A Preview: Smash Hits of the Summer

Ahh, the sweet sounds of summer.

Crashing waves, seagulls and… Katy Perry?

Everyone’s got their favorite summer jam, that one song that turns into their anthem for the entire season.

It’s usually something that’s carefree and, in terms of musical ability, is pretty much crap.

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My Grammy Score Card

I have a love/hate relationship with award shows.  The fact that I am glued to my television as soon as Ryan Seacrest and female co-host begin covering the red carpet is probably not healthy, but there are worse things I could do.  Like scheduling more time in my day to fill out my Grammy Score Card than I do my homework.  Actually, I did all my homework earlier today so that I would have plenty of time to watch the awards this evening, so there.  However, I can’t just go into watching something like this blindly.  I have my results predicted, and I figured what better place to set them in stone than here?  And the nominees are…

Record of the Year
Chasing Pavements by Adele
Viva La Vida by Coldplay
Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis
Paper Planes by M.I.A.
Please Read the Letter by Alison Krauss

My prediction: If I had a quarter for every time a radio station across America played “Viva La Vida,” I would have enough money to buy everyone I know a private island and pay for their jet to get to said island.  Having said that, I think Coldplay has pretty much secured themselves the win.

Album of the Year
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends by Coldplay
Tha Carter III by Lil Wayne
Year of the Gentleman by Ne-Yo
Raising Sand by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
In Rainbows by Radiohead

DISCLAIMER: You may be asking yourself, “what is the difference between record of the year and album of the year?”  I had no idea either, so I used my computer savy and Googled.  To clarify, record of the year is awarded to the artist and producer, recording engineer and/or mixer if they are different from the artist themselves.  Album of the year is awarded to the artist and the producer, recording engineer/mixer and mastering engineer, should they be different from the artist.  So obviously, the difference is clear…

My prediction: If Coldplay doesn’t snag both album and record of the year, I hope Radiohead takes it.  I think I’ll be happy so long as it isn’t the year for a certain gentleman…

Song of the Year
American Boy performed by Estelle (feat. Kanye West)
Chasing Pavements performed by Adele
I’m Yours performed by Jason Mraz
Love Song performed by Sara Bareilles
Viva La Vida performed by Coldplay

My prediction: My first instinct was Coldplay, and while I’m rooting for Mr. Mraz, I think Estelle and Kanye might pull through for the win.

Best New Artist
Adele
Duffy
Jonas Brothers
Lady Antebellum
Jazmine Sullivan

My prediction: I already have my barf bag prepared for when the JoBros hop up onstage to thank “everyone who made this possible.”  That means Disney and tween girls across America.

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Chasing Pavements by Adele
Love Song by Sara Bareilles
Mercy by Duffy
Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis
I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry
So What by Pink

My prediction: Ms. Perry is quite vocal about enjoying the taste of cherry chapstick, and she might be tasting victory here as well.

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
All Summer Long by Kid Rock
Say by John Mayer
That Was Me by Paul McCartney
I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
Closer by Ne-Yo
Wichita Lineman by James Taylor

My prediction: Part of me wants Kid to win just so I can cringe at whatever lack of shirt he’s wearing as he ambles up to make his, obviously, profound acceptance speech.  But I’m hoping it’ll go to Jason Mraz.

There are a slew of other categories, but I can only predict so much.  Tune in at 8 PM tonight on CBS to see for yourself.

And the Grammy goes to…