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Grammy predix: Lady Gaga and Eminem are front-runners for record of the year

October 7, 2010 |  5:15 pm

Now that the Grammy Awards' eligibility period is over, I asked our Gold Derby pundits to pipe in. First to do so is Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch, who sizes up the race for record of the year this way:

Lady Gaga Eminem Grammy news

I'd be stunned if "Need You Now," "Bad Romance" and "Empire State of Mind" didn't get in. All three records were huge hits with amazing staying power, and even industry execs are describing the songs as "meaty, impressive" career-defining records.

The last two spots are a crapshoot. Eminem is having a huge year and Hollywood loves a comeback, so he'll probably slip in for one of his singles. The Grammy academy favors pop/rock tunes here, so Train's insanely popular "Hey, Soul Sister" will probably get in too, since it sold a slew of downloads. If not, then substitute Train's slot for one of the other ubiquitous hits of the year. I'd be surprised if a non-hit grabbed a ROTY nomination this year. This was yet another crappy year for album sales and whatnot, so voters will want to celebrate artists who were commercially successful.

RECORD OF THE YEAR
(Front-runners)
"Love the Way You Lie," Eminem featuring Rihanna
"Empire State of Mind," Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys
"Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
"Bad Romance," Lady Gaga
"Hey, Soul Sister," Train

(Possible)
"Airplanes," B.o.B. featuring Hayley Williams
"Dog Days Are Over," Florence + the Machine
"California Gurls," Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
"Not Afraid," Eminem (if submitted)
"Soldier of Love," Sade

(Longshots)
"Window Seat," Erykah Badu
"Nothin' on You," B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars
"Just the Way You Are," Bruno Mars
"... You (Forget You)," Cee Lo
"I'd Do It All Again," Corinne Bailey Rae
"Haven't Met You Yet," Michael Bublé
"Stylo," Gorillaz
"Radioactive," Kings of Leon
"Bulletproof," La Roux
"The House That Built Me," Miranda Lambert
"Cold War," Janelle Monae
"Tightrope," Janelle Monae featuring Big Boi
"Pursuit of Happiness," Kid Cudi featuring MGMT
"Little Lion Man," Mumford and Sons
"The Only Exception," Paramore
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps," Santana featuring India.Arie and Yo Yo Ma
"Breakeven," The Script
"OMG," Usher

 

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