Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Lady GaGa duke it out in our Grammy predictions for best song

01.25.10 9 years ago

With the Grammys less than a week away, we turn to the big four categories this week: album, record and song of the year, as well as best new artist. These are the Grammys that every artist covets because they include all genres of music. We”ll tackle a category a day and then on Friday, we”ll recap all of our predictions from the past three weeks. The Grammys air Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Song of the Year:

“Poker Face,” Lady GaGa & RedOne, songwriters (Lady GaGa)
“Pretty Wings,” Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Thaddis Harrell, Beyonce Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyonce)
“Use Somebody,” Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings of Leon)
“You Belong With Me,” Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

Song of the year is a songwriters award so imagine each of these songs played on a piano or an acoustic guitar and just one voice-like a really good demo tape. How does it sound when it”s not surrounded by all the bells and whistles? To that end, we”re taking out “Single Ladies.” It is a brilliant record, but what makes it so great is the production. After we heard Lady GaGa perform “Poker Face” accompanied only by a keyboard, we had to admit that it worked as a song. “Pretty Wings” is gorgeous, but this is between “Use Somebody” and “You Belong with Me.” It”s Swift”s year. Regardless of how you feel about her as a singer, the girl can write a song and has chops to spare. Admit it, you”re singing “You Belong With Me” right now, aren”t you? Sorry for the earworm.

The Grammy goes to: “You Belong with Me,” Taylor Swift

Below is a rundown of our previous predictions

Best rock performance by duo or group
Best male pop vocal performance
Best female pop vocal performance
Best pop group performance
Best alternative album
Best rock song
Best pop vocal album

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