Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Taylor Swift are the names everyone is buzzing about this Grammy Awards weekend. By Saturday night, it seemed like people were ready to pick teams and show their allegiances to Team Taylor, Team Beyoncé or Team Gaga.
And before all the A-listers headed inside the Pre-Grammy Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to check out performances by Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, Harry Connick Jr., Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Ke$ha, Maxwell, Carlos Santana, Slash, T-Pain, Rob Thomas and Carrie Underwood, many weighed in on the show's epic battle.
"No disrespecting Taylor Swift, no disrespecting Lady Gaga, but come on, it's Beyoncé," Ne-Yo told MTV News on the gala's red carpet. "It's Beyoncé. She does what she does and she does it the best of those who do it. I think she's going to be just fine."
Based on his own experience, Usher guessed that in the hours before the show goes live from Los Angeles, the women are probably feeling nervous more than any kind of rivalry with each other. "You really want to be recognized for what you did as an artist and to be recognized by the Academy at the Grammys. It's one of the ultimate, ultimate moments in your career," he said. "So, I just wish them all well and hope this is an indication of where the future is going to go as long as they stay dedicated."
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"I think that Lady Gaga ... she's visually very appealing," "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi offered. "She's done something completely out of the box, different, but on top of it, she's done some of the best songwriting in the last few years, if not the last decade."
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