With 2011 wrapping up, here is a breakdown of what I thought were the best albums/ songs for numerous different categories.
Album of the Year -Watch the Throne by Kanye West & Jay-Z
Now next year at the Grammy’s there is no question that Adele will clean the house with awards. How can she not win every award she is nominated for? She dominated the billboards, radio stations … everything. She was everywhere in 2011. Despite this, the most played album for me personally was Watch the Throne. A very close second would be Take Care by Drake.
Record of the Year - All of the Lights by Kanye West FT. Rihanna, Kid Cudi
Again, Rolling in the Deep by Adele will no doubt win the Grammy. However this is the Nilsen Report and not the Grammy Report. All of The Lights combines Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Kanye West, need I say more? This song is lengthy but it’s a winner in my books. Even though it won’t win the Grammy for song of the year, it gets my vote.
“Dance Recording” Song of the Year – Save the World by Swedish House Mafia
This song is nominated for a Grammy in this category and actually has a good chance of winning. Levels by Avicii would be a close second here. When I heard it was Jason Spezza’s favorite song, I had to check it out. It was nearly chosen for the Ottawa Senators goal song as well. It’s a great track and Sweden keeps coming out with a lot of great music as of late.
Best Rap Performance - Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco
I was lucky enough to see Lupe Fiasco this past summer at the Ottawa Bluesfest. Going in I didn’t really know much to expect, I liked Lupe’s album but I didn’t know how the concert would be.
He killed it.
Pictured above is Lupe Fiasco buying the whole rack of popcorn for his fans, class act.
He’s nominated for a Grammy in this category and should pick up the award. This song is one of the catchiest songs of the year and it’s hard not to like.
Best Country Song - Story of Us by Taylor Swift
Not a country fan at all to say the least but when it comes to Taylor Swift, it’s a different story. A close second would be a Carrie Underwood song but since Mike Fisher was traded to Nashville, Taylor Swift gets the nod in this category.