Record of the Year
Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z *
"Where is the Love"
The Black Eyed Peas featuring Justin Timberlake
Four out of five of these nominees are hip-hop records, with Coldplay's "Clocks" the sole exception. The Black Eyed Peas' peace anthem "Where Is the Love" seems to have made the cut more for its message than its music. (Timberlake's solo hit "Cry Me a River" would have been a better choice.) We'd show love if any of the other nominees won, though, as this is the toughest major category to call. Eminem's 8 Mile soundtrack single "Lose Yourself," which already picked up the Oscar for best song in 2003, just missed the deadline for last year's Grammys, so we have trouble pulling for it here. The most current nominee, OutKast's No. 1 hit "Hey Ya!" is deliriously catchy, but feels a little too lightweight to be named Record of the Year (unlike OutKast's "Ms. Jackson" in the same category two years ago). So it comes down to the sweeping "Clocks," Chris Martin and company's Brit-pop breakthrough, and the Bootylicious One's omnipresent summer smash "Crazy in Love." Call it a virtual tie, but we're rooting for Beyoncé. From its Chi-Lites horn sample to its "Uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-oh" riff to Jay-Z's perfectly chilled guest rap, the song still makes us go "Crazy" every time we hear it.
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