For the third year in a row, I’m sharing my personal Grammy Wish List.
2007 was a good year, with my preferences winning in 15 of the 22 categories I cared about – a 68% success rate.
2008 was less pleasing. There were only 14 races that interested me last year, and my favorites triumphed in just 4 of them – a 29% success rate.
This year, my wish list features 17 categories. I’ve voiced opinions on many races in other threads, but these are the ones that I truly care about this year. I’ll keep a running tally in our annual live blog on Sunday night.
Check out the full list of nominees and add your own wish list in the comments!
Record of the Year: M.I.A., “Paper Planes”
I’ve been waiting a long time for this type of sound to break through into mainstream pop music. My first school community had a large Hindu population, and some of my students had exposed me to the style that is featured on this record. Good stuff.
Album of the Year: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Raising Sand
I love the mood of this album. I can put it on and get lost in the grooves.
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Pink, “So What”
She’s one of the best pop singers of her generation, so I’m glad to see that Pink is being embraced by radio and record buyers again. She really should have won this award for “Who Knew,” which missed its chance because of it becoming a hit on its second try. “So What” is nearly as good.
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Jason Mraz, “I’m Yours”
A friend of mine made a convincing comparison between Eminem and Jason Mraz in terms of lyrical creativity. I love the idiosyncratic vocal patterns on this.
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals: Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland, “4 Minutes”
Three artists with very different styles come together for a record that is cohesive without sacrificing any of their signature sounds. I doubt they’ll beat Plant & Krauss, though.