You can tell from the nominations for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards that it’ll be ladies’ night at the Recording Academy’s Jan. 31 ceremony at Staples Center. What’s unclear is which lady will take the night.
A trio of commercial powerhouses — pop/R&B luminary Beyonce, country-pop darling Taylor Swift and dance-pop sensation Lady Gaga — are going head-to-head-to-head in three of the four top “general field” categories.
Beyonce’s “I Am…Sasha Fierce” (2.5 million units sold), Swift’s “Fearless” (4.5 million units sold) and Gaga’s “The Fame” (1.8 million units sold) are competing for album of the year honors.
Three of the vocalists’ megahits — Beyonce’s “Halo,” Swift’s “You Belong to Me” and Gaga’s “Poker Face” — are up for record of the year. And each has a song of the year nomination as a co-writer: Beyonce for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It),” Swift for “You Belong to Me” and Gaga for “Poker Face.”
Few three-way races could be more difficult to handicap.
Beyonce has seven solo Grammys under her belt but has never collected an award outside the R&B or rap genres. Swift has won every music award under the sun but never a Grammy. ‘Nuff said.
Gaga is the wild card: She has an edge her competition lacks, and some believe she was robbed when she was denied a best new artist nod on a technicality.
One thing’s certain: No medium has a crystal ball powerful enough to divine the big winner.