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January 27, 2010

Groove Line

BY
DJ PLEZ

The music industry will be busy praising its own at this weekend Grammy Awards on Sunday January 31, 2010 (on CBS-TV at 7pm). I don't have a Grammy vote, but I got an opinion, so here's what I think about a few of the major awards and the dance-related categories.

Album Of The Year (Award to the Artist)
I Am... Sasha Fierce by Beyoncé
The E.N.D. by The Black Eyed Peas
The Fame by Lady Gaga
Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King by Dave Matthews Band
Fearless by Taylor Swift

Despite two HUGE hits, The E.N.D. is not a likely winner. Big-timers Dave Matthews and Beyoncé will draw big support, but in the end this race should come down to the two biggest acts of the year: country darling Taylor Swift and dance diva Lady Gaga. Spawning four hit singles should lead The Fame to the promised land.

Record Of The Year (Award to the Artist)
"Halo" by Beyoncé
"I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas
"Use Somebody" by Kings Of Leon
"Poker Face" by Lady Gaga
"You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift

I was never a big fan of "Halo" and think that "I Gotta Feeling" is just a bit too pop-ish to win this award. I frankly believe that Kings of Leon should win but can see Taylor Swift snatching the trophy away from Lady Gaga.

Song Of The Year (A Songwriter(s) Award)
"Poker Face" by Lady Gaga (written by Lady Gaga)
"Pretty Wings" by Maxwell (written by Hod David & Musze)
"Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" by Beyoncé (written by Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart)
"Use Somebody" by Kings Of Leon (written by Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill
"You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift (written by Liz Rose & Taylor Swift)

I'm quite surprised Whitney Houston's "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" didn't make the cut, but since it didn't, then without a doubt "Pretty Wings" deserves to win. I suspect, however, that a higher-profile artist and track will garner the Grammy: Miss Swift's "You Belong With Me" perhaps.

Best New Artist
Zac Brown Band
Keri Hilson
MGMT
Silversun Pickups
The Ting Tings.

Wow, compared to previous years' slates, this group of Best New Artist nominees is the weakest I've seen in years. My hope is the academy taps The Ting Tings.

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Dennis Ferrer's Objektivity Mix of "Don't Believe In Love" by Dido
Jean Elan's Remix of "The Girl And The Robot" by Röyksopp
Dave Audé's Remix of "I Want You" by Dean Coleman Featuring DCLA
Anders Trentemøller's Remix of "No You Girls" by Franz Ferdinand
David Guetta's Electro Extended Remix of "When Love Takes Over" by David Guetta & Kelly Rowland

"When Loves Takes Over" might have been hugely popular, but I don't think it deserves this award and would argue it doesn't even merit a nomination in this category. While the cream of the crop here are the remixes by Ferrer and Elan, I have a suspicion that Dave Audé's name will be called.

Best Dance Recording
"Boom Boom Pow" by The Black Eyed Peas
"When Love Takes Over" by David Guetta & Kelly Rowland
"Poker Face" by Lady Gaga
"Celebration" by Madonna
"Womanizer" by Britney Spears

Ok, this is the category for "When Love Takes Over" and it should win; but the competition is brutally stiff as all the nominees are more than worthy.

Best Electronic/Dance Album
Divided By Night by The Crystal Method
One Love by David Guetta
The Fame by Lady Gaga
Party Rock by LMFAO
Yes by Pet Shop Boys

This is a really interesting group of nominees representing a wide range of musical acts; thus predicting a winner is difficult. If history is an indicator, The Crystal Method will win; however, I think One Love by David Guetto will ultimately garner a well-deserved Grammy.

 
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