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Lab Grammys 2012: Science Parody of the Year Nominees

Andrew S. Wiecek

Because this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony failed to include a category for science parody of the year, we once again are happy to fill the void. And the nominees are...

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The decision to not include the science parody category in this year's Grammy Awards ceremony has left us with no choice but to hold our own award ceremony to honor the this year's best song parodies about our love-hate relationship with lab.

And this year, we're letting our readers decide who will get the award.

Last year, we presented the Science Grammy Award to the Hui Zheng Lab at the Baylor College of Medicine for "Bad Project," a parody of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance." The lyrics reflect the utter heatbreak when you finally come to the realization that your PI has handed you a dead-end project and that you'll be stuck in grad school forever. 

This year's five nominees are just as hopelessly in love with and depressed by the lab, parodying artists like LMFAO, Ke$ha, and LCD Soundsystem. Take a listen to our nominees here and then vote for your favorite before Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 12:00 pm EST, when we'll close the voting. The winner will be announced in our weekly newsletter on Thursday!

And nominees are...


Science Parody of the Year


Blue and Yellow FRET

N. Krefman et al. 2011. Blue and yellow FRET: a science parody of "Black and Yellow" by Wiz Khalifa. YouTube.

Nathaniel Krefman makes his return appearance to our annual contest with this song parodaying Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow."

Grad School I Love You (But You're Bringing Me Down)

M. Grabiner, et al. 2011. Grad school, I love you (but you're bringing me down): parody of "New York, I Love You (But You're Bringing Me Down)" by LCD Soundsystem.

It seems that after years of being in Muppet graduate school, Beeker has finally found his voice in this paroday of "New York, I Love You (But You're Bringing Me Down)" by LCD Soundsystem.

Grid Hole

Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science University. BEHRN. February 2011. Grid Hole by Chri$: scientific parody of "TiK ToK" by Ke$ha). YouTube.

This science parody of Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" won the BEHRN 2011 scientific poetry contest.

I'm a Chemist and I Know It

P. Pluge and F. Daddy. Stanford Records, Inc. 2011. Official LMFAO "Sexy and I Know It" parody: I'm a Chemist and I Know It. YouTube.

OK, this video isn't specifically biochemistry, but these chemists are certainly not afraid of their biology.

I Wanna Be a BioChemist

Dalhousie BioChemistry Student Society. 2011. I Wanna Be a Biochemist. YouTube.

Is getting your PhD in biochemistry equivalent to having a billion dollars in the bank? This parody of Bruno Mars' "I Wanna Be A Billionaire" seems to imply so. 

Now it's time for you to vote for who you think should win the Science Parody of the Year for 2012. Voting closes on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at 12:00 pm EST.