Grammys 2013 Predictions: Record of the Year
For the second year in a row, the year’s best-selling song is likely to walk off with the Grammy for Record of the Year. “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra is favored to take the prize, which was won last year by Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.” “Somebody That I Used To Know,” a classy break-up song which carries echoes of Sting’s best work, topped the Hot 100 for eight weeks.
The Grammy nominations will be announced on a live TV special on Dec. 5. The one-hour show will be co-hosted by LL Cool J and Taylor Swift, whose “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” has an outside shot at nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The awards will be presented on Feb. 10.
The year’s second best-selling song, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” is also likely to be nominated for Record of the Year. The bubbly song is rather teen-oriented for the panel of Grammy insiders that determines the nominations in the top four categories, but the song was the year’s most ubiquitous hit. In addition to ranking #1 for nine weeks, it was widely parodied.
A whopping 831 recordings (singles or tracks) are competing for Record of the Year this year. But only about two dozen or so have a good chance of making the finals.
“Take Care” by Drake featuring Rihanna is one of the best records either artist has released. The classy single reached #7 on the Hot 100. Two previous Rihanna collabos have been nominated for Record of the Year: “Umbrella” (featuring Jay-Z) and Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie,” on which she was featured. (Rihanna has a second hit in the running this year: her top five solo smash “Diamonds.” Her mega-hit “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, was eligible last year, but wasn’t nominated. It basically fell between the cracks between the two years.)
Adele could receive her third Record of the Year nomination in five years for “Set Fire To The Rain.” The elegant pop song was the third #1 hit from her blockbuster album 21. The song topped the Hot 100 for two weeks. The version that is in contention is from Adele’s best-selling DVD, Live At The Royal Albert Hall. Adele’s first Record of the Year nomination was for “Chasing Pavement” in 2008.