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The Battle for Song of the Year at the 52nd Grammy Awards

I call them the big four. They are the largest categories at the Grammy Awards each and every year. One of the most interesting awards is Song of the Year. Unlike Record of the Year, Song of the Year honors the song writer and the song as it stands. Record of the year is to honor the recorded song and how it is presented. This year, song of the year has some great contenders. Below the fold we will show you each song and make the case for or against it. Enjoy and good look picking the winners in our contest.

“Poker Face” by Lady Gaga – The odd sized video in the group, Lady Gaga had one of the single greatest years in recording history. With four #1 singles on her debut album, Gaga has shattered sales records and social lines with her high risk performances. Despite Gaga’s amazing year, her song will fall short.

“Pretty Wings” by Maxwell – The second song on the list is the underdog. This is the song that the least amount of people nationwide will choose, yet it could win in the underdog role. This song itself is a classic R&B slow jam that features Maxwells voice above all other things. Despite being a fantastic song, this award (unlike Album of the Year) is usually presented to an artist in the public eye. Previous winners have included Coldplay, Amy Whinehouse and John Mayer. A lack of publicity will ultimately end Maxwell’s hopes for this award in 2010.

“Single Ladies” by Beyonce – Next up is the most popular song on the list. This song might be remembered as the top played song of 2009 but the question is can it stand up to the Grammy voters? As wrong as this might be, the song will be remembered for the music video and not for the great song it actually is. From one of the most talented performers in pop music, Beyonce released one of the top songs of 2009 but will not win the Grammy for Song of the Year.

“You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift - Now it comes down to two songs. Both songs come from┬árelatively┬ánew artists and both brought unheard of success to the artists in 2009. After picking Taylor Swift to win Album of the Year it was tough to vote against her in this category. For me, what makes her so great is her entire package. It’s the looks, it’s the story, it’s the album and it’s the performances. Although this is a great song, there is one that beat it out. Also, we didn’t want another Kanye West appearance so I figured picking against her would keep “Grammy’s” trending on Twitter instead of “Kanye.”

“Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon – You’ve reached the end of the article. You obviously trust my opinion to some extent so here is my pick for Song of the Year. Anyone who has read my columns before knows one thing about me; I don’t like Kings of Leon. Putting my personal feelings for them aside, it is clear that this is the Song of the Year. After releasing a mediocre album, the band was catupulted to stardom by the words: “I’ve been roaming around, I was looking down at all I see, Painted faces fill the places I can’t reach, You know that I could use somebody,” my pick for Song of the Year.

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