Now that we have David "Guru" Schnelwar's Grammy predictions for best record of the year to compare with the ones we already published from Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch, it's curious to see the overlap. They agree on four of the five nominees, but Schnelwar opts for Katy Perry's "California Gurls" instead of Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" (Dortch's choice) in that last slot.
Below: Schnelwar's commentary and predix:
Eminem is no stranger to the record of the year category. He was previously nominated for "Without Me" (in 2002) and the Academy Award-winning "Lose Yourself" (in 2003). Eminem is likely to return for either his collaboration with Rihanna "Love the Way Yo Lie," which was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks, or his other No. 1 song "Not Afraid."
Carrying over from the last quarter of 2009 is "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga and "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. These songs stayed relevant throughout 2010 and are serious contenders for best record. It could be a battle between New York and California. Katy Perry is trying to earn her first record of the year nomination for "California Gurls" with Snoop Dogg.
Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" is a song that could have been nominated for a Grammy in the '70s, '80s or '90s. It is the type of song that Lionel Richie or Phil Collins could have made a hit and received a nomination.
RECORD OF THE YEAR
"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
"California Gurls," Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
"Nothin' on You," B.O.B. featuring Bruno Mars
"Airplanes," B.O.B. featuring Hayley Williams
"Not Afraid," Eminem
"Dog Days Are Over," Florence + The Machine
"Telephone," Lady Gaga and Beyonce
"Tik Tok," Ke$ha
"Soldier of Love," Sade
"Breakeven," The Script
"Hey Soul Sister," Train
"OMG," Usher featuring will.i.am.
Photos: Katy Perry (Capitol), Train (Phantasm)