With the Grammys less than a week away, we turn to the big four categories this week: album, record and song of the year, as well as best new artist. These are the Grammys that every artist covets because they include all genres of music. We’ll tackle a category a day and then on Friday, we’ll recap all of our predictions from the past three weeks. The Grammys air Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. on CBS.
Song of the Year:
“Poker Face,” Lady GaGa & RedOne, songwriters (Lady GaGa)
“Pretty Wings,” Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Thaddis Harrell, Beyonce Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyonce)
“Use Somebody,” Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings of Leon)
“You Belong With Me,” Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
Song of the year is a songwriters award so imagine each of these songs played on a piano or an acoustic guitar and just one voice—like a really good demo tape. How does it sound when it’s not surrounded by all the bells and whistles? To that end, we’re taking out “Single Ladies.” It is a brilliant record, but what makes it so great is the production. After we heard Lady GaGa perform “Poker Face” accompanied only by a keyboard, we had to admit that it worked as a song. “Pretty Wings” is gorgeous, but this is between “Use Somebody” and “You Belong with Me.” It’s Swift’s year. Regardless of how you feel about her as a singer, the girl can write a song and has chops to spare. Admit it, you’re singing “You Belong With Me” right now, aren’t you? Sorry for the earworm.
The Grammy goes to: “You Belong with Me,” Taylor Swift
Below is a rundown of our previous predictions