Sunday night will feature the 51st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. While I have not had the chance to preview most of the nominated albums, I do have an opinion on some of the 110 awarded categories.
It looks like Coldplay could make a clean sweep of the 3 major categories (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year). The only person who would stop them from receiving all three awards is Lil' Wayne in the Album of the Year category. While both albums sold over 2,000,000 copies and have been on numerous top ten lists last year, Lil' Wayne's "Tha Carter III" sold over 1,000,000 in its first week of release. As far as the Pop Vocal Performance categories, it seems that the two songs that might win are the ones that no one could escape from. Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl" and Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" were all over the radio this year, so I feel that they are the most deserving of the award.
The "Field" of Rock is were most of my interest lies. The category of Best Male Rock Performance has 3 rock legends (Neil Young, Paul McCartney & Bruce Springsteen) and two of today's biggest names in music (Eddie Vedder & John Mayer). This is anyone's category to win, but I'll put my money on Bruce Springsteen's "Girls In Their Summer Clothes", but Eddie Vedder's "Rise" could be a dark horse to win the award. Best Rock Performance By Duo or Group is another difficult category to judge. Four of the five nominated songs come from some of the biggest selling albums last year. But, my vote goes to Kings of Leon's "Sex On Fire". Who you ask? The Kings of Leon released the best album of their careers last year and it seems that America is finally taking notice of this great band. The Best Rock Instrumental Category features some of my all-time favorite bands (Metallica, Rush, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd), but I feel that Nine Inch Nails' "34 Ghosts I-IV" was the most innovative and experimental of the nominees. The biggest battle in the Field of Rock is in the Best Rock Album category. While Coldplay sold the most albums and the Kings of Leon made one of the best albums of the year, it is Metallica's award to win. A sort of a payback for giving the first ever "Hard Rock/Metal" Grammy to Jethro Tull over Metallica in 1989.
Only about a dozen of the awards will be presented during the 3 hour telecast. For a full list of the winners, please visit www.grammy.com on Monday, February 9th. Also, don't forget to check back to JP's Music Blog for a quick rundown of the evenings' highs & lows.