Talking About the Grammy’s: Official Predictions

Music’s Biggest Night is set to happen this Sunday night with the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. This year’s leading country nominee, Lady Antebellum, could be the night’s big winner as they could take home six awards including Album of the Year. However, they’ll have stiff competition from artists like Eminem, Jay-Z, and even Miranda Lambert. Find out who we think will walk away with a golden trophy in this year’s country categories.

Album of the Year

  • The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
  • Recovery – Eminem
  • Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
  • The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga
  • Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Early buzz has pointed to leading nominee Eminem’s album to take home this year’s coveted award but it’s going to be a battle between the rapper and country’s newest superstar, Lady Antebellum. However, I think it’ll be Eminem to sneak out the win.

Should Win: Recovery – Eminem
Who Will Win: Recovery – Eminem
Dark Horse: Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

Record of the Year

  • “Nothin’ on You” – B.O.B. featuring Bruno Mars
  • “Love The Way You Lie” – Eminem featuring Rihanna
  • “F*** You” – Cee Lo Green
  • “Empire State of Mind” – Jay Z featuring Alicia Keys
  • “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum

This category, like the Album race, could boil down to the Eminem hit and Lady A’s massive smash, but so far all eyes are on Jay Z and Alicia Keys to take home the award. However, the Grammy’s haven’t been kind to Jay Z in this category so that could leave the door open for “Need You Now” to claim victory.

Who Should Win: “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum
Who Will Win: “Love The Way You Lie” – Eminem featuring Rihanna
Dark Horse: “Empire State of Mind” – Jay Z featuring Alicia Keys

Song of the Year

  • “Beg Steal or Borrow” – Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs (written by Ray LaMontagne)
  • “F*** You” – Cee Lo Green (written by Brody Brown, Cee Lo Green, Ari Levine, Philip Lawrence & Bruno Mars)
  • “The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert (Written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin)
  • “Love The Way You Lie” – Eminem featuring Rihanna (Written by Alexander Grant, Skylar Grey & Marshall Mathers)
  • “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum (Written by Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, and Hillary Scott)

For the first time since 2006 when the Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready To Make Nice” and Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel” were nominated has there been two country songs nominated in the same year. However, it’s looking like all eyes will be on “Need You Now” to secure the win, although “The House That Built Me” should win this one.

Who Should Win: “The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert (written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin)
Who Will Win: “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum (written by Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, and Hillary Scott)

Best Female Country Vocal Performance

  • “Satisfied” – Jewel
  • “The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert
  • “Swingin'” – Leann Rimes
  • “Temporary Home” – Carrie Underwood
  • “I’d Love to Be Your Last” – Gretchen Wilson

Five great vocal performances from five of country’s best female vocalists. This essentially could come down to the Miranda Lambert classic and the Carrie Underwood masterpiece, as it should. However, with the song garnering a Song of the Year nomination, look to Miranda Lambert to be accepting her first, of many, Grammy of her career.

Who Should Win: “The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert
Who Will Win: “The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert
Dark Horse: “Temporary Home” – Carrie Underwood

Best Male Country Vocal Performance

  • “Macon” – Jamey Johnson
  • “Cryin’ For Me (Wayman’s Song)” – Toby Keith
  • “Turning Home” – David Nail
  • “‘Til Summer Comes Around” – Keith Urban
  • “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)” – Chris Young

This year’s male vocal performance race is an interesting one that includes first time nominees Chris Young and David Nail. However, this looks like it’ll be an easy win for Keith Urban, who is the only nominee who has won a Grammy before.

Who Should Win: “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)” – Chris Young
Who Will Win: “‘Til Summer Comes Around” – Keith Urban
Dark Horse: “Cryin’ for Me (Wayman’s Song)” – Toby Keith

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

  • “Free” – Zac Brown Band
  • “Elizabeth” – Daily & Vincent
  • “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum
  • “Little White Church” – Little Big Town
  • “Where Rainbows Never Die” – The SteelDrivers

With six nominations, three of which are in the all genre categories, it’s a for sure thing that Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” will sweep the country categories it’s nominated in, including this one. This is going to be the group’s second consecutive win in this category (they won last year for “I Run to You”).

Who Should Win: “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum
Who Will Win: “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum
Dark Horse: “Free” – Zac Brown Band

Best Country Collaboration with Vocals

  • “Bad Angel” – Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, and Jamey Johnson
  • “Pride (In the Name of Love)” – Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury, and the Punch Brothers
  • “As She’s Walking Away” – Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson
  • “Hillbilly Bone” – Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins
  • “I Run to You” – Marty Stuart and Connie Smith

Tough category which is essentially a three way battle between chart smashes “As She’s Walking Away” and “Hillbilly Bone” and the brilliant “Bad Angel.” The Blake Shelton/Trace Adkins smash has won the CMA and ACM award, but it could be ignored in favor of “Bad Angel.” Should be interesting to see who will win.

Who Should Win: “Bad Angel” – Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, and Jamey Johnson
Who Will Win: “Hillbilly Bone” – Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins
Dark Horse: “As She’s Walking Away” – Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson

Best Country Song

  • “The Breath You Take” – George Strait (written by Casey Beathard, Dean Dillon & Jessie Jo Dillon)
  • “Free” – Zac Brown Band (written by Zac Brown)
  • “The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert (written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin)
  • “I’d Love to be Your Last” – Gretchen Wilson (written by Rivers Rutherford, Annie Tate & Sam Tate)
  • “If I Die Young” – The Band Perry (written by Kimberly Perry)
  • “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum (written by Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, and Hillary Scott)

Six amazing country songs nabbed nominations in this year’s Best Country Song category but unfortunately it’s going to be a battle between the two songs that nabbed nominations in the overall Song of the Year category. In one corner you have the biggest country song of 2010, “Need You Now,” and in the other you have the most brilliant song to come around in year, “The House That Built Me.” I’m personally pulling for “House,” but “Need You Now” is the clear favorite.

Who Should Win: “The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert (written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin)
Who Will Win: “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum (written by Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, and Hillary Scott)

Country Album of the Year

  • Up on the Ridge – Dierks Bentley
  • You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band
  • The Guitar Song – Jamey Johnson
  • Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
  • Revolution – Miranda Lambert

Five great albums from five great artists. Just like the Best Country Song category, this is essentially a two-horse race between country’s best selling album of 2010, Need You Now, and the most critically acclaimed album of 2010, Revolution. And the outcome will most likely be the same as Need You Now is nominated in the all-genre Album of the Year category.

Who Should Win: Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Who Will Win: Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Dark Horse: Revolution – Miranda Lambert

There they are! Our official predictions for this Sunday’s Grammy Awards show. Make sure you tune in to the awards telecast airing live on CBS. Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert will among the night’s performers as well as possibly winning awards themselves. Check back on Monday for our Grammy wrap up to see how we did predicting.

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