Girl Crush: Grammy Goddesses
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Rihanna2 of 18
By Natasha Burton
While she’s nominated for Best Dance Song for “Only Girl,” Riri has another five nominations for her work on Eminem’s hit song “Love the Way You Lie,” including Song of the Year and Record of the Year.
Lady Gaga3 of 18
After losing to Taylor Swift last year for Album of the Year (Gaga, you were robbed!), we’re pulling for her nomination for The Fame Monster in the same category. At the very least, we hope our favorite fashion risk-taker gets to take home an award for “Bad Romance,” nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Beyonce4 of 18
Gaga and B may grab the gramophone for their hit song “Telephone” (nominated for Best Pop Collaboration), but Beyonce will go head-to-head with Lady G in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the live version of her song “Halo” (the album version won this category last year).
Katy Perry5 of 18
Also in the Best Female Pop Vocal category is another one of our favorite ladies, nominated for her hit “Teenage Dream.” The only problem with loving pop music as much as we do is that we have no idea who to root for — can’t they all win?
Sara Bareilles6 of 18
Yet another contender for the Best Female Pop Vocal category is this newcomer for “King of Anything.” While the lyrics are a bit repetitive, it’s a pretty great anti-Valentine’s Day song (“You expect me to jump up on board with you/And ride off into your delusional sunset”), and given that the Grammys are the day before, we wouldn’t be surprised if Sara took the category.
Susan Boyle7 of 18
She dreamed a dream … and now she’s up for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. We're so proud of this Scottish singer who wowed us in 2009 with her Britain’s Got Talent performance.
Barbra Streisand8 of 18
We can’t wait to see Babs perform on Sunday (she’ll be singing from her Grammy-nominated album Love Is the Answer). She seems to be quite excited for her time in the spotlight — the diva was recently photographed exercising on the deck of a yacht. Must be nice ….
Faith Evans9 of 18
We were stoked to see the widow of the late Notorious B.I.G. nominated this year in Best Female R&B Vocal Performance category, even if the only other song of hers we can remember is the spin on the Police’s “I’ll Be Watching You” that she made with P. Diddy after Biggie’s death. All we know is this woman has some killer pipes.
Monica10 of 18
This artist is another we haven’t seen in a while (and when we say “a while,” we mean since 1999, when her song “Angel of Mine” was playing nonstop on the radio and climbed to the top of the Billboard chart). She's nominated in the same category as Faith Evans for her song "Everything to Me."
Robyn11 of 18
Have we mentioned how much we love a comeback? This Swedish singer seemed to fade into the one-hit-wonder ether after her 1997 hit “Show Me Love,” only to fool us all in 2010 by releasing her critically acclaimed and uber-popular album Body Talk Pt. 1. She’s up for a Best Dance Recording Grammy for the song “Dancing on My Own.”
Fantasia Barrino12 of 18
This American Idol winner was tapped by Oprah to star in the musical The Color Purple and has a New York Times bestselling book, not to mention she’s been nominated for a Grammy six times before this year’s nods. Sunday she’ll be up for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for “Bittersweet” as well as Best R&B Album.
Gretchen Wilson13 of 18
Her song “Redneck Woman” earned her a Grammy in 2005 — and we have to admit that we still find that song catchy, especially when someone sings it in a karaoke bar. This year, she’s up for the same award, Best Female Country Vocal Performance, for the song “I’d Love to Be Your Last.”
Jewel14 of 18
Going against Gretchen is this long-time favorite artist of ours. Her song “Satisfied” is nominated, and she told Wonderwall this week via Twitter that she is cool as a cucumber when it comes to pre-award show jitters: “[I] always assume I won’t win, so no nerves!”
Florence Welch15 of 18
This Brit may need a heart-to-heart with nominee Jewel before the big day: Months before she performed at the last MTV Video Music Awards, she said she was “crying, not sleeping, [and] being a total basketcase.” Her band Florence + The Machine (“the machine” part refers to the musicians who provide instrumentals for her songs) has been gaining momentum since her debut album Lungs and earned a Best New Artist Grammy nod.
Sade16 of 18
Since the group’s 1986 Grammy win for Best New Artist, Sade has been a staple of easy listening stations … in a good way. Known for her calming, yet also sultry, voice, the group’s lead singer, Sade, somehow makes music that can be both relaxing and sexy, whatever your mood may be. Sade is nominated for two awards this year, Best R&B Performance (“Soldier of Love”) and Best Pop Performance (“Babyfather”).
Elly Jackson17 of 18
La Roux’s lead singer is probably best known, aside from her music, of course, for her androgynous clothing and hair, channeling a mix of David Bowie, Prince and Madonna with her style. (Not a bad group to get inspiration from, we say.) Her band is up for two awards this Sunday: Best Dance Recording (“In for the Kill”) and Best Electronica/Dance Album.
Rosanne Cash18 of 18
The oldest daughter of Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto Cash Distin, has made a name for herself in the country genre by receiving 10 Grammy nominations since 1985. She’s up for another this year: Best Americana Album for The List. But what else would you expect from the daughter of one of the most talented musicians ever? All we know is she’d make her dad proud.
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