Overrated Record of the Year Grammy Award No. 3
Coldplay - "Clocks" (2004)
Should have won: Eminem - "Lose Yourself"
There are some who really do not like Coldplay or Chris Martin. I am not one of those people. I do think the band could have used its popularity for good, but in essence Martin and his mates only seemed to want to create solid pop tunes that sold millions and allowed the band to sell tons of concerts tickets. They have been successful with that and there is nothing wrong with it overall.
But the band also doesn't necessarily deserve to get awarded for having a record of the year for simply writing an interesting melody. A song needs to have weight and the ability to be heard 10 or 20 years later and not bore people. If you are a Coldplay fan, you probably love "Clocks" and that is OK. But "Lose Yourself" is a much better track.
Eminem's track has just as tight of production as "Clocks" but its lyrics are immensely better, plus deeper and more aggressive emotionally. The song is actually inspirational which somewhat belies the music which makes the song work even better.
"You better lose yourself in the music/The moment, you own it, you better never let it go (Go)/You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow/This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo" is rhythmically perfect and delivered with brilliance by the Michigan rapper. At least Eminem's song was nominated.