Goin’ for the Grammys

DKS Editors

Who will take home the awards this year?

Read on to see some of our picks for who will win and who should win at the Grammys this Sunday night …

Record of the Year

&bull “Chasing Pavements” by Adele

&bull “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay

&bull “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis

&bull “Paper Planes” by M.I.A

&bull “Please Read the Letter” by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Robert Checkal:

Should win: M.I.A

M.I.A’s “Paper Planes” turned into a summer anthem after being featured in “Pineapple Express'” trailer, but an indie singer breaking through to the mainstream at the extent M.I.A did deserves the win.

Will win: Coldplay

Everyone seems to love them, but I can’t stand them. They lack the originality and creativity necessary to win this award.

Pamela Crimbchin:

Should Win: Coldplay

“Viva La Vida” by Coldplay was played at least once every time I started my car this summer. Not only because it was on the radio, my iPod and my CD, but also because it is truly an awesome song. The song is full of thought-provoking lyrics, a sturdy bounce-worthy beat and soothing violins – all the ingredients for a repeat button hit.

Will win: Coldplay

I think the Grammy voters will agree with me, and Coldplay will win.

Jackie McLean:

Should win: M.I.A

“Paper Planes” is by far one of the greatest songs I have ever heard. This particular song was different than anything else being played on the radio. It was featured in the movie preview for the film “Pineapple Express” and was also featured in the Golden Globe-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Will win: Leona Lewis

I swear if the record of the year goes to Leona Lewis for “Bleeding Love” I will go insane. This song was by far the cheesiest thing I have ever heard. It was so overplayed on the radio that every time I would change the station to get rid of the song, it would come on the next station. I’ll admit Lewis has a pretty amazing voice, but I find her whiny lyrics repulsive.

Album of the Year

&bull “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends” by Coldplay

&bull “Tha Carter III” by Lil Wayne

&bull “Year of the Gentleman” by Ne-Yo

&bull “Raising Sand” by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

&bull “In Rainbows” by Radiohead

Robert Checkal:

Should win: Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne is one of the hardest-working rappers in the industry, and he was featured on more tracks last year than any other. His hard work alone should get him the Grammy.

Will win: Radiohead

Radiohead’s triumphant return to the spotlight was a huge success with their innovations in the way they actually released their CD and the brilliance of the tracks contained on the CD itself.

Pamela Crimbchin:

Should Win:Coldplay, in their colorful yet confusing outfits, gave something for almost all music listeners on their CD “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.” With a variety of instruments, tempos and subject matters, this CD is great for getting “hyped” or calming down, and therefore a winner in my book.

Will Win: Radiohead

For some reason, I missed the Radiohead bus and can honestly say I don’t think I have listened to them for more than a few minutes in my life. No real reason, I just haven’t. However, with the commotion they caused from dropping their record label and selling the album themselves, I have a feeling they will win

Jackie McLean:

Should win: Lil Wayne

I think that Lil Wayne definitely deserves this award. He has had a lot of success with this album, releasing hit after hit, including “Lollipop,” “A Milli” and “Got Money” featuring T-Pain. Lil Wayne collaborated with some of the best artists in the hip-hop business, ranging from Bobby Valentino and Jay-Z to Kanye West and David Banner to produce this album.

Will win: Coldplay

Don’t get me wrong, Coldplay is an awesome band, but I just don’t think they deserve to win. I honestly cannot remember any of the songs on the album except for the album’s first single “Viva la Vida,” which was good, but I wasn’t jamming to it on my iPod. Let a hip-hop artist win this category for once!

Best New Artist

&bull Adele

&bull Duffy

&bull Jonas Brothers

&bull Lady Antebellum

&bull Jazmine Sullivan

Robert Checkal:

Should win: Duffy

Duffy’s voice and talent are topping charts and bringing a new sound to the table. She’s a welcomed addition to the industry.

Will win: Jonas Brothers

The Jonas Brothers are overrated, but their popularity alone will most likely win them this award.

Pamela Crimbchin:

Should Win: Adele

I had not heard about Adele until recently, but in the midst of a wave of English women who keep popping up in my playlists, Adele is my favorite. Adele’s voice reminds me of classical voices, such as Rosemary Clooney’s, that sing with honesty and feeling. They sing to express emotion more than sell a CD, which is worthy of a Grammy to me.

Will Win: Jonas Brothers

The Jonas Brothers are winning girls’ hearts around the U.S. Maybe I would have voted for the Jonas Brothers 10 years ago when I was just getting over the Backstreet Boys, but my appreciation for nasally, high-pitched vocals and cheesy music has decreased. I admit that I have caught myself singing “Love Bug.” It’s catchy, but that doesn’t make me change my mind. Sorry.

Jackie McLean:

Should win: Duffy

Duffy is a Welsh singer with a lot of attitude. Her first single “Mercy,” from her debut album “Rockferry,” is an addictive dance anthem. She definitely deserves to win because her voice is so unique. She has this old-fashioned tone that I haven’t heard since Norah Jones and Joss Stone.

Will win: Jonas Brothers

The Jonas Brothers is simply a group of three brothers with cute girlish features that has been created by the Disney Channel. That’s all I can say!

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

&bull “Chasing Pavements” by Adele

&bull “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles

&bull “Mercy” by Duffy

&bull “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis

&bull “I Kissed A Girl” by Katy Perry

&bull “So What” by Pink

Robert Checkal:

Should win: Duffy

This song actually took talent to produce.

Will win: Katy Perry

This song did not. However, its catchy and boundary-stepping lyrics stirred up a nation, turned into a summer hit and gave lesbians everywhere an anthem.

Pamela Crimbchin:

Should Win: Sara Bareilles

“Love Song” was extremely overplayed and for good reason. “Love Song” is powerful yet sweetly innocent and demands attention with the lyrics. It’s an anthem for getting over breakups or bad exes, and I think it’s worthy of a Grammy.

Will win: Pink

Pink took her breakup with Carey Hart and made an album for the strong women of the world, letting them know sometime you’re better off without a man. Pink and Bareilles’ songs are both about breaking up and being strong. While I personally like “Love Song” better, Pink will probably win because it’s rock ‘n’ roll, and who doesn’t love that?

Jackie McLean:

Should win: Sara Bareilles

“Love Song” was so catchy, I don’t think I saw anyone not singing along to it. The song was everywhere! Sara Bareilles deserves to win this award because she created a feel-good pop song that anyone could relate to, and her vocals were superb.

Will win: Leona Lewis

I hate to say it, but there’s something about this song that everyone seems to like. Personally, I hate the song. I do have to agree that Leona Lewis does have one of the best voices in the list of nominees, though, and her vocal talent should be recognized.

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

&bull “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock

&bull “Say” by John Mayer

&bull “That Was Me” by Paul McCartney

&bull “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz

&bull “Closer” by Ne-Yo

&bull “Wichita Lineman” by James Taylor

Robert Checkal:

Should win: Ne-Yo

Ne-Yo is underrated, but he certainly can crank out the hits.

Will win: Jason Mraz

He seems to be the new Dave Matthews, but he’s much less innovative.

Pamela Crimbchin:

This category was way too close for me. I’m a sucker for male voices. Therefore, I’m going to let the judges decide between my top three, since I honestly have no idea who will win.

Ne-Yo: Ne-Yo has a soulful smooth voice that I can’t help but love. This song has slow-motion verses divided by a head-bopping chorus.

John Mayer: I’m a bit partial to John Mayer because I saw him for my 21st birthday, but even with that aside, he is a great artist. No matter how many people tell me he whispers and doesn’t really sing, it doesn’t change my opinion of him. I like his whispers and “Say” is an excellent song.

Jason Mraz: If someone tells you they don’t like this song, he or she is probably lying. Sugar, spice and everything nice is the perfect combination for this adorable love song.

Jackie McLean:

Should win: Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz has an amazing voice. His song “I’m Yours” is so refreshing to listen to after a bad day because it’s just so laid back. Jason Mraz deserves to win because of his impressive vocal performance for the song.

Will win: Kid Rock

This category was hard for me because I think most of the nominees deserve to win (Kid Rock, Jason Mraz, John Mayer and Ne-Yo). Honestly, I’m just guessing that Kid Rock will take this award because his vocal performance is so unique in this song compared to his well-known rock voice. He really knows how to incorporate a variety of musical genres into his songs, and I think that his vocal performance in this particular song was a good fit.