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Favorite Grammy Performances

I finally watched the Grammy’s on my DVR tonight, just for the performances, and it led me to this question:

What was your favorite performance from the Grammys?
There were some great ones, and some not so great ones (Miley Cyrus makes Taylor Swift sound like Trisha Yearwood), but I picked my 3 favorites:

1. “15 Step” by Radiohead and the USC Marching Band
Alright, I love Radiohead. I admit it. I bought In Rainbows, and it struck me as a phenomenal record. Imagine my joy when my favorite track off the album was going to be performed at the Grammys! My only complaint was that Thom (the singer) moves weirder than Chris Martin. But for everything else, the performance was golden. I was skeptical at first, but the marching band was an amazing touch — a stroke of genius, in my opinion. Very different than the original (listen here) which has electronic beats instead. This is just a very cool song, and a great performance.

2. “Stay” and “Chasing Pavements” by Sugarland and Adele

Adele receiving the Grammy for Best New Artist

Adele receiving the Grammy for Best New Artist

Two of my favorite vocalists singing two of my favorite songs. What could be better?! Well, I would have preferred more singing together, but the perfect performances from the two definitely validate their Grammy wins. They are both wonderful ladies, and Kristian Bush is nice, too. Even sweeter is how Adele beat the Jonas Brothers. YES!!!

3. “You Pulled Me Through” by Jennifer Hudson

Just the fact that she could go out there after all that she’s been through and sing that well…? She is a very resilient person. This performance cements the fact that she deserves to be here, and she seems to be doing as well as she can after all that. I still kind of wish she would have done “Spotlight“, but whatever. “You Pulled Me Through” was great, too — it matched the mood much better anyway.

P.S.  Props to M.I.A. for performing on her due date. Did anyone notice her maniacal laugh when the camera found her while reading nominees? I love her…

I’m also sad about the whole Chris Brown/Rihanna thing. I hope she’s doing okay.

So what do you guys think? Agree? Disagree?

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Can You Beat Us? – Grammy Predictions

The logo for the 51st Grammys

The logo for the 51st Grammys

So finally after all these polls about the Grammys, we’re going to have a little contest using the results! I thought we could see who will guess the most winners! We have the predictions of all the writers here at My Kind Of Country, as well as all of the top choices as voted by you, the readers! After the winners are announced, I’ll bold all the winners and we’ll see who gets the most right! Maybe we’ll be able to beat the staff at Country Universe… Or not. Who knows!

I picked mine kind of oddly. They’re meant to be predictions but for some I picked my favorites or whatever. I don’t think I’ll do very well, but who knows. I think that Razor will do the best, but that’s just my prediction on the predictions.

Feel free to make your own predictions below, or whatever comments you like. In my opinion, the country categories were very strong this year, with only a few missteps (Like “Last Name” or “Every Day”). Hopefully those bad nominees won’t win… Well, without further ado, here is the list of predictions (Winners are in bold):

Grammy for Best Country Album

Readers’ Pick:
Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love by Trisha Yearwood

My Pick:
Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love by Trisha Yearwood

J.R.’s Pick:
That Lonesome Song by Jamey Johnson

Rainbow’s Pick:
Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love by Trisha Yearwood

Razor’s Pick:
That Lonesome Song by Jamey Johnson

Occasional’s Pick:
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