Ah, the Grammys! The conversation, the speculation, the anxiety! We’re gearing up to this Sunday’s awards ceremony the same way that we’re sure the rest of North America is — putting our tips on who we think will be a winner. Yesterday, we gave our opinion on who would take home the Best New Artist award, but today we’re wondering about Record Of The Year. With Adele nominated in the category, it would seem that no one is safe, but we know stranger things have happened, so let’s pretend for a second that the “Rolling In The Deep” singer isn’t a shoo in, and weigh up the odds on the other contenders.
Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”
Look, let’s just pretend Adele isn’t going to win everything at the Grammys — because the alternative is that we succumb to the fact that she’s going to win everything and that’s just no fun because it doesn’t give anyone else a fighting chance. Realistically though, “Rolling In The Deep” dominated the number one chart position last year and was a very clear favorite with critics and fans. Yeah, who are we kidding — it’s going to be really strange if “Rolling In The Deep” doesn’t win.
Bon Iver – “Holocene”
If Bon Iver front man Justin Vernon hadn’t stuck both his middle fingers up at the Grammys we would have said “Holocene” was the best bet for usurping the “Rolling In The Deep” throne. Like “Rolling In The Deep,” “Holocene” found its way to the top of almost everyone’s best of 2011 list, so who knows — maybe “Holocene” will be the song to strip Adele of her crown.
Bruno Mars – “Grenade”
“Grenade” was a big hit in 2011, and You Oughta Know Artist Bruno Mars is possibly the only other real challenge to Adele aside from Bon Iver. Bruno Mars was at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 list for 2011 (coming in at number 6 with “Grenade”), and was number 5 on Songtrust’s top music writers of 2011 list, so we’re thinking Mars might be the dark horse for the win.
Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”
Mumford & Sons were Adele before Adele was Adele. Then Adele became Adele, and unfortunately for their record “The Cave”, it’s not “Rolling In The Deep” and as such may have been forgotten by the hype machine. Understand? We think Mumford & Sons winning would be the most unlikely thing in this category, simply because the adoration they received happened early on in the year, and they’ve since been buried under the “Rolling In The Deep” and “Holocene” love-fest that was the second half of 2011.
Katy Perry – “Firework”
We’d love to see the Katy Perry penned “Firework” take the prize in this category, if for nothing more than it’s the most upbeat, inspirational song of the bunch. “Firework” finished at number 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 last year and with Katy Perry’s 5 number ones from Teenage Dream, we think this would be a well deserved win, if Adele or Bon Iver should fail to take home the gong.
OUR PREDICTION: Adele, “Rolling In The Deep”