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The Couch Sessions Previews the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards!

by Winston "Stone" Ford

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In a little over 24 hours, I will be touching down in Los Angeles to attend the 52nd annual Grammy Awards. This years awards planned to be stocked with all of your famous (and infamous) music stars, as well as any other celebrity that can fit in the Staples Center.

I’ll be on the floor of the Staples Center all day Saturday to catch a sneak peak of the rehearsals and give y’all an inside look at the performance lineups. TheĀ  list is chocked full of interesting collaborations. Drake, Eminiem, and Lil’ Wayne will be in the building along with Travis Barker, Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez might do a presentation, and even Stephen Colbert will be in the house, hopefully singing with Alicia Keys. Can anything top Radiohead’s performance with USC last year??

Of course, some of the major categories are stacked with artists you know, like Beyonce and Taylor Swift, however, I’m really interested to see if The Ting Tings or MGMT will win in the Best New Artist Category, or Adele could wow over voters with her excellent “Hometown Glory,” for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (doubtful since she’s up against Bey and Taylor, but we’ll see.)

The Urban Alternative category looks quite interesting, with Couch Sessions’ favorites The Foreign Exchange andĀ  Muhsinah going up against some interesting competition. Familiar names such as India.Arie’s “Pearls,” and Robert Glasper & Bilal’s “All Matter,” pose stiff competition, as well as local favorite Eric Roberson’s “A Tale Of Two.”

The Rap category looks real interesting this year, with Drake and Kid Cudi going up against mainstays Jay-Z and Mos Def in the Best Rap Solo Performance category. Will voters go with the new generation of hip-hop or will Jay take the crown for “D.O.A.”? Could Common’s underrated Universal Mind Control beat out Em, Q-Tip, and Mos for Best Rap Album? All I know is, if “I’m On A Boat,” wins for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, it might be one of the biggest upsets of the year.

We all know that the big names will take home prizes, but every year there always seems to be a few surprises that throw a wrench in that storyline (Alison Krauss and Robert Plant winning Album of the year comes to mind). We’ll all know, this Sunday who wins and who loses.

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