Who will take home Album of the Year to country, rock, pop and gender categories?
Song of the Year
“Beg Steal or Borrow,” Ray Lamontagne, songwriter (Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs)
“F*** You,” Cee Lo Green, Philip Lawrence & Bruno Mars, songwriters ( Cee Lo Green)
“The House That Built Me,” (Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
“Love the Way You Lie,” Alexander Grant, Holly Hafferman & Marshall Mathers, songwriters (Eminem featuring Rihanna)
“Need You Now,” Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)
No offense to LaMontagne, but what is he doing here? “Beg Steal or Borrow”is a fine song, but not worthy of being in this category. What about Mumford and Sons’ “Little Lion Man” or Sade’s “Soldier of Love?” This award goes to the songwriter(s), so it’s best to think about the song if you heard it with no bells and whistles, played on an acoustic guitar or keyboards. By that standard, it’s new country standard “The House That Build Me,” a simply beautiful and heartwrenching tune.
The winner: “The House That Built Me”