Each year the act of predicting which artists will take home a Grammy becomes one of pop music’s great guessing games. Someone picks a category, and everyone becomes a pundit. That includes us. We want your comments, too. Do you think our choices are right? Watch the show with us this Sunday night, and join our LIVE BLOG commentary right here at 8 pm.
RECORD OF THE YEAR
This screed about how the value of self-important men begins with a set of instructions: “To the left, to the left/ Everything you own in a box to the left.” Wonder how Jay-Z took that line?
Amy Winehouse: “Rehab”
They tried to make her go to rehab; she said no, no, no. Then she said yes, got some help in London, was denied a U.S. entry visa, and can’t perform at the Grammys. Too bad, since the song so thoroughly sums up the problems of 2007.
SHOULD WIN: “Rehab”
WILL WIN: “Umbrella”
BEST HIP-HOP ALBUM
Common: Finding Forever
Half hard, half hippie. Working the poetic tip, he keeps his political and philosophical ideas up front. Kanye’s production, even when it’s florid, does a great job of selling ‘em.
Kanye West: Graduation
Haughty is as haughty does. Hip-hop’s most reliable MC hasn’t given up on positioning himself as hip-hop’s most successful MC. But his bluster has oodles of creativity behind it, no question.
SHOULD WIN: Graduation
WILL WIN: Graduation
“Best New Artist” category after the jump.
BEST NEW ARTIST
The soulful siren from Canada was the indie world’s best kept secret — until she released The Reminder. She made heartbreak catchy, and provided the soundtrack to brunch, Apple commercials, and your next break-up.
The N’awlins R&B singer preaches empowerment and independence within a smooth jazz framework. A worthy descendant of greats like Ella and Aretha.
This pop-punk outfit busted out of high school, escaped suburban Tennessee, signed to Pete Wentz’s label, and began rocking millions. Like if Avril fronted blink-182, with more charm and less Jager.
Like apple pie and baseball, it doesn’t get any more American than this blond-haired, blue-eyed Nashville beauty. Swift uses a wisdom beyond her 18 years to twang about high school heartbreak and the pain of growing up.
SHOULD WIN: Feist
WILL WIN: Amy Winehouse
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