While our forum moderators Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch and David "Guru" Schnelwar disagree strongly on who will win the Grammy Award for best record of the year on Sunday (CBS, 8 p.m. ET/PT), they're in perfect harmony on who will claim the crown for best album: Taylor Swift.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
"I Am ... Sasha Fierce" -- Beyoncé
"The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies)" -- Black Eyed Peas
"Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" -- Dave Matthews Band
"The Fame" -- Lady Gaga
"Fearless" -- Taylor Swift — Guru, DoubleD
GURU'S COMMENTARY: As I predicted, this is the third year in a row that each nominated album is from a different genre field: Beyoncé (R&B), Black Eyed Peas (pop), Dave Matthews Band (rock), Lady Gaga (dance) and Taylor Swift (country).
The third time was the charm for Beyoncé and the Black Eyed Peas finally to be nominated for album of the year, but I do not think they are going to win.
Lady Gaga's meteoric success has continued to get bigger and bigger lately. It will be interesting to see if the Grammys finally honor dance music in the top categories.
The Dave Matthews Band is a strong possibility to win, but it failed to receive expected nominations for best rock song and best rock performance by a duo or group with vocals.
Taylor Swift's "Fearless" was the biggest-selling album of 2009 and will in all likelihood win this.
DOUBLED'S COMMENTARY: Despite its multiple hit singles, the Black Eyed Peas won't be winning such a prestigious category. Their album received terrible reviews across the board.
Gaga is out too; voters usually don't award lightweight dance/pop in this category (and new artists rarely win here anyway).
Beyoncé could be a threat here since she has a leading 10 nominations, but I suspect voters will go with the veteran (Dave Matthews Band) or 2009's biggest star in music (Taylor Swift). I think the multiple accolades, eight Grammy nods, the Kanye backlash and the multi-platinum sales will push Swift over the edge here. NARAS could give this to Dave Matthews Band as a "career Grammy," but the band was snubbed in the pop and rock fields with the exception of a rock album nod. Then again, few nominations didn't stop Herbie Hancock from winning here a few years back.
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