Taylor Swift & Beyonce compete in major Grammy categories


The real question is, “Will the Grammys even let Kanye West in?” The answer: probably. Because it will be good television. Because the Grammy nominations just came out, and it’s looking like it’s going to be another head-to-head match-up between Beyonce and Taylor Swift. The two ladies lead in Grammy nomination this year, with Taylor receiving 8 noms to Beyonce’s 10 noms, and the ladies are even competing with each other for song of the year, record of the year and album of the year. Here’s People’s rundown of the noms:

Taylor Swift’s amazing year continued at full speed as the teen sensation received eight Grammy nominations Wednesday – topped only by Beyoncé’s 10.

And with West not far behind, joining the Black Eyed Peas and Maxwell with six nods each from their music-industry peers, the stage is set for another awards show showdown. But can it top West’s bizarre microphone grab during Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Awards?

Naming the Grammy nominees was no quiet affair, either. Kicking off the big reveal was George Lopez , who was star struck by Smokey Robinson and Ringo Starr staring at him from ringside at Wednesday’s The Grammy Nominations Concert Live: Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night at LA’s Club Nokia. Still, the comic and TV host still found the words to announce the nominations for Song of the Year.

And they would be Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face,” Maxwell’s “Pretty Wings,” Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” and Swift’s “You Belong with Me.”

In the Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals category, the nominees are the Black Eyed Peas, for “I Gotta Feeling”; Bon Jovi, for “We Weren’t Born to Follow”; The Fray, for “Never Say Never”; Darryl Hall and John Oates, for “Sara Smile”; and MGMT, for “Kids.”

Katy Perry announced the Best Rock Album contenders: AC/DC, for Black Ice; Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, for Live from Madison Square Garden; Green Day, for 21st Century Breakdown; Dave Matthews Band, for Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King; and U2, for “No Line on the Horizon”].

Dwight Yoakum named the Best County Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal hopefuls: Brooks and Dunn, for “Cowgirls Don’t Cry”; the Zac Brown Band, for “Chicken Fried”; Lady Antebellum, for “I Run to You”; Rascal Flatts, for “Here Comes Goodbye”; and Sugarland, for “It Happens.”

Robinson and Starr had the honor of naming those in the running for Record of the Year and Album of the Year. For Record: Beyoncé’s “Halo,”, Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling,” Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody,” Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” and Swift’s “You Belong with Me.”

“Don’t worry, Taylor,” advised Robinson. “Kanye West is not here.”

Album of the Year nominees are Beyoncé’s I Am Sasha Fierce, the Black Eyed Peas’ The End, the Dave Matthews Band’s Big Whiskey and Swift’s Fearless.

The hour-long nominations concert, broadcast on CBS, also featured a tribute to the late Michael Jackson, performed by Maxwell, as well as the debut of Nick Jonas & the Administration, who were introduced by Nick’s brothers, Kevin and Joe.

The concert emcee was LL Cool J, whose opening routine contained the lyrical phrase, “No need to adjust your TV/It’s not Hugh Jackman/It’s a black man.”

Watch the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, live on CBS – and catch up on all the news and style from the show on PEOPLE.com!

[From People]

Taylor already gave a statement to the Associated Press/People Magazine: “I started freaking out and jumping up and down. I honestly never would have predicted this, eight nominations – I’m ecstatic, and blown away and so, so thankful. To be recognized by the Grammys is the ultimate honor, and all I know is that when I write about this in my journal tonight it will be in all capital letters and underlined four times, and there will be lots of exclamation points in this entry because I never imagined I’d get to write this kind of journal entry. The thought of that absolutely is something that you daydream about. I’m just gonna call a bunch of people and tell them that I love them.”

Aw… cute. I’m let you finish! I know some people are going to piss all over this girl no matter what she does – and seriously, whenever something good happens for her, someone tries to steal her thunder – but I love her. I want her to do well. And I want Beyonce to have to sit in the Grammy audience and watch Taylor “stand up for art” and win it all.

Beyonce performing in Dublin, Ireland on November 22, 2009. Taylor Swift in London on November 23, 2009. Credit: WENN


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  1. Firestarter says:

    First off, Beyonce has bad camel toe in the 2nd thumbnail.

    Second- Good Lord, keep Kayne off the stage!

    Third- What the hell is going on with the hip area on her costume?

  2. vale says:

    Am I the only one who doesn’t think Halo is that good a song?

  3. waldemar says:

    Please, please, please let Taylor win everything.

    Vale, no you are not alone.

  4. MalorieKnox says:


    No, you´re not the only one.

    Halo, halo-haloo…
    Unbrella, ella-ellaa…

  5. MalorieKnox says:

    uMbrella, sorry

  6. lway says:

    LOL @ Firestarter! “Beyonce has bad camel toe in the 2nd thumbnail” – you’re observant!

    @ Vale – can you name a Beyonce song that was good? She always ends up whinning like a damn cat stuck in a drain. God it’s annoying.

  7. lilred says:

    That costume is just scary.

  8. Firestarter says:

    No, you are not alone in that thought.

  9. Ana says:

    Team Taylor! I want her to win! Esp because she is so grateful. Can’t help but love her.

    You know B expects everything she gets. She annoys me to no end. She is just gross! And her v@gina wrinkles are hanging out the side of her costume….no one wants to see that!

  10. Tess says:

    Hey Hollywood:

    Check out Beyonce for a remake of The Bride of Frankenstein.

    Main pic shows she’s perfect for the Elsa Lancaster role.

  11. sandi says:

    tired of beowulf
    hope the swift wins

  12. Whitey Fisk says:

    Vale, no. I think it’s a shrill, grating song. I generally develop a headache before she screeches the third “halo”.

    I LOVE Beyonce. Love her. But anytime “Halo” comes on, I dive for the tuner quicker than you can say “Hey, is this Bjork?”

  13. princess pea says:

    Oh weird. I like Halo. I didn’t realize I was so alone.

    Can we all make an effort to love Taylor without ragging on Beyonce, maybe? It’s not like they are actually rivals. There’s about ten years age difference, they play different styles and bring different skills to the table. And it’s not like Beyonce asked the douche to interrupt Taylor.

    Don’t be a Kanye.

  14. Obvious says:

    @Princess Pea, I’m not sure that it’s we’re raising Taylor up and bashing B down so much as expressing our opinions about how much we believe B is a self entitled snobby brat who screeches and whines, and we just genuinely like taylor.

    Now I know I don’t speak for everyone, and I don’t believe B ALWAYS does that, and I truly enjoyed Destiny’s Child, just not a fan of much of her solo work and I kinda think she doesn’t deserve everything but since she’s married to Jay-Z whom apparently everyone is either in love with or afraid of she’s getting a boost.

    I could be wrong.

  15. Kerri says:

    I generally like beyonce – i dont know why but her songs always get to me – all the screaming and high notes that seems way out of her vocal range – but then again i am no music producer. The sad thing is her songs are so catchy that you end up singing them even when you dont like them. I hate that – especially HALO – geez just shut up.

    I think Kings of Leons should win – really like their songs. But for the sake of entertainment i doubt that will happen – but routing for them still.

  16. hmm says:

    Just like Taylor, Beyonce has worked hard to achieve her level of success (and she also appears to be grateful) but imo, neither one of them deserves the number of nominations they received. I’m frankly a little tired of the butt kissing that Taylor receives even though she’s a mediocre singer at best and for that I blame Kanye for raising her profile to its current level. Still unclear why Beyonce is getting attacked when she has done nothing to deserve such hositility except be incredibly successful on her own merit.
    I hope the Grammys at some point go back to being about quality and not about popularity and ratings.

  17. rose says:

    aw i love taylor swift. only heard one of her songs to be fair but she seems so so nice i want her to win everything

  18. Mimi says:

    @hmmm i agree complete with u i’m not accustomed seeing rage against B this very new to me probably because I spend more time on ONTD than here and there 98% of comments are in favor of her or at last her “haters” acknowledged that she is a amazing singer/performer… her and Lady G that is also great … yet this story of hate artists who do not speak ill of anyone not create confusion and kept quiet about their private life is becoming more foolish then ever not to mention that B works hard and is a great singer and performer … And I honestly can not say the same about her “competitor” and I also blame the KW because it caused this wave of pity for the girl who is clearly wining all these awards without really deserving she’s is not horrible but still have a LOT to evolve

  19. diva says:

    I think Taylor should win, simply if for no other reason is that she represents what I would like to see artists return to a wholesome image. Taylor is a good role model to young girls, Beyonce on the other hand makes some vulgar oversexualized songs and is always oversexualized in her dress and videos. Taylor is talented without selling sexuality. Beyonce isn’t talented enough to rely on not selling sexuality so their really is no competition in my book. Taylor wins hands down. I might note, that I don’t even like country music as a genre but I can still appreciate Taylor Swift.

  20. scandoll says:

    I think Beyonce was in on the whole Kayne interuption…she’s so ghetto.
    I don’t like country music, but rap, and butt shaking does not translate into “art”

  21. Velvet_Julie says:

    The Grammy Awards are not to be taken seriously anymore. They have zillions of categories and the most important ones are recognition for popularity, not real talent.

    Beyonce and Taylor have their average portion of talent, but their music has no lasting power. Or you think Sasha Fierce and Fearless are like, Revolver and Pet Sounds all over again and people will be listening to them in 40 years from now? B*tch, please.

    Beyonce has some catchy tunes you dance to and Taylor has some nice sugary pop, but honestly, in the future, I think most of their fans will find their albums lost in some old box and laugh at their dumb teenage taste. Like I did when I found the Britney albums I bought when I was 9 or 10. 🙂
    Fortunately, my musical taste changed dramatically ever since. 🙂

    What bugs me is people saying we must love Taylor because “she’s a good role model for girls”. I don’t understand what her behaviour has to do with her music. She could be the wildest and craziest person ever, but if she had good music, I’d still pay to see her.

  22. Hmmm says:

    @ Velvet Julie-
    Art… Taylor can write songs, but she is definately NOT a good singer. All her songs are simply monotone at best. If only she had raise a few notes higher, her songs would be amazing.
    I’m no fan of Lady Gaga but if it were to be based on “art” and working hard, she would win hands down. Taylor Swift is popular now, but what’s popular now won’t be in 5 years or 10. Look back on past tween stars. Especially tween stars and the women who are still in that mindset (speaking to those who like that movie with kstewart and pattinson), Twilight, right, there you go. It’s sad knowing my generation, 21 yrs old, finds that more intriguing than Catcher in the Rye or to kill a mocking bird.

    That’s my two cents anyways

    Beyonce is the equivalent of Rachael in Glee. If you think of her that way, it’s easier to understand where she’s coming from. And Taylor as Jenna, the studderer, who’s sweet but does not compare to Rachel hands down.

  23. Hmmm says:

    Oppppps sorry velvet julie!
    I meant @ Scandoll!
    totally agree with you (:

  24. Su says:

    @ hmmm

    LOVE the glee comparison!

  25. For Sooth? says:

    A complete travesty.
    Beyonce can sing.
    Taylor is taylored in the studio.
    Not so swift.

    Look people! I have to scream this at you because you obviously did not catch Taylor’s first performance on the CMA’s. Do not hold her up as wholesome. She had an actual pole in her performance, she was stripper hair twirling everywhere and she did full on pelvic thrust at the end and that’s just the sexed up parts I remember. If they had pipes like Whitney did back in the day they wouldn’t need all the sex farce. They truly would be fierce without the porn-formance.

  26. genie says:

    I just have one thing to ask for: just keep Kanye far far far away from the danm stage! And if someone showing up with a bottle of any kind of drink in their hands, please don’t let them in! It’s the Grammys for God sake! Keep the drunks away!

  27. MRSJBEAR40 says:

    Alot of opinions here so here is mine. Taylor writes her own songs. She performs live, not in a studio. She is very talented, not just popular. That only gets you so far. She deserves all the awards she wins. Beyonce is also very talented. I love “Halo”, and “Single Ladies”.And all the nasty comments about her outfit and her body, those aren’t necessary. Instead of hateful comments, why don’t you comment about the “class”, she showed to Taylor when Kanye interrupted her on stage.I think Beyonce’s performance was great. And I don’t really listen to her type of music. It all comes down to what type of music you prefer. They both deserve to win. I listen more to Taylor. But I really thought Beyonce was going to win with “Single Ladies”.Beyonce is just as popular and talented as Taylor. Be happy for whoever wins. And there is no way I could put on an outfit like Beyonce’s without something hanging out. And to move like her,can’t picture it. lol. Come on ya’ll,life’s to short to be hateful. Good luck Taylor and Beyonce! Your both winners already.

  28. MRSJBEAR40 says:

    Kanye, Opinion’s and sharing are sometimes a good thing. But sharing opinion’s and Hennesey don’t mix well! Don’t get me wrong, I was really mad when I saw him up on that stage with Taylor. But now I think when I picture it I can’t help but see Taylor on “Saturday Night Live”, with her security. Too funny. I’m sure he is not the only one who has done something while drinking that he regrets. Kanye…Stay home on Grammy Night and order in.Safer that way. God Bless everyone.

  29. str8 4ward says:

    beyonce is a true class act (and i don’t mean it in a good way)!!!! do she really deserve 10 nods for that crap hell no,all that is to save her big fat ego for being a loser allc this year!!!!! taylor is just getting started she can only get better with time cause she is still a freshman in the game so haters fall back off the swift!!! also check out the black blogs and see what we’re saying about this fake we black folks call beyhoho knowles at the prophet blog,sandra rose,destinys child rumours,rhymes with snitch blogs,you will be surprise she is not hat popular with us as she use to.LOL

  30. spiceh says:

    Taylor writes her own song, but the lyrics are mehhh and she’s not a good singer. And yes, her wholesome imagine includes pelvic thrust and swinging hip hard on her performances.
    Beyonce can dance, but her songs are annoying and oversexualized.
    I’ll be happy if I don’t have to listen to their music.

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