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Gambling on the Grammys

2008-02-09 06:10
And the nominees are...
Record Of The Year
Beyoncé – Irreplaceable
Okay she may no longer be Bootylicious, but this tune has been her most successful to date, scoring top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for ten consecutive weeks! Whether you like her or not, you’ll find yourself singing that “to the left” hook for hours. Need we say more?
Read our review of the musical Dreamgirls

Foo Fighters - The Pretender
The Foo Fighters really outdid themselves this time around. “The Pretender” was the most played alternative rock of 2007 and held number 1 spot for eighteen weeks – a record in Modern Rock Tracks history!
Read our review of their In Your Honor CD

Rihanna feat Jay-Z – Umbrella
A great track showcasing a unique blend of edgy hip-hop and R&B sound, this accessory song definitely showed her maturity as a pop artist. While Rihanna has legs, the song doesn’t. Who isn’t tired of hearing that “eh, eh, eh” chorus hook?
Read our CD review
Read more about her on We Heard What?

Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around…Comes Around
Dubbed “white man with a black soul” by many, Justin has wowed us with his sweet melodies consistently since he left Nsync. Unfortunately, though we love this tune, it sounds too much like “Cry Me a River” – same theme, same structure and same sound.
Read our CD review

Amy Winehouse – Rehab
Crack-head Amy Winehouse finally got her act together and released this moody soulful and bluesy joint. Well done sister, but does a song about refusing to get help really deserve a Grammy?
Read our CD review
Read up about her on We Heard What?

And the award for Record Of the Year goes to…Beyoncé!

Album Of The Year
Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Yes, yes, so they’ve had sold out rock arena shows across London, but can people from all walks of life relate to this album?

Vince Gill - These Days
Consisting of a whopping 43 original songs spanning four discs, Gill displays a range of lyrical and musical styles from traditional country and bluegrass to jazz and rock. Yoh! This brother meant business!

Herbie Hancock - River: The Joni Letters
We’ve waited almost a decade since his 1998’s Grammy award-winning Gershwin’s World, but the question is can this piano maestro do it again after he’s been out of the game for so long?
Read our review of his Possibilities CD

Kanye West – Graduation
This is Kanye’s 3rd installment in a series of ground breaking albums. Graduation showcases his growth as a lyricist which is a good thing because we were all getting tired of his college dropout rhymes. This nigga’ knows exactly what people want – great music and a voice to be heard – which is what hip-hop is all about.
Read our CD review
Read more on Kanye West: overhyped or hero

Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
Who would have ever thought Amy’s got soul? She proves to us that she’s more than just a good-for-nothing crack-head in these well-crafted soulful jams.
Read our CD review

And the winner is…Kanye West!

Song Of The Year
Before He Cheats - Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
With sales of over 2, 093 000 digital downloads, Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins must be an inspiration to young songwriters. Well done guys!
Read Carrie Underwood CD review

Hey There Delilah - Tom Higgenson, songwriter (Plain White T's)
How does an innocuous acoustic pop tune about an unrequited, long-distance infatuation become the most played song on radio in the U.S? Simple: sell out to a cell phone company.
Read Plain White T’s review

Like A Star - Corinne Bailey Rae, songwriter (Corinne Bailey Rae)
A truly enchanting blend of soul, blues and R&B. Beautifully written and well-thought out lyrics.
Read Corinne Bailey Rae review

Rehab - Amy Winehouse, songwriter (Amy Winehouse)
“They tired to make me go to rehab, and I said no, no, no.” Hello, do these sound like great lyrics to anyone?

Umbrella - Shawn Carter, Kuk Harrell, Terius "Dream" Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z)
Do we even know what she’s on about in this jam?
Read our CD review

And the award goes to…Carrie Underwood (oops, sorry songwriters Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins) for their “Before He Cheats” song.

Best New Artist
Who? Never heard of her. Did a quick search for her songs and she’s got that familiar indie-pop/rock sound. Nothing special there.
Read our CD review

Her middle name means “to bring forth” in Yoruba. Too bad she ain’t bringing something fresh and new to the R&B genre. She sounds like a carbon copy of Angie Stone. Oh well, at least she can sing.

A mediocre pop-punk quintet with a near-deafening sound. Sounds like they’re just making noise to me.
Read our CD review

Taylor Swift
Never heard of her either. But her self-titled album has been certified double platinum in the U.S since 2006. That should count for something.

Amy Winehouse
This is definitely a step-up from her disastrous first attempt, Frank. This time around she digs deep into her soul and draws inspiration from Motown’s queens, The Supremes. No one can ever go wrong if they’re taking musical lessons from these legends!

And the Best New Artist is, wait for it…Amy Winehouse!

Best Short Form Music Video
God's Gonna Cut You Down -Johnny Cash
Tony Kaye, video director; Rachel Curl, video producer

[American Records/Lost Highway Records]
Black and white cinematography is always the best. This is a cool video and a clever way of showing that even celebrities are not above God.

1234 – Feist
Patrick Daughters, video director; Geoff McLean, video producer

Huh? What’s so spectacular about a group of colourfully dressed dancers making patterns with their dance moves?

Gone Daddy Gone - Gnarls Barkley
Chris Milk, video director; Barbara Benson, video producer

Very humorous animated video depicting insects as musicians, playing the instruments and singing about lost love. Much better than the usual gloomy love song video showing someone moping about lost love.
Read our CD review

D.A.N.C.E. –Justice
Jonas & Francois & So-Me, video directors; Jonas & Francois & So-Me, video producers

[Downtown/Vice/Ed Banger/Because]
Watching faces pop out of two guys’ t-shirts while taking a stroll is definitely much more interesting than watching people breaking a sweat in a club.

Typical -Mute Math
Israel Anthem, video director; Brandon Arolfo, video producer

[Teleprompt/Warner Bros.]
Apart from that crazy thing with the paint in the beginning, the rest is just a typical rock band video – one playing the guitar, another hammering the drums and the last one jumping up and down across the room. And what the hell are they doing with that net?

And the winner of the Best Short Form Music Video is…Chris Milk and Barbara Benson for Gnarls Barkley’s Gone Daddy Gone song.

-Tiisetso Tlelima

Once again, the moment has come for us to see who is a fly-by-night wannabe and who has real X-factor. This year’s Grammy Award winners will be announced on Sunday night. If you can’t wait till then read on and find out who’s guaranteed to grab all the glory.


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