Is Beyonce Knowles doomed at the next Grammys?
Considering how well Beyonce Knowles has done at the Grammys in the past, it's hard to imagine she won't sweep next for "I Am . . . Sasha Fierce." But that's what our resident Grammy expert, Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch, believes.
"Beyonce's camp submitted her in record of the year, song of the year and pop female vocal for 'If I Were a Boy' and submitted her in R&B female vocal and R&B song for 'Single Ladies,' " Darrin says. "Beyonce's singles barely made the eligibility period and I think her label made a mistake by submitting her work this year. No doubt Beyonce will have more buzz next year and could really have a big Grammy year if she sustains her commercial success. However, the field this year is competitive, and I just don't see Beyonce scoring any nominations for 'If I Were a Boy.' The single hasn't been out long enough to make a real impact. Beyonce may get filler nominations in R&B female vocal and R&B song, but Alicia Keys, who will surely be nominated for album of the year, is poised to win those categories in February."
Early reviews of Beyonce's new release are strong. Billboard describes "If I Were a Boy" as "the first taste of Beyonce's newfound love for powerful ballads, as she croons about reversing gender roles." USA Today hails the whole double-disc album, noting, "There are strength and defiance in 'I Am's' tender ballads, and unfulfilled yearning in 'Sasha Fierce's' funkier, more flamboyant fare."
Beyonce has won seven Grammys, including five in one year (in 2003 — tying the all-time record among female vocalists) when the music from "Dangerously in Love" swept the R&B races. She's been nominated for 16. Three of those bids were in the top races: best record of the year for "Crazy in Love" and best record and song for "Say My Name."
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