Carrying on with my preview of this year’s Grammy awards, here’s a look at the nominees for Best Record and Song.
For those of you that are confused by the difference, Best Record goes to the artist and production team (producer, engineer, mixer) whereas Best Song goes to the songwriters themselves (often but not always the artists).
There you go…now you know!
As with Best Album, the frontrunner for me is Adele. ‘Rolling in the Deep’, drives along with an emotional intensity and a vocal performance that displays Adele’s power and soul in all its glory.
In sharp contrast, ‘Holocene’, from new indie-folksters Bon Iver, is a slow moving, atmospheric piece with abstract lyrics.
However, its stirring beauty, if a little somber, is still moving and it’s certainly one of the more interesting choices for a mainstream award nomination.
Bruno Mars’s, ‘Grenade’, is a hooky slice of R&B with an almost tribal drumbeat. I don’t think he’ll win here but is sure to scoop in other categories and for some years to come.
‘The Cave’, by Mumford and Sons is a rollicking chunk of acoustic folk, complete with haunting harmonies and reeling banjos.
Although seemingly old-fashioned, there is something very refreshing and invigorating about the Mumford’s
So, these four songs appear in both Best Record and Song categories.
The fifth nomination in Best Record goes to Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’, which seems somewhat out of place in the more austere company above. Whilst it is fine as an up-lifting slice of pop, if this is the best record of 2011 then the music industry is in more trouble than we thought!
In place of Perry in Best Song category is the collaboration between Kanye West, Fergie, Rihanna and a few hundred others.
An odd choice for song this, as it seems to have more going for it in the production rather than the melody department, with its interesting mash up of strings, brass and off- kilter beats.
It would certainly win longest intro award, and indeed the intro promises much, but unfortunately what follows descends back into heard it before rap/ R&B crossover.
SHOULD WIN: ROLLING IN THE DEEP.
WILL WIN: ROLLING IN THE DEEP.
Up next: Best Newcomer and other stuff!!
Melissa Myers has worked as an entertainment journalist for ten years,
both in London and New York.
She has done a daily gossip column on British newspaper the Daily Star
where she interviewed everyone from Tom Cruise and George Clooney to
Simon Cowell and Jennifer Lopez. She also worked as the News Director
of In Touch in New York for the past six years, before launching her
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