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.)
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.
Photo: Kings of Leon (WireImage)