– my personal fav of songs in this category, awesome video, too
“Make Her Say,” Kid Cudi, Kanye West, and Common <– curse of Kanye
“Amazing,” Kanye West and Young Jeezy <– curse of Kanye

BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
“Ego,” Beyonce and Kanye West  <– even Beyonce can’t be saved from the curse of Kanye, song wasn’t all that anyway but very telling…
“Knock You Down,” Keri Hilson, Kanye West and Ne-Yo
“Run This Town,” Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Kanye West
“I’m on a Boat,” The Lonely Island and T-Pain
“Dead and Gone,” T.I. and Justin Timberlake

BEST RAP SONG
“Best I Ever Had,” Drake
“Day ‘N’ Nite,” Kid Cudi
“Dead and Gone,” T.I. and Justin Timberlake  <– could take Drake
“D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune),” Jay-Z
“Run This Town,” Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Kanye West  <– would be nice ‘redemption’ for this song that has Ri-Ri in it to win somewhere it’s nominated

BEST RAP ALBUM
Universal Mind Control, Common  <– one of my husbands, but i don’t think it’s his year
Relapse, Eminem
R.O.O.T.S., Flo Rida  <– ‘Right Round’ was hot in ’09, but that’s all i know
The Ecstatic, Mos Def
The Renaissance, Q-Tip

BEST FEMALE COUNTRY VOCAL PERFORMANCE
“Dead Flowers,” Miranda Lambert
“I Just Call You Mine,” Martina McBride
“White Horse,” Taylor Swift
“Just a Dream,” Carrie Underwood
“Solitary Thinkin,” Lee Ann Womack

BEST MALE COUNTRY VOCAL PERFORMANCE
“All I Ask for Anymore,” Trace Adkins
“People Are Crazy,” Billy Currington
“High Cost of Living,” Jamey Johnson
“Living for the Night,” George Strait
“Sweet Thing,” Keith Urban ??

BEST COUNTRY PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS
“Cowgirls Don’t Cry,” Brooks & Dunn
“Chicken Fried,” Zac Brown Band
“I Run to You,” Lady Antebellum
“Here Comes Goodbye,” Rascal Flatts
“It Happens,” Sugarland

BEST COUNTRY COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS
“Beautiful World,” Dierks Bentley and Patty Griffin
“Down the Road,” Kenny Chesney and Mac McAnally
“Start a Band,” Brad Paisley and Keith Urban
“I Told You So,” Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis ??
“Everything But Quits,” Lee Ann Womack and George Strait

BEST COUNTRY INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE
“Under the (Five) Wire,” Alison Brown
“The Crystal Merchant,” The Greencards ?? <– based on RockyMountainHighway.com and Vibes blog
“Mansinneedof,” Sarah Jarosz
“Producer’s Medley,” Steve Wariner

BEST COUNTRY SONG
“All I Ask for Anymore,” Trace Adkins
“High Cost of Living,” Jamey Johnson
“I Run to You,” Lady Antebellum
“People Are Crazy,” Billy Currington ?? <– majority rules pick based on Chicago Country Radio picks
“White Horse,” Taylor Swift

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
The Foundation, Zac Brown Band
Twang, George Strait
Fearless, Taylor Swift
Defying Gravity, Keith Urban ?? <– majority rules pick based on Chicago Country Radio picks
Call Me Crazy, Lee Ann Womack

BEST NEW AGE ALBUM
Faith, Jim Brickman
Prayer for Compassion, David Darling
Laserium for the Soul, Henta
In a Dream, Peter Kater, Dominic Miller, Kenny Loggins, and Jaques Morelenbaum ?? <– based on reading that Kater has won a lot (see New Age MusicGrammy nominations for Best New Age Album“)
Impressions of the West Lake, Kitaro

BEST CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ALBUM
Urbanus, Stefon Harris and Blackout
Sounding Point, Julian Lage
At World’s Edge, Philippe Saisse
Big Neighborhood, Mike Stern
75, Joe Zawinul and The Zawinul Syndicate ?? <– based on The World of Jazz2010 Grammy Best Contemporary Jazz Album nominees

BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM
No Regrets, Randy Crawford and Joe Sample
Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings The Music of Coltrane and Hartman, Kurt Elling
So In Love, Roberta Gambarini
Tide, Luciana Souza ?? <– based on Inside CityFolk’s predictionCityfolk’s 2010 Grammy connections
Desire, Tierney Sutton

BEST AMERICANA ALBUM
Together Through Life, Bob Dylan
Electric Dirt, Levon Helm
Willie and the Wheel, Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel ??
Wilco (The Album), Wilco
Little Honey, Lucinda Williams

BEST COMEDY ALBUM
Back From the Dead, Spinal Tap
A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!, Stephen Colbert
Internet Leaks, Weird Al Yankovic
My Weakness Is Strong, Patton Oswalt
Suckin’ It for the Holidays, Kathy Griffin <– that’s my girl!! but she’s too edgy for Grammy in the not critically pretty way
Tall, Dark, & Chicano, George Lopez

BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK ALBUM FOR MOTION PICTURE, TV, ETC
Cadillac Records
Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds ??
Slumdog Millionaire
True Blood
Twilight

BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK ALBUM FOR MOTION PICTURE, TV, ETC
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Disc 1)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ??
Milk
Star Trek
Up

BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURE, TV, ETC
“The Climb” (From Hannah Montana: The Movie), Miley Cyrus
“Decode” (From Twilight), Paramore
“Jai Ho” (From Slumdog Millionaire), A.R. Rahman, Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, Mahalaxmi Iyer, and Vijay Prakash
??
“Once in a Lifetime” (From Cadillac Records), Beyonce
“The Wrestler” (From The Wrestler), Bruce Springsteen

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (NON-CLASSICAL)
T Bone Burnett
Ethan Johns ?? <– only based on fact that he’s worked with Kings of Leon, i have no expertise in this category
Larry Klein
Greg Kurstin
Brendan O’Brien

BEST REMIXED RECORDING
“Don’t Believe in Love (Dennis Ferrer Objektivity Mix),” Dennis Ferrer (Dido)  <– 1st impression, not feelin’ it, song or remix
“The Girl and the Robot (Jean Elan Remix),” Jean Elan (Royksopp)  <– 1st impression, i like
“I Want You (Dave Aude Remix),” Dave Aude, (Dean Coleman Featuring DCLA)  <– 1st impression, just ok to me, give me few drinks and a light stick then maybe i’ll love it, LOL
“No You Girls (Trentemoller Remix),” Anders Trentemoller (Franz Ferdinand)  <– 1st impression, not feelin’ it
“When Love Takes Over (Electro Extended Remix),” David Guetta (David Guetta Featuring Kelly Rowland) ?? <– 1st impression, go on Kelly and Guetta!!!

BEST SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO
“Mr. Hurricane,” Beast
“Boom Boom Pow,” The Black Eyed Peas
“Life in Technicolor II,” Coldplay
“Wrong,” Depeche Mode
“Her Morning Elegance,” Oren Lavie

BEST LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEO
In Boston, Chris Botti ??
Johnny Cash’s America, Johnny Cash
Anita O’Day — The Life of a Jazz Singer — Anita O’Day
Love Pain and the Whole Crazy World Tour Live — Keith Urban
The Beatles Love — All Together Now — Various Artists

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