Song of the Year: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
Rap Album: Recovery, Eminem
Country Album: Lady Antebellum, Need You Now
New Artist: Esperanza Spalding Pop Vocal Album: Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster
Rock Album: Muse, The Resistance
Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Train, “Hey, Soul Sister (Live)”
Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Bublé, Crazy Love
Female Pop Vocal Performance: Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance,” The Fame Monster
Male Pop Vocal Performance: Bruno Mars, “Just The Way You Are,” Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Pop Collaboration With Vocals: “Imagine,” Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare, The Imagine Project?
Pop Instrumental Performance: “Nessun Dorma,” Jeff Beck, Emotion & Commotion
Pop Instrumental Album: Take Your Pick, Larry Carlton & Tak Matsumoto
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Fantasia, “Bittersweet,” Back to Me
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Usher, “There Goes My Baby,” Raymond V Raymond
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Sade, “Soldier of Love,” Soldier of Love
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: John Legend & The Roots, “Hang On In There,” Wake Up!
Best R&B Song: John Legend & The Roots, “Shine,” Wake Up!
Best R&B Album: Wake Up!, John Legend & The Roots
Contemporary R&B Album: Raymond V Raymond, Usher
Rap Album: Recovery, Eminem
Rap Song: Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind,” The Blueprint 3
Rap/Sung Collaboration: Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind,” The Blueprint 3
Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz, “On to the Next One,” The Blueprint 3
Rap Solo Performance: Eminem, “Not Afraid,” Recovery
Urban/Alternative Performance: “F*** You,” Cee Lo Green
Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Paul McCartney, “Helter Skelter,” Good Evening New York City
Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: The Black Keys, “Tighten Up,” Brothers
Rock Song: “Angry World,” Neil Young, Le Noise
Hard Rock Performance: New Fang, “Them Crooked Vultures,” Them Crooked Vultures
Metal Performance: “El Dorado,” Iron Maiden, The Final Frontier
Rock Instrumental Performance: Jeff Beck, “Hammerhead,” Emotion & Commotion
Rock Album: Muse, The Resistance
Female Country Vocal Performance: Miranda Lambert, ” The House That Built Me,” Revolution
Male Country Vocal Performance: Keith Urban, “‘Til Summer Comes Around”
Country Song: “Need You Now,” Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum) (Need You Now)
Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”
Country Instrumental Performance: Marty Stuart, “Hummingbyrd” (Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions)
New Age Album: Miho: Journey to the Mountain, Paul Winter Consort
Contemporary Jazz Album: The Stanley Clarke Band, The Stanley Clarke Band
Jazz Vocal Album: Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee, Dee Dee Bridgewater
Latin Pop Album: Paraiso Express, Alejandro Sanz
Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album: El Existential, Grupo Fantasma
Tropical Latin Album: Viva La Tradición, Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Tejano Album: Recuerdos, Little Joe & La Familia
Norteño Album: Classic, Intocable
Banda Album: Enamórate De Mí, El Güero Y Su Banda Centenario
Dance Recording: “Only Girl (in the World),” Rihanna
Electronic/Dance Album: La Roux, La Roux
The evening was supposed to be a coronation for Eminem, who was up for a leading 10 awards. But on Sunday night (February 13) at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, Slim Shady ended up with only two rap honors as his smash comeback Recovery took a backseat to country trio Lady Antebellum, who shocked the world with a slew of high-profile wins and a night’s-best haul with five Golden Gramophones.
But that wasn’t the only banner headline of the night. No, the Album of the Year category served up one of the all-time jaw-droppers in Grammy history, as Eminem was denied that honor for a third time. Many considered that one a lock for the superstar Detroit rapper, whose fight back from addiction to mega-platinum success was the kind of redemption story the Grammys simply can’t resist.
Except on Sunday night, it was ragtag Canadian indie rockers the Arcade Fire who became the biggest Album of the Year Grammy underdogs in history, snagging the coveted top prize for their exploration of suburban ennui and teen angst on the critically acclaimed The Suburbs .Read more>>
Lady Gaga just keeps topping herself, doesn’t she now? The eccentric singer is up for six awards arrived on the red carpet in a giant translicent egg carried by attendants dressed in gold costumes.
In a Twitter message sent shortly after her red-carpet arrival, Lady Gaga said: “This is Nicola, Haus of Gaga: Gaga is in incubation. Tonight’s performance is in collaboration with Hussein Chalayan and House of Mugler. X”
The long-awaited track will be released worldwide to radio at 6 a.m. ET on Friday. The lead single off Gaga’s upcoming album of the same name (due out this May) will then be available for purchase online that same day at 9 a.m. ET.
Gaga originally was slated to premiere the song at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, but on Monday she announced on Twitter that she would bereleasing “Born This Way” early for her fans. “Can’t wait any longer, single coming Friday,” Gaga tweeted.
With only a day left until the song’s premiere and little known about what it sounds like, anticipation is now at a fevered pitch, no pun intended. At theVMAs last September, Gaga sang part of the tune’s chorus, and she revealed the song’s feel-good lyrics late last month. In the chorus, she sings, “I’m beautiful in my way/ ‘Cause God makes no mistakes/ I’m on the right track, baby/ I was born this way/ Don’t hide yourself in regret/ Just love yourself and you’re set/ I’m on the right track, baby/ I was born this way.”
This Sunday, the titans of the music industry will convene on the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, the annual celebration of back-slapping, glad-handling and, of course, melisma. And while most of you are probably just tuning in for Recording Academy President Neil Portnow’s annual keynote address, I’ll be watching this year’s Grammys largely for the same reason I’ve watched them every year: to see if my predictions come true.
See, for just about as long as I’ve had this column, I’ve been makingGrammy picks. It’s an annual tradition, mostly because I love the Grammys — just about as much as I love gambling.
And with a field of nominees that includes everyone from Eminem to Pinetop Perkins — not to mention a few of my favorite artists (Yay Robyn! Yay Arcade Fire!) — this year’s Grammys are shaping up to be the wildest in recent history. And when you couple that fact with my insatiable, downright destructive desire to wager, well, let’s just say this column practically wrote itself. Read more>>