2010 Grammy Nominees – Various

That can be said for a lot of the artists on this disc, irrespective of genre. It's been a good year. The popular stuff is also the good, intelligent stuff – mostly. So give yourselves a pat on the back.

So here are your 20 Grammy nominees who made the album selection and why they deserve to be there.

The Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
The public have voted this the song of the year. It's a red-hot track, but the entire album doesn't deserve a Grammy.

Lady Gaga – Poker Face
Wherever you turn this song will accost you. Personally I think the South African rip-off, "Pap 'n Vleis" is catchier, but there's no denying that Lady Gaga commands attention, and she'll get it.

Kings of Leon – Use Somebody
These guys are great. This album is poppy, but great. They're unfortunately up against stalwarts like Coldplay and U2 for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (phew!), but that doesn't make KOL any less deserving of the prize.

Dave Matthews Band – You & Me
You don't need a Grammy if you're The Dave Matthews Band. The Grammys need nominees like Dave Matthews to make them credible.

Taylor Swift – You Belong With Me
I just have to say it – I pegged this song as a winner almost a year ago! It's an honest, sweet ditty that can melt even the sternest judge's heart. It's definitely my Record of The Year.

Colbie Caillat – Fallin' For You
Colbie's voice is beautifully distinct but the songs aren't strong enough in comparison with the competition, specifically The Fray.

The Fray – You Found Me
This album is a delightful journey from start to finish. Isaac Slade's lazy, raspy voice is perfect for conveying this range of emotions. It's the best contender for Best Pop Vocal Album.

P!nk – Sober
If you think about it, this is P!nk's worst album to date. Sure, it's catchy, and even I was duped. But only a few months after the album's release, all her tracks are fast-burning pop fodder.

Kelly Clarkson – My Life Would Suck Without You
If there was a Grammy for Best Title, this song would win it for sure.

Katy Perry – Hot 'n Cold
Katy's best asset is her malleable voice, so there's no doubting that this is a great Female Pop Vocal Performance. Not her best track, though.

Beyoncé – Halo
This album, this track and Beyoncé's big voice are all so perfect that she deserves a Grammy just for being her. She owned this year.

Adele – Hometown Glory
Forget pavements, she's chasing Grammys! And she deserves them.

Zac Brown Band – Chicken Fried
A better, cuter version of "McDonalds, McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken en 'n Pizza Hut".

Sugarland – It Happens
Jennifer Nettles is so commanding with that rough voice. It's a song you just can't let go of and it stands out in the Country categories. Yee-hah! Let's have a ho-down, y'all!

Lady Antebellum – I Run To You
The male and female vocals make them stand out as a band, but the song is a bit of a downer.

Rascal Flatts – Here Comes Goodbye
There's gonna be a Nashville showdown between this one and Sugarland. Gary LeVox (yeah, sure) may look like a retired WWE star, but his voice is clear and articulated and full of that hard-man-made-soft emotion.

Green Day – 21 Guns
With 18 Grammy nominations and three wins under the belt, these guys are just being greedy. This is my least favourite of their hits anyway, so they should give it a rest now.

Coldplay – Life In Technicolour ii
No surprise that they're back this year. Really good song, but rock has become suprisingly soft. Like molten rock.

U2 – I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight
I'll Go Crazy if They Win Another Grammy AGAIN!

Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood – Can't Find My Way Home
Slow hand's still got it, and he's always welcome in these circles. He's the guest of honour actually. No Grammy compilation would be complete without his skill.

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