MTV News has already taken a look back at some of the oddest Grammy winners of all time, from former Soviet kingpin Mikhail Gorbachev to current White House top dog Barack Obama (not to mention schwing-tastic actress Tia Carrere). Now, with the 2010 awards just days away, it’s time to start looking toward this year’s show.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been asking artists who they think will win big, from perennial champs like Beyoncé to relative newcomers like Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga. Some were able to make choices, while others couldn’t decide between the talented women.
“It’s tough, because Beyoncé had a great, great year,” Mary J. Blige told us. “But Lady Gaga is Lady Gaga! But Taylor Swift — wow! That’s a tough one. I don’t know, but I wish all those ladies love.”
That was a sentiment echoed by many of the artists we spoke with, though in addition to praising Gaga and Beyoncé, John Legend pointed out , “There are a lot of country fans. Never underestimate the country fans.”
Nick Cannon, too, argued that the country star should have a big Grammy evening. “It’s Taylor Swift’s year,” he said. “Ever since Kanye did what he did [at the VMAs] , Taylor Swift has just been scooping ’em up. I’ll rock with Taylor Swift.”
In the realm of hip-hop, Lupe Fiasco suggested Mos Def had the best album of the year (he’s up for two Grammys, including Best Rap Album) and that Drake should be up for Best New Artist (he only received a nod for Best Rap Solo Performance).
“I think he’s deserving of it,” Lupe said of Drake. “As many accolades as he can accumulate, pre-album, is a phenomenal task. I think that should be rewarded. He has the potential to do great things — not good or mediocre, but great things.”
Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.I.Am, meanwhile, declined to make a pick and instead expressed excitement for the night’s performances , ranging from Lil Wayne to Eminem to Gaga to the Peas themselves.
“It’s unpredictable. It’s up in the air,” he said. “You think it’s going to be the obvious one, like, ’Wow, that was everywhere.’ And it ends up being not. And that’s not cool. I just can’t wait for the performances, because that is not a lie, that is no politics. A rip is a rip, a rocket is a rocket.”
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Stick with MTV News all week for our coverage of the 2010 Grammy Awards. We’ll have reports on your favorite nominees, party photos, behind-the-scenes video and much more leading up to and during the big show Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.