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Has Yahoo tattled on who'll win the MTV Video Music Awards?

September 11, 2010 |  9:31 pm

Yahoo has issued fascinating data that may foretell who'll win the MTV Video Music Awards to be doled out on Sunday night.

Below is a list of nominees ranked according to how often they were searched by Yahoo web browsers during this year's nomination period. That may be significant since MTV VMA winners are chosen based upon their popularity with web voters. With Justin Bieber fever sweeping America, it's logical to assume this list is correct and he's a shoo-in to win best new artist. Lady Gaga is probably a safe bet to win best video of the year for "Bad Romance," but I'm not sure I believe she'll be trounced by Ke$ha for best female and pop videos, as these lists suggest. Tell us what you think by voting in our polls.

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VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"
B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams, "Airplanes"
Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé, "Telephone"
Eminem, "Not Afraid"
30 Seconds to Mars, "Kings and Queens"
Florence + the Machine, "Dog Days Are Over"
 
BEST NEW ARTIST
Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris, "Baby"
Ke$ha, "Tik Tok"
Jason Derulo, "In My Head"
Nicki Minaj featuring Sean Garrett, "Massive Attack"
Broken Bells, "The Ghost Inside"
 
BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Ke$ha, "Tik Tok"
Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"
Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg, "California Gurls"
Beyoncé featuring Lady Gaga, "Video Phone (Extended Remix)"
Taylor Swift, "Fifteen"

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Poll: Will Chelsea Handler flourish or flop as MTV VMAs host?

August 19, 2010 | 11:08 am

ChelseaLately Chelsea Handler has been tapped to host the 27th annual edition of the MTV VMAs on Sept. 12. The tart-tongued comic has charmed viewers and guests with her irreverent style as host of "Chelsea Lately" on the E! network for the last three years. She made the announcement on Wednesday night's edition of the late-night talker.

Handler will be only the second woman to emcee these free-wheeling kudos single-handed. Handler's humor hews more closely to the flash of Bette Midler, who co-hosted the first MTV VMAs with Dan Aykroyd back in 1984, than the trash of Roseanne Barr, who was solo host a decade later.

Balmy Brit Russell Brand presided over the awards for the last two years. In 2008, he paired up with Britney Spears for a series of promos that brought 23 million viewers to the cumulative airings of the kudocast. Last year's festivities made news when Kanye West stormed the stage while Taylor Swift was accepting the best female video award to insist that Beyonce should have won.

West is back on the guest list this year, a fact that MTV referred to when making the announcement of Handler as host: "There were three important criteria that any candidate had to meet:

1. The candidate must be funny, engaging, and have great stage presence.
2. The candidate must be able to tell jokes so scandalous that they could actually cause someone's grandma to spontaneously catch fire.
3. The candidate must be able to take down Kanye in under 3 seconds if he starts rushing the stage to perpetrate a rehash of last year's tomfoolery."

At some point in the show -- which airs live on MTV from L.A.'s Nokia Theatre -- West will be allowed onstage to perform and/or present. Both West and Swift are nominees this year: he for his collaboration with Drake, Li'l Wayne and Eminem on the "Forever" hip-hop music video and she for best female video for "Fifteen." Lady Gaga leads with a record 13 nominations.

At 35, Handler knows she is not part of the usual MTV demographic. As the sassy wag said in a statement, "This has been a huge year for hip-hop and rap, and it is well-known that I have the closest ties with these communities musically and sexually. I am to rap and hippity-hop what Warren Buffet is to finance, minus the sex."

Photo: "Chelsea Lately" promotional poster. Credit: E! Network

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Gold Derby nuggets: Uh oh! Kanye West returning to VMAs | Emmy bits and bites | 'Avatar' adds love scene for re-release

August 12, 2010 |  1:42 pm

Kanye West Taylor Swift Beyonce MTV VMAKanye West will be back onstage at this year's MTV VMAs, which air live from Los Angeles on Sept. 12. This time around he will be welcomed as a performer. Last year, he set tongues wagging when he interrupted Taylor Swift as she accepted the best female video award to say that Beyonce should have won. Both West and Swift are nominees this year — he for his collaboration with Drake, Li'l Wayne and Eminem on the "Forever" hip-hop music video and she for best female video for "Fifteen." In making the announcement, MTV said West will "be making his triumphant return to the VMAs" and noted  "Kanye has appeared at every VMA show since 2004, winning Best Male Video in 2005 (for 'Jesus Walks'), and Best Special Effects in 2008 ('Good Life')." West has a new album out in the fall and just debuted a new single with Beyonce called "See It Now." MTV

• Kanye should be happy to hear that Katie Hasty — who handicaps eight of the top races at the upcoming MTV VMAs — thinks that "Telephone" by Lady Gaga and featuring Beyonce will win video of the year: "It's rare to not only feature two of the biggest global pop stars into one video, but for them to interact as they do, in the non-stop wacky format that they do. While I personally find the clip to be one, long hot mess, I doubt any of  its shortcomings will keep folks from voting on it." HIT FIX

Steve Pond details the details of the upcoming Creative Arts portion of the Primetime Emmys, including this tidbit that, "the teams presenting awards will include Jane Lynch and Ryan Murphy (“Glee”), John Lithgow and Clyde Phillips (“Dexter”), Christina Hendricks and Matthew Weiner (“Mad Men'), Elizabeth Mitchell and Damon Lindelhof (“Lost”) and Rico Rodriguez and Steve Levitan (“Modern Family”)." As Steve notes, these kudos, "will hand out awards in more than 70 categories. The show will take place at the Nokia Theater on Saturday, August 21, and an edited version will air as a two-hour special on E! Entertainment Television on Friday, August 27."  THE WRAP

Primetime Emmy Poster • Current Emmy nominee and reigning drama supporting actor champ Michael Emerson talks about his time on "Lost" including the 12-minute epilogue that will feature on the final season DVD boxed set. He told Whitney Matheson, "I really like it. I was delighted when I found out I had one of the primary roles in it. I think I was as excited to shoot that as I was to shoot the finale of the series." As for his Emmy hopes: "You never know. But there are so many good actors in that category that haven't yet been given the award. It just seems like they should spread it around." USA TODAY

Supporting drama actress contender Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men") chats with Ray Richmond about, among other things, landing her first Emmy nomination: "It’s pretty awesome. It was amazing enough just to be on this show the past couple of years when it won. That’s been incredible. But this is even better. Matt [Matthew Weiner] gave my character Joan a lot of really amazing material this past season. That’s why I got the Emmy nomination. You won’t hear me complaining." DEADLINE

• Not surprisingly, Hollywood rewards all things young, including TV series as Randee Dawn discovers when considering the Emmy nominees for top drama. "A show should be young and complicated if it wants a berth in the top six. The eldest in this year's drama series lineup, 'Lost,' is also the only show that won't be back next year, and it's hardly old at six seasons. Not one of the other nominated drama series ('Mad Men,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Dexter,' 'True Blood' and 'The Good Wife') has more than four seasons under its belt." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

• Eight nominees from seven countries are competing for the news and current affairs awards to be handed out by the International Emmys in New York on Sept. 27. Contending for the current affairs Emmy are: "Dispatches" (United Kingdom),  "Enquete" (Radio Canada), "Telenoche" (Argentina) and "Tuesday Report" (Hong Kong). Up for the news prize are Al Jazeera English (Qatar), Sky News (United Kingdom), RT Channel (Russia) and TV Globo (Brazil) CBC

Avatar Sam Worthington Zoe Saldana • Had the original version of "Avatar" included the love scene in the nine minutes added for the upcoming re-release, would that have swayed Oscar voters? When asked about what audiences can expect Aug. 27, writer-director James Cameron said, "It's been restored, every last frame of it. Seriously," adding that the scene in question won't break any records — it lasts all of about 20 seconds. "I would say, just so that we correctly manage people's expectations," he explained carefully, "it does not change our rating at all. I would call it more of an alien foreplay scene. It's not like they're ripping their clothes off and going at it." MTV

• Oscar and Tony champ Marcia Gay Harden could well be contending again next year for that Emmy she needs to complete the acting triple crown. As William Keck reports, "Harden who received a 2007 Emmy Award nomination for her guest appearance as Federal Agent Dana Lewis on NBC's 'Law & Order: SVU'  is making a return visit to mean Manhattan streets. Last seen in the eighth season premiere, Dana will return in the eighth episode of the upcoming 12th season." TV GUIDE

Upper photo: Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMAs. Credit: MTV.

Middle photo: Emmy Awards poster. Credit: NBC

Lower photo: "Avatar" promotion still. Credit: Fox.

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Gold Derby nuggets: BET Awards welcome Kanye West | Tons of Tonys updates

June 10, 2010 |  2:26 pm

Kanye West Taylor Swift BET MTV VMAs •  Kanye West is set to appear on the BET Awards, which air live on the cable network June 27. The rapper is contending for video of the year ("Run This Town" with Jay-Z and Rihanna) and best collaboration ("Forever" with Lil Wayne and Eminem). West made waves last year with his outburst at the MTV VMAs. The ripple effect of his intrusion on Taylor Swift's win as for best female video included the cancellation of his tour with Lady Gaga. Queen Latifah will be hosting the 10th anniversary edition of the BET Awards at which Jay-Z leads with five nominations. Also returning to the limelight will be rapper T.I. in his first TV appearance since leaving jail. Other performers include Drake, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj and Diddy-Dirty Money. BET

• The Science and Technology Council of the motion picture academy has chosen five college students for a summer intern program that will place them with companies at the forefront of film technology, such as Industrial Light & Magic and Pixar. Along with the work experience, the students will each receive a $4,000 stipend from the academy. AMPAS

Sasha Stone has compiled a gallery of photos taken from the "True Grit" set in Austin. As Sasha says, this Coen brothers remake of the 1969 film that won John Wayne his only Oscar is "one of the most anticipated" movies of the year. Taking on the iconic role of the aging gunslinger is the newest Academy Award lead actor winner Jeff Bridges. AWARDS DAILY

• The golden anniversary of the Rose d'Or festival celebrating the best of global television takes place in September in Lucerne, Switzerland. As part of the festivities, awards will be handed out on Sept. 22. British fare — which does so well with the International Emmys — also dominates these awards, 48 of the 110 programs nominated are from Britain. For example, nine of the 13 comedies in contention are British. The breakdown of the rest of nominees is: Argentina (3), Australia (4), Belgium (2), Canada (7), Denmark (2), Egypt (1), Finland (2), France (2), Germany (9), Israel (2), Netherlands (6), Norway (3), Poland (1), Portugal (1), Qatar (1), South Africa (2), South Korea (2), Spain (5), Switzerland (3), the United Arab Emirates (1), and USA (3).  THE STAGE

Tony Awards staute • The two Tony Awards winners for their featured performances in musicals last year — Gregory Jbara ("Billy Elliot") and Karen Olivo ("West Side Story") — will be back on stage at Radio City Music Hall Sunday night. The pair have been tapped to preside over the creative arts segment of the Tony telecast this year. Fifteen awards will be handed out during this first hour of these top theater honors and will be available as a webcast. TONY AWARDS

• Last year Constantine Maroulis was in the audience at the Tony Awards as a lead actor nominee for his performance in the musical "Rock of Ages" — he lost to the three boys who shared the title role in "Billy Elliot." This year, he will be hosting the simulcast screening of the kudos on one of the giant screens in Times Square. Among the promised highlights will be an appearance by former Destiny's Child star Michelle Williams who recently wowed in the Broadway production of "Chicago." TONY AWARDS

Neil Patrick Harris chatted with Mark Malin about emceeing both last year's Tonys and Emmys. "Hosting gigs are fantastically arbitrary because you don't make calls and angle and position and try to get the job. You just suddenly get a call, 'Hey, do you want to host the Tonys?' It's an amazing call to get and how can you say no to something like that. So if more comes in the future that would be awesome but I certainly have no big master plan." E ONLINE

• Tony contender "American Idiot" has been chosen by Actors' Equity as the recipient of its Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award for the 2009-2010 season. The award — which "honors and encourages those who actively promote the goals of diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity for all who work in the theatre" -- will be presented during a reception at the union's headquarter on June 15. PLAYBILL 

Top photo: Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMAs. Credit: Getty Images.

Bottom photo: Tony Awards statue. Credit: American Theater Wing.

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Prediction: Sandra Bullock will beat Megan Fox for the Razzie

March 2, 2010 | 10:36 am
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Under normal circumstances, Sandra Bullock ("All About Steve") would probably lose the Razzie battle over the worst-actress trophy to Megan Fox ("Transformers 2") or Beyonce ("Obsessed"), but she's announced that she'll attend the Razzies ceremony on Saturday if she wins.

On Feb. 10, the Razzies sent out an e-mail blast to voters to inform them of Bullock's plans, thus giving them a gentle nudge. That probably did it. Being a Razzie voter myself, I took the hint. So did many others, as evidenced by the tattle in our forums. Check out more here in this thread devoted to our posters' predix. Looks like they believe  "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is the front-runner to "win" worst picture.

Photos: Megan Fox in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (Paramount), Sandra Bullock in "All About Steve" (20th Century Fox)

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Beyonce and Kings of Leon did NOT pull off Grammy 'upsets'

January 31, 2010 | 11:09 pm

Reuters is among the media outlets labeling Kings of Leon's Grammy Award for record of the year for "Use Somebody" as a "surprise," but that's hogwash. Many sources believe that Beyonce pulled off a jaw-dropper in the Grammy battle over best song — or else they think it's shocking that she won there for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and not in the corresponding category for best record for "Halo." (Often those Grammys get bestowed as a matching pair.)

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You know that's nonsense too — if you've been following the expert Grammy dish here at Gold Derby.

Our forum moderator, Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch, and I predicted Kings of Leon would triumph for best record. We also thought it could prevail for song of the year, but I warned that Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" had a strong chance to be the spoiler.

As Darrin notes during our discussion, the prize for best record often goes to rock tunes with a lush musical sound like "Use Somebody." Consider recent past champs "Clocks" by Coldplay, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day and U2's "Walk On."

Theoretically, "Use Somebody" should've won best song too — the separate awards for the recording artist and songwriter usually line up about 50% of the time. Furthermore, the victory in the best-song race by a dance tune like "Single Ladies" is a rarity. But as I explained, Beyonce screwed up her Grammy submissions this year. "Single Ladies" is her strongest tune — so hip and catchy that it might've won best record too if Beyonce had entered it in competition. She didn't. She submitted the ho-hum "Halo" in the best-record race instead and placed "Single Ladies" exclusively in the songwriters' contest. Why? You can check out our theorizing in past discussions, but basically put, she blew it.

But maybe it's not a total disaster. You can look at the Grammy outcome this way. At least Beyonce finally has won one of the top three awards. (Record, song and album of the year are considered the holy trinity.) In the past, she had won 10 Grammys, but they were all in the second-tier slots. She had lost  record twice ("Irreplaceable" in 2008, "Crazy in Love" in 2004), song once ("Say My Name" in 2001) and she never before had been nominated for album.

It's just that the award for song doesn't have the same glamor as record. Beyonce is a queen. She's overdue for that crown or the one for album.

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Photo: Kings of Leon (WireImage)

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Watch out, Grammy: Taylor Swift and Beyonce shatter records

January 31, 2010 |  9:59 pm

Taylor Swift didn't merely bag the biggest Grammy of all — album of the year for "Fearless" — she became at age 20 the youngest recipient of that prize, eclipsing Alanis Morissette, who was 21 when she triumphed for "Jagged Little Pill" (1996).

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Taylor Swift isn't the youngest victor among winners of all top four Grammy categories – album, record, song and new artist of the year. LeAnn Rimes was 14 when she won best new artist in 1997.

Beyonce set a record for most Grammys won by a female in one year (six), but the total is shy of the overall record held by the guys: Michael Jackson (1984) and Carlos Santana (2000), who each nabbed eight.

Beyonce had won five in 2004 and, until now, was tied with five other women for being the biggest champ among females in a single year: Lauryn Hill (1999), Alicia Keys (2002), Norah Jones (2003), Amy Winehouse (2008) and Alison Krauss (2009).

Photo of Taylor Swift: L.A. Times

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DoubleD vs. Guru: Lots more Grammy Award predictions

January 30, 2010 |  3:34 pm

You've seen the videos of me dishing with our forum moderators David "Guru" Schnelwar and Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch over who'll win the top Grammy Award races. And you've read their analysis of the battles over best record, song, album and new artist. Now check out their views of many more races here in our forums.


Hey, Grammy: You belong with Taylor Swift

January 29, 2010 |  5:52 pm
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That's the prediction of our forums' moderators David "Guru" Schnelwar and Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch in the Grammy race for best album of the year on Sunday night: Taylor Swift will romp for "Fearless." They wrote about the contest in depth here; now they dish with me via webcam on the race below. Also check out our other video smackdowns over the Grammy races for best record and song.

The other nominees for best album: Beyonce ("I Am … Sasha Fierce"), Black Eyed Peas ("The E.N.D."), Lady Gaga ("The Fame") and the Dave Mathews Band ("Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King." David, Darrin and I agree that Beyonce poses the biggest threat to Taylor Swift.


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Grammy experts' smackdown: Will Taylor Swift or Kings of Leon win best record and song?

Photo: Big Machine Records

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Gold Derby nuggets: Taylor Swift odds-on favorite at Grammys | Beyonce could be Grammys spoiler | Oscars shorts get longer exposure

January 29, 2010 |  3:56 pm

Taylor Swift Fearless GrammysJames Montgomery previews Sunday's Grammys and reports that the betting world is touting Taylor Swift as the favorite to win. "Nick Weinberg, Ladbrokes' chief sports, politics and novelty oddsmaker, says, 'Beyoncé's odds are probably a bit shorter than they should be. Because she's a name, she can release a terrible album, and it would be nominated for an award. But Taylor Swift is the selection. All things being equal, she should win it. Quite an impressive record, which is why we made it our favorite.'" And Bodog.com sportsbook manager Richard Gardner agrees, "This Year's Grammy Awards could be a clean sweep in the three main categories as Taylor Swift is the favorite to win Best Album, Record and Song of the Year." MTV

Nekesa Mumbi Moody and Mesfin Fekadu offer up their Grammy predictions in eight categories including record of the year. Moody says, "Swift's 'You Belong With Me' has more momentum, but it's likely she'll split the blonde Grammy vote with Lady Gaga and Beyonce, so the Kings of Leon benefit." However, for Fekadu, "If Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' had been nominated here, it would win. But it's nominated in the song of the year category -- a songwriter's award, when it really deserves recognition for its production. That's the only song I could see competing with 'Use Somebody,' which will win here." AP

Melinda Newman looks at the top race at the Grammys and says, "The slightly off-center selection this year is Dave Matthews Band’s 'Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King.' For that reason, a number of pundits have picked it to win, certainly not because it signifies a high-water mark for the band. This is a race between Beyonce, whose star continues to rise ever higher, and relative newcomers Gaga and Swift. Although we think Beyonce is the most deserving, Swift will get the Nashville vote and a fair amount of mainstream vote, so we’re going with her." HIT FIX

Beyonce I Am Sasha Fierce • Among the Grammy Awards categories considered by Todd Martens is song of the year: "It's rare for a dance song to take this category, but 'Single Ladies' was a club hit with an upbeat and feisty message. Its success should steal votes from Maxwell. Watch out, however, for a strong rock contingent push for 'Use Somebody.' This should be a tight race between Beyoncé and Kings of Leon, but with Beyoncé also up for album of the year, she should have the edge." POP & HISS

Anne Hathaway proved to be a great sport as she was named woman of the year by the Harvard Hasty Pudding theatrical troupe Thursday. As Eric Newcomer writes, "Hathaway, who called the event 'thrilling and wonderful,' may have been the star of the afternoon, but in order to officially collect the Pudding Pot, the starlet had to endure the cutting humor of the event’s hosts and the taunts of the wacky characters that populated the stage." Newcomer notes, "Hathaway joins the ranks of Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, and last year’s winner Renee Zellweger." HARVARD CRIMSON

• The academy will be hosting its 21st annual Oscar night party for New York City-based members at the Palace Hotel. As per the announcement, "The evening’s festivities will begin with a reception in the GILT Bar, renowned for its selection of signature cocktails. Following the reception, the invited guests will adjourn to the restaurant for a multi-course Oscar-themed dinner and live viewing of the 82nd Academy Awards telecast. Executive chef Justin Bogle and executive pastry chef David Carmichael will create a special menu for the occasion." AMPAS

Oscars New Members movie news 1357986 • The Oscar-nominated animated and live action shorts will be showcased in a program offered at 100 cinemas in the U.S., Canada and the UK beginning Feb. 19. This marks the fifth year that Magnolia Pictures and Shorts International have teamed up to bring these contenders to a wider audience. As the press release notes, "The series' popularity has charted a spectacular 289% increase in attendance at the domestic box office since its inception in 2005, breaking the record last year for the highest gross ever on a single screen at New York's IFC Center." THE OSCAR SHORTS

• For Greg Ellwood, January may not even be finished but the 2010 Oscar race has already started at Sundance. "At the top of the list is 'The Kids Are All Right,' which if it had been included in the dramatic competition instead of the premieres category probably would have duplicated 'Precious' double wins last year. If Oscar keeps its 10-nominee system it's already in the conversation and Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo are all real acting contenders (although start the debate now on whether Bening or Moore is lead or supporting). Additionally, Lisa Cholodenko has a shot in the directing race and screenplay with collaborator Stuart Blumberg. With Focus having picked up the dramedy, the film will be in good hands for a strong awards campaign. Other potential contenders include Fox Searchlight's 'Cyrus' and Sony Classic's 'Please Give' for screenplay, 'Winter's Bones' Jennifer Lawrence for best actress, both Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams for their amazing performances in 'Blue Valentine,' James Gandolfini in 'Welcome to the Rileys' for best actor, Chris Cooper in 'The Company Men' and Tilda Swinton in 'I Am Love' (which premiered at last year's Venice Film Festival)." HIT FIX

Top photo: "Fearless" by Taylor Swift. Credit: Big Machine Records

Middle photo: "I Am Sasha Fierce" by Beyonce. Credit: Sony Music Entertainment

Bottom photo: Academy Awards. Credit: AMPAS

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Grammy experts' smackdown: Will Taylor Swift or Kings of Leon win best record and song?

January 28, 2010 |  6:29 am

You've read who our forum moderators Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch and David "Guru" Schnelwar and I believe will win the top four Grammy Awards this Saturday. Now let's go to the videotape. Darrin and I recently got together in Los Angeles to connect with David (who's on the East Coast) via webcam. Check out our first two clashes below. David believes that Taylor Swift will prevail in races for best record and song with "You Belong With Me." Darrin and I say the champ will be "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon, but we all agree that Beyoncé may be a threat too.

Check out their detailed written analysis of the best-record contest here, plus see what we think about the contests for best album, best song and new artist.

Our first video slugfest below is over the best-record contest. Below that, best song.


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Grammy battle over best song: Taylor Swift, Beyonce or Kings of Leon?

January 26, 2010 | 12:51 pm

The Grammy categories for best record and song of the year sound similar, but they're not. Best record goes to the recording artist; best song to the tune's songwriter. As our dueling Grammy pundits David "Guru" Schnelwar and Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch point out, the winners often overlap, but they also often do not.

This year I don't think the awards may repeat, so I'm skeptical of the predix below. The key mistake I think our pundits may be making is underestimating the appeal of "Single Ladies," which is only entered here. Strangely, Beyonce didn't submitBeyonce Taylor Swift Kings of Leon 382741935 music news it for consideration in the race for best record, where she's nominated instead for "Halo," a far weaker entry. When voters choose not to repeat the record/song winners, they often choose a song not nominated in the record race. The only nomination that doesn't line up this year is "Single Ladies," so I think that might prevail, especially considering what a catchy, sexy ditty it is. But that, admittedly, may be a long shot possibility. As DoubleD reminds me via e-mail, "Come on, Tom, you should know better. Songs nominated in the R&B and rap categories NEVER win record/song of the Year. Alicia Keys and Luther Vandross are the only exceptions in the Grammys 52-year history."

Check out what we all think about these Grammy battles: best record, best album and best new artist.

SONG OF THE YEAR
"Poker Face"
"Pretty Wings"
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
"Use Somebody" — Double D
"You Belong With Me" — Guru

DOUBLED'S COMMENTARY: Record/song winners usually go together, so I'm giving "Use Somebody" the edge here, but Grammy voters may want to honor Swift's songwriting skills.

GURU'S COMMENTARY: Three of the five of these nominations are the same as those of record of the year.  The other two, Maxwell's "Pretty Wings" replaced the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" and Beyonce's "Singles Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" switched places with "Halo."

The last rock group to win both record of the year and song of the year was U2 in 2000.  Are Kings of Leon as accomplished as U2 to win top honors?

This decade, almost 50% of the time, song and record of the year have gone to the same artist/song. 

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Photos: Taylor Swift (Lawrence K. Ho/L.A. Times), Kings of Leon (RCA), Beyonce (Sony)

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